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 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 spoken to thousands of students and young adults over the past 15 years, challenging them to invest their lives in that which is eternal. He has been the Senior Pastor at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship since March 2009. Discover more about Mike's heart in this article.
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).
What a joy it is to finally officially begin serving as your worship pastor here at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship. I am truly excited at the prospects of what God has in store for us as a church family as we together magnify the name of Jesus in worship and music.
I move into this new season of ministry with great expectation and thankfulness. As I have come to know the pastoral and support staff at KGF, I marvel at the quality, gifted people God has brought together for "such a time as this"!
Bethany loves God, her husband Marcus, and her two sons, Elijah and Rafael. Born and raised in Kelowna, she could be found on the soccer pitch or on the volleyball court. She came to faith at an early age but genuinely started following Jesus while at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, where she studied outdoor education and counseling. She has since enjoyed shepherding young people in their faith and finding creative ways to make the Gospel come alive. She has been a member of KGF Church since September, 2012, and looks forward to serving Jesus alongside so many amazing believers.
Galen is excited to be 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, 3, 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.
I see God in everything. When life is good I usually comment “He surely must love me”. When life is tough I thank Him for holding my hand. He is the reason for everything in my life. He loves me so much that He gave me a husband 27 years ago who loves me despite myself. He loves us so much that He gifted us with 3 incredible babies who have grown into loving, compassionate young adults. Yep, He sure loves us!!!
I join the team at KGF with much excitement. With 30+ years of financial experience, 8 within the church, my prayer is that I will be an asset and a blessing to this church family. I bring integrity in my desire to see God’s money be honoured and used to further His kingdom here in Kelowna through Kelowna Gospel Fellowship.
As part of his Masters of Divinity studies from Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Phill Whatman will be “interning” at KGF from September 2013 until April 2014. He will work in areas of Life Groups, Young Adults, and Tech Ministries. Phill has spent the past five years working at the Kelowna Gospel Mission.
“What I have found is that day-by-day, year-by-year, Christ has been transforming me to become more in his likeness. I look back on my past and wonder how I got from “point A” to the transformation of “point B.” This transformation that I have undergone, I can only give credit to Christ and the Holy Spirit.
The joy is that I know that Christ will walk with me in my life long journey (even as I stumble and fall). When I included God in my life story, or better yet, join in God’s bigger story, my life narrative has gone beyond something I could ever imagine.
Laura was born and raised in Kelowna in a loving Christian family and had the joy of marrying her wonderful husband in August 2010. She has worked in administration for much of the past 10 years, and began her time on staff at KGF in May 2011. Laura is passionate about her walk with Jesus and is challenged daily in what this means for her life. She is also passionate about families and seeing people of every generation thrive in their relationship with Christ and with each other. Laura enjoys travel, kayaking and playing tennis very poorly.