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, Associate Pastor
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!
Kathy grew up in the beautiful community of Pinawa, Manitoba. It was working at summer camp as a young adult that first set her on the path towards exploring a call to pastoral ministry. That eventually led to further studies at Canadian Mennonite University, where Kathy completed first a Bachelor of Church Ministries degree, followed by a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Prior to coming to Bethel, Kathy worked for sixteen years as an occupational therapist, while also working in a couple of part-time pastoral ministry positions, first as a junior high pastor and later working among people at risk of homelessness. Kathy finds deep joy in walking alongside people in all of the various seasons of the journey of faith, and hopes that the church can be a safe and inviting place for people to explore conversations about the things that truly matter. Alongside her work as a pastor, Kathy’s loves include long walks in the woods, lingering over a good cup of tea, curling up with a good book, and delighting in her young nieces and nephews.
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.
Recognizing that we are all treaty people, with gratitude we acknowledge our gathering on Treaty No. 1 land and the traditional homeland of the Metis Nation.
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.