Womens Ministry History

1987 ‐ An ad hoc committee met in Edmonton, March 20-21 for the purpose of beginning a National Women’s Ministry. The first committee: Lyla Jean Coombes, BC, Betsy Wieser, CCBC, Esther Rix, AB. and Ann Funk. Dorothy Madsen was elected as National Women’s Ministries Coordinator.

Some of the original issues discussed were:

  1. Provide Missions Projects to bring a sense of unity across Canada as well as meet needs.
  2. Provide resources for churches.
  3. Address women’s issues and concerns.

1988 ‐ The committee worked on guidelines, a purpose and goals. They had been in communication with other denominations and realized that they were indeed charting their own course. The preliminary goals at that point for National Women’s Min. were visibility, credibility and accountability. Five women from across Canada attended a forum in Chicago. Out of that meeting, some specific goals were initiated including develop and provide leadership training at both local and district levels. Mission project – MOPS – Laval, Quebec – Campbells & Goulets

1989 - Dorothy Madsen & Linda Ozirney went to California to be trained by hanna Evans for Women’s Ministries Today Seminars. Permission given to adapt the copyrighted material for our Canadian churches. Mission project – MOPS – Laval, Quebec – Campbells & Goulets continued.

1990 - WMT Seminars begin: 15 seminars, 287 women, with 40 churches represented…way beyond expectations a clear affirmation that we were meeting a need. Mission project – HUGS – Haitian women, Quebec

1991 - WINGS first published ~ Women In God’s Service Mission project – HUGS – Haitian women, Quebec continued.

1992 - First District Leaders Forum at Bethel, Calgary, AB. New logo “Caring Connection.” Dorothy and Esther travel to Quebec. Mission project – Poultry, Chicken project for the Philippines

1993 - SURVEY: “How women accepted Christ in the last five years” District Mini-Forums. Begin newsletters to District leaders. CONNECTING newsletter to pastors wives begins Mission project – Poultry, Chicken project for the Philippines, Betty was a funky Chicken!

1994 - Fall Forum for Women’s Ministries Leaders in Large Churches at Ellerslie Road, Edmonton AB. Dorothy to AD 2000, Tennessee Mission project – Roof for Eunice’s house in Ethiopia.

1995 - Global Conference on World Evangelization in Korea. Dorothy attends and doors are opened to Ukraine. Mission project – Thangi’s Vehicle, Assam, India

1996 - Revision of WMT Seminars Mission project – Manna for Matthisens – Mississauga, Ontario.

1997 - Restructuring of National Women’s Executive and District Resource Team. “Women Counselling Women” course available. Trip to Quebec: Esther and Dorothy Mission project – Ukraine Project, sending Dorothy, caring for needy families, and providing Bible studies and resources.

1998 - Women’s Evangelical Network- forum for evangelical Denominational Women’s Ministry Leaders in Winnipeg, MB. District Leaders Forum, Calgary. Mission project – Ukraine Project, sending Dorothy, caring for needy families, and providing Bible studies and resources continued.

1999 - Forum for Women’s Ministries Leaders in Large Churches: New Life, Stonewall, MB. March, Dorothy travels to Ukraine to speak and encourage the women. Mission project – Ukraine Project, sending Dorothy, caring for needy families, and providing Bible studies, resources and Flannel Graphs for Sunday school program. BGCC WOMEN’S MINISTRY HISTORY 1987: An ad hoc committee met in Edmonton, March 20-21 for the purpose of beginning a National Women’s Ministry .The first committee: Lyla Jean Coombes, BC, Betsy Wieser, CCBC, Esther Rix, AB. and Ann Funk. Dorothy Madsen was elected as National Women’s Ministries Coordinator.

2000 - Dorothy Madsen retires, Linda Ozirney appointed Director of BGCC National Women’s Ministries. WINGS title and format revised, renamed Soar on WINGS. Is. 40:30 Mission project – Birth attendants for Tokay, Ethiopia

2001 - Director, Linda Ozirney visits each District, develops and teaches WMT for Small churches, begins process and calls team together to develop School of Women’s Ministries, target Fall

2002 - Esther Rix Retires. Mission project – Resources for Birth attendants in Tokay, Ethiopia.

2016 Executive Team:

  • Christa Eisbrenner – Director - Serving since 2016
  • Julie M. Robinson – Chairperson/Treasurer, Project Elizabeth Rep (MB/ON/QB) -  Serving since1996
  • Chris Newton – Mission Rep & SWM Liaison, Project Elizabeth Rep (BC) - Serving since 1994
  • Laura Schular – Recording Secretary, Project Elizabeth Rep (AB) - Serving since 2016
  • Marcy Harrison – Advisor, Project Elizabeth Rep (SK) - Serving since 2015

Committee Members:

  • Jan Stuckey, AB 2014 – 2016
  • Febe Pantoja, AB 2008 – 2016
  • Valerie Salkeld, AB 2011 – 2015
  • Linda Ozirney, MB 1989 – 2012
  • Sandy Semenyna, AB 1999 – 2012
  • Laurie Bruneski, BC 2006 – 2007
  • Esther Rix, AB 1987 – 2001
  • Betty Patterson, AB 1992 – 1997
  • Linda Berg, BC 1989 – 1993
  • Rae Jarman, AB 1989 – 1992
  • Faith Fisher, MB 1990 – 1991
  • Ann Funk, AB 1987 – 1990
  • Betsy Wieser, SK 1987 – 1990
  • Lyla Jean Coombes, BC 1987 – 1989