Board of Directors
Those selected to serve on the board must demonstrate Christian character, enthusiastically support the work of Bible translation, and be committed to full participation in board work. Using their ability to think strategically and futuristically, with a consistent emphasis on discerning God’s will, the board sets the direction for Wycliffe Canada. The president of Wycliffe Canada, Roy Eyre, and the leadership team under his direction, is responsible for achieving the desired results set by the board.
A director on the Wycliffe Canada board since 2007, Jan presently serves as board chair. Jan has served as pianist or organist in her local church for many years, as well as directing small music groups. She has had an active involvement in Christian leadership development through the Anglican Cursillo movement, where she served as local Lay Director and Chair of the National Secretariat.
In her business life, she has more than 30 years’ experience as a manager, planner, consultant, educator and international speaker. In 1994, Jan founded The Governance Coach™, specializing in coaching boards to implement and effectively use the Policy Governance® model. She has authored several books and is a regular contributor to Board Leadership, published by Jossey-Bass. She was a member of the founding board and is a past chair of the board of the International Policy Governance® Association. Her governance experience allows her to look at issues from a broad, future-oriented perspective.
Jan and her husband Will have been married more than 40 years and have two children and four wonderful grandchildren. Jan considers it a privilege to be part of the Wycliffe team in the life-changing work of bringing God’s Word to people in their heart language.
Carolee has been on the Wycliffe board of directors since 2005. Her heart is to see children, teens and young adults become excited about missions. She loves to promote the work of Bible translation! Since 2009, she and her husband have been organizing and hosting Café Wycliffe in Winnipeg—a monthly supper and missions evening for young adults.
Carolee is an ordained minister and has been involved in church planting and pastoral teamwork with her husband Ken for many years. They have served in the Mennonite Brethren denomination and more recently as pastors at Grace Bible Church in Winnipeg (non-denominational). In addition she and Ken have also been serving with Freedom in Christ/Living Free Ministries for the past 20 years, doing prayer ministry, teaching workshops in churches, leading Bible studies and mentoring. Carolee has a particular interest and compassion in the areas of addictions and sexual brokenness. She teaches on the occult and New Spirituality (New Age).
Carolee and Ken make their home in Winnipeg. They have six children and 13 grandchildren. Carolee has a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Theology.
Herb has been a director on the Wycliffe Canada board since 2007. A graduate of North American Baptist College, he has worked at FedEx for more than 25 years.
Herb and his wife Liz have been married for 20 years and make their home in Winnipeg. They have two active boys and many spiritual children.
At Fort Richmond Baptist, Herb is chair of the board of elders. He and Liz are also involved in ministry to young men who are on their journey out of crime and/or addictions into their calling in the Kingdom of God. They have a heart to see the honour of the aboriginal people of Canada restored.
Herb attended the Canada Institute of Linguistics in 1986, and has had in interest in missions for years. He is enjoying being part of the Wycliffe board and renewing relationships built in 1986. He is convinced that Wycliffe and Bible translation are tools that God is using to establish His kingdom on earth.
Marvin has served as a director on the Wycliffe Canada board since 2009. In pastoral ministry since 1979, he has served congregations of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) in Winnipeg, Calgary and Saskatoon. He presently serves as the lead pastor at Elim Tabernacle in Saskatoon, where he has ministered since 1990.
Over the past 32 years, Marvin has had numerous opportunities to be personally engaged in missions and missions projects, in Canada and around the world. The formal partnership agreement between Wycliffe Canada and PAOC provides a context for his work on the Wycliffe Canada board.
Marvin has served in a variety of national, district and local ministry boards and committees. He graduated from Vanguard College (Northwest Bible College) in 1979 and is completing an MA in leadership and management from Briercrest Seminary.
Marvin is married to Sharlaine and they have three young adult daughters.
Susanna grew up in a loving home where “the values of God and the Kingdom were talked about, modelled and called out in me.”
While still in high school , Susanna participated in a summer mission trip with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Following a year of teaching in Korea, she spent two years on the staff of a travelling discipleship school. That experience exposed her to poverty in Canada and in Guatemala, and birthed strong convictions about the role of the Church in standing with people, against injustice and for shalom.
For the next five years, Susanna worked on the staff of Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church.
“I grew in my ability to cast vision and develop teams, and came to love the Scriptures. I saw faithful study of the Scripture in community transform not only young adults, but also the leadership of the church. “
Since 2007, Susanna has been a missionary with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and is responsible for student ministry throughout Ontario. Now based in Kitchener, Ont., Susanna has begun graduate studies at Tyndale University College.
With a background in chemical engineering, ChangSeok brings a wealth of educational, business and cross-cultural ministry experience to his role as a board member of Wycliffe Canada. He has lived and worked in six African countries, and negotiated business deals throughout Asia, Africa, the U.S. and the U.K.
After immigrating to Canada in 1988, ChangSeok settled in Halifax and began working for the Government of Nova Scotia. He helped plant several Korean churches in Nova Scotia and continues to serve among them as a Bible teacher and missions advocate.
ChangSeok has served on the boards of several business, non-profit and ministry organizations and remains actively involved in church ministry and short-term mission trips. He joined Wycliffe Canada in 2002, with the goal of raising awareness in Korean Diaspora churches about the work of Bible translation.
He and his wife JeongSook (Sarah) have been married more than 40 years, and have two sons and two grandsons.
Mitch is a new addition to the Board of Wycliffe Canada. His wife Deborah is a registered nurse. The Seeleys make their home in Cornwall, Ontario, to facilitate Mitch’s work with his Cree friends from the Eeyou Istchee nation of Northern Quebec. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Mitch works as a leadership coach with his company, “ON SIDE Leadership Coaching” and is committed to promoting the potential of people and organizations. Present contributions include provision of executive coaching and operational management support services for CEO’s, boards and management teams.
Mitch is a graduate of Eston College in Saskatchewan, where he studied theology. In 2005 at Briercrest Seminary, he completed a Leadership & Management master’s degree, majoring in Organizational Studies. Previous working experience includes 20 years of management in business and the financial services industry.
“Leaders are people who are clear about their person and their purposes… who take initiative to promote their influence with intentionality and integrity.”
Eric is married to Val and has five children and four grandchildren. Eric and Val live in the rectory in Rothesay, New Brunswick just outside of Saint John. He has been the rector of St. James the Less Church for the past 15 years. Eric serves on the local ministerial association executive, acts as harbourmaster for a small boat club and is chairman of the board for Alpha Ministries Canada. Eric enjoys building small boats and sailing larger ones in the Saint John River system and along the coast of Maine and New Brunswick. His emphasis in ministry has always been on understanding and proclaiming clearly the Word of God, as well as seeing that people are engaged in worship that is life-transforming. Hands-on practical ministry is also something that Eric loves to do, whether that is fixing a water pump on a car, removing ticks from a parishioner’s dog, or building and maintaining a website for a small mission organization.
Garland and his late wife, Mavis, whose union was blessed with three children (two daughters, one son, all married) and seven grandchildren, served with Wycliffe for a total of 30 years, beginning in 1977 with three years in Peru (childrens education/clerical, respectively) followed by nine years of part-time volunteer representative work in Alberta. From 1983-88, Garland served as a Wycliffe Canada board member.
From 1989 until retirement in 2007, the Hoels served variously as Wycliffe representatives in Alberta/British Columbia, seasonal administrative staff at CanIL, and for nine years as directors of recruitment and outreach throughout Central & Eastern Canada. In April, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer, Mavis was welcomed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and is now perfectly restored.
In late 2012, Garland married Edna, the mother of one daughter (deceased) and two sons, none of whom have married. Garland and Edna reside in the general Calgary area.
Garland serves as an elder at Prairie Tabernacle Congregation, in Three Hills, Alta. and is also involved in various other volunteer activities. He strongly believes in the ministry of Bible translation and attendant language development, as one of the necessary and effective foundational activities contributing to the completion of the Great Commission and the extension of Our Lord’s Kingdom.
Field Member Advisers
Field member advisers provide information and insight to the board on board issues, from a broad field perspective. They address board issues that could have an impact on field work, or the Wycliffe Canada staff on the field.
Sharyn Thomson (full profile)
Sharyn has had an interest in missions, languages and other cultures for as long as she can remember. She earned a BA in linguistics and French from Simon Fraser University in 1978 and then began a six-year sojourn in the financial sector, working in various administrative roles. In 1984, she began studies at Regent College in Vancouver and joined Wycliffe Canada two years later. Sharyn subsequently earned a master's degree in Christian studies from Regent and is currently enrolled in the master of linguistics program at Trinity Western University.
Since 1989, she has served in Burkina Faso, West Africa: as linguist-exegete in the Buamu language project until 2009, and currently as a linguistics consultant-in-training.
Sharyn was first elected to the board advisory committee in 2009. It was her interest in linguistics and cross-cultural ministry that drew her to Wycliffe. Being able to do something she loves, while enabling people to have access to God’s Word in their heart language, is both a privilege and a joy.
Ellen Errington (full profile)
Wycliffe captured Ellen’s passion for connecting people with God’s Word while she was still in college. Her own strengths in education naturally drew her to adult literacy, an important aspect of enabling people to learn about how much God loves them. Since that time, her passion for the Word and its transforming power has not waned.
Ellen and her husband Ross are based in Langley, B.C. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and an MA in adult education. In 1975, she and Ross were assigned to a language project in the southern Philippines which resulted in the publication of the New Testament and part of the Old Testament, and launched an adult literacy program. Ellen also served in leadership roles for seven years.
In 1999, they moved to Langley to serve on staff of the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL). In 2005, Ellen changed roles and is now the Asia Area literacy co-ordinator under SIL, Wycliffe’s main partner organization. She also serves as a program manager with OneBook. These roles take her to Asia several times a year. The Erringtons have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Ellen has enjoyed serving on the Wycliffe Canada board since 2009.
Yves Léonard (full profile)
Born in Montréal in 1960, Yves grew up in the province of Québec. In 1983, after committing his life to God, he embarked on an unexpected journey that would lead him to spend more than 19 years in the rainforest of Cameroon.
In 1994, while completing an MA in World Christian Studies from Providence Theological Seminary, Yves, with his wife, Christine, and their young children, started a translation project among a hunter-gatherer pygmy group called the Baka. Living among this unchurched, yet highly-religious group of animists, Yves needed to find creative and untraditional ways to apply Bible translation to their context. Eventually, it was the Baka’s rich oral traditions that provided the translation team with an effective means of introducing the Word of God to them. Today the Baka Story Bible, told, sung, written and illustrated, is beginning to have a significant impact upon the Baka.
Yves now uses his expertise in orality to teach and consult other translation teams. His dream is to contribute to the worldwide Bible translation movement and see hearts and cultures transformed through translated Scriptures.
After graduating from university, John worked as a project engineer in the oil patch specializing in controls and instrumentation systems. His work took the family from Edmonton, to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and then to Calgary over a course of 18 years. After John went with his church on a short term mission trip to Ghana, he and his wife Juanita felt called to move in a new direction. They joined Wycliffe Canada and moved to Thailand in 2004.
Being strongly influenced with a love for God's Word through churches and a Navigators Bible Study course, it seemed a good fit for John and Juanita to join an organization that focused on God's Word and that would enable John to use his background in project management. During a home assignment, John had the opportunity to work closely with the Calgary office staff and realized that he would enjoy the opportunity to be a "bridge" between the work on the field and the leadership team back in the home office through the role as field member adviser.
John and Juanita live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where John is currently working in a leadership role overseeing language projects, language workers, and relationships with partner organizations in Thailand. Juanita volunteers at an international school. They have four children.