Mark McCready

Senior Pastor

Pastor Mark McCready came to Alma Bible Church in August of 2010. Prior to coming to Alma he had served in some form of rural Pastoral ministry for close to 10 years. He began by doing some itinerant work while living in Colorado. Then, on completing his M.Div., he moved to Bancroft, Ontario where he served as full time Pastor of Bancroft Bible Chapel (2004-2010).

Mark originally trained in the area of Finance and Economics completing a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Economics Option at Wilfrid Laurier University (1994). Following his undergraduate work, he moved to Toronto and worked for W.F. Morneau and Associates (1994-2000) now known as Morneau Shepell.

While working in Toronto, he sensed God calling him to Pastoral ministry, and so he and his wife relocated to Denver Colorado where he completed his Masters of Divinity at Denver Seminary (2004).

Mark was born and raised in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. He is happily married to his wife of 20 years, and together they have two beautiful girls.

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Luke Playford

Associate Pastor

Luke Playford has been attending Alma Bible Church since the age of 11. Right after high school Luke attended Word of Life Bible Institute in Owen Sound. It was there that he completed a two year diploma in biblical studies. The two years that Luke spent there were very integral to his faith as it was there that God called Luke into ministry. Luke also met his wife at Word of Life and has been married to Bailey since May of 2016. They are very excited having welcomed their first child, a baby boy, into their world in September of this year (2017).

Luke just graduated from Heritage Bible College in Cambridge with a Bachelor of Theology and a Minor in Pastoral Studies (2017). He is looking forward to being able to use his God-given gifts to serve the people of Alma. Luke is passionate about serving the youth group here at Alma as he has been helping to run it for the past 4 years.

Luke enjoys drumming with the praise teams on Sunday as well as playing almost any sport.

Yvonne deBoer

Administrative Assistant

Yvonne and her husband Allen have been members of Alma Bible Church for 26 years. They are proud parents of 3 young men and are thrilled to be called Papa and Meme by a precious granddaughter. They served on staff with New Tribes Missions of Canada in maintenance and student relations roles for 5 years. In her spare time, she enjoys creating, planting & weeding in her flower beds, reading, crafts and home decorating. As time allows, she travels with her husband in the tour bus industry and enjoys planning trips and meeting new people. Through the years, the Bible verse Philippians 4:7 has been precious to her. “And the Peace of God which surpasses all understanding shall guide your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”.


While Alma Bible Church employs a Pastor, we are really an elder run church. Pastor Mark and a number of other men serve as elders, setting the vision, and providing the pastoral care needed to the many who call Alma Bible Church home.

Those currently serving as elders in addition to our Senior Pastor include the following:   Merle Martin, Mike Martin and Verden Martin and Paul Weber.


Alma Bible Church also has Deacons who work hard to take care of the physical needs of the church. These Deacons not only deal with the needs of the physical building but are also charged with watching out for needs in our Alma church community.


One of the reasons that Alma is such a great place to be is that we have so many people that work together well.  Alma, while having staff and leadership teams, is run by an army of volunteers.  They serve on committees, they serve quietly behind the scenes.  So much of what happens here at Alma, happens because people have been willing to sacrifice time, energy and resources.   Be sure to thank the volunteers for all their hard work.