Our Staff Team

email our team at info@bethanybaptist.bc.ca - please Include their name in the subject line

  • 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 six occasions and two times in Brazil. Stef & Nancy have three children: Josiah, Micah & Faith.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.  

  • 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.  She loves music and has been actively involved with Bethany's Worship Ministry. Marni and her husband, James, have one daughter, Sarah.

  • Harvey Schmidke - Church Operations


  • Amanda Stevenson - Youth pastor Assistant

    Amanda is back at Bethany as our Youth Pastor Assistant, focusing on our iConnect students.  She is married to Sheldon and they have one daughter, Charlotte.