Rev Joel Rivera

joel.riveraAppointed Feb 28 2017
Ordained Oct 10 2019

Rev Joel was appointed a Designated Minister on Feb 28th, 2017. Since that time, Joel has demonstrated that he is a consummate professional,team player and a quick learner. He was raised to the Ordained Ministry Oct 2019.


  • Member Provincial Head Office Ministerial Team
  • Ministry of Life Celebrations (Weddings)
  • Mentoring new clergy
    Pastoral Care – Weekly Hospital visitation in Emergency Department (servicing all but commonly to a lot Vancouver Downtown Eastside Community).
  • Teaching Ministry

As well as having a ministry of life celebrations Joel has agreed to serve as part of our head office ministerial team in BC by helping out with our mentorship  program for new clergy training in the Province.

MBA Mentorship ProgramSimon Fraser University – Beedie School of Business
This past year, Joel participated in the university mentorship program

BC & Yukon HR Association
Mentorship Program – In 2018, he was the mentor for other HR professionals in the Vancouver area.

(Wellness/Engagement/Professional Development Day for all levels of employees in Vancouver.) Joel was a member of the brainstorming and conference committee for this event. He also volunteered the day of the event so that all employees were able to participate.

Counseling Activities

At Vancouver Community College
As an instructor and the practicum coordinator, his role includes advising students about life and career direction. Many of these discussions also include students seeking assistance with personal items ranging from all ends of the spectrum.

These one-on-one meetings include a total student base of 350 students, with ten 1-hour meetings hours per week specifically allotted for one-on-one sessions and 2 hours per week for open office hours.


Joel loves spending time outdoors and will walk around anywhere, rain, snow or shine, whether he is playing tourist in Vancouver or another city! He enjoys hiking and camping as well. One of the things he is most proud of is having visited every single province and all three territories in Canada!

Community Involvement

In April of 2018, Joel became a member of the BCS 1559 Strata Council. As a member , he attends monthly council meetings to review concerns, issues and community and building related topics.

Besides being a general member, he also leads the special projects area which includes various projects this past year as well as oversee the privacy concerns that arise.

He also actively participates, volunteers and initiates community fostering activities such  as the summer BBQ party, Halloween costume contest and Holiday decorating event.

Personal Growth

Joel is currently in the final stage of obtaining his Provincial Instructors Diploma. This is a seven-course program based on adult education which includes the following subjects/courses:

  • Foundations of Adult Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Delivery of Instruction
  • Media Enhanced Learning
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Professional Practice
  • Capstone Project (currently completing) Rev 3/6/2020