Ron Toews, CCMBC leadership development director, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Beutler as lifelong learning host.
The two main foci of the role are to facilitate the lifelong learning interests of CCMBC pastors in the areas of spiritual renewal, theological enrichment, and the acquisition of leadership skills; and to facilitate the interests of churches to be resourced for maximum effectiveness.
Daniel brings extensive professional training and experience in developing and implementing systems and structures that facilitate the ongoing development of leadership convictions and competencies.
Daniel has been a pastor and executive director of the Alberta Conference of MB Churches, holds a DMin from MBBS-ACTS, Langley, B.C., is certified in various coaching methods, and is a native of Switzerland. Daniel is married to Maureen; they have two young adult children. The full-time role begins in August and will be based out of Abbotsford.
Columbia Bible College announced the appointment of Kara Bergstrom as intercultural studies program director beginning August 2013. She comes with an MA in cross-cultural ministries from MBBS-ACTS, and has served as director of global projects at Trinity Western University, site leader and mentor with CMU’s Outtatown program, and writer and editor with MB Mission. Kara and Kent have 2 children.
Spring 2013, Lorraine Dick was appointed part-time pastor of equipping and administration by House for All Nations (HFAN), a multi-ethnic, multisite MB church in Metro Vancouver. Working from the HFAN office at Eagle Ridge, Coquitlam, B.C., she will develop volunteers and help with the growing administrative load of the six-campus church. Pastored by Sonny Mandagie, HFAN is one congregation holding services in Indonesian, Mandarin, and English. Lorraine, who previously pastored at Kitchener, Lendrum (Edmonton), and South Langley, will continue to serve as moderator at South Langley.
Scott Isaak began as youth pastor at Elm Creek (Man.) Mar. 10, 2013. An engineering design technologist before graduating from Prairie Bible College with a BA in ministry, Scott previously served as volunteer youth leader and as an intern at Linden, and has worked in camp ministry as a cabin leader, program director, and speaker. Scott and Julia have 1 daughter, Alyssa.
La Clairière, the MB church in St. Jérôme, welcomed full-time pastor Peter Brown in October 2012. A graduate of Tyndale University College (then Ontario Bible College), with additional training at Faculté Libre de Théologie Évangélique, Vaux-sur-Seine, Peter pastored in France for 23 years with France Mission, working mostly in the Paris suburbs. Peter and Suzanne have 2 adult children.
Betty-Ann Dykshoorn joined the BCMB team in spring as director of administration. She holds a CMA designation and has previously worked as director of finance at Columbia Bible College. June 14, 2013, Marilyn Hiebert is retiring from 22 years of ministry to B.C. MB churches. Prior to her 12 years as director of administration for the B.C. conference (2001–2013), she served as administrator for Bakerview (1996–2001), and bookkeeper at Central Heights (1991–1996).
Rick Hawreschuk started Mar. 17, 2013, as pastor at Woodrow Gospel Chapel, Sask. A graduate of Carey Theological College, Vancouver, with a diploma in ministry, he has worked as a farmer and mechanic, and served as associate pastor at Christian Development Centre, Creston, B.C. Rick and Nancy have 3 children.
Andy Rapko was ordained to ministry Apr. 14, 2013, by Salem Community Bible Church, Winnipeg, where he has served as bi-vocational assistant pastor alongside his grandfather Arno Fast since 2010.
Mike Kehler, pastor of small groups and family ministries at Steinbach since 2004, resigned effective the end of April 2013. Mike will be joining the staff team at Steinbach’s Youth for Christ.
Lynn Jost stepped down as vice president and dean of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary at the end of spring semester 2013. Serving a sabbatical year as interim pastor at Ebenfeld MB Church, Hillsboro, Kan., he returns to full-time teaching at FPBS in fall 2014.