June 2023 Network Update

District Leadership Updates

We’re happy to announce that, following our 2023 Annual General Meeting, the new District Leadership Team and Section Pastors have been formally elected.

The new District Leadership Team includes:

  • Laurel Archer (Assistant Family Life Pastor, Christian Life Assembly, Langley)
  • Len DenBraber (Assistant Superintendent of Multiplication, Langley)
  • Hannah Dutko (Co-Lead Pastor, Oceanside Community Church, Parksville)
  • Andrew Evans (Professor, Summit Pacific College, Abbotsford)
  • Dave Funk (Lead Pastor, Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly)
  • Jaz Ghag (Lead Pastor, Christian Life Assembly, Gibsons)
  • Darin Latham (Lead Pastor, Broadway Church, Vancouver)
  • Mark Lewis (Assistant Superintendent of Revitalization, Langley)
  • Lucas Mitchell (Co-Lead Pastor, Evangel Church, Powell River)
  • Rebeca Monzo (Assistant Pastor, Living Waters Church, Fort Langley)
  • Silas Naidu (Lead Pastor, Hosanna Tabernacle, Surrey)
  • Martin Ostensen (Lawyer, Martin Ostensen Law Corp, Powell River)
  • Darwin Pichette (Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Langley)
  • Ken Russell (Superintendent, Langley)

The following were elected as Section Pastors:

  • Nick Astle (Thompson/Shuswap)
  • Adam Browett (South Vancouver Island)
  • Wes Daase (Delta/Surrey/New Westminster)
  • Monte Harrop (Cariboo/Prince George)
  • Craig McKibbon (Fraser Valley)
  • Paul Moores (Vancouver)
  • James Noble (Far North/Yukon)
  • Blair Phibbs (North Vancouver Island)
  • Shaun Romano (Kootenays)
  • Phil Spoelstra (Okanagan)
  • Dan Starlund (Indigenous)
  • Robert Young (Northwest)

For any additional information, contact Darwin Pichette, Assistant District Superintendent for Operations.

We’ve got a new website!

Our BCYD website has a fresh coat of paint and is better suited than ever to serve you. We’ve still got all of our resources easily accessible, along with some great new content being added over the coming weeks and months. If you have any questions, feel free to email media@bcyd.ca!

Updates for Lead Forward Conference 2023

Super Early Bird Tickets are going on sale July 17th! Super Early Bird is for 1 week only so make sure to jump on those early bird prices!

Koine cross Cultural Training

Koine (koi-nay) is our brand-new cultural competency training designed for the local church. This training will help your team better understand the essential components of a multicultural Church; engage newcomers, immigrants, and indigenous communities; and find your voice around issues of racial and social justice.

We invite you to check out bcyd.ca/koine and sign up for a training session for your staff, board members, and lay leaders led by Harold Gutierrez, our Intercultural and Indigenous Ministries Director.


Master’s Degree programs at Summit Pacific College

Apply today for our Fall 2023 intake

The Master of Arts in Theology and Spiritual Leadership equips pastors, lay leaders, and interested individuals in the church and marketplace contexts with spiritual leadership competencies rooted in biblical and theological knowledge.

The Master of Arts in Youth Ministry focuses on practical training in youth ministry with a significant focus on spiritual formation and allows for flexibility between theology and leadership. This program is targeted toward individuals who work or volunteer with young people in a church, camp, or community context.

Both programs are delivered in person and online via video conferencing. These programs will be an engaging experience with world-class instructors and a diverse group of peers from across the country.

The Master’s degree can be completed while in full-time ministry or work.

We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2023 intake.

Contact gradstudies@summitpacific.ca or visit  grad.summitpacific.ca for more details. 


NEXT GEN has started its own newsletter! Want to see events, news, and learn more about leaders across our district?

Check out some upcoming events this summer on the YG website!

Churches in Transition
Cariboo/Prince George Section:
  • Glad Tidings Tabernacle, Vanderhoof
Delta/Tri-Cities Section:
  • Vancouver Celebration Christian Fellowship, Surrey
  • Far North/Yukon Section:
  • Dawson City Christian Fellowship, Dawson City Yukon (Replant)
  • New Life Assembly, Tumbler Ridge
  • Chetwynd Gospel Tabernacle, Chetwynd
Fraser Valley Section:
Indigenous Section:
  • Bella Coola Pentecostal Assembly, Bella Coola
  • Kispiox Pentecostal Assembly, Kispiox
  • Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, Alert Bay
Kootenays Section:
  • Golden Pentecostal Church, Golden (Replant)
  • Snow Valley Christian Fellowship, Fernie
  • Saddleback Community Church, Nakusp
  • Crossroads Christian Fellowship, Salmo
North Vancouver Island Section:
  • Ocean View Christian Assembly, Port Alice
Northwest Section:
    • Cedarview Community Church, Port Clements
    • Bethel Assembly, Queen Charlotte
    • Hazelton Pentecostal Church, Hazelton
    • Mountain View Assembly, Smithers
    • Kaien Community Church, Prince Rupert
    • Lakes Fellowship, Burns Lake
    • Houston Pentecostal Church, Houston


Okanagan Section:
South Vancouver Island Section:
  • North Douglas Pentecostal Tabernacle, Victoria
Vancouver Section:
  • Finnish Bethel Church, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Chinese Pentecostal Church, Vancouver
  • Redemption Church, Vancouver


Celebration Christian Fellowship International (Surrey) has disaffiliated with the PAOC, as of June 15.

Ministry Transitions:
  • James Raman resigned as the Lead Pastor at Celebration Christian Fellowship International, Surrey. He concluded his role on June 11.
  • Troy Neilsen resigned as the Lead Pastor at Christian Life Community Church, Abbotsford. He concluded his role on June 7.
  • Kyung Nam Kim (Chris) was appointed as the Outreach Pastor at Nanaimo Native Victory Church. He started in his role on April 1.
  • Logan Sales resigned as the Youth Pastor at First Avenue Christian Assembly, Chilliwack. He concluded his role on June 11.
  • Lisa Grant resigned as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle, Penticton. She will conclude her role on June 30.
  • Nadine Shingoose was appointed as the Children’s Pastor at Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle, Penticton. She will start her role on June 20.
  • Josiah Blencowe resigned as the Assistant/Next Gen Pastor at Gateway Christian Life Centre, Trail. He will conclude his role on July 9.
  • Michael McIntyre resigned as the Lead Pastor at Houston Pentecostal Church. He will retire from pastoral ministry in mid-September.
  • Christie (Kiki) Schindel resigned as the Kids Ministry Assistant at Evangel Church, Kelowna. She concluded her role on May 30. 
  • Tyson O’Donnell was appointed as the Associate Pastor at Crossroads Community Church, Merritt. He will start his role on August 1.  
  • Josh Anderson resigned as the Serve & Worship Pastor at Colwood Pentecostal Church, Victoria. He will conclude his role on July 23. 

Click here to see available ministry opportunities in our district.

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