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."

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."

Mark Klassen

Pursue Director

Mark Klassen

Pursue Director

Faculty & Instructors

Karina Dunn

Library Director

Karina Dunn

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."

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."

Rev. Mikel Cowie

Associate Campus Pastor

Rev. 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."

Amy Woolf

Amy Woolf

Academic Success Centre Administrative Assistant

Amy Woolf

Academic Success Centre Administrative Assistant

I love . . . seeing students overcome challenges and grow into the people God made them to be.

Online Education

Dr. Ron Powell

Dean of Online Education

Dr. Ron Powell

Dean of Online Education

" 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"

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

Hananeel Robertson

Enrolment Services Director

Hananeel Robertson

Enrolment Services Director

"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 Redlich

Admissions Counselor

Hannah Redlich

Admissions Counselor

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

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."

Shaylee Cowie

Administrative Assistant

Shaylee Cowie

Administrative Assistant

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

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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