Meet Our Pastors

Ian & Valerie Byrd
Lead Pastor

Ian and Val grew up in Alberta, spent 10 years pastoring in Medicine Hat, and moved to Calgary in 2011 to spearhead Church of the Rock Calgary in one of Canada’s fastest growing cities.

The Byrd’s are thrilled to partner with their good friend Mark Hughes and enjoy a strong ongoing connection with him and Church of the Rock in Winnipeg. As part of LifeLinks International Fellowship, they also have strong support from other network churches.

Ian and Val have four sons – Addison, Russell, Cacey, Lyndon – and are pleased the entire family (including Russell’s wife Paola and baby Titus) are serving in the church with them. They are building a family-oriented church where young and old alike are encouraged, strengthened in their faith, and mobilized to take God’s love into the community.

Kris & Rae Reimer
Associate Pastor

Kris & Rae come to Calgary from Cranbrook, BC where they’ve spent the past 13 years investing in and growing Connect Church. Along the way, they’ve served in almost every ministry a growing church has to offer! They are looking forward to jumping in and helping out where needed at COTR Calgary.

They’ve been married for 11 years, and have 3 energetic & spunky kids: Lila, Tristan & Liam.