Staff & Faculty

Executive Lead Team

Rev. Eric Derksen

President & CEO

Rev. Eric Derksen

President & CEO

"I love . . . the students! The team that works here! The board and the regents! All the relationships here!"

Rev. Mark MacKnight

Vice President

Rev. Mark MacKnight

Vice President

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

Chris Steward

Chief Operations Officer

Chris Steward

Chief Operations Officer

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

Dr. Rob Lindemann

Academic Dean

Dr. Rob Lindemann

Academic Dean

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

Tammy Ball

Enrolment Services Director

Tammy Ball

Enrolment Services Director

"I love . . . the Kingdom impact & journeying with students as God pursues, prepares & launches them into His plans for them."

Rev. Andrea Goobie

Campus Pastor

Rev. Andrea Goobie

Campus Pastor

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

 

Program Directors

Rev. Sean Anderson

Children's & Family Ministries Director

Rev. Sean Anderson

Children's & Family Ministries Director

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

Rev. Brian Rutten

Missions Program Director

Rev. Brian Rutten

Missions Program Director

"I love . . . the atmosphere and the people."

Rev. Val Rutten

Missions Program Director

Rev. Val Rutten

Missions Program Director

"I love . . . the atmosphere and the people."

Rev. Mark MacKnight

Pastoral Program Director

Rev. Mark MacKnight

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

Dr. Cath Thorlakson, RPsych

Pastoral Care and Counselling Program Director

"I love . . . the students, and teaching them."

Dr. Jay Dyrland

Worship Arts Program Director

Dr. Jay Dyrland

Worship Arts Program Director

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

Rev. Matt Ball

Youth Program Director

Rev. Matt Ball

Youth Program Director

"I love . . . spending time with the students."

Faculty & Instructors

Rev. Brad Fawcett

Library Director Emeritus

Rev. Brad Fawcett

Library Director Emeritus

"The best people in the world are here."

Karina Dunn

Acting Library Director

Karina Dunn

Acting Library Director

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

Rev. Sean Anderson

Old Testament Studies

Rev. Sean Anderson

Old Testament Studies

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

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Kienzler

Biblical Studies Director

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Kienzler

Biblical Studies Director

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

Rev. Calvin Somerville

Pursue Director

Rev. Calvin Somerville

Pursue Director

"I love . . . seeing students grow, & be challenged in their faith, seeing their capacity grow, & watching as they develop their calling."

Campus Life

Rev. Andrea Goobie

Campus Pastor

Rev. Andrea Goobie

Campus Pastor

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

Mikel Cowie

Associate Campus Pastor

Mikel Cowie

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

Dr. Cath Thorlakson, RPysch

Academic Success Director

"I love . . . the students, and teaching them."

Hannah Somerville

Program Administrator

Hannah Somerville

Program Administrator

"I love . . . the Vanguard community. The passion, excitement, & support from the community is life-changing."

Johann Guenter

Program Administrator

Johann Guenter

Program Administrator

"I love . . . the Kingdom potential in each classroom is off the charts. Also, there is always food!"

Rev. Calvin Somerville

Missions Program Advisor

Rev. Calvin Somerville

Missions Program Advisor

"I love . . . seeing students grow, & be challenged in their faith, seeing their capacity grow, & watching as they develop their calling."

Mikel Cowie

Worship Arts Program Advisor

Mikel Cowie

Worship Arts Program Advisor

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

Online Education

Dr. Ron Powell

Vanguard College Online Director

Dr. Ron Powell

Vanguard College Online Director

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

Gonam Raju

Vanguard College Online Associate Director

Gonam Raju

Vanguard College Online Associate Director

Amy Powell

Vanguard College Online Administrative Assistant

Amy Powell

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

Academic Dean

Dr. Rob Lindemann

Academic Dean

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

Denise Lucyshyn

Associate Academic Dean & Registrar

Denise Lucyshyn

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"

Manjula Kuruvilla

Academic Administrator

Manjula Kuruvilla

Academic Administrator

"I love . . . the family atmosphere and ability to come to work and pray with people."

Alisha Tembo

Academic Assistant

Alisha Tembo

Academic Assistant

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

Hilary Warnock

Academic Administrator

Hilary Warnock

Academic Administrator

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

Enrolment Services

Tammy Ball

Enrolment Services Director

Tammy Ball

Enrolment Services Director

"I love . . . the Kingdom impact & journeying with students as God pursues, prepares & launches them into His plans for them."

Hananeel Robertson

Admissions Counselor

Hananeel Robertson

Admissions Counselor

"I love . . . being part of a community of Kingdom-Building students and staff!"

Kate Hutchinson

Marketing Specialist

Kate Hutchinson

Marketing Specialist

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

Hannah Somerville

Enrolment Assistant

Hannah Somerville

Enrolment Assistant

"I love . . . the Vanguard community. The passion, excitement, & support from the community is life-changing."

Administration

Chris Steward

Chief Operations Officer

Chris Steward

Chief Operations Officer

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

Shawn Miller

IT & Facilities Coordinator

Shawn Miller

IT & Facilities Coordinator

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

Sandra Pedrick

Business Administrator

Sandra Pedrick

Business Administrator

"I love . . . the people!"

Rachel Gifford

Student Finance Administrator

Rachel Gifford

Student Finance Administrator

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

Kate Kofler

Administrative Assistant

Kate Kofler

Administrative Assistant

"I love . . . the people (Staff and Students)."

Development

Rev. Eric Derksen

President & CEO

Rev. Eric Derksen

President & CEO

"I love . . . the students! The team that works here! The board and the regents! All the relationships here!"

Rev. Keith Bishop

Vice President Strategic Partnership Development

Rev. Keith Bishop

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"

Candace Derksen

Development & Human Resource Coordinator

Candace Derksen

Development & Human Resource Coordinator

"I love . . . the people I work with and for. I also love visiting all the churches across Alberta."

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