Rev. Cynthia (Dillen) Pelletier

Rev. Cynthia (Dillen) Pelletier


Pastor Cyndi and her husband, Mark, have been leading Kinnaird Church of God since September 2012 and are excited about God’s plans and purposes for this dynamic and growing congregation. Mark and Cyndi are all about “doing life” together. They can be found in the church kitchen—baking cookies with the kids or whipping up some delicious ethnic foods with our international students. Come summer, they’re out on the lake pulling kids from 8 to 82 around on a tube behind their boat. They have big hearts for God and people!

Pastor Cyndi was ordained with the Association of the Church of God in Southern California & Nevada in 2004 where she served the Garden Grove Church of God as Worship Pastor for six years before returning to her hometown of Castlegar to serve as an Associate Pastor at Kinnaird Park Community Church for five years.

Cyndi is an alumnus of Christ for the Nations, Christ for Canada Bible Institute, and Youth with a Mission and has enjoyed doing short-term missions in places like Hawaii, Costa Rica, UK, and Uganda. Cynthia’s background in Early Childhood/Special Education can be seen in her passion for cultivating engaging and relevant opportunities for discipleship for the youngest members of our congregation as well as her continued connection with individuals with special needs in our community. Her desire is to see every person, from the youngest to the oldest, joyfully living out their fullest potential in Christ.


Hans Wollenberg

Council Chair

“Still waters run deep.” This humble, servant-hearted guy has a dry sense of humour and passionately loves Jesus and people! He quips that he was born at an early age and raised in Germany but grew up to be quite a globe-trotter. Hans has a deep love and respect for God’s Word that is reflected in the heart-felt sermons he blesses us with from time to time.

Rob Gillard

Council Vice Chair

Our head usher, Rob, a.k.a “Mr. Muscle” can be found doing a lot of the heavy-lifting around the church —scaling heights that frighten most, weed-whacking at ludicrous speed and always ready to lend a hand when we need to move-it, move-it! Rob’s favourite get-away is up the Arrow Lake to his cabin in beautiful Renata.

Bev Petit

Council Treasurer

If you want the job done right – Bev’s your girl! This lady is an organizational maven! Do you have an unidentified file or cupboard? Bev’s got a label for that! When she is not babysitting grandkids, giving rides to seniors, helping hang her neighbour’s Christmas lights or counting the offering, Bev loves to hang out on cruise ships with her best friend.

Davene Bird

Council Secretary

Good teachers never retire—they just change classrooms! Davene has probably taught half of the population of Castlegar, including Pastor Cyndi, at one time or another and continues to impart her knowledge and wisdom to the young children in our church as well as keeping church council minutes up to date. Davene is one of the founding members of KCOG and continues to enthusiastically serve this body!

Gord Swetlishoff


Don’t let the quiet demeanour fool you—this guy is quite the jokester. His selfies and posts on Facebook keep us in stitches as well as inspire us to live exuberantly for God! Gord is the guy who gets the job done whether up in the sound-booth making the worship team sound great or employing his carpentry skills around the church.

Sara Swetlishoff

Junior Councillor / IT Administrator

Need help with a technical problem? Whether it comes to stage decor, livestream software, or intriguing media advertising, Sara is your girl! She has a constant drive to complete everything to perfection, while consistently improving it. Although her training is in biology, she has embraced the world of media and producing. Sara will often be the first one at the church and the last one to leave!

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