Captains Darryl and Kim Burry were appointed by The Salvation Army in July 2014 to give leadership to the ministries of The Kelowna Salvation Army. They were married in 1997 and have four wonderful children who are constantly teaching them about life, and keeping them on their toes.

Meet our Leadership Team…

Capt. Darryl Burry – Lead Pastor / Executive Director

Darryl is an island boy – but the island on the other side of the country.  Darryl spent most of his childhood growing up in Eastern Canada (from Newfoundland to Ontario).  At 18, Darryl ventured off to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he met the love of his life, Kim, while studying at Booth University College.

Darryl holds a Master’s degree in Leadership (University of Guelph) and an undergrad in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Christian Education (Booth University College). He enjoys helping others to understand and deepen their faith, and a desire to reach out into the community for Christ. Darryl also has a deep love for music and passion for authentic worship.

Darryl has spent many years ministering within the inner-cities of both Winnipeg and Toronto, and four years in the administration of Booth University College. He served as the Associate Pastor for Kelowna Community Church for five years before venturing to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, serving as the Lead Pastor / Executive Director from 2008 – 2014.

In July 2014, Darryl was appointed to serve as the Lead Pastor / Executive Director (Corps Officer) for The Salvation Army in Kelowna.

Capt. Kim Burry – Family Life Pastor

Kim grew up the daughter of Salvation Army Pastors and Missionaries who were serving in Kenya, Africa. After spending 9 years in Thika, Kenya at the School for the Blind, Kim and  her family moved to Jamaica for three years. After this time, the family moved back to Canada and settled in Vancouver.

Kim graduated from Booth College with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and has a deep love for people. Kim has worked in various settings including the Corrections and Justice department, a transition home for battered women, and group homes for those with developmental challenges. She has also spent many years in volunteer service within the church in both women’s and children’s ministries. Kim has served as the Family Life Pastor (Corps Officer) at  Kelowna Community Church since 2014 and gives leadership to various programs for women, children and youth both within the church and is the Chaplain for all Salvation Army Community Ministries in Kelowna. 

Jinger Goma – Director of Discipleship & Evangelism

Jinger joined the team in 2015, and while he has lived in Kelowna since the age of 18, part of his heart has been left in the country of his birth – the Philippines (Manila).

Originally pursuing a profession in medicine, Jinger felt the call of God on his life to pursue full-time pastoral ministry. Upon answering that call and following theological training (BA in Pastoral Ministry/New Testament Studies; MA in Old Testament Studies), Jinger engaged in pastoral ministry in the community that adopted him here in Canada.

Jinger, along with his lovely wife, Julie and their children (Simeon, Safia and Micah) have a true heart for others and a desire that all would come to know Him. As an active member of the local Filipino community, Jinger loves schooling others in the fine art of basketball!

Donna Thibideau – Director of Business Administration

Donna Thibideau has worked for The Salvation Army since 1990, working in administrative roles in Courtney, BC and Gibsons, BC. She moved to Kelowna in 2005 and assumed her current role as Business Manager. Donna has been an active member of The Salvation Army since she was a teenager and has a dedicated passion for the mission of our work! Donna and her husband Gord have been married for over 38 years and have four children and three very adored grandchildren. In her spare time Donna has taken up acrylic painting, power lifting, and continued studies in management and in contemplative prayer. She is also trained as a facilitator for the Enneagram.

Sonia Withers – Community Ministries Coordinator

Sonia is a French Canadian, raised in British Columbia, but always feeling the pull back to her roots and family in Quebec.

She has been with the Community Ministries team since 2012 assisting with everything from family services, event planning, overseeing the Emergency Foodbank and assisting with disaster support both locally and within Canada.

Her passion lies however with advocating for people who may be perceived as disadvantaged but are truly just looking to bring out their best selves.  “Every day we encounter people at the Community Life Center who just need to know they are seen and are important to this world.  Being here everyday is the best way I can do that”, she says.

Prior to coming to the Salvation Army Sonia worked for 16 years in the field of Human Services and in Tourism promoting our beautiful city before that.

Angela Stadnyk – Volunteer  Coordinator

Angela joined the team as our Volunteer Coordinator in May 2018, having served since 2012 in multiple departments, and most recently as the Manager of our Rutland Thrift Store.

Angela comes from a large family that is full of love and adventure. She bring a passion for life, for people, and for the mission of The Salvation Army. She believes in living every moment to the fullest and always has a smile on her face – especially when she gets to interact with others!

 

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