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John-Mark Bergen

Location: Western US
Position: Video/Media Assistant
Project #: C0639

Email: video@mbmission.org
Phone: 559.456.4600

John-Mark is the son of Missionaries Phil and Carol Bergen who serve in Burkina-Faso. He is graduate of Fresno Pacific University with a degree in Communications. John-Mark also participated in TREK in 2007.

John Best

Location: Western Canada
Position: Mission Mobilizer, Western Canada
Project #: C0520

Email: johnb@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Video message from John

JESUS IS IN THE BUSINESS OF TRANSFORMING LIVES!  We are thrilled to be able to witness His transformational power in our lives, in the lives of people around us, and around the globe.

I’m a Mission Mobilizer with MB Mission. I serve the MB family in BC (113 churches) by preaching, training short and long-term missionaries, helping churches and individuals discern next steps in global mission, and helping run a couple of short-term discipleship-focused mission programs (SOAR Vancouver, TREK, Disciple Making International). A big part of my call is to encourage people to be closely connected to the Lord, because it is out of that relationship that mission flows.

Susan Blaney

Location: Western Canada
Position: Accounting (part-time)

Email: SusanB@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Susan provides reconciliation support for the accounting team.

Ben Born

Location: Western Canada
Position: Executive Assistant to the General Director
Project #: C0700

Email: benb@mbmission.org
Phone:604.859.6267

Ben serves as Executive Assistant to Randy Friesen, MB Mission’s General Director. In this role, Ben is involved in a lot of different areas, but primarily serves to increase Randy’s, and our Board’s, effectiveness in leading MB Mission.
Ben grew up as a missionary kid in Botswana, his parents Bryan and Teresa Born served there with MB Mission for much of his childhood. He is a graduate of Columbia Bible College, with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies. During his time at CBC, Ben participated in the TREK program, where he led a team to Chonburi, Thailand. Ben enjoys rock climbing with his wife Kaitlyn and watching English soccer.

Joanna Chapa

Location: Midwest US
Position: STM Mobilizer
Project #: C0685

Email: joannac@mbmission.org
Phone: 316.729.6465

“Come and follow me” and “Go” have been words that Joanna has heard quite clearly from Jesus over the course of her life. The invitational calling began as she responded at a debrief session of SOAR Midwest 2001 (based in south Texas, where she grew up) to follow God wherever and whenever: as long He called, she would go.

Esther Corbett

Location: Western Canada
Position: Intercessory Prayer
Project #: C9044

Email: estherc@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Esther works with the Lead Team in the area of intercessory prayer. She is also involved in teaching on prayer, and the development of prayer and prophetic ministry.

Sam Dick

Location: Western Canada
Position: Mobilization Coordinator, North America
Project #: C0155

Email: samd@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

I love Jesus, my family and the Church.

We live on the West Coast of BC, Canada. My wife, Heidi and two amazing kids are my primary source of encouragement. We love each other deeply and work hard at keeping our relationships top priority. We enjoy picnics, ball hockey, road trips, the Vancouver Canucks and all varieties of good ethnic food.

Gayle Doerksen

Location: Western Canada
Position: Accounts Receivables

Email: gayled@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Gayle works with Accounts Receivable and is responsible for donation processing.

Lisa Francis

Location: Western Canada
Position: STM Coordinator
Project #: C0709

Email: LisaF@mbmission.org
Phone: 604.743.0208

Lisa works as a Short Term Mission Coordinator in Western Canada for the TREK and SOAR Vancouver programs. Lisa grew up in an MB church planting family on the East Coast of Canada and through that lifestyle gained passion for encouraging the local church to actively respond to the heart of God through surrendered lives on mission.

Kara Friesen

Location: Central Canada
Project #: C0696

Email: winnipeg@mbmission.org
Phone: 204.415.0670

Along with the Central Canada team, I am involved in running and hosting short-term mission teams (SOAR and ACTION) and running the day-to-day operations of the office. Being in the Central Canada office allows me the opportunity to resource and connect the local church and the global church together on a daily basis.

Randy Friesen

Location: Western Canada
Position: General Director, Lead Team
Project #: C0133

Email: randyf@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Randy was the director of Youth Mission International (YMI) from 1989 to 2000. Through YMI Randy gave leadership to the development and growth of mission programs for teens, college-age and early career participants. From 2000 to 2004 Randy was the Director of Short Term Ministries for MB Mission, which included YMI and other intergenerational mission programs such as Disciple Making International (DMI) and Global Action Partners (GAP). Since 2004 Randy has served as the Executive Director of MB Mission, the global mission agency of the Mennonite Brethren churches of North America. When not travelling to mission projects around the world, Randy speaks to audiences across North America calling this generation to a life of risk and sacrifice in an eternal direction.

Ray Harms-Wiebe

Position: Global Program Consultant
Project #: C0069

Email: rayhw@mbmission.org

Viv Johnstone

Location: Western Canada
Position: Global Program Project Coordinator
Project #: C0645

Email: vivj@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

I am part of the Global Program Team here at MB Mission and my duties include project application processing, monitoring and reporting. I have the privilege of communicating regularly with our missionaries and others closely working with MB Mission.

Mark Klassen

Location: Western Canada
Position: IT & Operations
Project #: A0024

Email: markk@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Mark has a passion for creatively using various types of media to reach people with the message of Jesus. Mark has been involved in many projects involving web applications, graphic design, and video production. His favourite medium however, is music. Composing and recording digital audio and music has been a passion of his for many years.

Lloyd and Carol Letkeman

Location: Central Canada
Position: Mission Mobilizer
Project #: C0279

Email: lloydl@mbmission.org
Phone: 204.415.0670

Carol and I are privileged to serve the MB churches of the Prairies Provinces. Connecting churches with the call to join God in mission continues to be a rewarding and challenging ministry. Together with our team of staff and volunteers we are able to administer many of the programs and processes that aid our MB churches in expressing their international mission of 'holistic church planting that transforms communities among the least reached.'

Carol Letkeman

Location: Central Canada
Position: STM Mobilizer
Project #: C0279

Email: caroll@mbmission.org
Phone: 204.415.0670

I am privileged to serve the MB churches of the Prairies Provinces. Connecting churches with the call to join God in mission continues to be a rewarding and challenging ministry. Together with our team of staff and volunteers we are able to administer many of the programs and processes that aid our MB churches in expressing their international mission of 'holistic church planting that transforms communities among the least reached.'

Kathy Moser

Location: Western US
Position: Admin Assistant

Email: fresno@mbmission.org
Phone: 559.456.4600

Kathy assists the Regional Mobilizer in the Western US region by providing office and other logistical support.

Larry Neufeld

Location: Western Canada
Position: Lead Team, Mobilization and Media
Project #: C0640

Email: larryn@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

God is at work amongst the nations! Joining our Heavenly Father in His work is privilege. For our family that means we want to live out our faith in the community, sharing God’s love in the ordinary daily encounters – and see how He is able to transform both our lives and those around us!

Liz Nickel

Location: Western Canada
Position: DMI Assistant (part-time)

Email: lizn@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Liz provides support to the DMI  program, by providing administrative assistance.

Lori Nickel

Location: Western Canada
Position: Member Care Team Leader
Project #: C0471

Email: lorin@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

My first encounter with MB Mission was on a family short-term mission trip we took in 1996. It was life changing for my husband and me, and ever since then we have served with MB Mission as volunteers until I joined the staff in 2008.

Lisa Peters

Location: Central Canada
Position:STM Coordinator
Project #: C0638

Email: lisad@mbmission.org
Phone: 204.415.0670

Lisa first got connected to MB Mission as a SOAR Heartland participant, and has continued to grow in her love for the inner city and for the nations ever since. Her job as STM Coordinator revolves around planning and running Central Canada’s short-term programs.

Dale Regier

Location: Western Canada
Position: Senior Accountant
Project #: C0161

Email: daler@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Since 1989, God has led us on an exciting journey with a variety of Mennonite Brethren agencies. We joined with MB Mission in 2003, serving in Jadcherla, India. In 2006, God brought us here to Abbotsford in a continuing role with MB Mission in support services.

Dianne Schroeder

Location: Western Canada
Position: Payroll & HR

Email: diannes@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Dianne is responsible for payroll and benefits for MB Mission missionaries and staff.

Danae Schmidt

Location: Midwest US
Position:STM Interim Coordinator
Project #: C0712

Email: danaes@mbmission.org
Phone: 316.729.6465

Danae is married to Kyle and serves as Short Term Mission Interim Coordinator in the Midwest US where she is involved in coordinating, mobilizing and facilitating ACTION programs.

Philip Serez

Location: Eastern Canada
Position: Mission Mobilizer
Project #: C0135

Email: philips@mbmission.org
Phone: 519.886.4378

Philip loves Jesus, his family, and the Church. For the last 16 years, he has been working for MB Mission. He and Robyn have been developing discipleship training mission programs across North America and calling out new mission workers into placements worldwide. Philip's family has made WMB their church home once again these last 5 years. Philip is happiest with either a piano or chainsaw in his hands, and is eager to put this same passion into WMB.

Chris Spahr

Location: Midwest US
Position: Admin Assistant - Regional Mobilization (part-time)

Email: wichita@mbmission.org
Phone: 316.729.6465

Chris is the part-time Administrative Assistant for the MB Mission Midwest Region Office in Wichita, Kansas. Chris is married to Tharen and they have four children. Their oldest two daughters, Jessica and Lindsay, are both married and live in Omaha, Nebraska. Zach and Becky both attend college. Chris and Tharen love being with their five grandchildren when they have the opportunity to be together.

Al Stobbe

Location: Western Canada
Position: Missionary Coordinator on the Global Program Team
Project #: A0045

Email: als@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Al joined MB Mission in 2007 after serving for almost 11 years as pastoral staff at Ross Road Community Church. Previous to that, Al and Karen served with MB Mission as missionaries in Austria. Al loves to work in the area of administration, to work with new missionaries, to read, to cycle, to watch hockey, and to spend time with his family.

Fred Sutherland

Location: Western Canada
Position: STM Coordinator
Project #: C0708

Email: freds@mbmission.org
Phone:604.859.6267

Fred is married to Nicole and has two children, Logan and Joshua. He serves with MB Mission as a co-coordinator of the TREK program. Fred grew up primarily in Abbotsford BC and since coming to Christ at the age of 16, has been passionate about discipleship and evangelism.

David Thiessen

Location: Central Canada
Project #: C0713

Email: davidt@mbmission.org
Phone: 204.415.0670

“I first connected with the MB Mission Central Canada team as a participant on SOAR Heartland 6 years ago. Since then I’ve had the chance to lead three SOAR Intercession teams and participate on ACTION three times. After graduating from Canadian Mennonite University, I joined the Central Canada team on staff.

Mark Thompson

Location: Western US
Position: STM Mobilizer
Project #: C0372

Email: markt@mbmission.org
Phone: 559.456.4600

Mark grew up travelling a lot with a father in the U.S. Air Force. He is one of five siblings all spaced within a year of one another. Mark was born in Tacoma, Washington, and lived in Nebraska (Omaha), Japan (Tokyo), North Dakota (Grand Forks) and settled in California. Mark attended Fresno State University and participated as a high jumper for 4 years on the Track & Field Team. He served two years as the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at FSU. After graduating with a BA in Physical Education, Mark attended the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and Hope International University where he received an MA in Ministry.

Selwyn Uittenbosch

Location: Western Canada
Position: Lead Team, Finance
Project #: C0294

Email: selwynu@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

I am captured by the words of Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Can you imagine it? Not just individuals, but entire nations transformed by the message of the gospel! Try to picture entire nations who acknowledge personally and corporately that Jehovah God is Lord! Wow…what would that look like?

Rachel Wall

Location: Western Canada
Position: Global Payables

Email: rachelw@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Rachel works with Accounts Payable, and does the monthly cables and cheques.

Rachael Wiebe

Location: Central Canada
Position:STM Interim Coordinator
Project #: C0711

Email: RachaelW@mbmission.org
Phone: 204.415.0670

Rachael has been connected with MB Mission for the past 8 years. She has participated in TREK, led on SOAR and ACTION, and has interned in two of our offices.

Vic Wiens

Location: Western Canada
Position: Mission Capacity Building Coordinator
Project #: C0088

Email: vicw@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Victor serves as Coordinator of Mission Capacity Building (mainly for Africa and Latin America, some for Asia). This ministry involves strengthening leadership, community development, and missionary sending capacity among our global partner conferences. This role includes resourcing existing and emerging leaders in 12 sister conferences in as many ways as possible, both in-country and from the office.

Galen Wiest

Location: Western US
Position: Mission Mobilizer
Project #: A0164

Email: galenw@mbmission.org
Phone: 559.456.4600

Galen grew up in Dinuba, California where he learned about Jesus, was baptized, and grew in his walk with God in the Kingsburg MB Church. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, where he met his wife Linda. He is also a graduate of Fresno Pacific University and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary.

Ann Zauner

Location: Western Canada
Position: Mobilization & Media Assistant

Email: annz@mbmission.org
Phone: 866.964.7627

Ann assists in office operations in Abbotsford and the regional offices and also supports media production projects.