Meet our new Transition Pastor

Hi church family,

After much searching, prayer and discernment, the KGF staff and board are pleased to announce that our new transition pastor has been found.

We’d like to introduce Ron Toews to you. Ron will be assuming a three-quarter time role, starting November 19, supporting our transition process by looking at structure, culture, and vision.

Ron helped create a leadership coaching strategy for the Mennonite Brethren denomination nationally, called L2L (Leader to Learner). He is a trained mediator, and has been Interim Principal of ACTS Seminary in Langley, BC, as well as an Associate Vice President at Trinity Western University. He has served as a transition pastor, most recently with Bakerview Church in Abbotsford.

Ron lives with his wife Dianne on a farm near Aldergrove, and will be spending a mix of weekdays and weekends in Kelowna during his time with us. The initial contract is for 6 months, with the option to renew as needed. Ron rides motorcycle, raises livestock on the pastures surrounding his home, shares a property with the family of one of his adult kids, and loves serving in the church nursery when he can. God gave Ron and Dianne four children, one of whom passed away in a car accident in 2007. The Toews have 10 grandchildren.

Ron was the very first person recommended to us when our transition season began, but was unavailable at the time due to larynx difficulties. A season of looking elsewhere began for us, as a season of healing began for Ron — meanwhile, our church journeyed through some important times of prayer and seeking over these past seven months. Ron’s voice has now returned, at a time when our church finds itself in a place of new perspective, and we have found that the needs we have as a church are well-suited to Ron’s gifting. Ron understands leadership structures, listens well, works collaboratively and brings tremendous compassion and care to his relationships.

Personally (this is Kevan writing), I have found that Ron does an amazing job creating space to listen and hear stories, as I experienced during our first phone call together. Few people are able to create the space to listen as well as Ron is able to, and I’m so excited to invite him into KGF to become part of our team for this season.