Our Team

Staff, Elders & Leaders

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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, love living in Willoughby. Their home operates with a "drop-in-any-time" policy (yes, they really mean it). Nickel family activities are known to include Friday night games and 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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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 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. Jenna enjoys reading, writing, spending time outdoors, and camping. Jenna received her BA in Pastoral Leadership from Pacific Life Bible College in 2016 and is Currently working on her Masters of Theology through Okanagan Bible College.  

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Constance Zacharias

Financial Administrator

Office: 604-629-7804

Constance brings a wealth of experience to our staff team. She has been a small business owner, a bookkeeper and is presently a certified life coach. Her affiliation with John Maxwell's team has also afforded her travel to Paraguay and Costa Rica to train the leaders and influencers of those countries.

She and her husband Ron, love the great outdoors, enjoy playing tour guides to out-of-town guests and family members, and playing board games. They have two adult kids, Jana (and son-in-law, Cory) and Ryan.

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Tammy Goh


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
  • Katy Kwon
  • James Carpenter
  • 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.