Mandi Gillis is the Youth Pastor at BP Church in Calgary, AB. I had the privilege of working with Mandi for a number of years at BP, and let me tell you this - she rules! Here's an interview that we did with her recently. --
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to time travel. But just backwards, not forwards. That would be too much.
Do you have any nicknames? My family calls me Bobo…don’t ask me why.
Where did you grow up? Calgary
What’s your favourite movie show of all time? Fav show: Friends Fav movie is too hard.
Do you remember when and where you were called to ministry? I think I realized that God was calling me into vocational ministry when I was in my first year of Bible college.
What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry that you look back at and laugh now? Well i’m still pretty fresh so I’m sure there are many more to come, but once I ordered busses for the wrong night……..#boring
Have you ever lost a student at an event/camp/retreat? Ugh yes. I lost a student at the corn maze where it is dark and there is no cell phone reception.
What’s your favorite piece of tech for doing youth ministry? Probably GroupMe for communication…or instagram, but I just love instagram.
What do you enjoy doing outside of youth ministry? Spending time outside, cooking, photography, & hanging with Hunter + my family!
Yea or nay to all-nighters? For student’s sake YAY, but with every bit of my selfish being, nay.
What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students? I think my favourite event to this day has been renting out the baseball stadium for giant kickball. Soooooo fun!
If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them? You are awesome. Keep going, keep praying & keep believing for more for you, your students & your ministry!
What’s the hardest part of being a youth pastor? For me it has been trying to figure out where to put the most time & energy & then actually doing that.
What’s your favourite part of being a youth pastor? Getting to meet/hangout with/build relationship with some of the best students/leaders/people I have ever known.
Is there anything that you’re really excited about in the near future? Going to 11 graduation ceremonies! Just kidding. I’m really excited for summer! Youth ministry in the summer is such a blast & it gives us a chance to dream about the year ahead which I also love.