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 Guatemala.
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.