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.
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.
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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.
Sarah runs the numbers for Baptist Women the way she runs in marathons – with grace, a steady pace and a fixed goal in mind. She’s the mother of two boys.
Jennifer DeLuca – president
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.
Samantha Helman – chair, finance committee
Samantha and her husband Jeff attend McPhail Memorial Baptist Church. She is very active in her church and also in the community, where she volunteers weekly for Cornerstone Housing For Women. Samantha works as an administrative assistant for two teams of investment advisors at BMO Nesbitt Burns.
She is a very proud auntie to four beautiful nieces and “Mom” to her furry babies, a dog and three cats.
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 is a special education teacher, choir director, organist and deacon from Ottawa.
Shannon is the pastor at Frank Street Baptist Church in Wiarton and a graduate of the CBOQ Lay Pastor’s Course.
Shannon has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Guelph and is employed as a full-time educational assistant. Shannon is licensed to carry a gun, but also enjoys a few quiet moments knitting whenever possible. She and her husband Dan have two sons who are gainfully employed and out of the house.
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 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 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.