Our Staff


Byron and Diane Grant

Senior Pastor and Say Yes Director:  Byron Grant

Byron and Diane Grant have been serving with the North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) since 1979.  Byron has served as the preaching/teaching pastor of New Beginnings since 1998 and became the lead pastor when Joe Russell retired in September of 2015.

The Grant’s ministry involved teaching, counselling, and being involved with the First Nation community in the city. Byron and Diane started and directed the Say Yes! after school tutoring program for 18 years, assisting many First Nation children to achieve success in school.  Byron graduated from LETOURNEAU College with a BA in Bible and Mathematics, M.Div. in Cross Cultural Ministry from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon.  Byron and Diane have two child and two grand children.  Byron chairs the Elders and Deacons board at New Beginnings Church 


Glen and Andrea Nisyok

Church Administrator: Glen Nisyok
Say Yes Assistant: Andrea Nisyok

Glen has been the church administrator since 2013. He comes from the Nisga’a Nation with a background in construction and finance. He has a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the College of New Caledonia, in Prince George. He keeps track of the finances, building and church administration. He is married to Andrea and has four children and five grandchildren.

Andrea works part-time with the Say Yes Tutoring program and has been overseeing the Young Adults program.  Andrea and Glen both currently serve as deacons on the Elders and Deacons board of New Beginnings Church.



Garett and Annette Alexcee

Food Bank Ministry: Garett Alexcee
Garrett is from Port Simpson, Tsimshan Nation, in Northern BC.  He has served at New Beginnings since 2014, handling the moving ministry, furniture donations and distribution with the help of his wife Annette.  They also lead the food bank ministry.  Garrett has over 10 years experience as a mover.  He and Annette have seven children and are actively involved in New Beginnings.



Samia Tawfik

Cook and Janitor: Samia Tawfik

Samia Tawfik was born in Egypt and has been our cook and Janitor for over four years at New Beginnings. She has over 20 years of food ministry experience.  She received her degree in Nursing in Egypt and practiced nursing in Canada for a number of years until she came to Vancouver.  She is married to Albert and has three grown children: Michael, Joseph and Monica.