Our Team

CCCC’s staff of accountants, lawyers, and ministry credential holders are plugged in with over 3,300 churches and faith-based ministries from across Canada. We have the privilege of impacting these ministries by sharing our expertise in legal compliance, organizational best practices, human resources, fundraising, and financial management.

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Meet the Team

John Pellowe

Rev. John Pellowe

Chief Executive Officer

Serving CCCC and its members since 2003 as CEO, John’s passion is to help Christian churches and agencies become ever more exemplary, healthy, and effective. He believes God’s blessings flow when theology drives strategy and organizational activity and when staff enjoy a vibrant, daily, personal experience of God. Ordained by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, John has served as pastor, treasurer, deacon, and elder. John enjoys good conversation, hearing others tell their stories, and reading (a cereal box will do in an emergency). He loves to play the organ and his music can be heard (and seen) at https://www.youtube.com/user/4007489885.

James W. Metcalf

James W. Metcalf

Chief Operating Officer

James joined the CCCC team in February 2015 and as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for CCCC’s Programs, Services, Operations, and IT. He has over 20 years experience with a major financial institution as a senior leader in Project Management and Program and Loyalty Management. James serves as an elder and bible teacher at his local church, he also sits on a number of boards. He holds a Masters Project Management certification from Ryerson University and York University and a certificate in Innovation and Strategy from York University. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, hiking, gardening, and reading.

Amy Ross

Amy Ross

Legal Writing Assistant

With a background in education and administration, Amy joined the legal affairs team in 2018 as Legal Writing Assistant to Barry. Amy completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Lethbridge, and her MSt (Master of Studies) at the University of Oxford. Although she currently calls Alberta home, Amy has been involved in full time ministry around the world. Her experiences living in countries with limited religious freedom have given her a deep appreciation for the invaluable work of CCCC. A mom and stepmom, she also enjoys singing, playing piano, camping, river rafting, and cake decorating.

Barbara Bierman

Barbara Bierman

Head of Online Programs, Member Support Team

Barbara has been influencing charities and non-profits in the fields of government relations, professional and policy development, and collaborative networks for nearly 20 years. Her background in private school administration has given her the opportunity to hone a unique skill set. She brings that experience to developing the CCCC online community (The Green) and Training Centre as well as being part of the CCCC Member Support Team. Barbara lives in Cambridge with her family, which consists of a church-planting husband, two adult children, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and watching football.

 

Barry W. Bussey

Barry W. Bussey

Director of Legal Affairs

Hailing from the island of Newfoundland, Barry serves as general counsel to CCCC, interpreting legal and regulatory environments and representing the Christian charitable sector to the wider Canadian society. He writes on law and religion, emphasising the importance of maintaining a safe legal environment for Christian charities. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Australia. Barry has earned advanced degrees in political science, peace and conflict studies, and law. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. You may follow his scholarship at SSRN and Academia

Benny Bian

Benny Bian

Head of IT

Benny brings over 15 years of IT manager experience and a Master’s Degree from Dalian University of Technology to CCCC. Born again in 2004, he started the second half of his life in Canada in 2007 with his wife and their older son. Benny is grateful for being able to serve God with his gift by contributing to CCCC and churches in China, Kitchener, and Waterloo. Benny likes to skate and play the Chinese game Go. He spends time with his younger son on every PD day. He calls them "Play with Daddy" days.

Bonnie Pillsworth

Bonnie Pillsworth

Executive Assistant

As John’s EA since 2014, Bonnie brings diverse experience to her support of the CEO, applying transferable skills from previous positions in healthcare, banking, law, and technology. She contributes strategically and creatively to the work of the corporate office team. Bonnie values soft skills and most appreciates meaningfulness, unexpected kindness, and clever humour, all of which are in regular supply at CCCC, as well as in her family as they journey through life together. Having lived in France for a year, Bonnie is drawn to French style. She loves a good book, pressed coffee, and a chocolate pastry or two.

Carolyn Innis

Carolyn Innis

Head of Marketing

Carolyn joined the team at CCCC in June 2019, bringing 10 years’ experience in marketing and communications leadership in the charitable sector, along with passion and energy to serve Christian ministries across Canada. In her role as Head of Marketing, Carolyn draws from her background in content creation, media, public relations, advertising, digital strategies, and brand development. Carolyn has also worked as a television reporter and writer, where she nurtured her inquisitive nature and appreciation for great storytelling. She resides in Waterloo with her husband and two children, who add much joy and laughter to her life.

Christian Malleck

Christian Malleck

Head of HR, Member Support Team

Christian is dedicated to helping people through complicated situations. After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University, he obtained a post graduate certificate in Human Resources Management. He has spent years working closely with small businesses and non-profit organizations to help them navigate different areas of HR work. Christian hosts the HR Roundtable for CCCC members and provides customized work. He’s always excited for the opportunity to work with members on solving unique issues and developing customized solutions to help them improve and grow. Christian is a dedicated husband and father of two, and lives in Kitchener, ON.

Curtis Towns

Curtis Towns

Head of Accreditation, Member Support Team

Curtis provides oversight to CCCC’s Accreditation program and Pension Plan. He considers it a joy to support ministries and helps charities obtain Accreditation through CCCC’s highly respected standards program. Curtis draws from his significant church ministry experience in the areas of management, finance, human resources, and administration. Curtis is a life-long learner, first pursuing education in theology (BTh) and missiology, then obtaining his accounting designation (CPA, CMA), currently studying leadership. Curtis is ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and lives in the Waterloo Region. Curtis and his wife are blessed to do life with four children. 

David Johnson

David Johnson

Accreditation Associate

David has 30 years experience with both secular and Christian charities and has served on a number of church and charity boards. He has a master’s degree (MSW) in policy and administration through Carleton University’s School of Social Work. David served in a number of capacities at CCCC, and more recently, as the Director of Certification. David now provides support to the CCCC’s Accreditation (Seal of Accountability) program, undertaking Annual Compliance Reviews for CCCC Accredited Members, and conducting onsite (currently virtual) Field Reviews. David has four adult children and lives in Elmira with his wife Ruth and cat Theophilus.

 

David Van Der Molen

David Van Der Molen

Member Support Associate

David has been working for CCCC since 1994. He was born and raised in Jarvis, Ontario. He grew up on a poultry and dairy farm. David attended a residential school for the blind from Grades 1 through 11. In 1992, he graduated from Calvin College, a Christian liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, MI, with a BA degree in English and general communications. David is married with three children, and has a guide dog named Delight. At CCCC, you can find David answering the phones, providing employee benefit price quotes, answering emails, and performing other membership services.

Deina Warren

Deina Warren

Associate Director of Legal Affairs

Deina keeps up to date on legal, regulatory and policy developments for member charities and is in-house counsel to CCCC. She finds constitutional and administrative law fascinating (for real!) and is passionate about religious freedom. Deina went to law school in Ottawa, followed by an LL.M. from Osgoode. She knows firsthand the rewards and challenges of charitable work, having served on a variety of boards. Her spare time is spent with family, baking, running, and training her unruly but adorable rescue dog.

Gilbert Langerak

Gilbert Langerak

Member Support Specialist, Member Support Team

Gil has a Business Administration diploma from Seneca College and a Christian Studies (Business) degree from Redeemer University. He serves with CCCC’s Member Support Team and is a familiar CCCC voice as host for webinars and workshops on various topics and answering members’ calls and emails. Gil has 40 years experience in administrative and leadership positions in both the for-profit and charitable sectors, with over 20 of those in service to members at CCCC.  He is an experienced church treasurer, elder, charity board member, community garden coordinator, and AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO®).

 

 

Lauren Bergsma

Lauren Bergsma

Administrative Assistant

Lauren is a recent grad of Humber College and received an Honours Bachelor Degree in International Development. Her background in international development helps her excel in her role as an Administrative Assistant at CCCC. She fell in love with ministry work while in high school and has since pursued that passion by being involved in church activities and mission trips. When she is not at home in Acton, you can find Lauren and her husband Elliot camping, fishing, being around the campfire with friends, snowmobiling, wakeboarding, hiking, or doing anything else outside.

Lois Lynn

Lois Lynn

Finance Assistant

Lois can keep books, generate receipts, and provide any music required. She loves the ‘local church’ and is delighted to also serve the Christian community through her employment with CCCC.  Prior to joining CCCC in 1996, she managed the missionary payroll and disbursements for the overseas missions department of the PAOC. She is a piano teacher and trained broadcaster. Her bookkeeping qualifications include college courses and ‘doing’. She is blessed with 12 nieces and nephews and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews. She enjoys life with her pets -- a dog named Marley and a lovebird called Frankie.

Matthew Dilts

Matthew Dilts

IT Specialist

Matt has been working in the IT field for over 10 years and graduated from Niagara College for Computer Programming in 2011. Matt has experience in a wide variety of aspects in the industry including web development, computer programming, and technical support. His passion for helping people drew Matt to CCCC in 2014. As an IT Specialist, Matt takes on many tasks such as providing technical support to staff, ensuring smooth operation of IT infrastructure, and maintaining the online presence of CCCC. Matt resides in Cambridge, ON with his wife and their three children.

Pamela Carlin

Pamela Carlin

Head of Administration

Pamela is an educator and an administrator. She recently joined the team as the Head of Administration. Pamela completed her undergrad degrees at Dalhousie University and University of New Brunswick. After two decades of teaching high school math and physics in Canada, China, and the U.K., she returned home to work in local church and parachurch ministries as both an Administrator and Executive Director. Earning her Master of Organizational Management degree from Crandall University made that transition possible. She currently enjoys living in Elmira and returning to the Maritimes as often as possible. In her free time, she plays several instruments and paints landscapes.

Paul Wolfe

Paul Wolfe

Head of Knowledge and Publications

Paul loves to busily sort and organize anything he can get his hands on. He also has a passion for communicating ideas clearly. He joins CCCC after a decade of helping accountants and engineers sort, refine, and publish their research, innovations, and processes. To sharpen his skills, Paul earned an M.A. in Technical Communication and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration. Earlier in his career, Paul served as the Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and as a Pastor with the C&MA. He has also lent his time as a volunteer Director for arts, youth, and economic development corporations.  These days, Paul and his wife Jennifer attend and volunteer at Westheights Community Church (BIC) in Kitchener, ON. 

Wayne Kroeker

Wayne Kroeker

Head of Finance, Member Support Team

Wayne has over 30 years' practical experience in financial management, both in the private and charitable sectors, and holds professional accounting designations (CPA, CGA). Since 2005, Wayne has been serving CCCC members by responding to questions on a broad range of charity topics. He speaks at various conferences and seminars, and researches and creates content for CCCC’s website and publications. He also manages the CCCC’s finance, budget and audit functions, and insurance risks and provides leadership to the CCCC Group Health Benefits programs. Wayne has served extensively as a volunteer, board member, and treasurer in his local church, at the denominational level, and with Christian camps.