Because We Care

We envision the BC/Yukon District providing a relationally based continuum of care through all stages of ministry.

Spiritual Learning Communities – Consistent, intimate relationships are the greatest source of care we can have. Our desire is to eventually see all of our credential holders meeting on a regular basis with a small group that focuses on spiritual well-being, ongoing education and strategy development in a caring environment. Groups are currently active in various regions as well as being organized around ministry groups (eg: Youth/Young Adult leaders, Children’s Ministries, Legacy Builders, Cultural Ministries). For information on how to connect with a Spiritual Learning Community phone 604-533-2232.

District Approved Counselling ServicesConfidential counselling is available across the District. Some coverage provided for those on the Kechnie Health Plan – see the counselling policy for details.

District Counselling Policy
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Executive Life Coaching – In recognition of our leadership coaching needs of credential holders in the District, the District Leadership Team has approved a subsidized executive coaching program.  Click here for more info.

Minister’s Help Line – 1-888-525-3749 provides confidential counselling for credential holders (of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada) and their families on this toll-free line.

Prayer Email List – By informing our office of your prayer needs, the District has available to its credential holders; quick connection to dozens of prayer intercessors and supporters. Please contact our office by email if you desire to be placed in the District “Knee Mail”.  Not all prayer requests will be communicated District-wide.

Program for Restoration – Credential holders who have experienced a moral or ethical failure that impacts their credentials are provided a supervised pastoral process to restore their personal well-being and credibility for future ministry.

Fellowship Fund and Ministers Assistance Fund – Funds are available for credential holders and families experiencing emergency situations. Contact may be made through the District Officers in such cases.

Retreat Centres

Focus on the Family Anonymous & professional crisis counselling and referral service.
The District is partnering with Focus on the Family to offer clergy care to credential holders and immediate family members.  This is an anonymous and professional crisis counselling and referral service.  They can be contacted toll-free at 1-888-525-3749.

Oasis Retreats – The District is partnered with this ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ which provides a 5-day interactive environment for ministry couples or individuals to be refreshed, encouraged and counselled. Oasis Retreats can be reached directly by contacting Bob Armstrong  ph. 604-832-6792.

Kerith Retreats – Focus on the FamilySurrounded by the calm of nature, our retreat centres offer the space to truly find stillness and our retreat schedule enables you to experience profound renewal in Christ. Since we understand the value of coming away, we set aside ample time for you to pray, reflect and let your mind slow down as you reconnect with God.  Designed to host no more than four couples, each centre offers a warm and gracious home environment. For your comfort, each guest suite is furnished with a fireplace, private bathroom, king- or queen-sized bed, kitchenette, and sitting area. And to ensure you’re able to enjoy a truly restful experience, meals are included in your stay, served by the host couple.  Our desire at Kerith Retreats is that you experience real rest in God during your stay here and you leave empowered by the time away, the teaching and the one-on-one sessions with the program directors.  Phone 1-800-550-5655 or email

Clergy Care Contacts

District Superintendent
Ken Russell | 604-533-2232

Assistant Superintendent for Operations
Darwin Pichette | 604-533-2232

District Counselling Coordinator
Dr. Marj Pettinger |

District Prayer Email