Regional Representative - Richard Bahan
Global NMI Council Member Elected to Represent Canada
Effective 1 February 2012, Richard L. Bahan will represent Canada on the global NMI council, succeeding Rev. Tonya Kucey who served in this role for five years.
Richard was born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, graduated from high school in Victoria, obtained a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Victoria, Bachelor of Education from University of British Columbia, and completed a Masters of Administration from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington).
Richard is the son of Rev. Bill and Mae Bahan, a Nazarene pastor and former district superintendent of the Canada Atlantic District.
For 29 years, Richard has been employed in education: 12 years as a teacher, and 17 years as vice principal and principal (high school). Presently retired from education, he is now fully employed as owner/operator of a residential and light commercial renovation company in the city of Calgary.
Richard and Patricia have been married 38 years. They met at Canadian Nazarene College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They have four adult children, two of whom are married. Their younger sons live in Calgary, Alberta. Richard and Patricia have two grandchildren.
Richard and Patricia live in Calgary. They regularly attend Calgary First Church of the Nazarene, where Richard serves as usher and until recently served on the church’s Staff Wellness and Human Resources Committee.
Richard’s passion has always been missions, especially Work & Witness and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. He has led numerous local home missions projects as well as foreign missions projects in Honduras, Ecuador, and Haiti.
For three years, he has served on the Canada West District NMI council as a Calgary area representative and presently serves as vice president of the district NMI council. This past year was coordinator of a joint Canada West District & District NMI Work & Witness project to one of their district churches.
The Canada West District includes the largest geographical area of Canada, is active in domestic and foreign mission goals, and is one of the most generous for missions, consistently hosting missionaries on the district many times each year. Several Canadian missionaries come from Canada West.
Rev. Tonya Kucey commented, “I heard Richard speak on the Canada West District and found him to be exceptionally passionate; one of the most passionate men for missions I have encountered. He was engaging and clearly moved with great emotion for Christ and Nazarene missions.”