Senior Pastor Russell Bartlett

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Russell began serving as our Lead Pastor in September of 2019. Born and raised on “The Rock” (Newfoundland), he and his wife Angela are blessed with three great kids - Noah, Judah, and Sarah. Russell describes himself as a hopeless sports fan, cheering enthusiastically for the Dallas Cowboys, Toronto Maples Leafs and Blue Jays.

Russell has been in pastoral ministry since 1995 and has served as the lead pastor of two, multi-generational, multi-staff churches – Philadelphia Pentecostal Church (Lewisprote, NL) and Elim Pentecostal Church (St. John’s, NL). In addition to his pastoral ministry experience, Russell has recently been focused on training/coaching young pastors and church planters.  Before coming to Philpott, Russell served as the executive director for the church planting network, Mile One Mission (

Russell loves the local church and has committed his life to serving it. He expresses passion for Jesus, for preaching/teaching, and for disciple-making.  Russell also emphasises global missions and has enjoyed gospel partnerships in Senegal, West Africa.

Church Administrator James Dean

Don’t let the title “administrator” fool you – James wears many hats, and if you’re not sure who to ask, there’s a good chance he’s your man. James’ role has him overseeing the use and upkeep of our facilities. James also manages our ministry systems, agendas, volunteers, and schedules. James handles these responsibilities not just because he’s good at them, but in order to free others up to spend time in Gospel ministry.

James was born in England and then educated at Central Secondary School in Hamilton, Mohawk College and the University of Guelph. By the time he joined our staff team in 2007, James’ career accomplishments were diverse: for thirty-five years he owned and operated a music retail store and music school in Hamilton with his wife Lia. For eleven years, James served as Executive Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. It was through the ministry of Philpott Church (the Alpha program) that James met and gave his life to Jesus Christ.

In his spare time, James enjoys traveling and sailing. James and Lia have two grown sons, Michael (who is married to Renata, and gave Lia and James their first grandchild, Aniela) and Christopher.

Office Administrator Thelma Monteiro

As Office Administrator, Thelma is the staff ‘Mom’; hers is the voice you’ll hear when you call the church office; she publishes the weekly bulletins, answers your emails, provides reports, manages the calendar, takes minutes, and carefully and competently completes a thousand other tasks for the staff and congregation each day. We’re not saying she’s omnipotent, but she’s pretty super.

Thelma joined the staff team in the fall of 2000, just two years after immigrating to Canada in with her family from Kuwait. In Kuwait, Thelma had worked in the personnel department of an oil-drilling company. Says Thelma: “What I love about working for Philpott, is the warmth and kindness of the people.  It has truly been a community of Grace for me from the first day I worked here.”

While Thelma came to us from Kuwait, she was born and raised in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. She likes to get back to India to visit relatives every couple of years. Thelma has two grown sons: David and Blake who were both born in Kuwait, grew up in Hamilton, and graduated from McMaster University’s Engineering program.

Family Life Pastor Jan Mutter

When you meet Jan you will soon learn that her passion is family discipleship!

Jan was raised in a home where her extended family taught and nurtured her until she came to faith in Christ at an early age.  Over the years she continued to say “yes” to God as she discovered what it meant to be a faithful Christ follower.  The influence of her local church, Christian camps and service opportunities all helped her faith to blossom.

Jan met her husband, Kelvin at Tyndale College.  They have three married children and a growing number of grandchildren.  Together Kelvin and Jan have served in pastoral and lay ministry.

Jan has been bi-vocational for most of her work life, splitting her time between health & safety management and involvement in her local church. In addition to qualifications in human resources and occupational health & safety, she has a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Tyndale University College and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Heritage Seminary

For fun Jan enjoys hosting Victorian Teas, investigating family genealogy and murder mysteries.

Visitation Pastor Bram van Overbeeke

Bram was born and raised in the Netherlands, and came to Canada in 1963. He became a teacher and taught for forty-one years at various private Christian schools, thirteen of these also as principal. His favorite subjects to teach were Bible, church history, math, English, and history.

During most of their married life Bram and his wife Mineke were foster parents (over forty years) and more than seventy children – mainly babies and toddlers – got their start in life in the van Overbeeke home. Bram and Mineke are still in touch with many of these children (now adults) to this day.

After retiring from teaching they joined Philpott where Bram became involved visiting those in hospitals and the elderly who are unable to attend regular worship anymore. While those he visits are quite overjoyed to see him, Bram is convinced that these visits are just as great a blessing to him as to those he visits!

When not visiting, he and his wife Mineke might be found in the company of any of their five children and sixteen grandchildren, gardening, traveling, reading, and participating in their Growth Group activities.


Worship Arts Pastor Jesse Hill


Jesse joined the staff team in 2014.  He is passionate about finding ways to express worship and faith both inside and outside the walls of the church through songwriting and other artistic expressions.  In addition to directing music for Sunday services, Jesse preaches the occasional sermon and also oversees our refugee sponsorship project.  Jesse holds degrees in creative writing and education.  He and his family moved to Hamilton from Norfolk, VA; you can often find them exploring the city by bicycle.  

Youth Pastor Michael Bowyer


Rev. Michael Bowyer is a grace enthusiast, who has lived, served, and worked here in Hamilton since 2005. Along with serving here at Philpott he facilitates the RAY (Reduce Anger Yourself) Program for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, and Sister Care Ministry to Sex-Trade Workers with his wife Diane. He's a Steering Committee member and the Co-Founder of 541 Eatery & Exchange, site on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, is a Kiwanian, a Chaplain for the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs, and a Chaplain with the Canadian Armed Forces 31 Signal Regiment. He has served in various churches and para-church ministries since 1992. Michael's philosophy of ministry flows from learning the lived meaning of Matthew 25. He's a Management Team Member with Unitas Community Safety and Support Services for transitional housing, homelessness, and the Out of the Cold. He's a trained Chef and continues to enjoy food, customer service, and Sustainable Development community projects that engage people to their full missional potential. Michael is married with three children and is a graduate of Tyndale (BRS) & McMaster (MDiv). 

Urban Ministries Director Geoff Beatty

Geoff joined the staff team at Philpott Church back in August of 2012 and even though he was raised in Hamilton, he still thinks of himself as a “newcomer.”   This is due, in part, to having not lived in Hamilton since 1981 but also due to his having lived in Quebec city, Abbotsford, BC and points in between while pursuing his education (forestry, bible school, French highschool teaching degree).

In a nutshell, he sees his ministry at Philpott to be building bridges between the congregants of the Church and our neighbors who live, work and study in our downtown location.  He enjoys learning and encouraging other Anglophones to learn how to greet “newcomers” to Canada in their mother tongues as a way to extend a hand of peace and hospitality.

His varied interests: music, sailing, cycling and International food tasting make great points of contact with the Nations who find their way to Hamilton.

Geoff, and his wife Esther (nurse with VON Hamilton) raised their 3 children (now at University or finished) in Senegal, West Africa and often lean on those experiences to help them relate to Newcomers to Canada, especially those of La Francophonie of Africa.

Check out Urban Ministries to see how Geoff is engaging both the church family and the neighbours of Philpott Memorial Church.

Prayer and Spiritual Direction Val Harvey

Val joined the staff team as a volunteer in 2010. Her passion is to walk with people and help them to become more aware of God in their daily lives. She offers individual Spiritual Direction and contemplative prayer in group settings. As a spiritual director, Val offers a service of ‘prayerful conversation’ for anyone who wants a companion to journey with them in praying, listening and responding to God’s love and direction in their lives. Val has broadened our worship and prayer traditions at Philpott Church by introducing us to Contemplative Prayer, Taize worship, and Prayer Retreats that allow us to get away and spend time personally listening for God’s voice. Says Val: “Many of us need help in slowing down, managing distractions, and drawing near to God through scripture and prayer. Contemplative prayer is just one of many spiritual disciplines that can help people grow in their relationship with God.”

Val’s passion for this flows naturally from her background and experience. Her background includes: B.A.(Psych.- Western); M.A. (Counseling Psych.- Wheaton Grad. School), D.Min.(MacDiv), and specific training in Spiritual Direction.

Val enjoys spending time with people whether it’s prayer, spiritual direction, book clubs, movies, traveling, or biking.

Val is married to David, and they have 2 adult children and a grandson.