Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Taitinger, Gary

Rev. Gary Taitinger

Board of Directors, Chairman (Ex-Officio)

Alberta & NWT PAOC District Superintendent

Gary is married to Carrie, they have three married children and eight grand children

Interesting ministry engagements:

  • Pastoring in a church that grew 1000% over 35 years
  • Spearheading a province wide initiative where 25 denominations saw 30,000 people attend Alpha
  • Serving on the Vanguard Board for twenty years
  • Coordinated a leadership succession after 29 years as senior pastor where the church continues to grow and multiply
  • PAOC General Executive Member and District Superintendent
  • Co-chairs the PAOC Church Vitalization Cohort
  • Believes that denominations exist to serve churches by adding value that helps them prevail

Gary's personal mission statement is to "intercept the trend of decreasing Christian influence in Canada."  His ministry gifting specializes in aligning team members around big goals and cheating plateaus through God prompted vision

Wells, David


Board of Directors, General Superintendent (Ex-Officio)

Dave Wells has served as general superintendent of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) since May 2008. 

Dave completed his undergraduate studies in theology at Vanguard College in Edmonton, Alberta, and has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Briercrest Seminary, Saskatchewan. In May 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by McMaster Divinity College. In April 2014, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Briercrest College and Seminary.

Dave Hall


Board of Directors

Rev. David Hall, Assistant District Superintendent and Director of Leader Development & Care for the Alberta NWT District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Dave was elected and has served as a denominational leader since 2007 following 28 years of pastoral ministry in the local church. He has a passion to assist both career and lay church leaders develop in their potential for ministry. He and his wife, Cyndi, live in Edmonton and have 3 adult children serving in educational and health care careers.

Eric Derksen

Rev. Eric Derksen

Board of Directors, President (Ex-Officio)

Eric has 4 years Public Practice KPMG; 17 years of ministry experience including ministry with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and ministry as Pastor in Ontario and Manitoba.


Rev. Mark Macknight

Board of Directors, Vice President (Ex-Officio)

Mark brings over 30 years  of pastoral experience to His role as director.  He has personally experienced and exercised his pastoral gift in many settings from staff pastor, youth pastor to lead pastor.  He has served in rural, suburban to urban settings.  He now finds it a great privilege to pastor future pastors/leaders. . Married to his best friend Pam, they have two great children, Rachel and James, both involved in ministry.  Mark’s desire and passion is to encounter the God of unlimited resources who has big plans for His Church and the next generation of leaders. 

Dwight Kuhn

Mr. Dwight Kunn

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Bio to come.

Murray Coughlin

Murray Coughlin

Board of Directors

Murray has been pastoring since 1977 and has served in 5 churches in Western Canada. Murray and his wife, Patricia, have been married for 39 years and have two married children as well as three grandchildren. Murray’s passion is to enable believers to become all that God wants them to be. He presently pastors Gospel Centre Church in Edmonton, is on the District Leadership Team and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Vanguard. One of his goals is to mentor and invest in young leaders. On his days off, he likes building furniture, golfing, and working in the garden – and riding his motorcycle.

Tim Acey

Tim Acey

Board of Directors

Tim has pastored in the Alberta/NWT District for 37 years including living in the NWT & Nunavut for 19 years. He graduated from Northwest Bible College in 1994 and has been Lead Pastor in Lloydminster since then. He served on the AB/NWT District Executive for 9 years and Chairman of Moose Lake Pentecostal Camp for 7 years until 2014. Tim has been married to Lucy since 1984 and they have 3 children, two of whom have graduated from Vanguard. Their older son, Samuel is Youth/Young Adult pastor in Lloydminster.

Bidell, Dallas

Rev. Dallas Bidell

Board of Directors, D.L.T. Pastoral Member

Bio to come.

Bishop, Keith

Keith Bishop

Board of Directors, D.L.T Pastoral Member

Bio to come.

Allan Fraser


Board of Directors, Pastoral Member
Greg Collin


Board of Directors, Pastoral Member

Colin Greig has served in full time pastoral ministry with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada for 30 years. Presently he is the Lead Pastor at The Park Church in Sherwood Park (since 2011). Prior to this, he pastored in Calgary for 10 years (2001 to 2011), was a missionary to Zimbabwe for almost 10 years(91 to 2000), and pastored in Sudbury, ON for 5 years (86 to 91).

He holds a B.Th. from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (1986), and an M.A. in Church Leadership from Cape Theological Seminary in Cape Town, RSA (2001). He has served on the Board of Directors at Vanguard College for 12 years and has taught as an adjunct faculty.



Board of Directors, Pastoral Member

Marlo & Miriam love being a part of Eaglemont Christian Church in Beaumont, AB., and serving in community with others. They are excited about the opportunity to inspire Christ-followers to grow in knowing God, loving people and serving their world. Miriam loves being a mom, enjoys reading good books and eating at Thai restaurants. Marlo loves being a dad, enjoys waterskiing and playing hockey. Their 31 years of pastoral ministry has taken them from Sherwood Park to Winnipeg to Edmonton and now to the growing town of Beaumont. One of their greatest joys in life is helping people discover peace, purpose & passion in a committed relationship with Jesus Christ.

Williams, Mark

Rev. Mark Williams

Board of Directors, Pastoral Member

Bio to come.

Don Bunting

Don Bunting

Board of Directors, Lay Member

My name is Don Bunting and I was raised in a preachers’ home and accepted Christ at age 11. My wife Grace and I were married in 1967. God blessed us with four sons, Brooks, Blake, Brad and Damon and we now have a family of 14. We lost Brooks in 1992. We started our business Action Electrical In 1973. The Park Church has been our home church since 1974.I am privileged to have served on various Vanguard Boards since the early 90’s. I have enjoyed serving under such great leadership and with such dedicated individuals. Romans 8:28 has always been a source of strength.

Efa Etoroma

Dr. Efa Etoroma

Board of Directors, Lay Member

Nigerian born, Efa moved to Canada in 1978 and has lived in Edmonton since 1992. Efa and his wife Faridat are the proud parents of three adult children: Efa Jr., a California-based jazz musician; Daniel, a pastor at The Church At South Edmonton; and Shireen, an undergraduate student. Efa has served as a lay member of the General Executive of the PAOC and on a number of local boards. Efa and Faridat are members of Mill Woods Pentecostal Assembly. Efa has served on the board of Vanguard College since 2006.

Muth, Randy (1)

Randy Muth

Board of Directors, Lay Member

Bio to come.

Anna Priemaza


Board of Directors, Lay Member

Anna Priemaza is a lawyer with McCuaig Desrochers LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of immigration and family law.

Outside of practicing law, Anna values community involvement. Along with her role on the Board of Vanguard College, she is on the Board of Directors of Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, and she is a former Director of Kids On Track Association of Edmonton.

Anna and her husband, Lorne, are members of Gospel Centre Church in Edmonton.

In her spare time, Anna writes young adult novels. Her first will be published by Harper Collins Publishing in 2017.


Connie Rattai

Board of Directors, Lay Member

Bio to come.