Pastor Phil grew up in Tiverton Ontario, about an hour north west of Palmerston. Phil was raised in a Christian home and came to a personal faith in Christ at an early age. Phil was an active part of his church and youth group during his growing up years. Phil enjoys physical activity such as hiking, fishing, hockey, flipping his children around and Karate. Phil also enjoys singing and playing his hand drums, jembe and cajon. He went to Emmanuel Bible College for four years and left with a Bachelor’s of Theology, and a wife; Amanda. In the fall of 2003 Phil was hired as the Senior Pastor at EauClaire Missionary Church, where he served for nine years. Phil and Amanda have four girls, and two dogs who keep them on their toes. Phil is excited to serve the people of the church and the community of Palmerston/Minto. It was very evident during the hiring process that God was calling the DesJardine family to Palmerston. Both Phil and Amanda are excited to see what God is going to do in the community of Palmerston and surrounding area!
Born into a pastor’s family, Joanne is grateful for the Christian heritage passed onto her by her parents and grandparents! Raised in Aylmer Ontario, Joanne gave her heart to Jesus as a young child. She attended Emmanuel Bible College for two years. Joanne has been married since 1984 to Verdun and they have two adult children, a daughter and son. She has been attending Palmerston EMC since 1987, and has served as church secretary since 1994. Joanne has also spent many years serving in the church library. Joanne loves interacting with people whether it’s family, church family, friends or folks in the community! She loves her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and is grateful that He loves her too!