Jake Dyck

Project Director

Jake has been involved in education for almost 25 years, with experience teaching in Christian schools in western Canada, in Red Deer Public schools in Alberta and with a Christian school in Central Asia. Jake is trained and spent many of his years teaching as a middle school teacher and holds a Master of Science in school leadership, having been a head of school for five years. Currently he works from TeachBeyond as the Associate National Director in Canada and serves on the School Services team providing support to partner schools. He is passionate about Christ-centered education for all children, working together with the church and supporting the role of parents.

Greg Needham

Project Director

While leading a large Church expansion in metro Vancouver and simultaneously working in missions as an educational business consultant, God put the not-so-new idea of blending the Church and Christian education, on Greg’s heart. Greg’s enthusiasm for parenting, holistic education, the co-curricular, and Christ have culminated in his desire to see God move in Canada, to see Churches and families transform their communities and society through the work of the Holy Spirit. Greg Needham MBA, M.Ed, lives in Metro Vancouver with his wife, a public ELL teacher. He has two married daughters and two grandsons. He has worked in education his entire life, and has spent most of his career serving churches, Christian universities, schools, or municipalities in the areas of operations, strategic planning, development, communications, and facilities.

Francine Wiebe

Midwestern Canada Director

“Grounded in Truth, Free to Learn, Ready to Fly” This tag-line sits under the logo of Freedom International School, the third school Francine founded in the Inner City and West End of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over the past 30 years as an educator, Francine has experienced the ins-and-outs of private Christian Schools, Public Schools, and Homeschooling – and has witnessed the life-changing impact of Holy Spirit lead transformative education. Francine’s work among newcomers to Canada and families who would not otherwise be able to access Christian education, has provided families with a renewed hope for their children – many who have had interrupted education due to war or trauma. Francine and her husband have been married since 1991 and currently live in Winnipeg, Manitoba in a community house with other Jesus followers. They enjoy travelling, sailing, and making good wholesome food from scratch. They have three adult children who’s passions span from Marine Biology, Music, Poetry, and Film Making. 

Lauralynn Mercer

Ontario Director

From when Lauralynn was young, she was passionate about teaching children about Christ’s love and plan for salvation. She took that passion and turned it into a career in Christian education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brock University and Redeemer University in Ontario. Lauralynn taught for 8 years at Mississauga Christian Academy and then moved into a combined role of teacher and Principal/Chief Operations Officer at Muskoka Christian School. Muskoka Christian School flourished under Lauralynn’s leadership. It went from a small school, to quadrupling the student body, founding a non-traditional high school, offering connections for homeschool families, and building awareness for Christian education in the community. Lauralynn sees the need for Churches, Parents, and Educators to join forces in equipping children and young people with a solid faith foundation to withstand the perils oof this present world and prepare them for God’s calling on their lives. Lauralynn and her husband’s lives are deeply enriched by their two adult son’s family’s, including their five grandchildren. They call Muskoka, Ontario home, where they truly enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in every season.

Gord Stevenson

Ontario Representative

Christian education was a big part of Gord’s formative years, as a teenager and young adult, in volunteer support of his local Church’s Christian School. As Bible College graduates, Gord and his wife, Chrissie, both have experience in full-time ministry, including Youth, Christian Education, and Lay Ministry. As parents, and now grandparents of 7, Gord and Chrissie, ensured that their 3 children were enrolled in Christian education, wherever available. Recently, Gord has retired from his position of Risk Manager/Human Resources at Ford Motor Company of Canada and has switched his focus as he continues to see the importance of Christ-centred education. He is passionate to see local churches engage in a grass roots approach to discipleship in their communities. He believes that to, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) is God’s wise council and it is on Parents, Grandparents, and Church Leaders to facilitate. 

Belinda Wheatley

B.C. Coordinator

Belinda immigrated to Canada 30 years ago from South Africa. She is a mother of 3 adult children and a grandmother. Her sons attended public school and her daughter attended Christian school, where she experienced the radical differences and the desperate need for God to be brought back into schools. Belinda is a firm believer that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela) As a Montessori Teacher, and early Childhood Educator, and a Special Needs Educator in public, private, and Christian Schools for 18 years she has witnessed and experienced the transformation that Christ-centred, Spirit-filled education has on children and societies. Having worked in the public school system for 10 years, Belinda witnessed the degradation of the system, and she concluded that public schools are beyond redemption and that a Christ-centred system is the only hope. The Church must take back its rightful role in education along with parents as the primary educators of their children. She believes that this movement is the hope that we need to transform children, societies, and the world. Her most recent volunteer work includes volunteering at Barnabas Family Camp, participating in a mission to assist the Tarahumara Indigenous community in Mexico, teaching as a volunteer at Vacation Bible School, contributing to the Schools for Africa Project by fundraising to renovate a school and provide supplies, and serving as a teacher for the Virtues Project. 

Jourdan Gray

Executive Assistant

*Currently on maternity leave!*

As a mother of four young children, Jourdan desires to have transformative educational options for her children that build character, create a passion of lifelong learning, nurture their faith, and is centered on Scripture in all they learn and do. Jourdan taught English as a Second Language to newcomers to Canada for seven years in a variety of different programs in Manitoba and British Columbia. She has also been a part of leading an online English outreach program during Covid, which served ESL students globally. She attended Providence University College and Theological Seminary in Manitoba where she completed her undergrad and Masters of Arts in Global Studies and TESOL. She plans to do a hybrid homeschooling option in the next few years in Vancouver, B.C., where she lives with her husband, four-year-old son, two-year-old daughter, and two newborn twin girls.

Len & Mary Reed

Steering Committee

Life for Len began in Thailand, born to missionary parents and attending school in Malaysia as a child. When his parents returned from Thailand they settled in Saskatchewan where Len’s education continued at Caronport. Mary grew up in Ontario in the public school system. They both attended Briercrest Bible College and received bachelor’s degrees in Christian Education, Music, and Biblical Studies. Len continued on to receive a Master’s in Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. Their two oldest boys attended public school in Toronto for their first few years and then the Lord called them to serve at Black Forest Academy in Germany. Having served in Germany and England as dorm parents, facilities manager, church administrator for expats and then Sanctuary (a ministry to host missionaries and Christian workers) they have been part of the

educational world for the past 26 years serving both teachers, parents and children. They are thankful that their children also benefited from Christian education at Black Forest Academy and graduated to go on to receive Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in teaching. Len also has been a part of two boards that promote the advancement of Christian Education, EurECA (European Educators Christian Asso.) and CATE (Christians Advancing Transformational Education). They are now located in Kelowna, B.C. and have been asked to promote and bathe CCEM in prayer. We are firm believers that in any new initiative prayer must be the first resource of advancement.

Howard Dueck

Steering Committee

After attending Providence University College and Theological Seminary, Howard and his wife Eileen joined TeachBeyond, which was Janz Team at the time, in 1988, serving 10 years in Brazil and 12 years in Germany. Howard’s ministry experience has involved counselling, teaching, preaching, mentoring, and leadership. Howard’s calling to education as mission was deepened through a dream in 2003 to focus on those with least access to education. TeachBeyond partners around the world, and now here in Canada, with those seeking to provide Christ-centred education. The Duecks live south of Winnipeg, where Eileen is a local school music teacher and from where Howard serves as executive vice-president of TeachBeyond. Their two married adult daughters and their husbands, as well as their first grandchild, live nearby.

Paul Johnson

Steering Committee

After completing his education in 1981 at Simon Fraser University, Paul began his 40-year career in the Langley, British Columbia school district. In 1982, he responded to the call to Christian education and joined Regent Christian Academy, a church-based K-12 school in its early stages. The Academy experienced remarkable growth in the ensuing years, expanding its offerings to include a thriving international student program and a Distributed Learning (online) division. Paul provided leadership as Principal, then later as Head of Schools for the Regent Christian Academy Society until stepping aside in December 2021. Career highlights include overseeing campus expansion, establishing a robust student mission program and supporting church-based schools in Nigeria, Kenya, and Mexico. Paul’s greatest passion is to see young people experience transformative encounters with Jesus. Paul’s legacy reflects a life dedicated to encouraging young people to a journey of personal excellence and Christian service. Paul stays active by serving on boards and providing consultation services to Christian organizations. He and his wife, Eleanor, live in Surrey, B.C., enjoying their blended family of five children and seven grandchildren.

Harold Klassen

Steering Committee

Harold was called to be a missionary teacher in 1968. After studying at Simon Fraser University and theology at Canadian Bible College, Harold taught two years in a public school in Saskatchewan before he and his wife, Betty, went to Germany in 1977 to teach at Black Forest Academy. Harold had multiple roles at BFA, such as teacher, principal, IT director, and more before leaving BFA in 1998 to work with the German Janz Team and completing a Master of Science in Education from Cairn University. He became a global educational consultant, and began maintaining a website with resources for Christian teachers, In 2011 the Klassens moved back to Canada and settled in Abbotsford, B.C. Harold continues his passion to teach about how all of life and learning relates to God and His word. He is an adjunct instructor of Education as Mission in Prairie College’s online Master of Leadership program and actively involved with various groups seeking to provide Christ-in education around the world. The Klassens have four children and eight grandchildren.