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BCBC Leadership Conference

ENGAGE |  Serving and Living in a Post-Christian Culture
BCBC Leadership Conference | May 25 - 26, 2018

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” Acts 10:38

Undeniably we are living in a changing cultural context in North America and as Christians we find ourselves outside the public square in matters other than religion. This conference will address contemporary topics that will help us engage our generation and various cultural contexts in which we may find ourselves. The church needs to listen to what people are asking and learn to address contemporary issues with integrity and compassion of the word of God. We are God’s mission into the world, his method and instrument for reaching people in the world.

You are invited to a weekend of engagement with inspiring speakers, enriching workshops, fellowship, worship and great food! Join us for this not to be missed Leadership Conference to be held at Cedar Grove Baptist Church.



  1. What's a Church to do with Singles? | Pamelina Chang & Jacquelyn Schrimer
  2. A Roadmap to Parenting in This Generation | Garth & Barb Borthistle
  3. The Christian Civic Duty: Engaging our Culture in a Missional Way | Kevin Schular
  4. Being Grounded in Your Identity | Nataizya Mukwavi
  5. Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues | Paul Dirks
  6. Taking the Gospel Outside the Church Building | Jeof Barrun
  7. Helping People Walk Through the Painful Process of Emotional and Spiritual Healing | Melony Materi
  8. Leading Mission Teams Local and Abroad | Buena Tupe
  9. Leading the Church to Spiritual and Relational Health | Leland Botzet
  10. Leading a Vibrant Youth Ministry | to be announced

conference schedule



  • Lunch
  • Worship
  • BCBC Ministry Celebration and Business Meeting 

7:00 - 9:00 PM | OPENING SESSION

  • Worship
  • Inspirational Stories of what God is doing in and through our Churches
  • Speaker:  Pastor Chris Price
  • Offering and Closing 



9:00 - 10:30 AM | MAIN SESSION

  • Worship
  • Speakers:  Pastor Paul Dirks and Pastor Kevin Cavanaugh


12:00 - 1:30 PM | LUNCH

  • Offering
  • Speaker


3:15 - 4:30 PM   | MAIN SESSION

  • Worship
  • Offering
  • Speaker:  Bernard Mukwavi
  • Closing Prayer
  • Worship


workshop details

What's a Church to do with Singles? | Pamelina Chang & Jacquelyn Schrimer

Singles in the church have largely been ignored and under-utilized. Many churches are often at a lost as to where to place their single adults and are unsure how to minister to them. Statistics show that many young adult are waiting longer to get married and as a result many feeling more disconnected in their churches which often cratered to kids, youths and families. This workshop will focus in on the biblical view of singleness and give churches ideas on how minister and utilize the singles in their church.

Jacquelyn Schrimer | Jacquelyn has been involved in bringing clean water to communities locally and globally. She enjoys exploring God's creation and serving as an elder at Calvary--Coquitlam, BC.

Pamelina Chang | Pamelina is from Edmonton, but is currently residing in Langley as she pursues her Masters of Divinity at Acts Seminary in Trinity Western University. She has served as a missionary in South East Asia and has worked with youth and young adults for the last ten years.

A Roadmap to Parenting in This Generation | Garth & Barb Borthistle

The Christian Civic Duty: Engaging our Culture in a Missional Way | Kevin Schular

Kevin Schular | The Executive Director of BGC Canada, Kevin Schular, comes from a broad ministry career as a senior pastor, along with other leadership roles in missions, compassion ministries, and Christian camping.  He was a pastor for 35 years - church planting as solo pastor but also in large churches as leader of a multiple staff team. Kevin was appointed to a five-year term as Executive Director of the BGC in 2016.  In addition, Kevin served 18 years as Executive Director of Assist Canada, a support ministry for national churches overseas. He traveled extensively in this role to nations like Nicaragua, Cuba, Turkey, India, DR Congo and Venezuela. Kevin also serves as Board Chair of the Mustard Seed Foundation, a compassion ministry offering shelter and life-skills equipping for the homeless in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary.

Kevin has been married 36 years to Laura and they reside in Edmonton. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.

When Things Fall Apart - Being Grounded in Your Identity | Nataizya Mukwavi

When things fall apart we are forced to focus upon our own weakness.  A strong identity emerges from this conscious contemplation of your life's purpose. Our identity is the way we define ourselves. This includes our values, our beliefs, and our personality. Learning how to ground yourself in any situation is an invaluable life skill that is far less complicated than you might have originally thought. We will be looking at the practical and spiritual ways to stay grounded in your identity.

Nataizya Mukwavi | Executive Director of Pregnancy Options | Completed a degree in Biblical Studies with a minor in Intercultural Studies from Columbia Bible College. Prior to joining Pregnancy Options, she was the Child Sponsorship Coordinator for Mercy Touch Mission International, which has an office based in Surrey, BC, and operates in Zambia, Africa. She was then as also given the opportunity to launch The Girl Project which is a program for marginalized girls in a rural community in Ndola, Zambia. She has a vast experience working with and alongside people of various cultures and ethnic groups. Additionally, she did an internship with Hope Mission in Edmonton, Alberta. During this internship she was working in a department called Wellspring, which is a one-year women’s addictions recovery program.

She is especially passionate about seeing people empowered and advocating for those who are marginalized in society. She is someone who loves to show compassion to people, so that they can recognize their purpose in life. Her life mission is to influence the future development of people, so they too can be influential in living out whom God has called them to be.

Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues | Paul Dirks

Taking the Gospel Outside the Church Building | Jeof Barrun

This workshop will look into some of the challenges we face in bringing the gospel message outside our church buildings into the community where we live, work and play. We will discuss the necessity of prayer, discernment and collaborations in developing ways and means on how we can become faithful and effective witnesses for Christ.

Jeof Barrun | Jeof is currently the Lead Pastor of God's Light Christian Fellowship which was planted in 2012. He is married to Evangeline and have three children :  Stephanie, Jeshurun and Jerome. He served with his wife as a missionary in Micronesia for 3 years from 1994-97 and served as the Lead Pastor of Fraser Valley Alliance Church in Delta for 11 years from 2001-2012. He is a graduate of Regent College, Vancouver.

Helping People Walk Through the Painful Process of Emotional and Spiritual Healing | Melony Materi

How do you help someone face emotional pain from their past?  We all have emotional wounds that can become infected and create pain.  We all try to go over, under, or around them. We all try to ease, numb, and anesthetize them with every possible bandage.  But the infection spreads, even though we think it’s under control. This workshop will empower you to help people find the infection in their souls, work through it with God, and come out stronger and closer to Him than ever before.

Melony Materi | Melony currently serves as Executive Director for a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Regina, Sask.  Her personal journey through abortion, sexual abuse, and adoption has given her great insight into these areas.  She has helped hundreds walk through the painful process of emotional and spiritual healing and she has spoken to thoughts of students.  Through her work, she shared at Post-abortive Grief workshops at the United Nations, New York City, in 2006 and 2007. She has also traveled to Zambia and Uganda, sharing her life story and working with orphans.  She is passionate about helping people recognize the emotional wounds that hinder the joy in their lives. She is the author of the book “Will You Go? A personal journey to emotional and spiritual freedom.

Leading Mission Teams Local and Abroad | Buena Tupe

Buena Tupe |  Buena connects with youth in the Fleetwood church community. She is an educator, speaker, and writer. Her passion is to add value to students’ lives by proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom and providing the means for them to discover their purpose. Her passion for the nations brought her to Vancouver from the Philippines to minister to our multicultural youth community, PURSU1T. The mission of PURSU1T is to nurture, enrich, and empower youth of different nationalities by fostering their emotional, social, cultural, intellectual, and spiritual growth through after school programs we provide. Buena leads the youth group in making disciples by loving God and loving others. She also pursues her passion for the nations by leading and mobilizing mission teams around the world.

Leading the Church to Spiritual and Relational Health | Dr. Reverend Leland Botzet

Dr. Leland Botzet | Dr. Botzet holds a doctorate of ministry in Revival and Reform: Renewing Congregational Life from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts, and also holds a master of divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Pastor Botzet is ordained and credentialed with the Baptist General Conference in the United States and Canada; he has served as a pastor in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and British Columbia, Canada. Leland is also trained and experienced in evangelism and discipleship, having led revival crusades and prayer journeys in North America, Brazil, and the Philippine Islands. Dr. Botzet has served as a mentor to pastors, leader of prayer gatherings, speaker at conferences and retreats, and maintains a deep involvement in prison ministry. He has also written a book “A Heart for God’s Glory: The Revival of a God-centered Faith in a Self-centered World” (Xulon Press). Leland enjoys reading, writing, playing/listening to music, traveling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and camping; his wife Nancy loves horseback riding, reading, traveling, and spending time in the out-of-doors. They have three adult children and four grandchildren – and love spending time together as a family.

Leading a Vibrant Youth Ministry | MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

Main Speaker | Pastor Chris Price

Chris is the Lead Pastor at Calvary Baptist church and the author of Radical Hope, published by Apologetics Canada. He lives in Port Coquitlam, B.C. with his beautiful wife Diandra and his two children Kaeden and Mila.

Main Speaker | Pastor Kevin Cavanaugh

Kevin has been the Lead Pastor of Cedar Grove, a multi-generational, multi-ethic (55 nationalities) ministry in the heart of inner city of Surrey since November 1997 and it continues to be one of the great adventures of his life. He has also led the Surrey Pastors Prayer Network for nearly as long and been part of inter-denominational leadership initiatives throughout the region.

Main Speaker  |  Bernard and Anne Mukwavi

Bernard serves as the current B.C Baptist Conference District Minister, working alongside pastors and churches in their ministries. He is passionate and committed to building a movement of churches that live out their faith within their communities in fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Bernard has also been serving as an adjunct Professor at Canadian Baptist Seminary (ACTS). He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Providence Theological Seminary. Bernard and his wife Anne have been missionaries and pastors on three continents: Africa, in Zambia, Europe, in Holland and North America in Canada. They are proud parents of three daughters and grandparents of one granddaughter.

Worship Leader | Pastor Rico Galindez

I have been leading worship for 20 years now, the last ten years in full time ministry as a worship pastor at a Cedar Grove. My desire is to have an opportunity to be a part of people finding their connection and intimate experience with the Holy Spirit. My heart is always attracted by HIS relentless pursuit of true worshippers, from the days of old HE has always been the catalyst for intense, out of bounds encounters. And everything that gets hit by HIS Spirit is forever changed. Kinda like getting hit by a train (it makes quite the impact), I doubt your life would ever be the same after that. I believe that you and I are meant by the Lord to be invincible until HE calls us home. So let’s live it like it’s our last.

Earlier Event: May 25
BCBC Leadership Conference
Later Event: May 27
Message Series: GOD THE ONLY HERO