Ryan Thacker - Lead Pastor
Ryan is a born and raised Albertan. He grew up in Red Deer, where he became a Christian shortly after high school when he was 18. After meeting Jesus, God called him into pastoral ministry where he went to Bible College in Calgary. Before coming to TBC in the summer of 2018, Ryan pastored in two other churches as a Pastor of Student Ministries for 14 years.
Ryan met his wife Natalie in 2001 and were married in 2004. They have 3 kids, Abigail(2006) Silas(2008) and Elizabeth(2012). He enjoys fly-fishing, disc golf, and the NFL. As a family, they enjoy camping, downhill skiing, walking their dog playing games together. Ryan is currently studying his MA Counselling degree at Providence Seminary.
Ryan’s passion is to develop leaders and equip the church to be a visible expression of Jesus’ hands and feet in the communities around us. He loves to lead people into a deeper expression of following Jesus in practical application of Gods word. Ryan also loves to see families grow spiritually and individuals live Holy Spirit filled lives. Ryan oversees the development of leaders and Small Group Ministries with TBC. If you are looking to get connected at Thornhill, give him a call or send him an email. He would love to chat with you more about your fit at TBC!
Tina K. De Dios - Office Administrator
Tina joined Thornhill Baptist Church in August 2017. She is originally from the Philippines and came to Canada 8 years ago. Tina is married to Eric and is the awesome mom of two young adults- Gabriel and Rafael.
Tina has a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Communication Research from the University of The Philippines. She brings with her many years of experience in office administration. She describes herself as a "Transplanted Filipino, Cancer survivor and a hands-on-mom". She loves cooking (she is an excellent cook!) and watching movies.
Tina's warm and nurturing personality makes everyone around her feel at ease. She describes her job at Thornhill as an answered prayer. We are thankful she is part of our team!
Maria-Jose Faundez - Children's Ministries Director
Maria-Jose joined Thornhill Baptist Church in November of 2017. She was born in Guatemal and came to Canada 27 years ago. She has been married to her husband Alfredo for 24 years. Together they have a son (Joaquin) and two lovely scotties named Milo and Luna.
Maria-Jose has a degree in Christian Education from Alberta Bible College and a degree in Canadian Studies and Law and Society from the University of Calgary. She brings many years of experience working with children and youth. Her desire is that the next generation may know that God loves them passionately, cares for them, sustains them and is the only one that can satisfy the desires of their heart.
Valentina del Rosario - Children's Ministry and Outreach Administrator
Valentina del Rosario was born in Calgary and has lived here for her whole life with her mother, father, younger sister and Yorkie Monte Carlo. She has been attending Thornhill since she was born. She has just graduated from St. Mary’s High School and is 17 years old. Valentina has been helping in the children’s ministry since she was in grade 6 and is currently teaching the preschool class. She is going into her first year of university in the fall at the University of Calgary taking a double degree in Education and English. In her free time Valentina enjoys competitive dance, reading, hanging out with her friends, and traveling.
Valentina’s main role this summer, as a summer student will be to help Maria with the children’s ministry, yet she will also be helping with the soccer camp, stampede breakfast, and other events throughout the church.
Isaiah Montanez - Information Technology and Social Media Leader
Isaiah has been a part of Thornhill Baptist Church since 2014. He was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada 19 Years ago. His family consists of two loving parents (Jonathan and Erma Montanez) and three other siblings (Isaak, Ira, and Izehar Montanez).
Isaiah is currently enrolled in SAIT to pursue a diploma in IT (Information Technology). He also has a diploma in Professional Cooking from SAIT. He has been part of Thornhill’s youth ministry for 5 years. He is currently a Student Youth Leader in the Thornhill Youth Group. Isaiah will be assisting the church this summer with all technology related jobs as well as with church events such as the Stampede Breakfast, VBS Soccer camp, and many more events during the summer.