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A Christian Gap Year Experience

Kurios (koo’-re-os) is the Greek word for Lord, which means master and ruler.
This experience is all about “kurios-ity”: seeking Jesus together and pursuing Him as Lord of all.
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Steve Simala-Grant – Director

Steve is passionate about discipleship of the next generation and brings more than 25 years of pastoral, teaching, business and leadership experience to this position.   

"Growing young Christian disciples and leaders is where I’ve known both the greatest joy and seen the deepest fruitfulness in my ministry.  Kurios excites me, and I feel a very strong call from the Holy Spirit to commit myself completely to this high call of cultivating leadership among the next generation.  I find myself regularly dreaming about ways to help young people grow their love for Jesus, His Kingdom, and our lost world." - Steve Simala-Grant

Steve’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Religious Education (North American Baptist College), Master of Divinity (Edmonton Baptist Seminary), and Master of Education (University of Alberta).  

Steve is husband to Joanne (who would love to go to Disney World with him to see the fireworks) and father to Thomas (whom he believes he can still beat in an arm-wrestling match). Steve loves the outdoors including tent camping in -5oC, as well as snowshoeing 27km in a single day. He is also a collector of tools, both construction and kitchen (a favorite is his smoker in which he makes a mean brisket).

Steve would love to chat with you about Kurios and even buy you a warm beverage when he is in your area. Feel free to reach out to him at [email protected] 

Ingrid REINHOLDT - Assistant Director

As her Instagram profile states, Ingrid is a mom of 3, a work in progress, a landlocked Albertan whose heart sleeps by the sea. She’s married to Niels, a musician with a history in youth ministry but now in IT. Ingrid had the blessing and privilege of being a stay at home mom with the adventure of homeschooling each of their young adult girls (Michal, Eva, and Iris) from gr. 1 through to gr. 9. After completing her BA in Business Admin from Trinity Western University and prior to starting a family, Ingrid pursued a career within the business/customer service industry. 

Over the years Ingrid discovered a great joy in relating to youth and young adults through school events, church activities and family group gatherings. Although she has never described her actions as a ministry, her life experience has prepared her well for this season of leadership with KURIOS. 

"It feels like an extension of the love and care I give to my own children and their friends, to encourage them to become who they are in Christ." - Ingrid Reinholdt

Thanks to her upbringing in Calgary and her annual trips to the coast, Ingrid loves to camp and adventure in the mountains and on the west coast.  She has rediscovered a love for the outdoors through snowshoeing, mountain biking, hiking, and amateur photography, taking time to marvel in God’s handiwork. Feel free to contact her at [email protected] for more info about Kurios.


Advisory Committee

Kurios is an initiative of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada board, whom have setup an advisory committee to provide support and encouragement.  The committee members are:


  • Chair:  Faye Puddicombe (Board Member)
  • Brad Penner (Board Member)
  • Peter Anderson (Staff Member)
  • Faye Reynolds (Staff Member)
  • Tammy Klassen (CBWC Pastor)
  • Clinton Legaspi (CBWC Pastor)



Axel Schoeber

Axel has taught at earlier CBWC Gap Year programs BLTS and Ascent, and also at the undergraduate and graduate level in evangelical, mainline and Catholic schools and the University of Victoria, in Canada, Guatemala, Indonesia and Kenya. An historian, elementary school teacher and soccer coach. Pastor in 5 different churches (currently West Vancouver Baptist Church). Proud of his family, including 4 grandkids. Loves the questions of young people.

Louise Hannem

Louise is Coordinator for youth engagement and the SENT program with Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM). She has been in this role since March 2019, but served in the area of youth engagement for CBM since 2013. Prior to coming to CBM full time she worked as a pastor since 2006 in 2 churches in Halifax, NS. She has also worked in camping ministry, and various parachurch ministries.

She has a bachelor of arts in child and youth studies from MSVU in Halifax NS, and a master of divinity from ADC in Wolfville NS. Louise lives in Halifax, NS with her 2 daughters.

Brad Penner

Brad Penner was born and raised in BC and married his wife Marci in 2002. Since then they have lived in Three Hills, Alberta, Caronport, Saskatchewan, and Edinburgh, Scotland (UK). They have two children (Hanah & Landen) and they live currently in Red Deer, Alberta. Brad holds three degrees in theology and has taught at various bible colleges and seminaries. He is the chair of the board at First Baptist Red Deer (CBWC) where he occasionally preaches and also serves as a Mountain Standard Region representative on the CBWC board. In his minimal free time, Brad takes his dog for long walks, his son to soccer matches, his daughter to music lessons, and his wife out for a well deserved dinner and a movie. Although exiled to Alberta, Brad still cheers on the Canucks and Whitecaps.

Annabel Robinson

Annabel was born in Kew, near London, England. She committed her life to Jesus Christ when she was 16 and immediately found joy and peace. At Oxford she was active in IVCF, where she met her husband Reid. After coming to Canada she taught Classics at the University of Regina. She and Reid have two children, Heather in Oslo and Alasdair in Calgary.

Since her retirement she has been working as Publications Editor for Scripture Union and edits their online devotional, theStory. She is a member of First Baptist Church Regina, played the violin with the Regina Symphony Orchestra for many years, and loves cooking, bird-watching, and good books.

Peter Anderson

Peter is one of the founders of KURIOS and has a deep passion for seeing young people make Jesus Lord of their life. He supports pastors and churches in this pursuit via his role as the CBWC Director of Next Generation Ministries. He lives in Surrey, BC with his wife Brianna and 3 boys: Lincoln (5), Everett (3) and Levi (1). In his spare time he enjoys running, reading, eating nachos and visiting Disney theme parks.

Peter holds a BA in Youth Ministry (Olivet Nazarene University) and Master of Divinity (Regent College).

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