Our Team

Staff, Elders & Leaders

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Brad Sumner

Lead Pastor

Office: 604-629-7802
Website: www.leadershipconfessions.typepad.com.
Facebook: bdanielsumner
Twitter: @bdsumner

Brad has served as lead pastor at Jericho Ridge since its inception in 2005.  

After having been on staff at North Langley Community Church for seven years and having obtained his M.A. in Church Ministries from ACTS Seminaries, Brad's passion for seeing people take the next steps in their faith journey led him to move to Willoughby. 

Brad is an avid reader, an occasional runner & kayaker, an armchair oenologist and an advocate for the marginalized. 

Brad and his wife Meg have two wonderful kids, Jared and Sophie and rescue dog named Poppy.

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Wally Nickel

Senior Associate Pastor

Office: 604-629-7803
Facebook: wally.nickel.9

Wally joined the staff team in the spring of 2016 with 16 years of pastoral experience and two M.A. Degrees (Church Ministry, Theology) from MBBS, Fresno, CA.

Wally and Sylvia, along with their two children, Joel and Savana, are excited to be living back in the Willoughby area. Their home operates with a "drop-in-any-time" policy (yes, they really mean it), as well as a "refrigerator-rights" policy for repeat visitors (just drop in anytime and ask). Nickel family activities are known to include Friday night games or movies, sunny days at Crescent Beach, bike riding, swimming and camping. Wally also loves to go fishing, likes to run (at least that’s what he keeps telling himself), is an avid sports fan who loves the Canucks, and a collector of sports memorabilia. His “love languages” include Starbucks and chocolate. And no, his given name is not Walter.

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Mike Ryder

Youth Pastor

Facebook: micheal.ryder.9
Twitter: @nightryder11

Mike joined our staff team as our student ministries director in April 2015. He oversees our youth programs: Proximity, Small Groups, and Source.
Mike is currently working on obtaining his B.A. of Biblical Studies at Columbia Bible College and hopes to one day get a Masters Degree. Previous to his role at Jericho, he considered himself a professional intern, volunteering in a young adults ministry in Kelowna for four years. He has also worked at Sportchek selling shoes for seven years and therefore has heard many, many Al Bundy references (although he’s never seen the show).
Mike and his wife, Katelyn, have been married for three years and since they do not have kids yet they spend most of their free time reading or watching Netflix.

He has acquired many new nicknames upon arriving at Jericho including: New Mike, Mike 2.0, and 90's Mike.

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Tammy Smethurst

Administrative Coordinator

Office: 604-629-7804
Facebook: tammy.powellsmethurst

Tammy and her family began attending JRCC in the summer of 2010 and she joined the staff team as the Administrative Coordinator in May 2011. In addition to managing most of the details around the JRCC office, she also co-leads our short term missions trip to Guatemala each spring and provides administrative support to all of our ministry areas.

Tammy has worked for a veterinary hospital and she’s also managed retail stores (she blames her love of shoes on this job). She and her husband Dave have been married since 2002 and they have two daughters, Hannah and Victoria.

Known for her contagious enthusiasm and infectious smile, Tammy has a lesser known quality that’s appreciated by all: she’s a woman of great wisdom (but only because she had to have five wisdom teeth removed!).

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Jenna Wiersma

Children's Ministry Director

Office: 604-629-7804

Jenna joined us in the summer of 2017 to serve as our Children's Ministry Director. She has been a support worker in women's transition houses and at a co-ed homeless shelter and comes to us with wonderful enthusiasm and creativity.

She has jumped right in to her role here at JRCC and is enjoying working with our kids and volunteers and getting to know our church family. Jenna enjoys reading, writing, spending time outdoors, and camping. Jenna received her BA in Pastoral Leadership from Pacific Life Bible College in 2011.

Constance Zacharias


Elders Team

Hebrews 13:17 instructs us to "obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow" (NLT).

Our Elders Team is empowered with the role of overseeing and governing our church. All of our elders have been affirmed by JRCC covenant members for their terms. Our current team is comprised of:

  • Curtis Cottrell
  • Miriam Faulkes
  • David McFarland, Secretary
  • Wally Nickel, ex officio*
  • Tyler Schacter, Treasurer
  • Brad Sumner, ex officio*
  • Ron Zacharias, Moderator 

* As the lead pastor and senior associate pastor, Brad and Wally are ex officio members of the board, meaning they are non-voting members.

Ministry Leaders 

We use the phrase Ministry Leader to describe the people who lead our various teams. If we chose to use biblical terminology, a better title would probably be deacons, but we've chosen not to use this word because it's not the easiest to understand. Our ministry teams are:

  • Children, Jenna Wiersma     
  • Youth, Mike Ryder     
  • Media, Darwin Warkentin     
  • Groups, Kevin O'Coin    
  • Missions, Lindsey Schacter     
  • Prayer, Katy Kwon     
  • FacilitiesCurrently Vacant    
  • Sunday AM Hospitality, Currently Vacant    
  • Worship, Currently Vacant     
  • FrontLines - Currently Vacant     Contact