Terry Friesen

Terry Friesen
Lead Pastor
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Hi, I'm Terry, and I'm the lead pastor of Palmyra BIC. I am primarily responsible for the overall leadership of the church and for teaching on Sunday. I have a deep passion to see people come to know Jesus in a personal way, and then to involve Him on a daily basis in their lives.

My wife Carol Anne and I were married in 1974, meeting in high school, and getting married while still in our teens! We are the proud parents of two children: Tera-Lee our oldest daughter and our son TJ. We are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren: our granddaughters Bethany (8 years) and Meredith (3 years), belonging to Tera-Lee and her husband Joe; and our grandsons Bauer (5 years) and Cash (2 years), and granddaughter Story (6 months) belonging to TJ and his wife Ginger. We started our ministry at Palmyra in August of 2009, having launched new churches in Western Canada, Chester County, PA, and Orlando, Florida. It is great to be in Palmyra - and we are looking forward to what God has in store for the church in the years ahead.

October 2, 1954

BA in Economics and Business Administration from Brock University in Canada; Master of Divinity with a pastoral major (M.Div.) from Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon; and Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership and Church Planting (D.Min.) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.


Places: The Canadian Rockies in winter; the beaches of Florida anytime; Pennsylvania in the fall.
Music: Ernie Haas and Signature Sound, jazz, Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Gaither Homecoming, my daughter Tera-Lee
Books: I am an avid reader '" I love books. Books on Leadership and the Missional Church are my current favorites. Anything by Ludlum, Cussler, Balducci, Grisham, Silva, Brown (may not always be theologically correct, but hey, I like them).
TV: Burn Notice, The Mentalist, Nikita, Hawaii Five-O, Sports (hockey)
Sport Teams: Boston Bruins, LA Dodgers, San Francisco 49ers, Orlando Magic, Hershey Bears, Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)
Movies: Back to the Future Trilogy, Star Wars, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas Carol (1947 version with Alistair Sims), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (I really like Christmas movies), Pink Panther (originals), James Bond, anything with Steve Martin, Matrix Trilogy
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, reading, sports (mostly watching them now), spending time in the yard, travel
Dislikes: Slow drivers who have no clue what they are doing, people who simply play church
Odd Fact: My hometown is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

All of 1 Corinthians 9 '" but specifically vs. 22-23: 'Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.'