Our board of directors are passionate both about Bible translation and training a generation of well-equipped people with hearts to serve cross-culturally. We appreciate the combined expertise our board of directors bring to further develop CanIL into one of the world’s leading language and cultural training schools.

Ruth Behnke

Board chair

Ruth graduated from the University of Manitoba and was a mathematics instructor at Vancouver Community College for 33 years, seven of those years as department head. She served on the Senate of Regent College in the early ‘80s and was a founding member of CLM Educational Society, publishers of Christian educational materials. She authored two […]

Johanna Campbell

Johanna received her BA/BEd from the University of BC, a Master’s of Theology from ACTS and a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of South Africa. She has taught elementary and secondary school, and in the faculty of education at TWU. From 1996 to 2007 she was executive director of the Christian Teachers’ Association […]

Jonathan Dawn

Jonathan received his B.A. in English and Education from Seattle University, his M.C.S. from Regent College in Vancouver, and his Ph.D. in Education from Southern Illinois University. Jonathan has had a variety of teaching experiences and has taught full time at Trinity Western University since 2002 in the Religious Studies Department. He has also served […]

Ken Godard

Ken is a member and lay pastor of Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary. He is a board member of Partners Canada, a charitable organization devoted to assisting displaced people from Burma. He graduated with a PhD in chemical engineering and has retired after working 41 years with Chevron. He lived in five countries and had […]

Don Hekman

Don and his wife, Martha, served as Wycliffe members for 40 years until their retirement in 2012. They served as translators in Quebec and as Director of Language Services with SIL Americas from 1996 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011 Don served as President of Wycliffe Canada before retiring. He is currently assigned as a […]

Gyoojun Lee

Gyoojun is a graduate of the CanIL training program, receiving his Master of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis through ACTS. He also received an M.Div. (equivalent) from ChongShin Theological Seminary in Seoul Korea. He has been serving with Wycliffe Canada since 2005 as a missions mobilizer, mainly working with Korean-Canadian communities across Canada. Gyoojun also has […]

Sharon Leung

Sharon became a board member in 2001. She is a budget clerk with Telus, married to her husband Jolland, and has two adult sons. Sharon developed an interest in CanIL through former board chairman, Bill Lim, and enjoys engaging with local Chinese churches. She has helped to arrange a number of church field trips out to CanIL to […]

Scott Rempel

Scott is a member of Wycliffe USA and is our most recent board member. Scott and his wife Polly have served in a variety of roles at the International Linguistic Center in Dallas, in Togo, W. Africa, the Philippines, and have had SE Asia as their focus since 2002. Scott is the personnel director for SE […]

Bob Rowe

A big welcome to Bob Rowe, our newest member to the CanIL Board of Directors. Bob graduated from UofC in 1972 with a B.PE and earned a Masters degree in Ministry from Prairie Graduate School in 1996. His career spanned thirty seven years in negotiations and contracts in oil and gas related businesses, both national and international. […]

David Smith

David is currently pursuing a career as a real estate agent and recently completed the Real Estate Trading Course from UBC Sauder School of Business. He served as a pastor for more than ten years, most recently as the pastor of Crossway Church in Langley. He has been very supportive of CanIL and Wycliffe. Formerly, […]

Arnie Friesen

Originally from Manitoba, Arnie and his family have called the Fraser Valley home since 1997. His current interests include playing bass guitar in his church worship band, as well as curling and playing soccer. His wife, Judy, recently retired from her role as VP Engagement at Wycliffe Canada. She previously served as VP Development with […]