Northern Ministries - New Staff

BC Conference is pleased to welcome the following new staff members to fulfill the revised staffing model for the Northern Ministries alongside Wally Hargrave who continues halftime providing pastoral care and worship to congregations and villages that do not have settled ministry in Prince Rupert Presbytery.

Debbie Bentham, Conference Minister, Northern Ministries MissionDebbie Bentham
As a present minister in a Northern BC congregation, Debbie is hired for her rapport with both Cariboo and Prince Rupert presbyteries, her communication skills, and her training and application of effective leadership. She comes from a social work background with a wide range of experience in the revitalization of programs and leading through change. Debbie begins her half-time role on July 1, 2014.



Victoria Andrews, Conference Minister, Northern Ministries PersonnelVictoria Andrews
Victoria is hired for her extensive personnel and presbytery experience in remote areas of Canada such as Grand Bank, Newfoundland/Labrador, to Port Alberni, BC. She is a current member of the General Council`s Ministry Employment Policies and Services Permanent Committee and the Effective Leadership and Healthy Pastoral Relations management team. She spent three years as personnel minister in Bay of Quinte Conference, is a trained conflict mediator and prefers to arrive for meetings on her motorcycle. Victoria begins her full-time role on July 1, 2014



Patricia Vickers, Ph.D., Conference Minister, Native MinistriesPatricia Vickers
Patricia enters this role with experience as a trainer, consultant, instructor, facilitator program developer, director and clinical counsellor for First Nations communities across British Columbia. She is no stranger to public speaking, being published, and engaging families, professionals, youth and the greater community. She has ancestral roots in Tsimshian and Heiltsuk nations on her father's side and Britain on her mother's side. Patricia begins her part-time role in mid April, 2014.