Over the past number of months, the Elders have been prayerfully studying the matter of Women and Men in Ministry and Leadership (WMML) at Bethany Chapel. We invite you to join us on Sunday evening, January 27, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, when we will share important information about the Elder’s discernment to date. Also available will be relevant Biblical study material on the topic of WMML, and the report of the study group – struck by the Elders – that met over last summer to study this important matter.

Two weeks later, on the weekend of February 8–10, you will have opportunity to come with any questions you have regarding the Elders’ discernment, and the accompanying reports and Biblical study.

We are providing three separate opportunities so that your schedules may be accommodated. The WMML discussion times will be held in the Fellowship Room as follows:

  • Friday, February 8, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

  • Saturday, February 9, 9:30 - 11:00 AM

  • Sunday, February 10, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Senior Pastor Search Committee Update

The SPSC is meeting twice monthly. We are currently in the process of finalizing the Senior Pastor Job Description / Personal Profile, this will be used to inform interested candidates of the qualifications for the position. Once finalized we will provide hard copies at the Info Desk.

Our present focus is ensuring a thorough & effective process and we warmly welcome your input. What are you looking for in our next Senior Pastor? Please send your input to: spsc (at) or in writing to Margie Stinton’s foyer mailbox. Thank you for your continued prayer, we sincerely value your support.



Elder Nomination

At Bethany Chapel an Elder must display the spiritual qualifications and character as outlined in 1 Timothy 3: 1-7 and Titus 1: 5-10. They must have a sense of God’s calling and possess the confidence of the congregation. We are pleased to present Stephen Chuang as a candidate for Elder.

We would appreciate receiving your comments by either speaking to one of the current Elders, sending us an e-mail (elders (at) or by dropping a note in Russell Watt’s mailbox. Thank you in advance for your response.

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Stephen Chuang

Stephen was born in Hong Kong and grew up attending an Anglican church, his mother being a second-generation Christian from China. He left home at age 17 to finish high school in Ontario. He then attended the University of Calgary and graduated with a business degree.

While attending university, Stephen was very involved with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (“IVCF”) which had a significant impact in his life and led to his recommitment to Christ. He also met his wife, Mariette, at an IVCF’s Christmas camp for international students in Banff.

Over the many years that Bethany has been their home-church, Stephen and Mariette served together in various capacities including Sunday School, the Library, Camp Okotoks, an ESL Bible Study, and a Cook Team.

Stephen also served on the Missions Committee and was a deacon until March 2018 after finishing his two terms.

Stephen and Mariette have two daughters, Celine and Danielle, who now work and live in Vancouver.

Stephen is a commercial banker by profession.



Senior Pastor Search Committee

Senior Pastor Search Committee

Thank you for your prayers and support as we received several nominations for the Senior Pastor Search Committee (SPSC). The team will lead the design and execution of a Senior Pastor search process and also be available for attendees to be engaged in the process. Your prayers are appreciated specifically for these people as they give their time and use their God-given gifts on the committee:

Margie Stinton (Chair) has served Bethany in a variety of ministries including Women Together, the Women’s Advisory Committee, the Nursery and as chairperson of the Transition Advisory Committee. Margie is trained as an RN and was employed as Pastoral Care Coordinator for 7 years; she and her husband Don co-lead a Connecting Group. Margie directed camp at Alberta Pioneer for 20 years, she currently is the Vice-chair of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Board of Directors and the mother of four adult daughters and grandmother to 9 grandchildren.

Barry Lappin and his wife Connie have been attending Bethany since 2003. Barry has been involved with the worship team, Alpha course, ESL and co-leading connecting groups. Barry has participated as a Board member for a number of non-profit organizations including Chairman for World Missions Fellowship Canada.

Rob Ypma is a Human Resources professional who has found his passion in Employee and Leadership Development and Team Effectiveness. He’s currently consulting in this space and teaching part-time with SAIT’s School of Business. He and his wife, Whitney, have an energetic 5 year old boy and a feisty 2 year old girl. Over the years, Rob has served in a number of ministry capacities, and his favourites have been leading small groups and a young adult ministry.

Annie Taylor - Developing a closer friendship with Jesus has been a gift that I treasure and am grateful for. Over the years, I’ve had opportunities to serve in various church ministries including the following: Alpha, Children’s Ministry, Nursery, Small Group Facilitation, Camp Counselling, Youth Ministry, and Prayer teams. I am married to Patrick and we have 4 sons: Levi, Ben, Luke, and Jacob (aged 2-10). I am a teacher by vocation, and am currently homeschooling our boys.

Vanessa Kordupel moved from Northern Ontario to work as a campus minister with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship 7 years ago. She has been serving at Bethany as a greeter, on the host team, and in the nursery, as well as attends a connecting group. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, making new friends, catching a good hockey game with her family, and spending time with her adorable niece and nephew.

Carmen Dool has attended Bethany since 1996, serving in numerous ministries including Women Together, AWANA, greeter, and coordinator of the Audio / Visual Support Team since 2000. She has participated in choir, cook teams, and a Connecting Group over the years and recently served on the Women and Men in Ministry and Leadership Study Group. Carmen has her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and is currently working at Samaritan’s Purse Canada. She’s married to Dwayne and has two adult sons.

Chris Lock and wife Carolyn have attended Bethany since 1973 except for time spent in the US from 1983-87. Small group leader and deacon for many years. Directed Camp Okotoks and served on the camp board for 20 years or so. President of Sojourners Camp and Wilderness Society. Chair at Servants Anonymous Society from 2001-2005. Passionate about the future of Bethany Chapel and us realizing our potential and calling.

Kevin McDonald and his wife Sherry have attended Bethany for 37 years. In addition to serving as an Elder, Kevin leads a Connecting Group, sings on the Worship Team and previously served on the Transition Advisory Committee. He is a retired Chartered Professional Accountant with experience in the areas of finance and human resources, including the design, implementation and management of many searches. Kevin and Sherry serve as volunteer hosts at the Focus On The Family Retreat Centre in Priddis. They have three children (two are married) and two grandchildren.



Senior Pastor Search Committee


Throughout the transitional period, the Elders felt it was important that Bethany be organizationally healthy before starting the Senior Pastor search process. We feel we are now at that stage.

Therefore, the Elders will form a Senior Pastor Search Committee. The objectives of this committee will be to:

  1. Design and execute the entire Senior Pastor search process, with the ultimate goal of recommending candidates to the Elders and then the congregation.

  2. Finalize the job description and personal profile originally developed by the Transition Advisory Committee, considering that the senior pastor will be responsible for working towards Bethany’s vision of “Opening Doors to God’s Truth and Love”.

  3. To keep the Elders and congregation informed of their progress.

  4. Pray intelligently and faithfully that:

  • God would be preparing the hearts of Bethany, our next Senior Pastor and his family,

  • God would lead the Search Committee and bestow His wisdom on its members throughout the search process,

  • God would allow the ministries of Bethany to flourish,

  • God would provide wisdom to Bethany’s leadership.

Your nominations for membership on the Senior Pastor Search Committee are requested. To nominate someone, please first confirm their willingness to serve in this capacity. Then send a brief (2-3 sentence) explanation of the reason you feel they would be appropriate for this role to Nominees must be members of Bethany Chapel.

The group will meet regularly for 4-6 hours per month, starting in November 2018. A balance of ages, gender, ministry involvement and skill set will be sought.

Your careful consideration of this opportunity, and your ongoing regular prayers for the Elders and the search process are appreciated.

- The Elders