Our Staff Team

  • Dr. Stefano Piva - Lead Pastor

    Stef has received his Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He has a heart for missions and has taught overseas in Cameroon on four occasions. Stef & Nancy have three children: Josiah, Micah & Faith. 

    Email Pastor Stef - spiva@bethanybaptist.bc.ca

  • Jerry Ritskes - Executive pastor

    Jerry has his MA in Education/Pastoral Studies from Canadian Theological Seminary.  His passion is to see people and ministries truly live out the freedom and passion of "Christ in us."  Jerry & Renee have four adult children.

    Email Pastor Jerry - jritskes@bethanybaptist.bc.ca

  • Joe Kung - Adult Ministries Pastor

    Joe is the Pastor of Small Group Ministries, Seniors' Care, and Chinese Ministry. Joe is involved with the continuing development of the small groups at Bethany; and is always interested in multi-cultural and community engagements. He is studying at Carey Theological College in pastoral ministry and spiritual formation.

    Email Pastor Joe - jkung@bethanybaptist.bc.ca

  • Kelly Madland - Youth Pastor

    Kelly has her MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She has a desire to help people of all ages in the Church know what they believe and why they believe it. She also loves hanging out, laughing lots, and Knight & Cities of Catan. Kelly and Colin are parents of Mixon, Selah & Isaac.

    Email Kelly - kmadland@bethanybaptist.bc.ca

  • Christine Pfortmueller - Children's Ministries Director + Church Treasurer

    Christine spent many years as a volunteer in Children’s Ministries, working in a leadership capacity with all ages of children before joining the staff in 2005. As a Chartered Accountant, she brings a unique set of skills and experiences to our staff as she fills two positions. She loves God and has a passion for children, and has four of her own: Mitchell, Connor, Emily, and Ryan. 

    Email Christine -cpfortmueller@bethanybaptist.bc.ca

  • Kathy Holmes - Children's Ministries Director

    Kathy trained as a teacher at UBC and SFU, and currently teaches grade 6 part time in addition to her work at Bethany, which she shares with her sister Christine.. She loves to see kids come to faith and to learn to use the gifts and talents that God has given them! Kathy and her husband, Dan, have four kids – Ethan, Meghan, Max and Nathaniel.  

    Email Kathy - kholmes@bethanybaptist.bc.ca

  • Derek Jensen - Music director

    Derek began his musical journey with guitar lessons as a teenager, followed by classical music studies at Douglas College.  He has been teaching guitar for over 25 years.  He has created and instructed guitar classes at elementary and high schools, as well as at Christ for the Nations Bible College.  Derek and Amy were married in 2013, and have one son, Andrew.

    Email Derek - djensen@bethanybaptist.bc.ca

  • Marni Adrian - Administrative Assistant

    Marni started working at Bethany in the Spring of 2013. She has over 25 years experience working in Senior Administrative positions. Marni also serves on the Executive Committee as Church Clerk. She loves music and has been actively involved with Bethany's Worship Ministry. Marni and her husband, James, have one daughter, Sarah.

    Email Marni - receptionist@bethanybaptist.bc.ca

  • Harvey Schmidke - Church Operations

  • Connor Pfortmueller - Student Ministries Intern

    Connor grew up at Bethany with his family and has served in a variety of areas in our church. He was trained in event leadership at Green Bay Bible Camp, making him a great fit with our preteens as he runs iConnect and helps with other major events. Connor is currently studying sciences at SFU.

    Email Connor -cspfortmueller@bethanybaptist.bc.ca