About Bow Valley Baptist Church

We are excited that you are taking the time to find out more about Bow Valley Baptist Church.

We long to give you many ways to get connected here. If you are planning on visiting us soon, we welcome you and look forward to meeting you. Each Sunday we have a Guest Services table where someone is always waiting to give information and a gift. We also have a monthly New Friends Lunch on the last Sunday of each month to connect people together!

For questions about our church that this site does not answer, please contact us, we’d be happy to hear from you.


Pastor Gary Smith

Gary Smith – Pastor

Gary has been in pastoral ministry, church planting and missions  since he was 22 years old. He has pastored and/or helped to with church planting in most of the provinces of Canada. He has a passion to see Bow Valley and it’s people impact the community of Cochrane and to see people become everything that God has in mind for them.

Gary and his wife Sue have four children two of which are in Cochrane High. He enjoys hiking, skiing, motorcycling and time with his family and friends.

Daniel Spelliscy – Youth Pastor

Daniel has been leading the Youth Ministry at Bow Valley for 3 years now. He loves being able to dig into Scripture and help the youth understand the truths of God’s Word and how that shapes every area of our lives.

Daniel enjoys playing sports and is married to Kayla.

Colleen Higgins – Secretary and Pastoral Care Coordinator

Colleen is married to Nathan, has three grown children, and 2 grandchildren.  She has worked at Bow Valley for more than nine years as secretary and this past year as Pastoral Care Coordinator. 

Her passions include spending quality time with family and friends, praying with and for others, and sharing the gospel.  Her dream is to one day visit the Holy Land in Israel. 

Debbie Nelson – Minister to Children

Debbie and her husband, Barry, moved to Cochrane in 2003 so that he could attend the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary.  After his graduation in 2007, they felt God leading them to remain in the Cochrane area for ministry. 

Presently, Debbie has served as the Minister to Children since March of 2008.  Debbie hearts desire is that kids would know God , know His Word, and follow wherever He leads them.  Debbie enjoys hiking, camping, working puzzles, and playing games with her husband and three mostly wonderful children. 

LeAnne Lien – Children’s Ministry Assistant

LeAnne assists in all aspects of Children’s Ministry. She is married to Kent and has 3 children.

Melanie Morgan – New Members Coach

Melanie provides direction for those who are new to Bow Valley Baptist. Her passion is to get to know new people and help them become a part of the Bow Valley family.

She is married to Dan and they have 4 children and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Melanie loves to walk, quilt and have tea with friends!

Sue Smith – Volunteer Mobilization Coach

Sue serves as the Volunteer Mobilization Coach for the Bow Valley Church family.  She helps people discover their SHAPE for serving and volunteering in the life of our church and community.  Her passion is seeing people experience all that God has for them and the impact of making a difference in the lives of others.  

Sue and her husband, Gary, have lived and served in ministry and church planting all across Canada.  She loves exploring and discovering cultures around the world and meeting new people everywhere she lives.  She has 2 young adult sons who are in college and 2 teenagers in high school.  Her family has called Cochrane and Bow Valley Baptist Church home since April 2016.

Kim Maclure – Worship Coordinator

Kim and her family have been attending Bow Valley for over 10 years. She is married to Paddy and has two children: Nick and Nate.

Kim provides leadership and clear communication to both the worship team leaders and pastoral staff concerning Bow Valley Baptist’s worship ministry.