Staff Member

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Cheryl Kirkness

Board of Overseers Member

My husband, Dave, and I came to Bethany with our children, Graeme and Erin, in 2004. We knew we wanted a community of believers living out honest faith by whom our teenagers could be mentored as they matured in their own relationships with Jesus. What a rich surprise it was to find that every member of our family has since found challenge and wonderful support from Bethany members as we seek to know and serve Jesus better.

Dave and I have been Life Group leaders for many years and find that intimate group of believers to be great friends and partners in the journey–in joyful and sorrowful times. I spent five years as a large group leader in KidZone (then Rainbow Connection) until recently changing to assisting in the nursery with the newborns (Bethany members have beautiful babies!!). Once our children “graduated” from the youth group, Dave and I have resumed working as small group leaders in that program–we have always been captivated by youth and love Tuesday nights. A particular joy has come in the opportunity to co-lead a group with my daughter, Erin. You will find our whole family involved in dramatic and musical productions–we are delighted that Bethany celebrates the arts, claiming them back for our Lord.

Outside of church, I work as a private physiotherapist treating those with central nervous system injuries. My work has been a source of numerous ‘God-moments’ in the midst of the everyday-ness of life. Outside of work, my husband and I have a small farm with six rescued horses, three dogs and seventeen alpacas (more to come!). We look forward to pursuing more in the alpaca industry as pending retirement income. Hobbies include knitting, hand-spinning, painting and any fiber-related craft, although I haven’t found much time lately to indulge in those. Together, Dave and I love sports, hockey and lacrosse in particular, and short-term travelling with our family.

I confess that I cannot remember a time when I did not know Jesus. What a blessing! The 20/20 clarity of hindsight shows me easily the “Barnabas” people in my life who have been key in the maturing of my faith. I desire greatly that we as a community at Bethany continue to be those “encouragers” in faith, particularly as our culture wanders away from the best way to do life, as is written in the Word. Growing up in a liberal church has taught me the critical necessity of needing to know and apply the Bible to everyday moments as I have an intimate relationship with Jesus. Praise God that Bethany teaches the importance of both critical parts of being a Christian.

Serving as a board member will be a privilege for me, and a daunting task. Thank you in advance for your prayers in our leadership decisions.