EICHMANN, Gunther

, Canada

Günther grew up in West Germany. His strengths in school were math and religious studies, while his weaknesses were languages. Trying to learn English/French/Spanish was a real struggle and very frustrating for him because of a lack of giftedness. He therefore could personally identify with people groups that did not have the Bible in their language and saw the paramount need for Bible translation, as a means of sharing the gospel in the mother tongue.

After completing a business degree, with majors in accounting/finance and a minor in computers, Günther worked for two First Nation groups in northern Canada (Champagne Aishiak, Yukon and Gwichen, N.W.T.). Feeling called to the work of Bible translation, he enrolled in a one-year Bible certificate course at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Oregon, to help him grow in his understanding of God’s Word and to better apply it to his life.

In 1994, Günther joined Wycliffe and worked in the finance department/mailroom in different functions: accounts payable officer, senior accountant and most recently, as financial services officer. Because he has done so many different jobs in the finance department, he is able to fill in for vacation relief for a lot of people in his department. Currently, he has joined the CPA association to upgrade his skills to become a certified payroll manager. By studying for a professional designation, Günther is helping Wycliffe stay current on CRA rules and all compliance legislation that continuously changes and needs to be learned and applied. He also manages the income tax preparation program for Wycliffe staff overseas and helps them stay compliant with CRA income-reporting rules.

Outside of Wycliffe, Günther loves teaching motorcycle safety in his spare time. He has ridden motorcycles for 32 years.

In 1996, Günther married Debbie, who works as a research assistant for a cardiologist at the University of Calgary’s Foothills Campus. In 1999, they adopted two orphans, ages nine and 10, from Siberia, Russia. Their two adopted children prepared them well for becoming foster parents in 2011.

Currently, the Eichmanns love and care for three First Nations children (ages 6, 8, 10).

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Günther grew up in West Germany. His strengths in school were math and religious studies, while his weaknesses were languages. Trying to learn English/French/Spanish was a real struggle and very frustrating for him because of a lack of giftedness. He therefore could personally identify with people groups that did not have the Bible in their language and saw the paramount need for Bible translation, as a means of sharing the gospel in the mother tongue.

After completing a business degree, with majors in accounting/finance and a minor in computers, Günther worked for two First Nation groups in northern Canada (Champagne Aishiak, Yukon and Gwichen, N.W.T.). Feeling called to the work of Bible translation, he enrolled in a one-year Bible certificate course at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Oregon, to help him grow in his understanding of God’s Word and to better apply it to his life.

In 1994, Günther joined Wycliffe and worked in the finance department/mailroom in different functions: accounts payable officer, senior accountant and most recently, as financial services officer. Because he has done so many different jobs in the finance department, he is able to fill in for vacation relief for a lot of people in his department. Currently, he has joined the CPA association to upgrade his skills to become a certified payroll manager. By studying for a professional designation, Günther is helping Wycliffe stay current on CRA rules and all compliance legislation that continuously changes and needs to be learned and applied. He also manages the income tax preparation program for Wycliffe staff overseas and helps them stay compliant with CRA income-reporting rules.

Outside of Wycliffe, Günther loves teaching motorcycle safety in his spare time. He has ridden motorcycles for 32 years.

In 1996, Günther married Debbie, who works as a research assistant for a cardiologist at the University of Calgary’s Foothills Campus. In 1999, they adopted two orphans, ages nine and 10, from Siberia, Russia. Their two adopted children prepared them well for becoming foster parents in 2011.

Currently, the Eichmanns love and care for three First Nations children (ages 6, 8, 10).

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