Meet Our International Workers!

About Us

Lorne & Kathy-Lu White

Peanut PlantsOur posting in Taiwan is in an area famous for soil that will grow almost anything. One of the crops is peanuts. Trenches are plowed into the soil to permit irrigation of the mounds where the plants will grow. It does not take long for the seeds to germinate and a leafy plant to appear. However, the leafy plants do not have value to the farmer except to nourish the peanuts that grow as nodules on the roots. The valuable crop will not be seen until after the appointed length of time when the farmer brings the harvester to overturn the soil and reveal the abundance.

Sometimes we feel that church planting among the rural working class people of Taiwan is similar. We prepare the soil, plant seeds, water, fertilize, and also wait. We can do all those things, but we cannot make the seeds sprout or a harvest happen. That is God’s work.

We were encouraged over the past four years as we began to see the harvest God is producing. Individuals made initial commitments of belief. We witnessed the church’s first baptism. Regular small group meetings started. This is just a glimpse of what God is doing, creating growth in unseen areas. We believe that this is only the beginning!

We are thankful for you who have persevered with us, patiently praying, giving sacrificially, and even sending short-term workers to assist. God is at work. We are glad that you are joining Him, and us, in mission.

www.hiddenintaiwan.org

Tim & Brenda Tjosvold

tjosvoldSince 2005, Tim & Brenda have served in Niger, with their son Joseph (1998), through holistic ministry among the nomadic Muslim Tamajaq and Fulani peoples of the western part of the country. They have been leading a team of 11 International Workers striving to lay a foundation for sustainable development work which they believe the Lord has used to bless these two people groups and to pull them toward Jesus.

nigerThe holistic ministry of the Niger Team (Alliance) entails agricultural development teaching, water, and sanitation projects and trades teaching, in sewing and welding. These are all a part of our desire to make disciples among our two unreached people groups. A small body of Fulani believers is meeting and growing in Christ and in their commitment to Him and His Kingdom. We believe that the Lord is preparing a disciple making movement which will see myriads of Tamajaq and Fulani come to Christ.

The Tjosvolds are more than ever convinced that the expression of the love of God is the vehicle through which the Holy Spirit can bring many to a deep understanding of Himself in Islam and extreme poverty. The Lord has driven home to them, that prayer must be the foundation for this ministry. They are calling on the people of God to commit themselves to a new level of prayer involvement for the salvation of the Tamajaq and Fulani peoples.

Based in Langley for this year, inch Allah (God willing).
Email: tbtjosvold@gmail.com
Phone Numbers: Tim – 778-685-0203 / Brenda – 778-241-1791

Paul & Janelle

We are excited to return to Abbotsford this July for a year of home assignment! Our family is wrapping up our first 4-years in the Desert Sands, and it’s been quite an adventure. We spent our first 2 years studying, listening, speaking, breathing and sleeping Arabic full-time, while building relationships with locals and learning to navigate the crazy traffic, dust & heat of our bustling desert city.

Since formal language study ended, we’ve been involved in some neat work opportunities. Paul spends most of his time managing a local media company’s online follow-up team, reaching people in our country and across the region. We can’t wait to share exciting stories about that when we meet face to face this next year! Janelle has been training oncology nurses at a new women’s cancer center and also runs English story time with local kids and their moms at the library. Our 3 kids (ages 8, 6 and 4) also have many photos and stories to share about life in the Sands, and are looking forward to playgrounds, Timbits, and blueberries in Canada!!

We are looking forward to meeting many of you, hearing about what Dad is doing in your lives and churches, and sharing a piece of Dad’s heart from our corner of the world. Please connect with us and let us know how we can serve and get to know you and your church this next year at jcj@sandyday.net. We are available to share in Sunday services, and particularly like the opportunity to meet small groups, where we can share even more openly.

Dave & Patti Ens

Patti.David.EnsA wild pipe dream of many missionaries is to actually change the country where they work.  Most of them make a difference, but not highly remarkable. David & Patti Ens are involved in a ministry that really could have wide sweeping effects on Cambodia. They run a dorm in Phnom Penh city for young Khmer people from C&MA churches in the countryside that come to the city to attend one of the many universities. These kids are poor and are unable to find a safe and quiet place on their own.

The dorm houses up to ten boys and ten girls. The students sign a contract agreeing to be taught an hour a day and attend one of the C&MA churches in the city while they are residents. They are taught Foundation Material, Discipleship Courses, Leadership Lessons, Evangelism Explosion, and “English from the Book of Mark”. The students are a mix of first, second, third, and fourth years. Each year when they graduate, we have a farewell party where we pray for them and send them out into the world. After the students return to their village, they are at the very least, trained Christ followers. Some have started little schools and teach not only what they have learned in university, but also what they know about Jesus. David & Patti imagine Christian nurses, engineers, bankers, lawyers, and teachers spread all over Cambodia changing the kingdom for the better.  You can help them make a difference!

Dave and Patti will be back in Abbotsford from July to December 2016 and hope to connect with churches in the CPD!

Carmen Kinniburgh

District Children’s Ministry Partner

Children’s ministry involves developing leaders, discipling children and families, exercising creativity, with an emphasis on fun and building relationships that help others to experience God’s love as they are loved by people who know God’s love. Carmen has served in children’s ministries as a volunteer, coordinator, curriculum writer, camp speaker, and pastor. Her desire in ministry and life is to help others (whether they be children, youth, or adults) to hear God’s voice and to experience the freedom and fullness of love found in knowing Jesus and living kingdom lives. Whether your children’s ministry is led by volunteers or a pastoral leader, Carmen would love to connect, build networks, support, resource, pray with, and provide care in whatever areas are needed.

Carmen lives in Vernon with her husband, Jeremy, and their two teenage kids. She loves playing soccer, hiking, camping, and theatre. She and Jeremy have founded two new ministries called Threshold Initiatives and Contributing Pastor.

Terry Ann Opperman

Official Worker

David has served at Lakewood Alliance Church since the fall of 2002, first as an associate, then as Lead Pastor starting in November 2005. David has been on various committees including DEXCOM, District Nominating Committee, a few General Assembly Committees, and the Rules Committee for District Conference. David has an interest in church governance and seeing healthy leaders serving on healthy boards in order to better equip and serve the church.

David and Tara are in the process of launching their three young adult sons and enjoy seeing the trajectories their lives are taking. David enjoys woodwork and getting out cross-country skiing in the winter.

Steve Schneider

Lay Person

Steve is a layperson and a member of Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey. He has been married to his wife Brenda since 1984. They have two adult daughters. He is an engineer by background and holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University. He works in the paper industry and is also the President of SGS Consulting Ltd. He has recently become a licensed worker in the CPD.

Steve has served in varied ways over the years but has more recently been focussed on church board work. He served on his first church board 36 years ago. Since that time, he has served on four different church boards and the District Executive Committee of the CPD. Over the last 12 years Steve has actively been teaching and consulting with church and not-for-profit boards within and outside of The Alliance Canada to help them develop healthy governance practices.

Keith Cheung

English Lead Pastor at Burnaby Alliance Church

Keith was also an active member at Westside Calgary Chinese Alliance Church before moving to Vancouver to begin full-time pastoral ministry. After a brief stint pastoring in a church from another denomination, Keith began serving as the English Lead Pastor at Burnaby Alliance Church in 2017 where he continues to serve today.

Keith is married to Cecelia (20 years this year!) and they are raising 2 beautiful daughters (11 and 6) who they adopted from Taiwan and Korea respectively. He loves, in no particular order, cooking and eating and conversations, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, road cycling, family reunions, and good movies and music.

Carol Goh

District Chaplains Committee Chair

carol@mycac.ca

Carol Goh has chaired the District Chaplains Committee and served on the Association for Alliance Chaplains (AAC) National Committee since 2018. She completed her Masters degree in Chaplaincy in Spiritual Care from Trinity Western Seminary and is the Neighborhood Chaplain and Pastor for Seniors at Chilliwack Alliance. As a chaplain, Carol invests in the neighborhood (parish) around the church through connecting with those who live, work, and go to school there. She intentionally supports the local public elementary school and other local organizations so that together they can weave together the fabric of care for the inhabitants. The Goh household includes her husband Andrew, their three teenage sons, Andrew’s mother, and their golden doodle.

David Driedger

Board Leadership Training Partner

dave@lakewoodalliance.com

David has served at Lakewood Alliance Church since the fall of 2002, first as an associate, then as Lead Pastor starting in November 2005. David has been on various committees including DEXCOM, District Nominating Committee, a few General Assembly Committees, and the Rules Committee for District Conference. David has an interest in church governance and seeing healthy leaders serving on healthy boards in order to better equip and serve the church.

David and Tara are in the process of launching their three young adult sons and enjoy seeing the trajectories their lives are taking. David enjoys woodwork and getting out cross-country skiing in the winter.

Daren Wride

Transitional Pastors Network Coordinator

dwride@shaw.ca

Daren Wride has been serving in transitional roles since 2011. He has been on the ground as Transitional Pastor in multiple churches around the province and has engaged as a Transitional Coach with several other churches. Prior to his transitional work, Daren pastored three churches in Alberta and BC for a total of nearly 20 years. Daren has also spent time in the professional speaking and internet marketing worlds and usually has a related project on the go.

Geoff Stewart

District Youth Ministry Partner

geoffs@peaceportalalliance.com

Youth ministry is among the most demanding ministries in the church from a relational standpoint, serving young people who are defining the ever changing culture we live in. Leading in youth ministry is best not done alone, and Geoff desires to help our youth pastors serve and encourage one another through the sharing of resources, wisdom, experience, and perspective. In the ever-changing world of today’s high school student, it is vital for us as youth pastors to be changing with them to understand the world they are navigating and share with them the life changing truth of the Gospel.

Geoff has been a youth pastor for 6 years at Peace Portal Alliance Church and volunteered for 10 years before that in the same church. He is passionate about seeing young people transformed by Jesus and becoming leaders in their school and community. He and his wife Lavonne live in South Surrey with their cats Norman and Puff Daddy.

Andy Lambkin

Team Lead - Property Development & Nest Housing Society

andy.lambkin@gmail.com

Andy wears two hats in the Canadian Pacific District. He serves as our New Venture implementer, helping new communities of faith emerge across our province, and he also leads the Nest housing Society, a non-profit affordable housing society working with local churches to utilize their land for social good while fulfilling critical ministry priorities. If you have questions about either of these areas, please reach out.

Personally, Andy is married to Jolie and they have four kids. Residing in North Vancouver, they call simplechurches, a network of house churches, their church home.

Carmen Kinniburgh

District Children’s Ministry Partner

jckinnib@telus.net

Children’s ministry involves developing leaders, discipling children and families, exercising creativity, with an emphasis on fun and building relationships that help others to experience God’s love as they are loved by people who know God’s love. Carmen has served in children’s ministries as a volunteer, coordinator, curriculum writer, camp speaker, and pastor. Her desire in ministry and life is to help others (whether they be children, youth, or adults) to hear God’s voice and to experience the freedom and fullness of love found in knowing Jesus and living kingdom lives. Whether your children’s ministry is led by volunteers or a pastoral leader, Carmen would love to connect, build networks, support, resource, pray with, and provide care in whatever areas are needed.

Carmen lives in Vernon with her husband, Jeremy, and their two teenage kids. She loves playing soccer, hiking, camping, and theatre. She and Jeremy have founded two new ministries called Threshold Initiatives and Contributing Pastor.