Lakeside Baptist Church


João Boechat

lead pastor

John (João) Boechat is a husband for Paula and a father for Olivia and Alice. Being a son of a pastor, John was involved in church from his young age. Being Brazilian, John is a fervorous supporter of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, which is, in his opinion, the greatest soccer team in the world!

João holds a PhD in Religion-Wissen-Diskurse, with emphasis in New Testament Theology and Exegesis by Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany and a PhD in Political Sociology by University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (UENF). He holds a BA in Theology and a BA in International Relations. During his ministry, John served as a pastor and a missionary in the Amazon region in Brazil, also in Sudan, Uganda and India. Before coming to Lakeside, John served as coordinator and professor of the Brazilian Baptist Theological Seminary (STBSB) and coordinator of the Educational area of the Brazilian Baptist Home Mission Board (JMN). Moreover, he worked as a Teaching Pastor at the Itacuruça Baptist Church, in Rio de Janeiro. 

Paula Boechat
Children’s Ministry Coordinator 

Yuri Manata
Life Group Coordinator

Rachel Doner
Worship Ministries Coordinator

Shelley Dijk


Church Chairman
Paul Forsyth/Frank Dijk

Church Clerk
Karen Sinclair

Church Treasurer
Frank Dijk

Administrative Board
Leanne Coker
Frank Dijk
Paul Forsyth
Loren Knopf
Shirley Mack

Pastor John Boechat
Jordan Doner
Jason Kehl
Carman McCann
Mike Peters
Steve Seitler

Kim Pavey
Marj Seitler
Shirley Stobbe
Deanna Treadway
Audrey Wagenaar


Leanne Coker
Tanis Cullingham
Oliver Marks

Ashley Berkelmans
Callie Derouard
Katherine Marks
Lorilee St. Hilaire

Denise Forsyth
Michael Griffiths
Abe Loewen
Deb Small

Shirley Stobbe 
Katherine Marks

Leanne Coker
Marg Friesen
Lloyd Mack
JoAnn Marek
Marsha McCann

Jack Coker
Jim Green
Jason Kehl
Jeremy Schwartz