Pastor Ken Banks has been at Connection Church since July of 2006. He graduated from Bethany Bible College (BA) in 1993 and Indiana Wesleyan University (MA) in 2004. He was ordained in 1995 at Beulah Camp. Ken is married to April (Myers) Banks and they have three children, Colby, who is 14 years old; Adasa, who is 11, and Brayden, who is 9.
Ken was born in Indiana, USA in 1971, but grew up in Fredericton, NB. While there, he attended Corbett Avenue Wesleyan Church and became a Christian at the age of 8.
Among his likes are – the Indiana Jones movies; the Lord of the Rings / Hobbit Trilogies and Star Wars. He enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, hunting, boating, eating cashews, drinking Dr. Pepper and cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Pastor Ken has served previously at Westchester Wesleyan Church (93-97); Lower Brighton Wesleyan Church (97-06); and as Chair of Riverside Wesleyan Camp from 2000-2006.
Pastor Sonja Hartlen began serving as the Children and Family Life Pastor at Connection Church on August 19th,2018. She graduated from Kingswood University in 2017 with a BA in Ministry and a focus on counseling. Sonja is married to David Hartlen and they have two children; Adeline, who is two years old, and Aria who is seven months old.
Sonja was born in Moncton N.B. but grew up in Amherst N.S. She was thirteen years old when she decided to become a Christian and it was during her grade ten-year God called her into ministry. Among her likes are walking, board games, reading, spending time with people, eating chocolate, and drinking coffee!