About Us

our history

In 1977, a few students from Okanagan Bible School visited Kelowna City Park weekly, offering coffee and conversation to park visitors. As winter approached there was an apparent need to shield vulnerable community members from the cold. The students opened a drop-in centre that grew to be Kelowna’s Gospel Mission Society in 1978.

By 1985, we had a soup kitchen, a new emergency shelter, and the thrift store. With this foundation, we are able to advance in our mission to lead our community from homelessness into wholeness.

our mission

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission will feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and help the hurting. We will provide assistance to all. We will minister to the whole person, spirit, soul and body by sharing Jesus with a servant’s heart.

our values

faith • In all our programs and services we will demonstrate God’s message of love for all people by following the example of his Son, Jesus Christ.

respect • We value all human life and believe that each person is created in the image of God and must be treated with dignity and respect.

integrity • We are transparent and trustworthy, accountable to God and each other. We are committed to biblical, ethical and professional accountability in all our dealings.

stewardship • We will be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us and are accountable before God and our supporters for the management of these resources.

teamwork • We will work together as a team to provide support for one another in the fulfillment of God’s plan.

empowerment • We are committed to caring relationships that foster trust and empower people to live the lives that God intended for them.

holistic approach • We are committed to serving the whole person – physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and socially.

excellence • We are committed to responding to the changing needs of our community and to pursuing excellence in all our programs and services.

partnership • We are committed to working in partnership with individuals, churches, businesses and government to help those in need.

safety • We are committed to providing a safe environment that fosters restoration and healing.

inclusiveness • Our doors are open to all in need and we will provide our services without judgement or discrimination.

statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, ultimately authoritative Word of God. We believe that individuals are saved through a direct, personal encounter with the risen Lord, at which time they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
We believe there is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is Deity; that He was born of a virgin, that we are redeemed by His atoning death through His shed blood, that He bodily resurrected and ascended into heaven, and that He will come again in power and great glory. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whom Christ indwells each believer, enabling him or her to live a godly life of obedience as he or she reaches for maturity.
We believe the Holy Spirit unites all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that together they form one body, the church.

our team

We strive to be transparent and trustworthy, being committed to Biblical, ethical and professional accountability. We are devoted to building caring relationships that reciprocally empower and support.

Our Board

Bob Evans

Bob Evans

chair

Art Bonney

Art Bonney

vice chair

Doug Woit

Doug Woit

quality assurance

Sheldon Woodcock

Sheldon Woodcock

secretary

Lisa Issler

Lisa Issler

Jayson Zilkie

Jayson Zilkie

Celina Manson

Celina Manson

Quinton Pullen

Quinton Pullen

treasurer

Our Leadership

Randy Benson

Randy Benson

executive director

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison

director of development

Nancy Tordliffe

Nancy Tordliffe

harmony house director

Brian Penner

Brian Penner

director of human resources

Karl Heinitz

Karl Heinitz

director of emergency services

Our team is equipped with individuals from a diverse set of experiences, who thrive on responding to the changing needs of our community and to pursuing excellence in all of our programs and services. We also enjoy cultivating larger partnerships with outside individuals, churches, businesses and government to maximize our impact.