The Capernwray Harbour Bible Centre Team
The Capernwray Harbour Staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds, diverse in skills, interests and personalities. Their purpose is one: to share the Life and love of the Lord Jesus Christ with those we are privileged to serve!
Capernwray Harbour Bible School and Conference Centre Staff photo.

Charlie Fordham

Charlie Fordham Director & Resident Lecturer

As Director of Torchbearers Capernwray Canada, Charlie Fordham provides pastoral leadership, training people for "FULL TIME" Christian service...regardless of their occupation through teaching and preaching God's Word locally and abroad. Charlie and his wife, Marlene, founded the ministry of Capernwray Harbour in 1979, arriving on Thetis Island with their young family in January of that year.

Born and raised in India, Charlie has been used by God to point countless individuals to the person of Jesus Christ so that they too might discover Him as Lord and Life!

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

cfordham@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Marlene Fordham

Marlene Fordham Student Ministries

Marlene Fordham has served the Lord wholeheartedly in the ministries of Capernwray Harbour since the work was founded by her and her husband, Charlie, in 1979. Her key involvement in the varied aspects of the Centre has given her a strategic platform in which to share the Life of the Lord Jesus with numerous guests, students and staff over the years.

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, the Lord has been pleased to use Marlene in her roles as ministry co-founder, teacher, friend, mother and grandmother.

CONTACT DETAILS: Marlene Fordham

Email

mfordham@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Esther Bieber

Esther Bieber Student Health & Wellness Supervisor

A past student of Bodenseehof, a Torchbearer Bible college in Germany, Esther first arrived to Capernwray Harbour to serve on the Support Staff team for the Summer of 2006. The Lord has led Esther to return to Capernwray Harbour to be a part of the full-time staff team starting in September 2007. Esther is married to Ted and is mother to her 3 growing boys, Silas, Lucas & Aaron and their little princess Emma. Together, they richly invest in the lives of the students and guests that they have contact with.

CONTACT DETAILS: Esther Bieber

Email

esther@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's Ted Bieber

Ted Bieber Student Ministries & Conference Assistant

Following the guiding hand of the Lord in his life, Ted Bieber is serving in the area of student ministries during the Bible School year and assisting with summer ministries from May to August starting in September of 2006. Ted took a year out of his teaching career to attend the Bible School in 1993/94 and returned for a year of Leadership Training in 2004/05. Ted called Vancouver Island 'home' before moving east to Thetis Island. Ted is married to Esther and they have 3 boys, Silas, Lucas & Aaron and one little girl named Emma.

CONTACT DETAILS: Ted Bieber

Email

tbieber@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Ben Ellershaw

Ben Ellershaw Maintenance Assistant

Ben came on board as a Property Maintenance Assistant after studying for 2 years at Capernwray Harbour. Ben grew up in the northwest part of England and is known for his quick wit, his deep love of Jesus and football. Ben met his wife Miriam during his years of Bible School and was married in 2013. He has recently made Canada his permanent home.

CONTACT DETAILS: Ben Ellershaw

Email

bellershaw@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Miriam Ellershaw

Miriam Ellershaw Receptionist

Venturing half way across the world to study for 2 years and now serving in this same location, Miriam has served as the Domestic Coordinator at Capernwary Harbour but currently serves as the Office Receptionist. Miriam was born and raised in India but is right at home with all of us Canadian Canucks. Her bright and patient spirit goes a long as she shares Christ's Life with those she greets and serves. Miriam is married to Ben Ellershaw.

CONTACT DETAILS: Miriam Ellershaw

Email

mellershaw@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Sony Falardeau

Sony Falardeau IT Administrator & Administrative Assistant

After attending Capernwray Harbour as a guest for many years, Sony took a step faith in leaving his banking career and attending Bible School at CHBC for both the 1st & 2nd year programs. Sony joined the Staff Team during the summer of 2015 and does a marvelous job making sure all the technology around the Centre is maintained, up-to-date and running as effeciently as possible for staff and students. Sony is a great support to the Director, assisting him personally and helping to supervise & administrate various aspects of the Bible School. Last living in Pemberton BC and originally from Quebec, Sony brings a love for the outdoors and a unique french flavour to the staff community.

CONTACT DETAILS: Sony Falardeau

Email

sfalardeau@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Chris Fordham

Chris Fordham Conference Coordinator & Director of Operations

Being raised at Capernwray Harbour, Chris Fordham has had the wonderful opportunity to experience and observe the transforming power and faithfulness of the Lord throughout the years. This in turn allows him to strategically share with guests and students Christ's Life often using 'Creation' as the classroom. Chris has been a student at Capernwray Hall in England as well as at Capernwray Harbour. He joined the staff team in 1996.

Chris is married to Susanne and together are enjoying raising their sons, Seth and Elijah.

CONTACT DETAILS: Chris Fordham

Email

chrisf@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Susanne Fordham

Susanne Fordham Administrative Assistant

Susanne Fordham began serving in the role of Bible School Secretary / Registrar in 1997. Susanne balances a full workload with caring for her two boys, Seth & Elijah. Susanne is an Alberta native and studied 2 years at Capernwray Harbour and it was during this time she met her husband, Chris. Susanne serves in the Lord's strength and joy.

CONTACT DETAILS: Susanne Fordham

Email

chbc@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's Barry Friesen

Barry Friesen Student Ministries & Gardens

Barry's roots are in the Peace River Country of Northern Alberta. He studied music & youth ministry in PEI and went on to seminary studies in Illinois in addition to serving church congregations in both locations. Barry attended a Holiday Bible Week in 2009 and enrolled in the Bible School programme shortly thereafter. His participation in the Leadership Training Programme followed the year after. Barry contributes a mature knowledge of the Word of God and a desire to disciple and encourage to the staff team.

CONTACT DETAILS: Barry Friesen

Email

bfriesen@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's April Galbraith

April Galbraith Administrative Assistant

April Galbraith came to study at Capernwray Harbour for two years from Manitoba, where she was born and raised. April joined the Staff Team in 2003 and currently assists with making work-related travel arrangements for different staff members and visiting guest lecturers as well as coordinating a variety of print and digital advertising for the Centre. Her kind, gentle spirit gives testimony to Christ's Life within her as she seeks to serve students, guests and staff. April is married to Kevin and is enjoying being a mother to Micah, Caleb and Liljan.

CONTACT DETAILS: April Galbraith

Email

agalbraith@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's Kevin Galbraith

Kevin Galbraith Business & Accounting Manager

Kevin Galbraith keeps the Accounting Department at Capernwray Harbour in good working order. Kevin, with his wife April, joined the staff team in 2003. Raised in the Calgary area, Kevin attended both the One Year & Leadership Programmes at Capernwray Harbour. He loves all things coffee and enjoys practicing his latte art on the side as a trained barista. Kevin & April are happily raising their children, Micah, Caleb, and Liljan.

CONTACT DETAILS: Kevin Galbraith

Email

accounting@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's Sebastian Harder

Sebastian Harder Kitchen Assistant

On completing the Leadership Training Programme, Sebastian Harder served in the kitchen as a summer volunteer. After that, we couldn’t let him go and he joined the full time staff team at Capernwray Harbour as a Kitchen Assistant. During long, full days Sebastian continues to keep a smile on his face as he preps meals and serves guests and students alike. Originally from Chilliwack BC, Sebastian first came to Capernwray Harbour on a school trip which led to family trips and then to his enrolment in the Bible School for two years.

CONTACT DETAILS: Sebastian Harder

Email

sharder@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Leanne Jeffrey

Leanne Jeffrey Accounting Assistant

Placing her university business admin. training into the hands of the Lord, Leanne Jeffrey is serving in the area of accounting at Capernwray Harbour as of September 2013. This former Calgarian is an aunt to 3 nephews and takes pleasure in photography, choir singing and the goodness & faithfulness of the Lord Jesus in her life.

CONTACT DETAILS: Leanne Jeffrey

Email

ljeffrey@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Elizabeth Joslin

Elizabeth Joslin Conference Registrar & Personnel Manager

Elizabeth Joslin has served at Capernwray Harbour since 1996. Whether she is registering conference guests, or corresponding with future staff members, her attention to detail and concern for others is an outpouring of the love & faithfulness she has received from the Lord Jesus.

Elizabeth grew up in Calgary, AB and spent two years at CHBC as a student before following the call of the Lord to join the full-time staff team.

CONTACT DETAILS: Elizabeth Joslin

Email

chbc@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's Johnny Cullen Keidann

Johnny Cullen Keidann Maintenance Assistant

Johnny CK, as he is known in Capernwray circles, has moved westward from Toronto to serve in the maintenance department. Johnny brings with him an infectious love for the Lord Jesus, an evangelistic heart to share Christ with others and a keen interest in the people placed in his path. Johnny has been learning many practical skills since joining staff in 2016. He has been both a student and summer volunteer at Capernwray Harbour in years past.

CONTACT DETAILS: Johnny Cullen Keidann

Email

jcullenkeidann@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Ralf Kempe

Ralf Kempe Estate Manager

Born and raised in East Germany, Ralf Kempe came to Christ in 1992. He attended Schloss Klaus in Austria prior to attending the LTS Programme at Capernwray Harbour and joining the staff team in 2001. Whether supervising maintenance projects or transforming earth and rock into celebrations of God's handiwork, Ralf relies on the Lord's wisdom and strength to share His Life with others in the daily tasks he finds set before him.

Ralf is married to Ruth and is the proud father of Anna & Timothy.

CONTACT DETAILS: Ralf Kempe

Email

rkempe@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Ruth Kempe

Ruth Kempe Student Ministries & Hospitality Care

Serving at Capernwray Harbour since 1993, Ruth shares the Life of Christ, in very practical ways, with the greater Thetis Island Community through organizing the 'Community Help' student outreach during the Bible School year. Ruth came to Canada after serving at Capernwray Hall in England to take part in the One Year Programme. She faithfully served in the Capernwray Harbour kitchen for years before the Lord ushered her into her roles as wife to Ralf and mother to Anna & Timothy.

CONTACT DETAILS: Ruth Kempe

Email

rkempe@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's Rachel Layoun

Rachel Layoun Kitchen Assistant

Rachel was a student at Capernwray Harbour from September 2014 to May 2016. Cooking during summers at a Bible Camp has prepared Rachel for the role of Kitchen Assistant at CHBC. She has a flair for flavours and seeing meals prepared with loving care & attention. Rachel desires to grow in her walk with Jesus and to encourage others to do the same. She is a wonderful addition to the community of CHBC.

CONTACT DETAILS: Rachel Layoun

Email

rlayoun@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Rebekah Penner

Rebekah Penner Housekeeping Coordinator

Giving practical life training to Bible School students as well as encouraging them in their walk with the Lord Jesus are essential components of Rebekah’s workday as Capernwray’s Housekeeping Coordinator. Becky, as she’s lovingly called, studied for 2 years at CHBC before taking on the responsibility of overseeing the domestics department. Her hometown is Winkler MB and some of her loves include baking, camping, scrapbooking and playing piano & trumpet.

CONTACT DETAILS: Rebekah Penner

Email

rpenner@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Rachel Sing

Rachel Sing Bible School Registrar

Rachel Sing joined the staff team in the role of Receptionist as of September 2009. Her transition from student to staff was an easy one as she responded in faith and obedience to the leading of the Lord Jesus to serve Him in this capacity. Rachel's calm and gently personality is a great asset in a busy office environment and her keen organization skills serve her well in the challenging role of Bible School Registrar. A Vancouver Island native from birth, Rachel is never too far from her family home.

CONTACT DETAILS: Rachel Sing

Email

rsing@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Anne Snyder

Anne Snyder Support Staff

The gentleness of Christ is evident in Anne Snyder's life and is a comfort and encouragement to students who need a kind, listening ear. Anne's greatest desire is to point the hearts of those she's in contact with to Jesus. Anne has served at Capernwray, along with her husband Doug, since 1999 after a year of study in the Bible School.

CONTACT DETAILS: Anne Snyder

Email

asnyder@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Doug Snyder

Doug Snyder Support Staff

Doug Snyder giving his 'retirement years' to the Lord and came to Capernwray Harbour as a student with his wife, Anne, from Ontario in 1998. Since that year of study, Doug has invested time and energy, with Christ's equipping, into accounting and research projects for the ministry as well as building relationships with students and staff. One of his greatest joys is to see individuals grow in their Christian walk as they respond in faith to Jesus Christ.

CONTACT DETAILS: Doug Snyder

Email

dsnyder@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Jeffrey Thudian

Jeffrey Thudian Resident Lecturer & Student Ministries

Born in Canada and raised in India, Jeffrey Thudian has grown up in a ministry-minded family of Bible teachers, preachers and evangelists. Returning to Canada for his Bible School and university education, Jeffrey has joined the Capernwray Harbour Bible School ministry team in 2016 after serving Vancouver Island Church congregations. Jeffrey met and married Tessa, a fellow Bible School student and Canadian, and together they are seeking to know and make Jesus known in this context.

CONTACT DETAILS: Jeffrey Thudian

Email

jeffreyt@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's Tessa Thudian

Tessa Thudian Student & Conference Ministries Assistant

Bright and full of life is how one might describe Tessa Thudian. Coming to Bible School from Ontario and settling on Vancouver Island, Tessa had been a friend of Capernwray Harbour for a number years before she joined staff in 2016. Working with church congregations and in youth ministry has prepared Tessa for serving at CHBC with her husband, Jeffrey.

CONTACT DETAILS: Tessa Thudian

Email

tthudian@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Charlene Toplensky

Charlene Toplensky Gardener & Pump House Supervisor

Weeding, watering and flower arranging have filled Charlene Toplensky's days since she and her husband, John, took over maintaining the beautiful gardens at Capernwray Harbour in 2006. Charlene has recently taken on supervising our snack shop, the Pump House, where she will no doubt continue to encourage students & guests to 'grow' in their relationship with the Lord Jesus.

CONTACT DETAILS: Charlene Toplensky

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

John Toplensky

John Toplensky Gardener

John Toplensky, with his wife Charlene, studied for one year at Capernwray Harbour and has since taken on the task of maintaining the gardens throughout the property as of September 2006. Prior to moving to Thetis Island, John and Charlene lived and worked in Three Hills, Alberta and are delighted to share Christ with those who stop to admire God's garden handiwork.

CONTACT DETAILS: John Toplensky

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

Capernwray's Christian Zinser

Christian Zinser Food Services Manager

Affectionately known as 'Zinger', Christian is originally from the south of Germany but is slowly making Canada his home. After 2 years of Bible training at CHBC, Christian spent a year cooking in Edmonton AB, where he became a fan of the Edmonton Oilers and all things Canadian. He previously worked in the area of human resources in Germany but is now honing his culinary skills in the Capernwray kitchen. Soccer, music & guitar playing are just a few of Zinger's other interests.

CONTACT DETAILS: Christian Zinser

Email

czinser@capernwray.ca

Phone

(250) 246-9440

CONTACT DETAILS: Charles Fordham

Email

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Charlie and Marlene Fordham attended Bible School at Capernwray Hall in the early '70's, then through a unique series of events, God led them to Thetis Island and the property was purchased.

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