Meet Our Staff


 Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Rev. Dr. Pastor Spencer Stadler, Lead Pastor

Pastor Spencer was born and raised in Munich, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1972, became a citizen, holds two diplomas in forest resource technology and worked for five years for McMillan Bloedel before entering the ministry. After serving at Departure Bay Baptist Church in Nanaimo and Calvary Baptist Church in Coquitlam (where he was ordained), he began his ministry at Friendship as Lead Pastor in 1998.  He enjoys walks, reading and writing, and tries to keep his sermons practical and uplifting. He has studied theology both in Canada and Germany and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves on the boards of the British Columbia Baptist Conference and the Canadian Baptist Seminary. Pastor Spencer is retiring in June, 2018 after 20 years of fruitful ministry.


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Pastor Byron Knight, Associate Pastor

Pastor Byron grew up in the Victoria area and has called the peninsula his home for over 20 years. He spent 10 years as a youth pastor at Saanichton Bible Fellowship and is delighted to be back in ministry after 5 years in the car industry. He is amazed at God’s hand and guidance in bringing him to the role of Associate Pastor at Friendship. He and Bev have two daughters, Emily and Rebecca, and are enjoying the adventures of parenting. Byron enjoys gourmet cooking, skiing, fishing, golfing, and working with computers. He is thankful for the great church family at Friendship.


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Sharon Baerg, Worship & Women's Pastor

Sharon has been on staff at FCC since the fall of 2009 and is excited about serving in both worship and women’s ministries.  She has a deep love for God, His Word, and the church and is passionate about worship as an expression of our love for Jesus.   She has served in various churches in both worship and women’s ministry and loves to see people have an opportunity to grow in their gifts and their walk with God.  She has a passion for learning which led to a diploma in Music and Biblical Studies from Columbia Bible College, several years of study at the University of the Fraser Valley and a degree in Fine Arts and Music from Trinity Western University.    Sharon and her husband Randy live in Brentwood Bay and enjoy spending time with their family, Aaron and his wife Alicia, Connor and his wife Sara, Kyle, and their golden retriever Cedar.   Sharon loves to visit with friends, paint or play music in her studio, read books, go to the beach, hunt for cool vintage stuff and watch her lads play sports.   


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Sarah Davidson, Children's Pastor

Sarah joined our staff in 2012. After obtaining her BA in Christian Ministry she was delighted to return to, and serve, the area where she grew up. She is energized by teaching kids about God, and humbled to be part of their faith journey. In 2013 The Light Magazine published her article, "How to do COOL Children's Ministry", and she was named as one of the "40 under 40" Women in Ministry by womensministry.net in 2016. She also sits on the Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood table where she partners with other community leaders advocating for our youngest peninsula residents and their families. She and her husband Jordan love calling Sidney home and exploring it’s coastal treasures with their one year old daughter, Avaya.


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Kurt Friesen, Youth Pastor

Kurt was born and raised in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. After interning at his local church he felt a strong call to work in the area of youth ministry. He then moved out west to Abbotsford, British Columbia for four years of Bible College in a youth work program. It was here at Columbia Bible College that he met his beautiful wife, Jackie, whom he married in July of 2013. After graduating from CBC Kurt had a brief stint in the construction world before accepting the Youth Pastor position at FCC. He is very passionate to see God's transformative power work in the lives of young people. Kurt also enjoys all board sports, hiking, fishing, the Winnipeg Jets, and a good cup of coffee.


Connor Baerg, Young Adult Director

Connor has been involved with FCC for eight years, and has joined the team as our Young Adults Director.  He is currently a full time student on his way to receiving a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. He is passionate about worship, prayer and has a desire to see this generation be sold out for Jesus! During his time with YWAM Maui and Surfers for Missions International, he developed a heart for the serving the nations, and looks forward to the awesome adventures that God has in store next. When he isn’t hitting the books, Connor will usually be found outside hiking through the woods, paddling into the waves or strumming his guitar. Connor and his amazing wife, Sara, love this beautiful Island and are so excited to be a part of the future of FCC.


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Jackie Friesen, Multi-Ministry Assistant

Jackie has been attending FCC for 4 years, and is excited about serving in multiple ministry areas. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, but growing up in an aviation family, she traveled extensively throughout her childhood. This exposure to the world at an early age catapulted her into obtaining a B.A. in Intercultural Studies at Columbia Bible College, where she met her husband Kurt. Jackie’s primary passion is serving the Lord, and following him wherever he may lead. Being where he places her is always the best, and safest, place to be. Her ultimate desire is to know God, and help make him known to those she serves. Jackie also enjoys all things creative, reading missionary biographies, surfing and exploring the beautiful West Coast!


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Patti Hitchman, Office Administrator

Patti has been part of the staff at Friendship Community Church since December 2007. She grew up between Richmond, BC and Mississauga, ON and has lived on the Island with her husband since 1987. Her training and skills from previous jobs help her to provide administrative support to the ministry team and to the congregants at FCC. She has a heart for people and enjoys her position in the church office as it provides a daily challenge and much spiritual growth!  Patti has been married for over 30 years and she & Brent have two adult children (Sara & Reid) who also call FCC their church home and as parents - thoroughly enjoy spending time with her family which has grown to include a new son-in-law, Connor.  She loves to read and learn new things, explore downtown Victoria & walk by the beach, and enjoys leisure time with her Labradoodle, Millie.  She looks forward to many more years serving at FCC.


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Pastor George Hodgson, Hospital Chaplain


Office Hours

Monday 8:30am to 1:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am to 2:30pm
Wednesday & Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm

Appointments are recommended to see pastoral staff (phone: 250-652-2723)