Team

Alpha Canada is home to a diverse team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about Jesus and committed to serving your ministry.  We believe a relational approach is the best way to serve you. So please call, email, or tweet us. If you’re in town, let’s grab a coffee. We want to connect.


National Office

Shaila Visser
Shaila Visser
National Director

When I was little I was very shy. I love cheese, rom-coms and my friends call me ‘Shai.’ I often wonder if my dogs really understand me when I talk to them (which is all of the time. I’m not shy anymore.) I always thought that when I grew up I’d work for the NBA.

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Jason Ballard
Jason Ballard
Product Development

I’m one of the hosts of the Alpha Youth Film Series and a pastor at my home church, Christian Life Assembly. My role at Alpha Canada is to help create resources that serve the local church. I live in Langley, British Columbia with my wife Rachael and my two kids Hudson (3) and Mary (1). I love preaching about Jesus, eating chocolate chip cookies and posting pictures of my kids on Instagram. Find me on Instagram @jasonaballard & Twitter @JasonABallard.

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Greg Nelson
Greg Nelson
Global Alpha Campaign Project Manager

I was born in the Southern US and have a heart that has done nothing but grow for Jesus and making him known. I met my beautiful wife Esther, in Australia, who was born in Hawaii to Korean parents. (Let’s just say she’s cultured). We had our first child in May 2015, a daughter named Chiara that brightens my day. I love living in Coquitlam next to the Sea and Sky.

 


Regional

Stephen Mulder
Stephen Mulder
Director of Ministry Development & Regional Director for British Columbia

I wonder what it would be like to walk on the moon. I am proudly South African and I love the outdoors. When I was little I had a hunch that I would live in Canada one day. I secretly wish I was a rock star. Shhhhhhh.

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Follow me on Twitter @Steve_Mulder


John Kivell
John Kivell
Regional Director for Alberta

I write standup comedy routines in my head, but invariably forget them. I have been married to the same wonderful woman since 1968. When I was little, my friend lived on a fruit farm along the CN main line from Buffalo to Toronto. Depending on which fruit was in season, every freight car that passed was covered with peach, pear, plum or apple splatters. The Bible verse that sums up my philosophy for the years I have left is Acts 20:24 – “…I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

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Follow me on Twitter @JohnKivell
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Elaine Young
Elaine Young
Regional Director for Atlantic Canada

I am passionate about passing on the Christian faith to the next generation. I love a good strong cup of dark roast coffee. I was born in Ottawa, later moved to Toronto and then to Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia where my husband, Peter and I started in ministry that has taken us on an amazing 32-year journey. I wonder if the fishing industry will ever be restored in Atlantic Canada or if rural areas will go back to farming the land again.

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Follow me on Twitter @eyoungg


Marie-Astrid Dubant
Marie-Astrid Dubant
Regional Director for Quebec

I was born and raised in Burgundy, France. I renewed my faith in 2012 through an Alpha course. Since then I have volunteered in Paris and Vancouver before becoming the Regional Director in Quebec. God has blessed me with a beautiful boy and a wonderful husband. I am a Montreal Habs fan, love boxing and I’m always ready to meet a friend or colleague over a good cup of coffee!

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Follow me on Twitter @MDubant


Ryan Moffat
Ryan Moffat
Regional Director for Ontario

I enjoy being behind a camera, photographing people and places. I revel in the beauty of God’s creation and love to experience him there. I’d like to think I’d make a good carpenter, except I’d probably hurt myself. My wife and two sons inspire me to be the best husband, father and friend I can be. Alpha had a huge impact on my life and I’d love to tell you about it. Good coffee is a gift from God… I think we should have one.

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Follow me on Twitter @ryan_moffat


Austin Gagne
Austin Gagne
Regional Director for Saskatchewan

I was born with a built-in friend, which means I’m a twin! I enjoy watching all kinds of sports! I’m a big hockey fan (Go Canadiens!). I love being outside, especially fishing! I love the church and I’m passionate to see the Church thrive in Saskatchewan.

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Follow me on Twitter @sk_alpha1


Specialty

Tim Gonsalves
Tim Gonsalves
Alpha for Youth National Director

I am in search of the best cup of coffee, but usually find myself at Starbucks. live in Langley, BC with my wife and baby (coming any day now) and we love spending time in Downtown Vancouver pretending like we could live there. Empowering students is my passion, and golf is my frustrating hobby.

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Follow me on Twitter @timmmy_g


Ben Woodman
Ben Woodman
Alpha for Youth International Coordinator

I’m one of the hosts of the Alpha Youth Film Series. My wife Melissa and I live in Vancouver, British Columbia where I worked as a youth pastor for 10 years before joining the team at Alpha. I’m a huge fan of Bear Grylls, Bob Goff, Timothy Keller, Nicky Gumbel and Maggie Smith (the cheeky old lady from Downton Abbey). One of my favourite themes is how God loves to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Find me on the social medias @benwoodman (Twitter | Instagram)

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Tim Teakle
Tim Teakle
Associate Youth Director

I have a beautiful wife named Carolyn, 2 amazing little kids, and a cat named Yoda. I’m mildly obsessed with Batman and love all things bacon. I’ve been actively involved in youth ministry since I was in high school. My goal in life is to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God!

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Follow me on Twitter @TimTeakle


Elaine Young
Elaine Young
Canadian Director for The Marriage Courses

I love our unique east coast lifestyle here in the Atlantic region. I long to see The Marriage & Parenting Courses help build God’s Kingdom by supporting healthy family relationships across Canada.

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Follow me on Twitter @eyoungg
Follow The Marriage Courses Canada on Twitter @TMC_Canada


Elwood Mean
Elwood Mean
New Brunswick and International Churches Regional Director

When I was a teenager I wondered how my father knew where I had been and what I was doing. (There were no cell phones then.) When I was little, I liked testing my skills with a hand planer on my parents’ wood furniture. They were not pleased. I love spending hours playing with my grandson, and I love to fish and hunt.

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Follow me on Twitter @emean


John Kreklo
John Kreklo
Alpha for Prisons National Director

I love Jesus, my Wife, my Daughter and our dog Nexus. I am blessed beyond words to be able to serve. I love being in the water but I can’t float…I sink. My favorite sports to watch and play are tennis and boxing. I gave my heart and life to Jesus on an Alpha Course!

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Roxana Kreklo
Roxana Kreklo
Alpha for Prisons Associate

I live for Jesus. I was born in Bucharest, Romania and am blessed to be Canadian. I started my own business selling pencil cases to my friends at age 7 and had a pet hen, named Cleopatra. I always root for the underdog. Love the next generation AND the one that precedes me. I have a truly amazing husband and a beautiful little girl. My dog really is smarter than your dog. My teams…the Dallas Cowboys and those crazy Vancouver Canucks.

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Follow me on Twitter @roxanakreklo


Josh Canning
Josh Canning
Alpha Catholic Church Coordinator

I am the oldest of 6, a father of 5 (with another on the way), and husband to one amazing woman. I am from Toronto and I love living in this city. I have never been known to refuse a coffee. I often wonder if the apostle Paul was on earth today, how would he employ new media to share the Gospel? What would his tweets look like? When I was little I thought I would grow up to play shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. But you know, working to share the truth about Jesus is even better.

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Follow me on Twitter @CatholicJosh