Bethel’s church family is praying, and fasting in preparation to discern who will be the next Lead Pastor. We are prepared with patience to find the right leader to fulfill Bethel’s mission and vision.

Process Steps To Date

Pastor Dave and Elaine Findlay were leading a stable church when Dave retired on July 31, 2019 after 16 years as Lead Pastor.

Pastor Bob Jones accepted the role of Interim Pastor and started on August 1st. He will stay until the next lead pastor is settled into place.

A congregational survey identifying a pastoral profile, strengths and weaknesses of Bethel was completed in September.

The Lead Pastor role at Bethel was posted to the Ministry Opportunities page on the ABNWT, and PAOC National Office websites.

The Board led a Discovery Process facilitated by District effectiveness coaches in October. A new mission and vision were established.

The Board is acting as the Search Task Force. The chairman of the search Task Force initiated calls to district superintendents, and personal contacts.

We received resumes until the end of November 2019. See Role and Job Description here.

Next Steps – as of December 29, 2019
Resumes screened.
Phone interviews conducted.
Candidates prioritized.
We have settled on one candidate and will host an on campus interview with the candidate and spouse in January 2020.

When both parties feel settled on the opportunity, present the candidate to congregation in information meetings and have the candidate minister on a Sunday.

Congregational vote on a Sunday. 

Invitation to Pastor if the vote is positive.

Acceptance of the invitation.

Assist the Pastor in finding housing and moving to Barrhead.

Sunday induction of the new Lead Pastor.

Transition period with Interim Pastor.


Interim Pastor: Pastor Bob Jones

Bob joined our staff as our interim Lead Pastor on August 1, 2019. While he assists Bethel in finding our next Lead Pastor he will be fully engaged in community. Bob served congregations in Essex, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, and most recently for 29 years at North Pointe Community Church, Edmonton. He has led successfully in local and international initiatives. Bob is writer, author, and communicator. Follow him at REVwords.com

Family Ministries Pastor: Teresa Kristel

Teresa Kristel has been our Family Ministries Pastor since the fall of 2014. Her and her husband, Tim, have lived in Barrhead for many years. Their daughter is Jennifer.