Our vision for Vancouver is to use the resources that we have been given to service the needs of the poor and lonely in the downtown area of Vancouver. We prepare food out of a commercial kitchen in a social housing building and are able to serve, not only the tenants of the More Than a Roof housing group, but also other appartment blocks and on the street. We are training our tenants, not only in kitchen skills, but also creating teams of tenants to serve others. We see this as a fabulous tool and part of their recovery process. Giving dignity and leadership opportunities back within their reach. We have many examples of healing that happens when, amidst our own brokenness we give out to others in need. Donations received allow us to expand our services to more and more of the marginalized in our city. We believe that by investing in areas of hospitality, service, training in effective and confident communication we will become a healthier and more vibrant community. Our purpose is to get organisations, churches and individuals moving in that direction – igniting a passion to become the most effective you can be by serving others.
During over 15 years of full-time ministry we have been working out ways to effectively reach out to the needy in our community. With a great passion for the poor and the disadvantaged we built an outreach centre in Perth, Australia. We started cooking from home and from these humble beginnings we saw a vibrant ministry grow. This ministry in Australia now serves over 40,000 meals per year and assists hundreds of families and over 15 other ministries and churches in our area. Very importantly we were able to activate a church community to ‘do the stuff’ to which we are all called. A place was created with great food, a mid-week church service, fellowship with friends and conversations with caring volunteers who offer friendship, help and hope.
We are based in Vancouver, Canada. We have 5 children. Three of the children live in Western Australia. James with his wife, Caitlin, together with our grand-daughters, Giselle and Bridget, live in Dunsborough. Our second son Henry and his wife, Malika live in Perth. Noah, our youngest is enjoying a gap year in Australia before returning to Vancouver in the Fall to continue his studies. Our daughter, Nina is working in Toronto where she is pursuing a career in acting. Pascal lives with us here in Vancouver. Hannes is originally from Switzerland where he gained his chef’s qualification before migrating to Australia. We both have hospitality training and have lived in Canada, Sweden and Switzerland working whilst working in the hospitality industry. We were privileged to serve in a pastoral capacity in Perth under the leadership of Pastor John McElroy for 14 years. In 2010 we took this vision of Soulkitchen to Vancouver. We continue to enjoy working with our partners and friends in ministry in Malaysia and try to visit there at least once per year.
Hannes and Louise