Who We Are


If as per Scripture the Elders are called to lead then we need to have an understanding of this office. In scripture we see that the word elder, bishop, overseer, shepherd, pastor all refer to the same person or office. They are one and the same function and not separate functions or offices in the church. In 1 Peter 5 v 1-3, Peter uses the word elder, bishop/overseer and shepherd/pastor interchangeably. Paul does the same in Acts 20 V 17 & v 28.

We also see in Scripture that leadership is not a title but simply one of the functions of the Body (Rom 12 v 8). As stated we believe and are committed to ‘the priesthood of all believers”, with all of us functioning in the gifts God has given us. (Please read 1 Pet 2 v 4-11, Rom 12 & 1 Cor 12). As a result we do not ‘carry titles’. It is worth noting that Paul himself never once referred to himself as Apostle Paul but as Paul (His name) an Apostle (His Function) – refer to scriptures such as Rom 1 v 1 & 1 Cor 1 v 1.

It is even more interesting that we call Jesus The Head of the Church by His first name and yet insist on giving each other titles…

Meet Oceanside's Elders

  • Mike & Deborah Graves

    Mike & Deborah Graves

    Lead Church Elder

    Oceanside Church was started in Nanaimo in April 1997 in the home of Mike and Deborah Graves who in 1994 felt the call of God to come to Canada to start a church under the covering of New Covenant Ministries International ~ NCMI is an Apostolic Prophetic Team led by Dudley Daniel birthed in Africa in the 1980’s. This team is currently working in both established and new churches in over 80 countries around the world.

    We as a church have committed ourselves to the common vision of NCMI to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28: 18-20 – to see a new testament Church Planted in every Village, Town, City, Province and Country on every Continent. We make our resources – finances, gifting and people available to support them as together we fulfill this Vision.

  • Paul & Katie MacMunn

    Paul & Katie MacMunn

    Church Elder

    Paul & Katie met in Brazil in 2004 and years later reconnected and were married in 2012. Paul is a Canadian, and has been a part of Oceanside Church since 2003. Katie's roots are from the US, but she has also lived in Africa and Brazil. They love life and passionately serve our community as marketplace Elders. 


  • Rus & Glyn Eales

    Rus & Glyn Eales

    Church Elder

    Rus and Glyn Eales originally from South Africa were involved in a relating NCMI church called NCF Church in Pietermaritzburg until 2001 when they relocated to India to support a local NCMI relating church that had been planted in New Delhi in 2000. Both their boys, Derin and Jayden, were born in India where they served as a family for 7 years and were part of the eldership team in Capital City Church in Delhi.

    At the end of 2007 they handed over their roles in Delhi to local leaders that had been raised up within the church and returned to NCF Church in Pietermaritzburg for a further 6 year season of equipping where they served full-time on the eldership team assisting with administration, site development, communication, media, preaching and teaching amongst other things.

    They came to join Oceanside Church International at the beginning of January 2014 where they are now serving our community in a full-time capacity.

  • Mark & Dena Manfredi

    Mark & Dena Manfredi

    Church Elder

    Mark and Dena have been married over 30 years and have 3 grown daughters (and one wonderful son-in-law!) They have two grandchildren and are loving their role as grandparents. They have been part of the Oceanside family for over 13 years, coming from church planting and pastoral ministries in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.

    During the week Mark is a school bus driver and Dena works as an office administrator and receptionist. They have a passion for helping people fall more deeply in love with God and His Word, providing leadership for Oceanside School of the Bible and helping develop leaders within the Oceanside family.

  • Nathan & Megan Johnson

    Nathan & Megan Johnson

    Eldership Team

    Nathan and Megan met in the fourth grade, and went through elementary and high school together. They reconnected after Nathan completed his Teaching degree in Iowa, and Megan completed her Nursing degree on Vancouver Island, and were married in 2009. Drawn to Oceanside’s commitment to local and global mission fields, Nathan and Megan made Oceanside home in 2010, and got involved in connect groups as well as the Visitor’s Team. In 2014, they participated in apostolic trips to India, Nepal, and Congo, and in November 2015, joined Oceanside’s Eldership Team. Shortly after in December 2015, their daughter, Madison Jane, was born.

    Nathan teaches at Nanaimo Christian School, and Megan is a Nurse at our local Hospital.

  • Andrew & Camilla Arnold

    Andrew & Camilla Arnold

    Eldership Team

    Andrew & Camilla met in Mozambique while with Iris Ministries in 2008, then in 2010 they married and decided to live in Nanaimo, Canada deciding to build into the community here rather that in England where Andrew is from. They quickly became a part of Oceanside thereafter and got involved with the young adult connect groups, media teams and worship. They joined the Oceanside Eldership Team in November 2015.

    Andrew is a part of the full time staff at Oceanside while Camilla is a nurse at our local hospital.

Oceanside's Deacons

At Oceanside we also have a committed team of Deacons who lead and serve in the life of the church supporting the Eldership in leading and the church at large.

Oceanside Church Nanaimo

Sunday Services (9:30am & 6:30pm) Church Offices
Nanaimo Christian School The Junction
198 Holland Rd 2304 Jingle Pot Rd
Bus Route 5 - Ashley & Holland

+1 (250) 740 1026
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Nanaimo, BC. V9R 6W2
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