Merle Strangway
Lead Pastor

Merle grew up in Western Canada.  He attended Ambrose University in Calgary and Capernwray Hall in the UK before pastoring a church in Saskatchewan.  After graduating from Canadian Theological Seminary he came to Athens to pursue a doctorate in Adult Education.  Merle met his wife Carol while at UGA, and for the past 25 years they have both worked on the pastoral staff of churches while Merle has also pursued work in leadership development.  He is an award winning trainer who has taught leadership skills to managers who work in Fortune 500 companies and government organizations.

Merle has become more and more convinced over the last few years that God is calling him to launch a new kind of church.   This is why Windborne Church is committed to developing groups of people who love and serve their neighborhoods all around Athens.

Merle and Carol have 2 adult children and 7 grandchildren.  They love it that everyone now lives within 20 miles of each other.  The most enjoyable part of their week is when the whole family gets together at their house.  It’s great to be a part of a big, loving, chaotic family!


April LeCureux
Children’s Ministry Director

April LeCureux is the Children’s Director at Windborne Church. She is married to Kevin and mama to Emmett. April graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a degree in Middle Grades Education. She has worked in ministry with almost every age group from preschool to college students. She has worked as a teacher in public and private schools, preschool director, children and youth director, and as a librarian. April loves serving children, cooking yummy healthy food, and reading a good book!