kirk_staffphotoRev. Kirk Winslow, Pastor

Having sworn a public oath during his theological studies to never be a pastor, Kirk was promptly ordained by the Presbyterians and has never looked back (who knew how fun it could be???).

Before Canvas he served Irvine Presbyterian Church for 12 years as pastor for adult education and spiritual formation.  It was there that he finally realized that his mission in life is to help make sense of the biblical story, theology and the life of faith with as much intellectual integrity and humor as he can muster.  And thus – with the help of IPC and the Presbyterian Church USA – he led the launching of Canvas.  One or two quarters a year Theological Seminary is crazy enough to let him teach preaching to the next generation of pastors.

Being a complete coffee addict, you will most likely to find him in the corner of a café  somewhere in Orange County.  He’s the guy working on that podcast episode with two books by N.T. Wright, one by Dave Barry and an Americano on the table.

He is married to Emily, and godfather to Samantha (who has him wrapped around all 10 of her tiny fingers).

Debbie Haley, Ministry + Operations

Debbie is an ordained elder and graduate of both Westmont College and Princeton Seminary (M.A., Christian Education).

Debbie was on staff at Cornerstone (another Presbyterian church plant here in the OC) from 2010-2016, serving as their Director of Christian Education (although her responsibilities were much broader than her title suggests).

At Canvas Debbie oversees everything from communications to preparations for worship and the day-to-day operations of Canvas. She has a heart for hospitality and will be one of the first friendly faces you see at Canvas, ensuring that all are welcome and made to feel at home. Debbie also leads our “Newcomers” small group and helps folks get connected at Canvas.

Debbie, her husband, Joe, and their three kids (Paola, Jacob, and Anna) are among the kindest people you will meet and we are thrilled to have Debbie on our staff. If you need help with anything Canvas related, Debbie is the go-to person.

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