Who are we?




 Tamara Shantz  tamara@pastorsinexile.org

For many years, Tamara has been enlivened by connecting with young adults around faith, desires and dreams, and social justice activism. Right now, she is particularly passionate about exploring the inner life through prayer and contemplation – and helping support others to do the same!

After 9 ish years of working in a university setting (Goshen College and Conrad Grebel University College), she is excited to learn about accompanying young adults outside of institutional walls. You are likely to find her frequenting her office aka the Kitchener Public Library and local cafes.

In addition to her ministry with PiE, Tamara serves as a spiritual director, and Enneagram teacher. She lives, with her partner Gini, and Gini’s bees, on the Haldimand Tract, the traditional territory of the Attawandaron, Anishnaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples.


Jessica Reesor Rempel  jessica@pastorsinexile.org 

Jessica is passionate about nurturing community, extending radical hospitality and seeking out sacred moments in the midst of the mundane. Through her work with PiE, she is energized by experiencing God at work in new and unexpected ways in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Jessica’s call to this ministry has been shaped by studies at Conrad Grebel and the Toronto School of Theology as well as time spent serving with Mennonite Central Committee in Ontario and in Laos. 

Born and raised on a farm, the outdoors still feels like home to Jessica, and you can often find her wandering the woods in Breithaupt Park or digging in the dirt in her back yard vegetable garden. She and her partner Steven Reesor Rempel and their daughter Anna live in Midtown Kitchener. Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church is their spiritual home. 


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