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 article.[email protected]
LEVI SIMPSON - ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Levi is a father to three wonderful girls and husband to the love of his life, Shelley. While a good chunk of his life has been spent on the prairies, BC is his home and he loves our city of Kelowna! He 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 he began working here as Associate Pastor in April of 2014.
He has long been seized by God’s grace and the call to serve His church, something that both excites and humbles him at the same time. His 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).[email protected]
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 three boys, Elijah Christopher, Rafael Lorne, and Pascal Frederick. Marcus loves being a father, wrestling with his boys, and teaching them about this beautiful world God has made and is restoring! When he was young he played basketball, but now as an old man he enjoys tennis, God’s creation, reading, and the odd ping pong battle.
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 raise up the next generation of Christ followers and he is loving the healthy, vibrant, and transformative student community that is developing at KGF![email protected]
SUE GAGNON - CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Sue loves Jesus, loves her wonderful husband Henry and their beautiful amazing large family. Sue and Henry have truly found a place of belonging at KGF. She brings over 25 years of experience in Children Ministries, serving and leading in all areas of children’s and youth ministries. Sue has a passion for sharing the love of Jesus with kids and journeying along side them. Her hearts desire is to see the family as a whole supported in ministry and it brings her great joy to see children grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus.[email protected]
CALEB MCALPINE - MUSIC MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Caleb is a son of God, a dedicated musician, and a husband to his beautiful, and extraordinary wife Lana McAlpine.
From his youngest memories in Winnipeg, to his many years of ministry with Youth With a Mission England, Caleb McAlpine has needed — and received — the grace of God in his life. Having set foot in 27 different nations (as both a servant of the gospel and as a performing musician), Caleb seeks to be increasingly aware of how God’s rich and diverse character makes itself known across cultural variance, language barriers, and generational differences. Seeing a church that makes room for people of all temperaments, backgrounds, and upbringings has been foundational for Caleb over the years.
Therefore, after moving to the Okanagan in Spring 2014, Caleb visited KGF for the first time and quickly discovered he had found a "home church". After a few years of volunteering with the church’s worship ministry, Caleb has since been given the chance to serve as the Director of Music Ministries at KGF — alongside a great, big church family that loves to worship. Eager to participate and connect, Caleb looks forward to the upcoming season of worship, teaching, and community at KGF.
GALEN BOND - TECHNICAL MINISTRIES DIRECTOR
Galen is excited to support the KGF Church Family as Technical Ministries Director. He is married to Amy and they have a beautiful daughter, Mylah, and a daschund, George! Galen also works for Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy and has spent over 20 years working in live theatre production both professionally and as a volunteer. He is passionate about sharing his experience as a technician, seeing his team grow and supporting the worship and leadership teams at KGF.[email protected]
JEANNE ACHESON - EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR
Jeanne is an Okanagan girl through and through and considers it a privilege to be able to live in this beautiful city that we call home. She was born and raised in Penticton and moved to Kelowna after spending a few years in the Lower Mainland where she met and married her husband, Nolan. Jeanne and Nolan have 2 wonderful adult daughters, Cassidy and Elyse.
In her spare time Jeanne enjoys long walks, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, reading, baking, spending time with family & friends, wandering through antique stores and sipping tea.
She joined the team at KGF in May 2014 and considers herself blessed to be able to serve this church family and work alongside such an incredibly gifted team as we follow Jesus together.[email protected]
CURTIS ALLEN – VIDEO & MEDIA COORDINATOR
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 wife, Rebecca. He 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 working for the church,he works from home running his own video production company specializing in visual storytelling and promotional videos.
In his spare time, he enjoys being outside, working around the house or tinkering on various projects and hobbies.[email protected]
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 chemistry.[email protected]
BETHANY SCHMALING - ADULT MINISTRIES ASSISTANT
AMY BOND - CHILDREN'S MINISTRY PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Amy and her family have been attending KGF since 2010, and are so happy to call it home. Amy is very happily married to her wonderful husband Galen and have a beautiful daughter Mylah and a daschund, George. In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends, reading and crafting of any kind. She also has a small sewing/crafting business that keeps her quite busy! Amy is so thrilled to work alongside Sue and Colleen and be a part of the Kids Min world!
COLLEEN ENNS – CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Colleen has called KGF her home from get go and has enjoyed being involved in various ministries. Her role on the Kid’s Ministry team with Sue and Amy is one she is having a lot of fun in. Colleen is married to Derek and has two children, Sarah and Jacob as well as two goats and some chickens. Colleen and her family enjoy spending time in the outdoors.[email protected]
KAREN HAUGEN - ADMIN ASSISTANT
I was born and raised in Fort St John in a loving Christian/Mennonite family. Growing up, I could always be found outside on a quad or with our animals. Attending a Bible Camp every summer instilled in me a desire to be part of a ministry in some way although I was unsure as to what that was going to look like.
After living in Australia for 6 months, I moved to Kelowna in April 2016 and constantly ask myself why it took me so long to move to this beautiful valley! Every weekend is filled with a new adventure, whether it is hiking, camping, hunting or soccer! I look forward to my newest adventure at KGF Church serving and growing in my faith amongst a community that has made me feel at home since the moment I walked through the doors.
BERNICE WITT - BOOKKEEPER
Bernice is passionate about her God,hery family, music and numbers! She was born and raised in Kelowna and has 3 amazing children. Skiing, camping and road trips are among the many things they enjoy doing together.
She has been involved in serving the local church, particularly in the area of worship and more recently in the way of bookkeeping. She has numerous businesses that she provides bookkeeping services for and is honored to come alongside the team at KGF in the capacity of bookkeeper. She has 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.[email protected]
DEVAN SCOLLON - YOUTH INTERN
Devan was born and raised in the city of Langley. Every summer as a child he would attend Bible camp in the Okanagan and always dreamed of living here after experiencing the beautiful valley. It was at this Bible camp that he met his amazing fiancee and many of his close friends. Shortly after graduating high school, God gave him the opportunity to move to the Okanagan, and he has loved living here since. Playing volleyball at the beach with his friends is one of his favourite activities. He also enjoys reading, playing board games, and hiking the trails of Kelowna.
When Devan began attending KGF, he was welcomed into a kind, fun, and intentional community, that had a strong desire to make the love of Christ known to Kelowna. He soon began to serve in the Young Adult ministry and has since made many great friends there, including Pastor Marcus, with whom Devan quickly bonded over love for studying the Bible, youth ministry, and ping pong.
Devan has been serving in various youth and children's ministries consistently for the past six years and looks forward to be apart of the KGF team as the Youth Intern. He is very excited to help disciple the youth and to stir a passion for knowing God and seeking His kingdom.
DENNIS & KATHIE KLASSEN - CUSTODIAN / JANITORIAL COORDINATOR
As long time members of KGF, Dennis and Kathie have a strong connection with the church and have been serving as janitors here for the past 15 plus years. They love the Lord and it is their desire to enable His people to enjoy a clean building to meet in![email protected]