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Executive Lead Team

Rev. Mark MacKnight, MTS
ACTING PRESIDENT/PASTORAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

"I love walking with students as they discover and develop their calling and gifts."

Chris Steward, MBA
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

"I love supporting students who are pursuing their calling and being a small part of shaping the future of the church."

Dr. Rob Lindemann, EdD
ACADEMIC DEAN

"I love inspiring students to pursue intellectual and spiritual growth."

Rev. Andrea Goobie, MA
CAMPUS PASTOR

"I love journeying with students as they pursue their calling and wholeness in Christ."

Hananeel Robertson, BA
ENROLMENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

"I love being part of a team that cares so deeply for our students!"

Faculty

Rev. Sean Anderson, MDiv
CHILDREN'S & FAMILY MINISTRIES DIRECTOR

"I love that I get to teach others to do a job I loved doing!"

Rev. Brian Rutten, MTh
MISSIONS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

"I love the atmosphere and the people."

Rev. Val Rutten, MTh
MISSIONS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

"I love the atmosphere and the people."

Rev. Mark MacKnight, MTS
PASTORAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

"I love walking with students as they discover and develop their calling and gifts."

Dr. Cath Thorlakson, RPsych
PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELLING PROGRAM DIRECTOR

"I love the students, and teaching them."

Dr. Jay Dyrland, DWS
WORSHIP ARTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

"I love the opportunity to come alongside students as they discern God’s call."

Rev. Matt Ball, MA
YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR

"I love spending time with the students."

Mark Klassen, BAICS
PURSUE DIRECTOR

"I love seeing students discover who they are and becoming who God has created them to be!"

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Kienzler, PhD
BIBLICAL STUDIES DIRECTOR

"I love the support, incredible work atmosphere, freedom and emphasis on the Word."

Karina Dunn, MLIS
LIBRARY DIRECTOR

"I love working in a Christian community and academia combines my two loves: Jesus and higher learning!"

Campus Life

Rev. Andrea Goobie, MA
CAMPUS PASTOR

"I love journeying with students as they pursue their calling and wholeness in Christ."

Rev. Mikel Cowie, BATh
ASSOCIATE CAMPUS PASTOR

"I love being able to see our students discover and walk in God’s calling on their lives."

Program & Student Support

Dr. Cath Thorlakson, RPysch
ACADEMIC SUCCESS DIRECTOR

"I love the students, and teaching them."

 

Online Education

Dr. Ron Powell, DMin
DEAN OF ONLINE EDUCATION

"I love students who are so passionate about Jesus that they actually pay to be here!"

Gonam Raju, MEd
VANGUARD COLLEGE ONLINE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Amy Powell, BATh
VANGUARD COLLEGE ONLINE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

"I love the fellowship that the students have with each other and the care professors give to each of the students."

Academics

Dr. Rob Lindemann, EdD
ACADEMIC DEAN

"I love inspiring students to pursue intellectual and spiritual growth."

Denise Lucyshyn, MMus
ASSOCIATE ACADEMIC DEAN & REGISTRAR

"I love guiding students through their education & leading them through the call God has placed on their hearts! A prayerful & fun family"

Alisha Tembo, NAIT
ASSISTANT REGISTRAR

"I love the way we care for our students."

Hilary Warnock, BATh
ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATOR

"I love the supportive Christian community. I feel lucky to work with such an amazing team."

Enrolment Services

Hananeel Robertson, BA
ENROLMENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

"I love being part of a team that cares so deeply for our students!"

Kate Hutchinson
MARKETING SPECIALIST 

"I love the community. It’s my family away from home!"

Emma Hansen, BComm
MARKETING AND MEDIA COORDINATOR

"I love how Vanguard genuinely cares for and connects with students"

Hannah Redlich, BATh
ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR

"I love the people! They are what make Vanguard great."

Administration

Chris Steward, MBA
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

"I love supporting students who are pursuing their calling and being a small part of shaping the future of the church."

Shawn Miller, BATh
IT & FACILITIES COORDINATOR

"I love how Vanguard develops today's disciples and tomorrow's leaders, as students discover more about their purpose."

Sandra Pedrick, CPB
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

"I love the people!"

Rachel Gifford, BATh
STUDENT FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR

"I love it’s Credibility, Creativity and Christlike Community."

Shaylee Cowie, BATh
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

"I love seeing all the wonderful students day to day and helping them find solutions!"

Development

Rev. Keith Bishop, BTh
VICE PRESIDENT STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

"I love Vanguard's focus on the present & future and looking to be used by God to equip students to achieve their very best in life"