Lech Bekesza


Lech was born in Wroclaw, Poland.   After emigrating to Canada in 1982, he completed a Bachelor of Christian Education at Briercrest Schools and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy at the University of Waterloo.  He received a Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Western University.  Lech completed his doctoral studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary under the mentorship of Dr. Haddon Robinson.  Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Biblical Preaching Society, Lech pastored the Cobble Hill Christian Church on Vancouver Island for 18 years.  Lech is a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society.  He taught systematic theology and homiletics in Canada, USA and Poland.  Paulina and Lech have three children: Rachel, Abigail and Levi.

Graeme Bartle


Graeme was born in New Zealand. After high school he worked in a large School District Office while taking  accounting studies and earning a a designation as a Registered Accountant, later to be recognized as a Chartered Accountant (N.Z.). Following that he came to Canada to study Bible and theology at Canadian Nazarene College. He went on to Nazarene Theological Seminary to complete a Master of Divinity degree. Most of his working career has been in the field of accounting, both in industry and in accounting offices.  Graeme is  the treasurer of the Biblical Preaching Society. Today, he and his Canadian wife, Gail, are retired,  live on Vancouver Island, and enjoy their three children and four grandchildren.

Graeme Bartle


Gary Bennett was born in Tokyo, Japan, the son of career missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene.  He spent his boyhood years on the various islands of Japan and Okinawa, living there until his graduation from high school.  His life-calling is to local church pastoral ministry.  Following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho; Gary studied at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, receiving the Master of Divinity Degree.  After 20 years, while continuing his pastoral ministryh, he entered the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, receiving his degree in 2006.  Gary has been a local church pastor for 30 years, serving the first 7 years in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and since 1990 has been serving the congregation at the Victoria First Church of the Nazarene.  Gary and his wife Cheryl have four grown children.

Jamie Lockhart


Jameson Lockhart was born in Duncan where lives with his wife, Erin, and their four children. Jamie cannot remember a time when he was not working, or thinking about some ingenious ways of multiplying resources. He has always had a keen interest in business and leadership development. After graduation, he worked for various corporations as a sales representative and manager, always seeking to improve and innovate his working environment. The growing demands of a hectic life eventually led the Lockharts to a sabbatical in Ontario where they met Jesus Christ in a new way through sound biblical theology lived out in a small Christian community. Returning to Duncan marked a turning point in Jamie’s vision of God, church and business. At the present, Jamie is developing Mitchell’s Soup Co., a company committed to providing great value-added nourishment for his clients while developing leaders and resources for God’s Kingdom through sound biblical business practices. Jamie and Erin are leaders at the Cobble Hill Christian Church in Cowichan Valley.

Harvey Roosma


Harvey was born in Bellingham, Washington, in the USA. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and obtained a teaching degree. Following that he began a teaching career and also obtained a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. After teaching for nine years Harvey began studies at Calvin Theological Seminary and obtained a Master of Divinity degree. After graduation from Calvin Seminary in 1995, Harvey and his family moved to Port Alberni, British Columbia, in Canada to pastor the Alberni Valley Christian Reformed Church. During his time there Harvey did his work for his Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Harvey and his wife Kathy have four children, four grand children, and one grand child on the way. Since 2006 Harvey has pastored Christ Community Church in Victoria, British Columbia.

Phil Siemens


Philip was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but immigrated to British Columbia as soon as he reached the age of common sense. He received a Diploma in Biblical Studies at Columbia Bible Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Victoria. He graduated from Regent College (Master of Christian Studies). Through no fault of his own he went into residential construction and cabinet making.  Philip and his wife, Heather, have three children: Natasha, Luke and Helen.