Diane McBeth

Executive Director

Diane brings a deep knowledge of ministry, mission and love for Canadian Baptist women to this role. She served as CBM global field staff in Angola and Bolivia for seven years and as Legacy for Ministry coordinator, Central Canada, before assuming this position.


Abby Lambshead

Administration + Conference Coordination
(maternity leave coverage)

A proud resident of Hamilton, Ontario, Abby is actively involved in her church and community in many roles. A recent mom, her many opportunities for cross-cultural engagement have given her passion for mission, both local and global.

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Laura Matthews

Program Coordinator – on maternity leave

Laura brings a passion for connecting, developing and loving people of all ages as she seeks to mobilize communities for the kingdom, both locally and globally.

Renee James

Renée James

Communications Director; Editor – live magazine

Renee is the artist and scientist behind the words, images and design of all Baptist Women communications. An award-winning author and editor, she’s also the VP, communications/promotions for Baptist Women of North America.

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Keisha Cooper-Chotoosingh


A chartered accountant, Keisha comes to us highly recommended by our auditors, with excellent accounting skills, and a wonderful sense of humour.

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Jennifer DeLuca – president

Port Colborne

Jennifer was born in Kenya, East Africa, to Canadian Baptist missionary parents who then came home to Port Colborne, where she has since resided. Jennifer’s international mission experiences have been many: Kenya, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba and Mexico, with return trips to both Cuba and Kenya.

She has an undergraduate degree in social science from Brock University and has worked full time since 2007 with male young offenders in an open detention and custody facility. Jennifer is an active member at First Baptist Church Welland, where she leads the Baptist Women’s group and gives support to the Young Girls Old Souls Project.

Darlene Maxey – vice president


Dr. Darlene Kirsten Maxey has a general counselling practice in Windsor and Leamington, Ontario. She has taught counselling courses at Wayne State University and University of Detroit Mercy, worked as school counsellor, and worked with people with eating disorders. She has created and presented workshops and programs in Canada and the United States. She specializes in parenting, eating disorders and counselling children.

Most of all, Darlene is a hometown girl raised in Windsor. She lives on the street named after her grandfather and beside her mother, Charlotte Watkins, who lives in the family homestead where Charlotte was born. Darlene’s roots are in the Amherstburg Regular Missionary Baptist Association.

Jenya Bakai – past president


Yevgeniya (Jenya) is a journalist. She was born in Kazakhstan and received her masters of theology from the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2012, she and her husband migrated to Canada to live. Her husband pastors Greenborough Community Church in Toronto.

Sandra Mok


A member of Mississauga Chinese Baptist Church, Sandra holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from McGill University and has worked for the Ontario Public Service since 2005. She lives in Mississauga with her husband and two teenage children.

Joan Peacock


Joan and her husband Brian attend Gilmour Baptist church. Joan has been involved in Baptist Women for 30 years and counting. She’s led the Baptist Women group at Gilmour, sat on the executive of Trent Valley Association Baptist Women for 16 years and is now thrilled to be a member of Baptist Women’s board.

A recent graduate of the leadership and pastoral training program offered by Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec, Joan plans to use her gift of speaking as God leads. Gardening and tending to African violets are her favourite hobbies.

Sue Sparks


Sue is a special education teacher, choir director, organist and deacon from Ottawa.

Hilary Vanderwater

St. Catharines

Hilary is a mother, teacher and a cook for the Out of the Cold program. She is especially interested in spiritual formation. She lives in St. Catharines.

Elouise Hedd-Williams


Elouise describes herself as a life-long Baptist who’s actively involved in church and ministry. Some of Elouise’s various roles (past and present) include chorister, children’s choir director, missions chair and elder. She currently attends Heron Park Baptist Church, Toronto.

Elouise holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Siena College, New York State. Since 2011, she’s worked as a dealer support rep with GM Financial, Canada. She and husband Zohderock are parents to Zoe-Noelle and Tony-Blue.

Kathleen Wilson


Kathleen is a member of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto, and enjoys being involved with many aspects of church life including (but not limited to) serving as a deacon and singing in the Minster Singers & Senior choir as the soprano section lead. By day, Kathleen works in funeral services at the Glendale Funeral Home & Cemetery in Etobicoke.

Kathleen’s most recent mission trip was to Lebanon where she led kids camps and taught self-defense to women and children in a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut. She also teaches free self-defense classes on a monthly basis here in Toronto. She feels called by God to work with families in their time of need.