Our Staff

Becky Booker

Worship and Music Pastor: Becky came to Kitchener-Waterloo in 1996 to study piano performance at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since then, she has enjoyed being a part of this area’s vibrant musical community as a collaborative pianist. She is currently a vocal accompanist/coach at the University of Waterloo. Becky is currently completing a Masters of Theological Studies degree at Conrad Grebel College, and has been working at Highland since 2019. Becky enjoys gardening, hiking, and reading. She is married to Mark, and has two young adult children.
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Carlo De Vito

Youth Pastor: Carlo has lived all over Canada, but living in Kitchener is a homecoming of sorts. His music degree is from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he met his wife Joy. After an MDiv from Regent College and 12 years of pastoral ministry, Carlo is now a full time husband and father of three, a full time student, and happy to be leading youth ministry at Highland Baptist Church.
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Steve Filyer

Interim Minister: Steve and Brenda Filyer were raised within our CBOQ family. Married in May 1979 they have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Ordained in 1980, Steve retired from full-time ministry in September, 2018. His last 2 pastorates totalled over 34 years. Steve believes that longevity is partly due to the intentional role played by 2 CBOQ Interim Pastors. His goal and prayer while here at Highland Baptist is that he might “Pay Forward” that gift to someone within today’s generation of pastors.

Elison Hicks

Elison joined the staff at Highland in November of 2021. She is the mother of 3 children. Although raised in Sarnia, Elison has lived in the area since attending the University of Guelph in 1993. She has worked in administration in the past and has a background as a PSW, working with seniors and medically fragile adults and children. She loves being able to serve in the background and to be part of a team committed to touching people’s lives with the love of Jesus. [email protected] / 519-745-9461 x 221

Amanda McCulloch

Associate Pastor, Children's Ministries & Congregational Life: Amanda has been part of the staff at Highland since 2011. She earned her MDiv from McMaster Divinity College. She loves finding meaningful ways for children to engage in worship, equipping parents to nurture their children’s faith, and facilitating opportunities for community and connection at Highland. Amanda is married to Adam, and they have two young daughters.
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Das Sydney

Minister Emeritus: While Das has lived most of his life in Canada, his country of birth is India and he spent many of his early years in Africa. He is married to Angela, and they have three children and three lively grandchildren. His theology degree is from McMaster and his doctoral degree from Chicago. His faith is central to his life. He believes Christ calls us to be partners with him in His work around the world, to touch people's lives at their point of need, and to make real God's incredible love so plainly seen in Jesus Christ.

Adam Yarascavitch

Custodian: Adam is fully committed to the welfare and cleanliness of our facilities. We are grateful for his work on behalf of a very busy church.