The Office Staff aka the people you will meet in the office
The first thing you should know about Kyle is that he likes a lot of things.
He likes hunting and fishing, he like drawing and reading. Most recently he likes jumping on the new trampoline with his kids. He likes puttering around on his old motorbike. He likes building espressos and roasting coffee. One look at his fancy hair and beard, and you’ll know that Kyle likes growing, tending, and fixing things.
As such, his summers are full of too-big projects, gardening, and ridiculous, hippy-composting methods.
All of this might suggest that Kyle should be a landscaper, or a coffee shop owner, but he is not. Kyle is our pastor because among all his other likes, Kyle really likes the church.
Kyle and his wife Rachel (who is beautiful and amazing and who suffers patiently with Kyle’s many changing interests (imagine it!)), moved to Princeton in 2012 where they started their family (currently holding at three young kids), and where they first felt the call to ministry.
Kyle loves his family and is passionate about Christ’s church; passionate about seeing us move as a family in the direction God calls us.
Oh yeah, Kyle also really likes his wife’s sourdough bread, enough that it should probably be included here. He also probably would have enjoyed writing his own bio, but it would have almost certainly turned out too random and too absurd to publish (with far too many parentheses).
Program and Ministry Leaders aka the volunteers who outreach, love and grow our community
Rob and Kelly Nicholls
Associate Family and Marriage
Vision: To support, encourage, and provide biblical counsel to couples and families through the everyday challenges of life.
History: Rob and Kelly Nicholls started the Marriage and Family Ministry in 2017 after several years of informal couples counselling. It soon became evident that the need for Christian based marriage counselling far outweighed the supply of facilitators. Rob and Kelly are both certified facilitators for Prepare-Enrich, whose program provides relationship assessment tools for counsellors psychologists, social workers, and clergy. Kelly is a Certified Counselor through the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling and Rob is credentialed with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of BC as a Marriage Pastor.
Since 2017, the marriage ministry has seen many challenged couples come to understand God’s incredible desire for joy in their relationships by applying the Biblical principles of Faith, Hope, and Love. 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Rob and Kelly are looking forward to continuing to grow the idea of “Returning Christian Values to Marriage” in churches and communities throughout BC, by inspiring healthy married couples to get involved in the much-needed field of Christian Marriage Counseling.
Worship Team Leader
To some, Chris Mortensen is known as culinary experimenter, photographer, or dude to talk about fishing with. To Kaiden, he is known as Dad, and to Carolyn he is known as Husband.
At our Church, we also know Chris as our Worship Team Leader. Since he and his family moved here from the Sunshine Coast a year ago, he had agreed to take on the role of Worship Team Leader at our church.
His role as Worship Team Leader includes lining up the music team each week, curating a set list of songs, leading the worship team through practice and performance, getting tips from Kyle on grooming his beard, and putting himself on the stage almost every Sunday to lead our congregation through the sacred time of worship.
Chris makes music his science and his art, if you have questions about music, or the role music plays in worship, he is your guy.
Sunday School Leader
Susan and her husband moved to Princeton in November 2019 from the lower mainland. Prior to coming here, Susan attended Northview Community Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for preschoolers. Now she is a part of our community, taking on the role of Sunday School Leader. Susan has become involved in other ministries, such as the Food Bank and Youth as well as our Church Administrator.
Mark has been a Christian for 40 years. He went to Bible School shortly after being converted to get a solid grounding to his faith. Mark graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Baptist Theological School.
Mark is married to Edith, have 3 adult children, and have been members of Princeton Baptist church for 20 years. Mark has been involved with church work of some kind for as long as he can remember.
Likes: seeing new people come to know Christ, seeing the church grow, preaching, playing guitar, geology, motorcycles, mechanics, camping, times with the family and studying the Bible especially the gospel accounts and the book of Genesis.
Rae has lived in Princeton with Kyle since 2012.
She loves creating things! Things like food, events and sewing projects.
Connecting with other young families is something she really enjoys doing with her three kiddos.
Rae is excited about family programs, connecting families, the length of her husband’s beard, and growing God’s family in Princeton.
Women's Mental Health
Stephanie and her husband Clayton have been attending Princeton Baptist Church for about 10 years and volunteering in leading Sunday School Programs, Youth Groups, worship and the wood ministry.
They have a passion for the lifestyle Princeton has to offer and along with their four-year-old daughter Emily, try to get out hiking, hunting and camping as often as they can.
Stephanie works in Family Services with a background in nursing and facilitates the Women’s Mental Health Ministry which started up in 2017. She hopes to see increased mental health awareness throughout the church and see women and men experience the restorative power of Christ and come to know their God-given purpose in sharing their stories.
Women's Mental Health
Rhianfa moved to Princeton with her husband and their children in 2008 after many years working in camp ministry on the coast.
Women's Mental Health
Karen has lived in Princeton with her husband and four children for over 11 years; they have attended the Princeton Baptist Church for 10 years. Karen has volunteered with many organizations in Princeton over the years, including the preschool, minor hockey and swim club.
Karen completed a nursing diploma in 2010 and was hired at Princeton General Hospital and Ridgewood Lodge. Following a workplace accident, Karen went back to school and retrained as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and now works as a Community Mental Health Nurse here in Princeton.
Karen is passionate about learning and teaching; she has homeschooled her children on and off over the years and eagerly engages in education for herself. She strives to be an advocate for others, along with promoting improved mental health and coping strategies.
Karen has been working alongside Stephanie and Rhianfa this year in facilitating the Woman’s Mental Health group. This group has reached out to so many women over the past year! It has been an inspiration to listen to shared stories of struggle and motivation, to provide support and understanding, and to witness Gods unfailing love in this opportunity to remind us that we are all perfect. Matthew 5:48
Not pictured: BETH STARK, leading the Prayer Ministry
Deacons aka the people running the business-y side of things
What is a deacon?
Deacons are church members who are elected by the church to assist the pastor in the spiritual affairs of the church.
In the Bible, the word “Deacon” is translated as “servant” or “minister.” Naturally, deacons will be involved in serving the needs of the church. This includes visitation to the sick, but it also includes helping to promote the church as we serve, and minister to, our community.
Elected deacons also act as a legal board of trustees for the church, they have regular meetings with the Lead Pastor on church business and they also advise on and approve our budget.
When she is not explaining how to spell and say her name, Rhianfa is training to be a registered professional counsellor, works as a life coach, serves on the foodbank committee, and co-leads the Women’s Mental Health and Prayer Chain ministries at Princeton Baptist.
As a deacon, Rhianfa is excited to expand her service and heart for compassion into deeper places. Her ministry experiences and her journey through infertility, pregnancy loss, depression, dementia caregiving, and crises of faith have grown in Rhianfa a deep empathy for the broken-hearted both in the church and in the community.
Tim moved to Princeton in 2010 with his wife Judy from Port Coquitlam as part of the team re-commissioning the local copper mine. After his career consisting of frequent travel and Judy’s years of nursing, they felt called to settle down and wait on God’s leading.
Several years after moving, they had the pleasure of their daughter and her husband joining them here and are now enjoying their growing family next door (Isaac who is 20 months and one yet to make their appearance).
In their 8 years as Princeton residents, Tim has been impressed with the need for the desire to experience God. In Tim’s words ‘while much of our busyness involves ‘going’ and ‘doing’ and our entertainment complete with on-line distractions, it is so easy to fill our time & relationships enjoying the ‘good’ to the detriment of the ‘best’. The need to be still and know is an activity I am working to cultivate in my life to push out the busy and enjoy what God desires in my life.’
Connecting to the community through hockey and curling as well as the opportunity to share his faith in the workplace continues to challenge him to see all he does as purpose in Christ’s kingdom. Tim sees that the community of believers here in Princeton brings a real blessing to those in town and those who God is working through to reach others.
Rob joined the staff team in 2017 as Associate of Marriage and Family after many years of involvement in the Tech and Worship teams at the church.
He is in the last few years of his career as an Airline Pilot, and after retirement envisions pastoring in the area of marriage development with his wife of over 30 years, Kelly.
Rob enjoys the Princeton lifestyle and is so appreciative to share that passion with Kelly, and their two married children who also make Princeton their home.
Rob has spent many years informally talking with and encouraging couples to explore strategies for a better marriage. He enjoys officiating weddings and is available for premarital and marriage counseling with Kelly.
Jeff moved to the Princeton area in 2016 with his wife Katie to work at Rockridge Canyon and they moved into town in 2018. Jeff loves to listen to podcasts about what the bible says and means while riding his bike or roasting coffee (If you would like to either sample some coffee or join for a bike ride, please reach out)! Jeff was nominated to church leadership in 2021 and was happy to answer the call. He looks forward to discerning God’s voice in the ways we can serve Princeton as a church community. Jeff and Katie also had their first child in 2020.