Our Staff

Bart Byl

Lead Pastor



Bart moved to Tbilisi from Canada in 2016 with his wife Michelle and their two children. He is a digital publishing entrepreneur who is doing graduate studies in theology at Regent College in Vancouver.  Before moving overseas, he spent three years serving on the leadership team of a church plant on Prince Edward Island.


Bart believes TICF’s makeup as a multi-ethnic, multi-denominational church gives us a unique opportunity to experience a unity in Christ far greater than what divides us. In a world torn between globalization and nationalism, the supernatural oneness of God’s new family is needed now more than ever.

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Ira Schmidt

Ministry Assistant

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Ira serves as ministry assistant and office manager. She is TICF's main liaison with official entities and manages the daily running of office affairs. Ira is married to Bruno and they have two beautiful girls. 

Sonja Lenzkes

Ministry Associate


Sonja assists with support, development and  expansion of outreach and discipleship ministry of TICF. Before joining TICF staff, she was on staff at the Georgian branch of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, where she served for eight years. Sonja enjoys hiking and spending time in nature.