Jeff Strong


Jeff Strong is the Lead Pastor of Nelson Evangelical Covenant Church in Nelson, British Columbia.

Jeff holds an honours degree in psychology from Redeemer University College in Ancaster Ontario, and a Masters of Theological Studies from McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton Ontario. His passion is to help people discern and follow Jesus’ call on their lives through biblical teaching and discipleship.  Jeff can be reached via email at

Rick Penner


Rick Penner is the Student Ministries Pastor at Nelson Evangelical Covenant Church. He and his wife Charis, and daughter Anayah moved to Nelson in 2017. Rick is currently working on a Masters of Divinity through Providence Theological Seminary and oversees our Ignite (grades 6-8), Impact (grades 9-12) and Young Adult ministries. Rick has a passion to help students take next steps of growth in their discipleship through teaching them to think theologically, live missionally, and love generously. For hobbies, Rick enjoys most sports (especially football and baseball), board games, BBQs, and CFL football. You can contact Rick via email at