Our Leadership – ABWE Canada
ABWE Canada President
Minne Bouma was born in Rinsumageest, Netherlands, to Ted and Betty Bouma. Minne grew up as a dairy farmer’s son, first in the Netherlands, and then in Ontario as well when the family immigrated to Canada. Minne graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 1997 (BA in History, and a minor in English) and completed his Master of Science in Education Administration from Pensacola in 2002.
Minne started his ministry career teaching at Ruth’s Chapel Christian School in New Bern, NC and taught there for six years. In 2003, Minne and his family moved to Brantford, ON where he administered and taught at Central Baptist Academy for eight years. While ministering in Brantford, Minne, and his wife Michele, felt that God was directing them to missions, and they attended candidate classes with ABWE in 2008. The Bouma family arrived in Portugal in 2011. Minne taught at Greater Lisbon Christian Academy and served as the Assistant Field Team Leader.
Minne met his wife Michele while at Pensacola, and they married in 1998. God has blessed them with two boys: Drew (2000) and Caleb (2003). Minne loves all outdoor activities, but especially enjoys running and snowboarding. He also enjoys reading, playing games, and spending time with family.
ABWE Canada Board
ABWE Canada is an incorporated non-profit organization: ABWE Global, Inc. operating as ABWE Canada. ABWE Canada is governed by a self-perpetuating board of directors, which elects the members of the board from the members of the corporation.
The board of directors shall be charged with the responsibility to ensure the continuation of the biblical position and practice outlined in ABWE Canada’s official documents. The members of this governing body shall be elected from the constituency who have an expressed interest in the aggressive evangelistic thrust of ABWE Canada and are in complete agreement with its theological position, core values, and ministry vision.
William Ball, Cambridge ON
Bill has served local churches in Belleville, Waterloo, Tillsonburg, and Cobourg, Ontario since 1981. Most recently, since 2015, he has led the Slavic Gospel Association as its Canadian Director. He has been married to Judy for 38 years and they have two married children who love the Lord, along with two grandchildren.
Steve Faulkner, Simcoe ON
Steve has been happily married to his wife, Judy, for 35 years. They have three adult children and one grandson. He received his BA in English from Tennessee Temple University and his ThM in OT from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has ministered as a youth pastor, a police department chaplain, and a pastor in the US and Canada. He is an adjunct teacher at Word of Life Bible Institute in Owen Sound, ON. He is currently in his seventeenth year as Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Bible Church in Simcoe, ON.
Mark Lowrie, Norwich ON
Mark has spent nearly 40 years pastoring churches in Ontario. Though semi-retired, he is still active as an interim pastor. He is married to his sweetheart Margaret, and they have three married children and seven grandchildren.
Tim MacDonald, Sussex NB
Tim is the Senior pastor of Faith Bible Baptist Fellowship in Sussex, from 2004 to present. He trusted Christ as his Saviour at age seven, and submitted to the call of God to Bible School (New Brunswick Bible Institute) in 1991, where he met Jennifer Crossman. They graduated Bible School in 1994, at which time he began pastoring alongside his dad, Rev. Dr. David A. MacDonald at Munroe Ave Baptist Church, New Glasgow, NS. Jennifer and Tim were married in June of 1995 and have two children, Caleb & Elaina.
Betty Reid, Newcastle ON
Betty grew up on a dairy farm in a small community and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science (Honours, Mathematics & Physics) from Queen’s University. She worked for CIBC for 36.5 years and has recently retired. She is very actively engaged in her local church – serving on the leadership team for youth, worship team, finance team, missions committee and VBS committee. She has also co-led many musical/drama productions, and led and participated in a variety of short-term missions trips.
Daniel Ryckman, London ON
Dan is a CPA (accountant and auditor) living in London and assists the ABWE Canada board with finances. He, his wife, and three children have lived in London for 25 years and enjoy working in many church ministries. Their friendship with ABWE missionaries goes back 25 years. As a missionary kid who grew up in Central Africa, he returns to help in any way possible via short term trips – assisting with logistics, accounting, witnessing, and any other work that needs to be done.
Gary Stairs, Owen Sound ON
Following 18 years as a public high school teacher, Gary was called of the Lord to be a missionary with Word of Life Canada where he was privileged to serve as Executive Director of 18 years. No longer directing the ministry, Gary and his wife, Barb continue to serve in a number of capacities with Word of Life Canada.
Andrew Swanson, Sackville NB
Andrew has pastored in New Brunswick and Ontario for more than 20 years. He loves his wife, Angela, and they have four great kids. He loves the church (and specifically the church to which he has been called) and delights to see people here and around the world know and follow Christ well.
Lindsay Taylor, Grande-Digue NB
Dr. Lindsay Taylor has served in pastoral ministry for 37 years all across the country. He is often sought after as a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and an encourager. In his semi-retirement, he now serves as the president of Strategic Renewal Canada. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 38 years and they have three adult children, a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Jennifer, serves as a missionary with ABWE Canada.