Hi there, I’m Frank Berto
I have had the privilege of serving Jesus with the “Living Hope” family since 2014. My wife Cheryl and I asked God for the delight of serving Jesus in a fellowship that looked like and cared for the people of the neighbourhood that it was located in. Living Hope is God’s answer to that prayer. (And it’s close enough for me to walk to work.)
I became a follower of Jesus when he delivered me from addiction and confusion on my first day working on Whistler Mountain over 30 years ago. Jesus put me on my feet and gave my life a meaning and joy that I long for others to share. I’ve served churches in Whistler, Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey since that time as well as spent many years in various other occupations (retail sales, heavy equipment operating, etc.)
I have 2 teenage daughters who daily remind me of the joy of family and my fallibility as a follower of JesusJ. Cheryl is both a social worker and counselor and shares my deep desire to see people transformed by Jesus’ love in the power of His Spirit.
I enjoy playing the guitar (probably too loudly – a product of my generation), weightlifting and meeting new people. Let me take you for a cup of coffee and talk about the meaning of life and Jesus’ love for you.
Keep the faith,
Derek has been working with youth along side with his wife Lisa since 2003. He enjoys building relationships with youth through sports, games and conversation.
“The more time I spend with youth, the more time I want to spend with youth. I love talking with them about their challenges & triumphs and witnessing how God can make such a positive impact in their lives. Plus, I don’t think I’ve ever really grown up so I just really enjoy hanging out with them.”
I am Pat, and I have been involved in Children’s Ministry from the time my son was old enough to start Sunday School, and now he is 24. I have the privilege of overseeing and coordinate all things related to children here at LHCF. I love being a part of such a supportive church family, and working alongside our church staff team, as well as serving Jesus and our children! When I’m not working on teacher schedules, getting lessons and crafts ready, or finding extra helpers for Sunday mornings I enjoy volunteering here in our community at Prince Charles Elementary School. I help out in Breakfast Program where I cook, serve, and just sit with the kids encouraging them or just listen to them. I am a wife to a wonderful caring husband, Rob, and a Mom to an amazing son, Mike.
I am Bless, and I have been serving as Karen Youth & Young Adults Pastor ever since 2015. I have been attending Living Hope ever since I came to Canada 10 years ago. My ethnicity is called Karen (an ethnic minority group from Myanmar: Burma). Most Karen people have been attending Living Hope Church ever since their settlement in BC, Canada; therefore, I have had the privilege to serve as a Karen minister between the English speaking congregation and my Karen community. I have been attending Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford for the past five years and graduated in April 2017. I lead worship once a month in the English worship service as well as twice a month in the Karen service. Besides doing all these productive and required ministries, my main passion is to build friendships and share Jesus with others around me; doesn’t matter who it is.
Despite the differences in cultures and ideologies, I do my best to break the boundaries between the English speaking congregation and the Karen community by being a bridge who communicates back and forth. On Saturday evening I lead a Bible Study in my cultural community where Karen Youth & Young Adults participate and learn about Jesus. I desire to see the younger generation seeking the Kingdom of God and following Jesus wholeheartedly.
There are four people in my family: Dad, Mom, brother, and I. On my spare time, I like to play guitar, bass and jam with my family because we all love music. If I’m not at Church, I am mostly in the gym working out because I like to stay fit and healthy.
All you have to know about me is that I am “Friendly” and…trust me, you will easily become friends with me after a 2 min discussion. I just love getting to know people and I am approachable.