About - Staff
Darrel Toews, Lead Pastor
Growing up on a mixed dairy farm near McGregor Manitoba certainly provided a variety of interesting growth experiences. Experiencing the call of the Spirit early in his life, Darrel was afforded numerous opportunities to test emerging leadership skills in church, school and conference settings. Further formal educational thrusts included attaining a B.RS at Steinbach Bible College, a B.ED at the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Divinity at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in Elkhart, Indiana. Continually reading and integrating expansive theological thought aid in shaping his faith trajectory. Ordained on November 28, 1982, Darrel responded to an invitation of pastoral ministry in the church, serving first as youth pastor at Gospel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, and then ministering for 25 years (to the day) in southern Ontario, first at Tavistock Mennonite Church and then at Breslau Mennonite Church (Kitchener).
Married to the lovely Lucille Harms Toews, Darrel enjoys sharing the journey with three adult children and as Opa to three young grandsons. Lucille and Darrel celebrated their 25th anniversary by participating in an Anabaptist tour in Europe, and also more recently have taken an eco-tour through Australia and New Zealand. Appreciative of good literature, music, drama and stimulating conversation, Darrel also enjoys dancing, sports of all kinds, and remaining abreast of both past and current world movements shaping our collective human experiences. Still longing for love to infuse the world…
Phil Campbell-Enns, Pastor of Youth & Young Adults
As a youth ministry veteran of 13 years, I continue to love hanging out with teens, watching them mature, and seeing their faith in God grow. At its best, I believe that youth ministry models the right amount of worship, study, prayer, Christian service and fun for the rest of the church. Finding that balance is tricky. But when you find it, ministering, and forming friendships, with youth is amazing! Beyond life at church, my heart belongs to the home team – my wife Heather, and daughters Ava and Lia. Collectively they are my anchor, my rock, my joy, and my delight. Nothing better than ending a day by watching a little Food TV as a family. When I’ve got a bit of time to myself, my interests include playing guitar, building guitars, writing the occasional song, going for a jog, and reading. Like I said, finding that balance is tricky. But one day it will happen! Vices include South American yerba tea, strong coffee, and deep fried foods. As always, the balance is tricky!
Reynold Friesen, Pastor of Community Ministry
Reynold began on staff at Bethel Mennonite in 2004 as the Youth Minister; in 2009 he shifted into his current role as Community Minister. A native of Winnipeg, God’s calling led him to Ontario for 10 years where he worked as Youth Pastor at the Vineland United Mennonite Church and as Camp Director of Silver Lake Mennonite Camp. Along the way he has studied at University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Conrad Grebel College and currently in a non-profit management program through Simon Fraser University. Reynold loves dreaming and reading about things like missional church, emerging worship, community ministry and where the church might find itself in the future. He enjoys meeting the diverse people (of all ages and nationalities) in the neighbourhood and partnering with local organizations to improve their lives and the community. Away from work he loves spending time with his wife and two boys, pedaling in town or out of town on his bike, watching basketball and cheer on his Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets.
Gerald Warkentin, Custodian
Gerald Warkentin grew up in the rural farming community of Winnipegosis. After High School he attended Briercrest Bible College in Caronport, SK for two years which was followed by two years at the University of Manitoba. After a few years filled with different jobs and travelling he married Cheryl in 1989. They moved to Winnipeg in 1991 and he has worked at Bethel since the fall of 1992. His spare time is filled with raising three young adults, playing baseball in summer and curling in winter.
Lois Bergen, Administrative Assistant
Lois grew up in a family that placed a high value on Christian service. During her early years, her parents were missionaries in Mexico. Later, her father was a pastor in several congregations on the Canadian prairies. Living in diverse locations, Lois became friends with people from many different backgrounds, helping her to appreciate how faith can be expressed in a variety of ways. In Lois’ family, gratitude for God’s blessings was often celebrated through music. Studying at Canadian Mennonite Bible College strengthened Lois’ faith, and improved her musical abilities. She worked for many years at the Mennonite Church Canada office, before joining the staff at Bethel Mennonite Church in June 2016. She enjoys playing organ for worship services, and in her free time likes to go for walks, and spend time with family and friends.
With gratitude we acknowledge our gathering on Treaty No.1 land and that we are all treaty people.
Imitating the inclusive welcome of Jesus, we seek to be a community marked by the love of God.
Regardless of age, race, or sexual orientation, we invite you to make Bethel your spiritual home.
Sharing the peace of Christ, together we strive to reveal the realm of God in the world.