Youth Pastor aka Assistant to the Regional Manager
Luke Ratzlaff was born and grew up in Chilliwack, British Columbia. After graduating from high school he attended Capernwray Hall Bible School in England. While at Capernwray, Luke heard about a youth ministry called the PAIS Project and worked in their Calgary and Vancouver departments for the next three years. In January 2013, he enrolled into Pacific Life Bible College’s Youth Ministry program and graduated with his Associates diploma in Spring 2015. Luke married his wife April during his time at PLBC and they moved to North Vancouver in Fall 2015 when he was hired as our Youth Pastor.
What is your favourite quote?
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – William Makepeace Thackeray
Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” – C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
What is your favourite restaurant/coffee shop?
Sabai Thai, Romer’s, Indian Fusion, The Famous Warehouse, and Burgoo.
Who are your heroes?
Dad and Grandpa, C.S. Lewis, William Lane Craig, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dustin Kensrue, Trip Lee.
Who inspires you?
The gentlemen mentioned above, and my wife.
What is your favourite meal?
I love any quality cooking whether it’s at a burger joint, ethnic restaurant, or anything in-between. However, at the end of the day, I still have a soft spot for pizza. (In case you were wondering, the soft spot is indeed my stomach)
What do you not like to eat?
Anything mushy. And cilantro, let’s all take a moment to remember how truly terrible it is.
What is your favourite book- other thank the bible?
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis, Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper, 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke, Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card, and the Halo Book series.
What is your favourite junk/snack food?
Bulk candy or kettle chips.
What is your favourite outdoor activity?
Playing sports like soccer, basketball or volleyball. I also enjoy hiking or kayaking.
What is the best thing to do on your day off?
Discovering new restaurants or watching Netflix with April (my wife). Recently I have taken up photography and I love going out for a couple hours on a shoot. Also playing StarCraft 2. Yes I am a nerd.
What do you avoid doing?
Going to the gym.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory was going to Disneyland for the first time with my Mom’s entire extended family. I still have vivid flashbacks of stepping out of the airport into the warm LA night air for the first time.
If you could pick a super power what would it be?
Time travel if that counts.
What was your nickname when you were a kid?
Pookie. Yes that is Garfield’s stuffed bear.
What did you what to be when you were six?
I wanted to be an astronaut.
What was your childhood ambition?
To collect as many Hot Wheels as possible.
What was your first Job?
A miniball soccer referee.
What is your favourite word?
I don’t think I have a favorite word but I enjoy words like luminescence and iridescence.
What word do you dislike?
I really dislike when people use shortened words like delish or presh. Also, phrases like “that was to die for” because, no, no it most certainly was not good enough that if given a second chance to eat it you would gladly give up your life.
What sounds do you love?
I love nature sounds like waves crashing on a beach, the wind rushing through poplar trees, or the calm of an alpine meadow.
What profession would I choose?
I think I would still have to go with being an Astronaut.
What is your favorite Characteristic of Christ?
If I had to pick one it would be his steadfast love towards me.
Obscure info about Luke:
I have traveled to the States, Mexico, England, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, New Zealand and Australia, but within Canada the furthest east I have been is Calgary. I have only dated one person and she is my wife. My hamstring is now a part of my knee (ACL surgery). I can solve a Rubik’s cube in 58 seconds.
Since you’ve made it this far, thank you for being that interested in me (or maybe you are just bored haha) and I hope we can get to know one another better in person too.