Give to Staff

Your support helps make it possible for more people in Canada to experience Alpha, and helps our staff work with churches and leaders across Canada as they re-imagine evangelism and invite their communities to Alpha.

*If giving by mail or automatic withdrawal, please indicate the name of the Alpha Canada staff member in the memo portion of your cheque.


National Office

Shaila Visser
Shaila Visser
National Director

Since my early 20’s I have felt a deep passion for helping people know Jesus. I will do all I can to make Jesus known, whether it’s through running an Alpha course in my community or encouraging church leaders in the area of evangelism. As Alpha Canada’s National Director, I can’t express how amazing it’s been to see an increase of 19,000 people attending an Alpha course in 2011 to 73,000 in 2013. I believe God is calling us to build upon this success. Alpha Canada has also become central to the international team that is scripting, filming and producing a new resource for emerging generations. My role on the Global Executive team allows me to fulfill my calling to make a difference both nationally and globally. God is doing amazing things in our nation and the world. Please partner with me to see more people explore their spiritual lives on Alpha.

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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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Regional

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

I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Vancouver four years ago to do my Master of Arts in Applied Theology at Regent College. Over the past three years as Alpha’s BC Regional Director, I have helped re-envision the local church to embrace and re-embrace Alpha as a core and strategic evangelism tool in new and innovative ways. It’s exciting to see all the ways that the church has been working together in unity and see dynamic growth in the number of courses run and the increase in opportunity for people to come to know Jesus. I believe we are on the crest of a wave of a new season for Alpha both in Canada and BC. I invite you to partner with me and be a part of the adventure.

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Follow me on Twitter @Steve_Mulder


John Kivell
John Kivell
Regional Director for Alberta

I have been involved with Alpha for over 20 years, since the early ‘90’s, even before Alpha Canada was officially established. I have run Alpha in my home, church, a coffee shop, a Seniors’ condo and in jail (as a presenter, not a guest). I have seen many lives impacted and changed through Alpha’s non-threatening, yet very effective, way of introducing people to Jesus.Alpha is my “retirement career.” I’ve seen Alberta go from 61 churches running 111 courses to over 900 in 2013, thanks to the Alberta2013 initiative. That year we saw over 300 churches participate in a province-wide initiative, and hope to continue growing through 2014 and 2015. Your support of God’s work through Alpha in Alberta will help ensure that Alpha can continue to have its positive and transformative effect in this province.

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Elaine Young
Elaine Young
Regional Director for Atlantic Canada

I have 30+ years of ministry experience in the Atlantic region. I love this unique way of life, which comes from living near the ocean where 45% are rural dwellers. Although there is a strong religious heritage here and the majority would call themselves Christian, church attendance has decreased dramatically over the last 10 years. As a baby boomer, my passion is to pass on the baton of faith to the next generation. I invite you to join me in helping to mobilize Atlantic churches and ministries to utilize Alpha as a tool to introduce people to Jesus.

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Follow me on Twitter @eyoungg


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

Back in 2012, I started a new journey by renewing my faith through an Alpha course in Vancouver. Since then my passion and faith has been continually growing. Serving Alpha as a volunteer in Vancouver and Paris really prepared me for my role in Quebec. I am a proud mom of a baby boy and a wonderful husband who support my dream for Quebecois to rediscover Jesus through Alpha and the local church. I am blessed to serve churches and leaders with great resources to better support the 65% French speakers in Quebec. I believe with your support, that a reverse situation in Quebec is possible with more churches opening than closing. Thank you for your support!

C’est juste le début pour le Québec et je vous remercie pour votre générosité et vos prières.

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Follow me on Twitter @MDubant


Ryan Moffat
Ryan Moffat
Regional Director for Ontario

I love stories of people finding Jesus. Whether it’s a new found faith or a renewed and revitalized one, I am inspired by transformation. Like many Alpha stories, mine is about a complete life-change and a re-commitment to faith in Jesus after taking the Alpha course in 2003 in downtown Toronto. I love this province and I know God does as well. I invite you to partner with me as I work alongside a fantastic team, helping mobilize churches across Ontario to share the gospel with their communities.

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Follow me on Twitter @ryan_moffat


Austin Gagne
Austin Gagne
Regional Director for Saskatchewan

I was born and raised on the prairies. I graduated from Bethany College with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. I love the church and I’m passionate to see the Church thrive in Saskatchewan. I believe that Alpha can be the open door of the church that mobilizes the Body of Christ to invite their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to experience community and discuss life’s biggest questions! My vision for Saskatchewan churches is to see them engaging in the mission of evangelism and I see Alpha being a catalyst to this happening! I ask you to partner with me both financially and in prayer as I look to equip churches to see this vision come to life.

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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. I invite you to partner with me to help equip students with the good news of who Jesus is so they can feel empowered to share that in their world.

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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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Elaine Young
Elaine Young
Canadian Director for The Marriage Courses

The Marriage & Parenting Courses help build God’s Kingdom by supporting healthy family relationships. These courses (The Parenting Courses and The Marriage Course and The Marriage Preparation Course) enable churches to connect to our communities through practical wisdom based on Christian principles. There is huge potential to engage young couples, parents and grandparents in this important ministry. I invite you to partner with me to encourage the use of these courses to help churches establish relationships with those who do not yet know Christ.

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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

I’ve been involved with Alpha since 1999 when I started an Alpha course in my local church. After a very successful course (with 302 guests) at the University of New Brunswick in 2005, I was asked to come on board as the Alpha for Campus Director. I love seeing people come to faith in Jesus Christ, so my favourite part of the job is to envision church leaders for evangelism, at home and abroad. My desire is that every student in Canada would be given the opportunity to explore the Christian faith, and to personally discover Jesus Christ. Financial support provides the means for me to travel across Canada to meet with and encourage church leaders across the nation, and to support them in launching Alpha courses on university and college campuses in their communities. Please consider partnering with me to enable me to reach this goal.

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John Kreklo
John Kreklo
Alpha for Prisons National Director

Since joining the staff of Alpha Canada in 2013, I have been privileged to be a part of the incredible growth of Alpha for Prisons. We are on track to see 200+ Alpha courses being run throughout our prison system. Although I rejoice and celebrate what has been accomplished, there is still much more to be done. It is my desire to see Alpha run in every prison across our nation, so that every inmate has the opportunity to explore a relationship with Jesus. Within our 176 Correctional Institutions in Canada, there are still many incarcerated men and women that need to encounter Christ. I ask you to consider partnering with me to help bring the message of hope, through Alpha, to these men and women that are in desperate need.

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Roxana Kreklo
Roxana Kreklo
Alpha for Prisons Associate

The number of adult offenders in Canada’s correctional system has reached 163,000. Of those, 38,000 are serving time in our prisons. We have a unique opportunity to reach these men, women and youth while incarcerated through Alpha. Often a jail cell or institution can be a place of hopelessness but through the help of the local church, trained volunteers, and ministry partners we can bring hope to those who desperately want change. This can bring about change to not only our correctional institutions, but our communities as well. My heart is to see to it that every person in a Canadian prison has the opportunity to have a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. I hope you will partner with me in this vision for our great nation.

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Follow me on Twitter @roxanakreklo


Josh Canning
Josh Canning
Alpha Catholic Church Coordinator

I am thrilled to serve as the Catholic Church Coordinator for Alpha Canada. My heart burns for the New Evangelization, and Alpha is exactly the kind of tool we need today to share the Gospel. It is a proven means of parish renewal, and can be a catalyst for turning regular church-goers into missionary disciples in love with the Lord! By supporting my ministry you will be helping Catholic parishes and schools discover and be trained in an effective and concrete way of bringing hearts to Jesus.

“The Alpha course was initially one of the principal mediums through which many of my parishioners in Houston, TX were evangelized or “awakened” in their faith life. They were motivated to delve deeper in their relationship with Jesus to the point where they became leaders in the parish and intentional missionary disciples.”
-Bishop Christian Riesbeck, Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa

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Tim Teakle
Tim Teakle
Associate Youth Director

I am passionate about seeing students come to know and experience the Good News of Jesus. Having been involved in youth ministry since I was in high school, both as a student and adult leader, and then becoming a full time youth pastor for 10 years, I know how crucial the teen years are in a person’s faith journey. I consider it a great honour to be a part of what Alpha is doing to help churches and ministries reach out to the youth of Canada, and around the world. Your financial partnership enables me to help connect with, support, and train students and youth leaders across Ontario as they engage their communities through the Alpha Youth Film Series.

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Follow me on Twitter @TimTeakle