We are blessed with a fantastic group of men and women on our staff team who love Jesus, His Church, and His people! We encourage you to get to know them, pray for them, and encourage them as together we follow God's Spirit in this church family.
MIKE PENNINGA - SENIOR PASTOR
Mike Penninga is first and foremost a son of God, a husband to Michelle, a father of 3, and a Kelowna boy through-and-through!
A grad of Trinity Western University and ACTS seminary with a background in broadcast journalism, Mike has a passion for sharing the life changing news of Jesus Christ in understandable and captivating ways.
He has been the Senior Pastor at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship since March 2009. Discover more about Mike's heart in this email@example.com
LEVI SIMPSON - ASSOCIATE PASTOR
I am a father to three wonderful girls and husband to the love of my life, Shelley. While a good chunk of my life has been spent on the prairies, BC is my home and I love our city of Kelowna! I graduated from Regent College in Vancouver in 2009 and spent 3 years teaching and serving as Academic Dean at Eston College, Saskatchewan before returning home, where I began working here as Associate Pastor in April of 2014.
I have long been seized by God’s grace and the call to serve His church, something that both excites and humbles me at the same time. My passion is to educate the imagination of the Church with respect to who God is, how we experience him, and to understand what good works he has created us and equipped us to do in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit (Eph 2.4-10).firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCUS SCHMALING - YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR
Marcus is a follower of Jesus Christ. One sunny day he fell in love with Bethany when she threw a rock near a Blue Heron (that’s the girl for me!). Out of their love and marriage bloomed two boys, Elijah Christopher and Rafael Lorne. Marcus loves being a father, wrestling with his boys, and teaching them about this beautiful world God has made and is restoring! He loves playing basketball, tennis, journaling at a good café, and cruising Bernard in his minivan, windows down, tunes pumping.
Marcus was first called to pastoral ministry during his Bachelors of Ministry at Prairie Bible College (1998-2002). This was only deepened during his three years of youth ministry in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and another four years of Bible training at Regent College in Vancouver, BC (MDiv, 2009). After 5 years of carpentry Jesus called him to pastor the next generation at KGF. He can’t contain his excitement and looks forward to seeing young people set on fire for Jesus and His Kingdomemail@example.com
SUE GAGNON - CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Sue is a daughter of the King, loves her wonderful husband Henry and their beautiful family, which includes a daughter, daughter-in-law, seven sons, and a beautiful new granddaughter. Sue and Henry are members of KGF and have truly found a place of belonging. Sue brings over 25 years of experience in Sunday School, serving and leading in all areas of children’s and youth ministries, and a joy and love for seeing families supported and mentored through the caring of the children.
Sue has a passion for sharing the love of Jesus with children and seeing the that knowing and hearing about Him makes in their lives and the lives of their families. Sue has enjoyed being busy and creative in the home an community through her quilting design company and is very thankful to be bringing that energy and creativity to the children’s firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLEEN ENNS – CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Colleen was born and raised on Vancouver Island and has lived in Kelowna for almost nine years. She met her husband to be Derek on the Island and then moved to Kelowna, his hometown. Derek was born and raised at KGF and Colleen joined him after moving here. Together they have two children, Sarah (7) and Jacob (5).
Colleen loves KGF and has always been excited to be part of ministry here. She has served in kids ministry, Women’s ministries, Compassionate Care and the Board and has grown a lot through those opportunities. Colleen also enjoys working a few hours a week for Harmony House, which is a women's recovery home with Kelowna Gospel Mission.
Colleen is excited about this new role as volunteer coordinator for Kids Ministries.email@example.com
Amy Bond - Children’s Ministry Program Assistant
BETHANY SCHMALING - ADULT MINISTRIES ASSISTANT
GALEN BOND - TECHNICAL MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Galen is excited to support the KGF Church Family as Technical Director. He and his wonderful wife Amy have been married for 8 years and together they have a beautiful daughter Mylah, 4, and a daschund George! While his main day job is a Fire Sprinkler Pipe Fitter, he also works in live theater production, having over 20 years experience both professionally and as a community volunteer.
He is passionate about sharing his experience as a technician, seeing his team grow and supporting the worship and leadership teams at KGF.firstname.lastname@example.org
CURTIS ALLEN – VIDEO & MEDIA DIRECTOR
Curtis has been attending KGF since moving to the Okanagan in 2011 and has been very involved in the church ever since. KGF has always been a special place for Curtis, and it was through the young adults group that he met his soon-to-be wife, Rebecca.
Curtis also works at CTV Vancouver’s Okanagan Bureau as a video journalist, covering some of the biggest news stories in the Okanagan area for broadcast to a provincial audience. Curtis has a passion for storytelling through video and is excited to be able to tell stories of what God is doing at KGF and in the lives of the church family.
When he’s not shooting and editing videos Curtis enjoys being outside, working around the house and garden, or tinkering on various projects and hobbies.Curtis@kgfchurch.com
JEANNE ACHESON - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR
Jeanne and her family have been attending KGF since February 2011 and have come to love this church family and consider it home. She is married to her best friend, Nolan, and they have two amazing daughters, Cassidy and Elyse.
Jeanne enjoys time with family, long walks, hiking, canoeing, camping, reading, baking, cross-country skiing, getting together with friends, wandering through antiques stores, and sipping tea.
She is grateful to work with this amazing team that God has brought together to bring the gospel of Jesus to this amazing city we are privileged to live email@example.com
BETHANY SMITH - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Bethany felt called to ministry from an early age. During high school she worked as a Cabin Leader at Summer Bible Camp and as a Sunday School teacher during the rest of the year. In 2006, a year after her high school graduation, she left her home province of British Columbia behind and flew to the small town of Homer, Alaska, where she completed a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The school was a turning point in Bethany's life and she remained in Alaska for two more years, serving as a missionary staff member on the YWAM base.
In 2011, Bethany felt called to study at Bible College. She graduated from Columbia Bible College in April 2014 with a Diploma in Biblical Studies. KGF was instrumental in this achievement, as the congregation supported her through love, encouragement, and bursaries.
Bethany joined the KGF staff in July 2014. When not in the Front Office, she enjoys cooking, running, and studying for her Master’s Degree.firstname.lastname@example.org
BERNICE WITT - BOOKKEEPER
I am passionate about my God, my family, music and numbers! I was born and raised in Kelowna and have 3 amazing children. Skiing, camping and road trips are among the many things we enjoy to do together.
I have been involved in serving the local church, particularly in the area of worship and more recently in the way of bookkeeping. I have numerous businesses that I provide bookkeeping services for and I am honored to come alongside the team at KGF in the capacity of bookkeeper. I have a heart to see the local church thrive, see families build close knit community and in turn be empowered and inspired to reach our city with the love of Christ.Bernice@kgfchurch.com
Caleb McAlpine - Worship Ministries Intern
In addition to working with the amazing KGF staff team, I can be found book-keeping at a local accounting firm, producing music in Lake Country, and planning a wedding with my lovely fiancée Lana for Summer 2016."
Jody Ferch - Youth Ministries Intern
DENNIS & KATHIE KLASSEN - CUSTODIAN / JANITORIAL COORDINATOR
As long time members of KGF, we have a strong connection with the church and have been serving as janitors here for the past 15 plus years. We love the Lord and it is our desire to enable His people to enjoy a clean building to meet email@example.com