JAMES BEKKERS · Executive Pastor
James grew up in Antigonish, a small university town on the east coast of Canada. He began serving at Temple as Executive Pastor in July 2013.
Over the past two decades James has been a teacher, a principal, and a pastor. His academic interests are wide ranging - from science to education to theology. James is married to Caroline and they have three grown children. For hobbies, he enjoys photography, bird watching, and travelling. James is passionate about seeing the local church grow spiritually and engage the culture around it with authenticity, wisdom, and creativity.
KATHERINE REYES · Director of Children's Ministry
Katherine joined the Temple staff as Children’s Director in June 2006. Katherine oversees all of our children’s ministry programs (Temple's Tree House, Girls Alive, Sunday School, Plan to Protect and Day Camp). Katherine has a passion for seeing children accept Jesus as their forever friend and helping them grow in their faith. Her spiritual gifts include administration and teaching. Katherine believes that children need to be taught the Word of God but also see Jesus’ love demonstrated in everyday people. She is married to Lehrend, and has three wonderful kids: Julia, David, and James.
JARED WIEBE · Director of Student Formation
Jared was born and raised down the street in the great big city of London, Ontario. Jared is working on a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry, through Prairie College’s Online Education.
When he’s not found at his desk at work or at home, he is either playing board games, watching football, playing any given sport, or talking to someone. He loves connecting with people, whether that be over a meal, hobby, or just sitting on a couch.
Jared has stepped into our Jr. High ministry with a vision of making every student feel seen, known and loved by our Father in heaven by equipping leaders in the local body of Christ to come alongside students as the hands, feet and presence of Jesus.
SHAY ZOLLINGER · Ministry Assistant
Shay grew up in Lambton County most of her life and is very excited about the opportunity to now serve the community in a local church setting as Temple’s Ministry Assistant.
She is a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute (Owen Sound, ON) and is now currently working on her Bachelor of Theology in Youth Ministry through Vanguard College Online (Edmonton, AB). She has also completed her Level 1 certification through the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC) as well as the Internship Program through Caring for the Heart Ministries.
For as long as she can remember, Shay has had a passion for youth ministry and a desire to minister to the next generation of teens and young adults. During her time at Bible college, God expanded this passion to include Biblical counselling which led to her seeking more official training and certification to be able to counsel youth using a gospel-centered method. She is eager to see how God leads her to use her love of both youth ministry and Biblical counselling in her new role as she serves in the student ministries at Temple.
Shay’s ultimate desire is to see today’s youth KNOW, GROW, and GO. That they would come to KNOW Jesus, be discipled to GROW in their relationship with Him, and then GO into the world as His image-bearers and be lights for Christ in their homes, schools, jobs, sports teams, etc.
Shay’s favourite thing is to get coffee with other people and hear what’s on their heart and how God is working in their lives. She also loves music, reading, writing, hiking, and learning or experiencing new things.
She is married to Tobi and they have one beautiful daughter, Hosanna Grace.
GAIL ANN VEGH · Director of Worship Arts
Gail Ann joined the Temple team in January of 2020 and serves as Director of Worship Arts. She is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, but had been living in Florida since 2003. Professionally, she has been in office management and church leadership since 1999. Gail Ann’s heart is to set the example that worship is far more than just music, but a lifestyle that we choose to live everyday. She is married to Scott, and they have three children, Jessica, Samantha, and Maelynn.
SHELLEY MATSSON · Administrative and Office Manager
Shelley joined our staff as our part-time Administrative and Office Manager. Shelley is a North American Baptist College alumnus and brings 15 years of valuable administration experience to Temple. She has worked with a technology firm and an academic institution where she operated beside the Vice President and the Dean of Admissions. Both Shelley and her husband Rolf are quite active in our ministry programs. In her downtime Shelley enjoys spending as much time as possible with Rolf and their two children, Evan and Sofi.
NICOLE THOMAS · Administrative Assistant
Nicole provides administrative support to staff and members of Temple Baptist Church two days a week. Aside from her time here in the office, Nicole also volunteers in the toddlers room during our Sunday morning worship service. Nicole keeps busy helping her husband, Simon, and their three kids, Lachlan, Hudson and Eamon by traveling around and visiting some of the local sights.
JOSH SNOW · Site Maintenance Manager
Josh has been attending Temple as long as he can remember (he also went to school here). Josh is excited to be able to provide a service for his church family. He really enjoys helping people and is excited to get more involved in the church as it pertains to his job as well as creating connections with people that will allow Josh to grow in his walk with Christ. Josh has a 4 year old son named Jacob. He enjoys hunting and playing/watching sports. Josh also enjoys talking with people about theology and history.