CBS Leadership

Rev. Dr. Rupen Das

Executive Director

Steven Baal

Chief Financial Officer

Mary Ann Buffam

Director of Development, Marketing and Communications

Duncan Campbell

Director of National Programs

Joanna Costopoulos

Director of Human Resources

Dr. Jeff Green

Senior Manager, Scripture Translation

Nelly Safari

Director of Scripture Resources

Rev. Dr. Rupen Das

Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Rupen Das comes to CBS with considerable senior management experience both in Canada and internationally.

Most recently, he was seconded by the Canadian Baptist Ministries to Lebanon and Europe where he was involved in theological education and managing humanitarian responses to refugees. Prior to that Dr. Das was professor and program coordinator for Humber College’s International Project Management post graduate program. He has held senior management positions with World Vision Canada and World Vision International. His consulting assignments have been with various non-governmental organizations, international agencies, the Canadian Government, and the Canadian military.

Dr. Das is a missiologist who has researched and written on various aspect of contemporary Christian missions, especially issues that concern the Global South. He is the author of several books. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, a 21st Century Fellow in the UK, and adjunct faculty at Eastern University in the US. Dr. Das earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Acadia University in Nova Scotia and is Research Professor at Tyndale University in Toronto.

Dr. Das also serves on the Fellowship Council and the Executive Board of the United Bible Societies.

Rupen and his wife, Mamta, have two adult children, who are married with families.

For more information, visit Rupen's personal website: dascompassion.wordpress.com/rupen-das/

Steven Baal

Chief Financial Officer

Steven Baal joined CBS in August 2018 as the new Chief Financial Officer.

Steven brings 26 years of financial management experience to CBS within the non-profit sector. He has a passion for life-long learning, having achieved designations as a CPA and CGA as well as earning an MBA. Steven began his career at the Canadian 4-H Council, then the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. This prepared him for his move to Stouffville where he spent ten years with cbm Canada. Steven’s most recent position was with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

Mary Ann Buffam

Director of Development, Marketing and Communications

Mary Ann Buffam joined CBS in November 2018 in the role of Director of Development, Marketing and Communications.

Mary Ann brings over 28 years of development, marketing and communications experience, leading teams in large complex non-profit organizations as well as providing strategic resource development leadership for small start-up organizations. She is passionate about supporting the growth of organizational mission through the engagement of supporters, philanthropists, churches, and corporations, working with senior volunteers and leadership, branding, positioning and story telling and sharing the impact of the work through dynamic communication, digital technology and good stewardship practices.

Her experience includes leading teams in the international development sector at World Vision Canada, Save the Children Canada and Dignitas International, as well as Tyndale University College and Seminary and Yonge Street Mission. Strongly committed to the study and practice of leadership, Mary Ann brings her experience in management, fund development and marketing to her role to help build the resources for the ministry of the Canadian Bible Society.

Duncan Campbell

Director of National Programs

Duncan Campbell was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He joins the Canadian Bible Society with a 30-year track record in program development and leadership, primarily in the relief and development field. He has worked with PLAN International, World Vision International, and several other international development organizations.

Immediately after university, Duncan went to Peru as a volunteer with CUSO international, where he was part of a local non-government organization (NGO) providing technical assistance to smallholder farmers. He returned to Canada to do some graduate studies in Christian Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, and then headed off to Filingué, on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Niger, to be the Projects Engineer with a small Canadian NGO.

After Niger, Duncan and his wife, Maria Elena, and their children went on to live and work in nine other countries in Africa and Latin America, primarily doing development work with the rural poor, and also providing emergency assistance to people in disaster situations. With World Vision, Duncan also had significant engagement and collaboration with local churches.

Duncan brings tremendous expertise in program development and management, and we welcome him to the Canadian Bible Society to lead the development and growth of the regional teams and programs across the country.

Joanna Costopoulos

Director of Human Resources

Joanna Costopoulos joined the CBS in March 2018 as the new Director of Human Resources. She enjoys working closely with the CBS team to lead, strengthen and encourage each individual in their capacity to serve effectively.

Joanna brings years of HR experience including prior experience working with leading non-profit organizations and a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Her advanced education in law, business administration and her designation as a CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader) give her a depth of professionalism and leadership.

Joanna works with CBS staff to improve and increase staff acquisition, training and development. Joanna’s servant leadership and a ‘can-do attitude’ has helped her build successful relationships and impactful results at the Canadian Bible Society.

Dr. Jeff Green

Senior Manager, Scripture Translation

Dr. Jeff Green joined the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) in 2017 as a Bible translation consultant and became Senior Manager of the Scripture Translation Department in 2019.

Jeff has been involved in Bible translation since 2001. He and his family spent 11 years in East Asia, where he served with Wycliffe/Summer Institute of Linguistics in a Bible translation project and in many other roles. He helped his colleagues with their linguistic analysis and Bible translation work as a linguistics consultant and a translation consultant. He taught linguistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for Canada Institute of Linguistics in Langley, BC and as part of their partnership with Tyndale University College in Toronto, ON, and for Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His leadership experience includes serving as Language and Culture Learning Coordinator and as the coordinator of a Bible translation community of practice focused on the Himalayan region.

Since joining CBS, Jeff has been the translation consultant on projects in Plains Cree, Iñupiatun, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, and Punjabi. He enjoys teaching others the things he’s had the opportunity to learn and helping others with the technical aspects of Bible translation work.

Jeff earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Bible Translation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He and his family live in Oshawa, ON.

Nelly Safari

Director of Scripture Resources

Growing up in a culturally mixed household and attending a French Catholic school in the Middle East, exposed Nelly to many points of view and religions. But when she read the Bible in her mother tongue, she realized that she had to make a personal commitment; and thus began her journey of faith.

Nelly has been working with the Canadian Bible Society since 1986, mostly in the production and publishing areas (Production Assistant, Design and Production Manager, Senior Publishing Manager). While working full-time, she continued her university studies and obtained her MA from York University and a degree in Publishing from Ryerson University in Toronto.

“When I hear stories of lives changed through the Bible, I am more encouraged to continue my small contribution to this ministry as the Director of Scripture Resources. Part of my job is to ensure that the Scriptures are available in the languages of the people of Canada in suitable formats. Reading the Bible in one’s own language is amazing and life-changing! Being a part of the Bible Society is an honour and privilege I do not take lightly.”

Rev. Dr. Rupen Das

Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Rupen Das comes to CBS with considerable senior management experience both in Canada and internationally.

Most recently, he was seconded by the Canadian Baptist Ministries to Lebanon and Europe where he was involved in theological education and managing humanitarian responses to refugees. Prior to that Dr. Das was professor and program coordinator for Humber College’s International Project Management post graduate program. He has held senior management positions with World Vision Canada and World Vision International. His consulting assignments have been with various non-governmental organizations, international agencies, the Canadian Government, and the Canadian military.

Dr. Das is a missiologist who has researched and written on various aspect of contemporary Christian missions, especially issues that concern the Global South. He is the author of several books. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, a 21st Century Fellow in the UK, and adjunct faculty at Eastern University in the US. Dr. Das earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Acadia University in Nova Scotia and is Research Professor at Tyndale University in Toronto.

Dr. Das also serves on the Fellowship Council and the Executive Board of the United Bible Societies.

Rupen and his wife, Mamta, have two adult children, who are married with families.

For more information, visit Rupen’s personal website: dascompassion.wordpress.com/rupen-das/

Steven Baal

Chief Financial Officer

Steven Baal joined CBS in August 2018 as the new Chief Financial Officer.

Steven brings 26 years of financial management experience to CBS within the non-profit sector. He has a passion for life-long learning, having achieved designations as a CPA and CGA as well as earning an MBA. Steven began his career at the Canadian 4-H Council, then the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. This prepared him for his move to Stouffville where he spent ten years with cbm Canada. Steven’s most recent position was with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

Mary Ann Buffam

Director of Development, Marketing and Communications

Mary Ann Buffam joined CBS in November 2018 in the role of Director of Development, Marketing and Communications.

Mary Ann brings over 28 years of development, marketing and communications experience, leading teams in large complex non-profit organizations as well as providing strategic resource development leadership for small start-up organizations. She is passionate about supporting the growth of organizational mission through the engagement of supporters, philanthropists, churches, and corporations, working with senior volunteers and leadership, branding, positioning and story telling and sharing the impact of the work through dynamic communication, digital technology and good stewardship practices.

Her experience includes leading teams in the international development sector at World Vision Canada, Save the Children Canada and Dignitas International, as well as Tyndale University College and Seminary and Yonge Street Mission. Strongly committed to the study and practice of leadership, Mary Ann brings her experience in management, fund development and marketing to her role to help build the resources for the ministry of the Canadian Bible Society.

Duncan Campbell

Director of National Programs

Duncan Campbell was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He joins the Canadian Bible Society with a 30-year track record in program development and leadership, primarily in the relief and development field. He has worked with PLAN International, World Vision International, and several other international development organizations.

Immediately after university, Duncan went to Peru as a volunteer with CUSO international, where he was part of a local non-government organization (NGO) providing technical assistance to smallholder farmers. He returned to Canada to do some graduate studies in Christian Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, and then headed off to Filingué, on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Niger, to be the Projects Engineer with a small Canadian NGO.

After Niger, Duncan and his wife, Maria Elena, and their children went on to live and work in nine other countries in Africa and Latin America, primarily doing development work with the rural poor, and also providing emergency assistance to people in disaster situations. With World Vision, Duncan also had significant engagement and collaboration with local churches.

Duncan brings tremendous expertise in program development and management, and we welcome him to the Canadian Bible Society to lead the development and growth of the regional teams and programs across the country.

Joanna Costopoulos

Director of Human Resources

Joanna Costopoulos joined the CBS in March 2018 as the new Director of Human Resources. She enjoys working closely with the CBS team to lead, strengthen and encourage each individual in their capacity to serve effectively.

Joanna brings years of HR experience including prior experience working with leading non-profit organizations and a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Her advanced education in law, business administration and her designation as a CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader) give her a depth of professionalism and leadership.

Joanna works with CBS staff to improve and increase staff acquisition, training and development. Joanna’s servant leadership and a ‘can-do attitude’ has helped her build successful relationships and impactful results at the Canadian Bible Society.

Dr. Jeff Green

Senior Manager, Scripture Translation

Dr. Jeff Green joined the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) in 2017 as a Bible translation consultant and became Senior Manager of the Scripture Translation Department in 2019.

Jeff has been involved in Bible translation since 2001. He and his family spent 11 years in East Asia, where he served with Wycliffe/Summer Institute of Linguistics in a Bible translation project and in many other roles. He helped his colleagues with their linguistic analysis and Bible translation work as a linguistics consultant and a translation consultant. He taught linguistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for Canada Institute of Linguistics in Langley, BC and as part of their partnership with Tyndale University College in Toronto, ON, and for Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His leadership experience includes serving as Language and Culture Learning Coordinator and as the coordinator of a Bible translation community of practice focused on the Himalayan region.

Since joining CBS, Jeff has been the translation consultant on projects in Plains Cree, Iñupiatun, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, and Punjabi. He enjoys teaching others the things he’s had the opportunity to learn and helping others with the technical aspects of Bible translation work.

Jeff earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Bible Translation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He and his family live in Oshawa, ON.

Nelly Safari

Director of Scripture Resources

Growing up in a culturally mixed household and attending a French Catholic school in the Middle East, exposed Nelly to many points of view and religions. But when she read the Bible in her mother tongue, she realized that she had to make a personal commitment; and thus began her journey of faith.

Nelly has been working with the Canadian Bible Society since 1986, mostly in the production and publishing areas (Production Assistant, Design and Production Manager, Senior Publishing Manager). While working full-time, she continued her university studies and obtained her MA from York University and a degree in Publishing from Ryerson University in Toronto.

“When I hear stories of lives changed through the Bible, I am more encouraged to continue my small contribution to this ministry as the Director of Scripture Resources. Part of my job is to ensure that the Scriptures are available in the languages of the people of Canada in suitable formats. Reading the Bible in one’s own language is amazing and life-changing! Being a part of the Bible Society is an honour and privilege I do not take lightly.”

Board of Governors

Capt. Noel Asirvatham

Chair

Dr. Marsha Boyd-Mitchell

Secretary

Tom Cadenhead

Clifford, Ontario

Pierre Cloutier

Levis, Quebec

Alana Walker Carpenter

Toronto, Ontario

Rev. Robert Graham

Sundridge, Ontario

Mr. Brian Evans

Vice Chair

Rev. Dr. Francis J. Guinta, Jr.

Dartmouth, NS

Rev. Brian Lise

Warman, Saskatchewan

Mathew Maniate

Treasurer

Darryl Rachul

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Rev. Ron Short

Cranbrook, BC

Rev.Paul Worden

Truro, NS

Mrs. Beverly Daniels

Bermuda

Capt. Noel Asirvatham

Vancouver, BC

Capt. Noel Asirvatham has been in the shipping industry for over 40 years. He has worked both at sea and ashore, currently serving as Regional Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Canada for Westwood Shipping Lines.

He immigrated to Canada in 1987 and attended the Grace New Covenant Church in Toronto with his family. He moved to Vancouver in 1998 and continued to attend the local congregation of the same church and has an active role in youth and children’s ministries.

He has been serving on the CBS BC District Board since 2012 and joined the CBS Board of Governors in 2017, where he serves as Board Chair.

Dr. Marsha Boyd-Mitchell

Hatfield Point, New Brunswick

Dr. Marsha Boyd-Mitchell serves as the Secretary for the CBS Board of Governors. Having experienced Christian School education in her early years, she attended and graduated from Rothesay Baptist Christian School. Dr. Boyd-Mitchell has earned a B.Sc. in Christian School Education from Kingswood University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Cairn University and an Educational Doctorate from Liberty University. She has been teaching since 1998 and has served as Principal of Sussex Christian School in New Brunswick since 2001. She is also the Executive Director of the Christian Action Federation.

Dr. Boyd Mitchell lives in Hatfield Point, NB, and is married to Colin.

Tom Cadenhead

Clifford, Ontario

Throughout his career, Tom worked in industrial sales management selling industrial products to automotive parts manufacturers. He has travelled extensively throughout Canada and Mexico in this capacity.

Retired in 2007, Tom has served as the Chair of The Door Youth Centre and was on the local board of Youth for Christ. He is currently an elder and trustee at St. Andrew’s Church in Fergus, volunteers at a local assisted living home, and drives a local bus for the disabled. Tom lives in Fergus and is married to Mary.

Pierre Cloutier

Levis, Quebec

Pierre Cloutier joined the Canadian Bible Society’s Board of Governors in June 2019.

Pierre has been in the academic profession since 1990, teaching a wide variety of subjects, including English, Ethics and Morality, Journalism and Religious Culture. His volunteer work is also varied, having been involved with Knights of Columbus at the Diocese of Quebec, assisting people in palliative care with Albatros, and fundraising for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Pierre spends his free time reading, travelling, enjoying music, motorcycling, and scuba diving.

Alana Walker Carpenter

Toronto, Ontario

Serving in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer of Intriciti, Alana Walker Carpenter created and leads a ministry for business leaders. Her passion is to inspire business leaders to integrate their faith and business through innovative events, individual and group coaching, roundtable discussions, leadership development, and philanthropic initiatives.

Alana holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario (King’s College) and a Post-Graduate Degree in Human Resources Management from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Alana has received numerous academic and leadership awards, including the Humanitarian Award at The University of Western Ontario and the Top 100 Best Christian Women in Canada.

Alana resides in Toronto with her husband and son where they are active members at their local church (Yorkminster Park Baptist Church) and their denomination (Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec).

Rev. Robert Graham

Sundridge, Ontario

Rev. Robert Graham graduated from Anderson School of Theology with a Master of Divinity in 1980 and began ministry in Northern Ontario.

Following the untimely sickness and passing of his wife in 1996, Robert felt called to pastor once again in Northern Ontario. It was there that he became involved as a District Chair and Member of the Board of Governors in the Northern District of the Canadian Bible Society under Director Dale Broadworth.

While pastoring at the Almaguin Church, Robert met and married his wife, Janice. They organized First Nations camps in Northern Ontario, where Robert became Executive Director of Georgian Native and Outreach, operating Smoky Trail Camps, having retired in 2016.

Mr. Brian Evans

Uxbridge, Ontario

Brian serves on the CBS Board of Governors, the Finance and Property Committee and the Finance Advisory Council. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and manages a financial services business started by his father in 1965.

Brian was born and raised in Uxbridge, ON, is married to Luanne and has 6 children. He is an active member at Uxbridge Baptist Church. He ministers at churches, events, and senior residences in the GTA in a male gospel group called Reflections Trio.

He initially became involved with the Uxbridge Branch of CBS. He also serves as a Board Member of the CBS Central Ontario District and the Ontario Region Council.

Rev. Dr. Francis J. Guinta, Jr.

Dartmouth, NS

Rev. Dr. Francis joined the CBS Board of Governors in June 2019.

Frank served as a pastor in Windsor, NS, while finishing his B.A. at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. In 1975 he was ordained and completed his Master of Divinity studies from Acadia University. He received his doctorate at the North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In addition to teaching at Acadia University, Frank has also focused on training leaders in Church development.

An ordained Minister with the Convention Atlantic Baptist Churches, Frank is now serving as the Interim Pastor at Timberlea Baptist Church in Timberlea, Nova Scotia.

Rev. Brian Lise

Warman, Saskatchewan

Brian was born in Holland and moved to Canada at age 9. After graduation from Mohawk College, he married Rita and began his career in electrical engineering.

In 1980, Brian began ministry as a fundraiser with Bible League. He was ordained in 1991 at Bradford Baptist Church and moved to British Columbia with his family to join Pacific Island Ministry. From 1995 to 2005, Brian served as Vice President of Development for Partners International in Brampton, ON. Then, from 2005 to 2012, he became Executive Director of Eurovangelism in Mississauga.

Brian and Rita retired in 2012, moving to Warman, SK. They count it a joy to have travelled to over 50 countries and lead 21 work teams.

Mathew Maniate

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mathew was born in Kerala, India. After graduating, he went to Bombay to work as an accountant with Inter-Mission Business Office. He also volunteered with the Bible Society of India.

In 1972, Mathew began his theological studies at Denver Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Colorado. Then, he immigrated to Winnipeg and became an active member of Grace Chapel Assembly. He served on the Board of Faith Bible Camp and the CBS Manitoba District.

Mathew worked for the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, and several Federal government departments. In 2008, he joined the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Manitoba as the Provincial Director. Mathew retired in 2015. He is married to Susan.

Darryl Rachul

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Darryl has worked in the construction materials industry for over 35 years. He has also been active in church ministry, serving for 11 years as Elder Board member, including 3 years as Board Chairman. He also served as an administrative pastor.

He holds a Diploma in Accountancy from the Saskatchewan Technical Institute and a CIM Certificate from the Canadian Institute of Management. In addition, he has completed one year toward his Bachelor of Religious Education degree from the Canadian Bible College, Regina.

Darryl is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

Rev.Ron Short

Cranbrook, BC

Ron has been the Pastor and Executive Director at the Wings as Eagles Ministry Recovery Center - which supports the spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental well being of their clients - since 2006, and the Senior Pastor at The Dwelling Place Church since 2012.

He has a Master's in Theology, is working on his Doctor of Biblical Theology and has a strong background in Business Administration.

Ron lives in Cranbrook, British Columbia with his wife Darlene.

Rev.Paul Worden

Truro, NS

Paul is ordained within the community of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and has served churches in Halifax and Truro.

Along with his pastoral work, he has a passion for helping Christians and their churches see future pathways in local mission from their bases of biblically rooted congregations.

Paul is a current member of the CBS Nova Scotia District Board and lives with his wife Debbie, and their children in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Mrs. Beverly Daniels

Bermuda

Beverly Daniels is the President of the Bermuda Bible Society and represents the Bermuda Society as a guest on the Board of Governors for the Canadian Bible Society.

A retired educator, Beverly has served as a teacher, Guidance Counselor and school principal. She completed her tour of duty as an educator serving for six years as a Human Resource Manager for the Bermuda Ministry of Education.

Always an advocate for youth, Beverly worked with the Bermuda Girl Guide association as a leader. In addition, she worked for several years with the Young Life group and had oversight for the Corp Cadet programme at her church. Beverly currently works for the Salvation Army in Bermuda as the Executive Director for Community and Social Services. She is married to Michael, has 1 child and 4 grandchildren.

Capt. Noel Asirvatham

Vancouver, BC

Capt. Noel Asirvatham has been in the shipping industry for over 40 years. He has worked both at sea and ashore, currently serving as Regional Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Canada for Westwood Shipping Lines.

He immigrated to Canada in 1987 and attended the Grace New Covenant Church in Toronto with his family. He moved to Vancouver in 1998 and continued to attend the local congregation of the same church and has an active role in youth and children’s ministries.

He has been serving on the CBS BC District Board since 2012 and joined the CBS Board of Governors in 2017, where he serves as Board Chair.

Dr. Marsha Boyd-Mitchell

Hatfield Point, New Brunswick

Dr. Marsha Boyd-Mitchell serves as the Secretary for the CBS Board of Governors. Having experienced Christian School education in her early years, she attended and graduated from Rothesay Baptist Christian School. Dr. Boyd-Mitchell has earned a B.Sc. in Christian School Education from Kingswood University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Cairn University and an Educational Doctorate from Liberty University. She has been teaching since 1998 and has served as Principal of Sussex Christian School in New Brunswick since 2001. She is also the Executive Director of the Christian Action Federation.

Dr. Boyd Mitchell lives in Hatfield Point, NB, and is married to Colin.

Tom Cadenhead

Clifford, Ontario

Throughout his career, Tom worked in industrial sales management selling industrial products to automotive parts manufacturers. He has travelled extensively throughout Canada and Mexico in this capacity.

Retired in 2007, Tom has served as the Chair of The Door Youth Centre and was on the local board of Youth for Christ. He is currently an elder and trustee at St. Andrew’s Church in Fergus, volunteers at a local assisted living home, and drives a local bus for the disabled. Tom lives in Fergus and is married to Mary.

Pierre Cloutier

Levis, Quebec

Pierre Cloutier joined the Canadian Bible Society’s Board of Governors in June 2019.

Pierre has been in the academic profession since 1990, teaching a wide variety of subjects, including English, Ethics and Morality, Journalism and Religious Culture. His volunteer work is also varied, having been involved with Knights of Columbus at the Diocese of Quebec, assisting people in palliative care with Albatros, and fundraising for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Pierre spends his free time reading, travelling, enjoying music, motorcycling, and scuba diving.

Alana Walker Carpenter

Toronto, Ontario

Serving in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer of Intriciti, Alana Walker Carpenter created and leads a ministry for business leaders. Her passion is to inspire business leaders to integrate their faith and business through innovative events, individual and group coaching, roundtable discussions, leadership development, and philanthropic initiatives.

Alana holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario (King’s College) and a Post-Graduate Degree in Human Resources Management from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Alana has received numerous academic and leadership awards, including the Humanitarian Award at The University of Western Ontario and the Top 100 Best Christian Women in Canada.

Alana resides in Toronto with her husband and son where they are active members at their local church (Yorkminster Park Baptist Church) and their denomination (Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec).

Rev. Robert Graham

Sundridge, Ontario

Rev. Robert Graham graduated from Anderson School of Theology with a Master of Divinity in 1980 and began ministry in Northern Ontario.

Following the untimely sickness and passing of his wife in 1996, Robert felt called to pastor once again in Northern Ontario. It was there that he became involved as a District Chair and Member of the Board of Governors in the Northern District of the Canadian Bible Society under Director Dale Broadworth.

While pastoring at the Almaguin Church, Robert met and married his wife, Janice. They organized First Nations camps in Northern Ontario, where Robert became Executive Director of Georgian Native and Outreach, operating Smoky Trail Camps, having retired in 2016.

Mr. Brian Evans

Uxbridge, Ontario

Brian serves on the CBS Board of Governors, the Finance and Property Committee and the Finance Advisory Council. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and manages a financial services business started by his father in 1965.

Brian was born and raised in Uxbridge, ON, is married to Luanne and has 6 children. He is an active member at Uxbridge Baptist Church. He ministers at churches, events, and senior residences in the GTA in a male gospel group called Reflections Trio.

He initially became involved with the Uxbridge Branch of CBS. He also serves as a Board Member of the CBS Central Ontario District and the Ontario Region Council.

Rev. Dr. Francis J. Guinta, Jr.

Dartmouth, NS

Rev. Dr. Francis joined the CBS Board of Governors in June 2019.

Frank served as a pastor in Windsor, NS, while finishing his B.A. at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. In 1975 he was ordained and completed his Master of Divinity studies from Acadia University. He received his doctorate at the North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In addition to teaching at Acadia University, Frank has also focused on training leaders in Church development.

An ordained Minister with the Convention Atlantic Baptist Churches, Frank is now serving as the Interim Pastor at Timberlea Baptist Church in Timberlea, Nova Scotia.

Rev. Brian Lise

Warman, Saskatchewan

Brian was born in Holland and moved to Canada at age 9. After graduation from Mohawk College, he married Rita and began his career in electrical engineering.

In 1980, Brian began ministry as a fundraiser with Bible League. He was ordained in 1991 at Bradford Baptist Church and moved to British Columbia with his family to join Pacific Island Ministry. From 1995 to 2005, Brian served as Vice President of Development for Partners International in Brampton, ON. Then, from 2005 to 2012, he became Executive Director of Eurovangelism in Mississauga.

Brian and Rita retired in 2012, moving to Warman, SK. They count it a joy to have travelled to over 50 countries and lead 21 work teams.

Mathew Maniate

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mathew was born in Kerala, India. After graduating, he went to Bombay to work as an accountant with Inter-Mission Business Office. He also volunteered with the Bible Society of India.

In 1972, Mathew began his theological studies at Denver Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Colorado. Then, he immigrated to Winnipeg and became an active member of Grace Chapel Assembly. He served on the Board of Faith Bible Camp and the CBS Manitoba District.

Mathew worked for the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, and several Federal government departments. In 2008, he joined the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Manitoba as the Provincial Director. Mathew retired in 2015. He is married to Susan.

Darryl Rachul

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Darryl has worked in the construction materials industry for over 35 years. He has also been active in church ministry, serving for 11 years as Elder Board member, including 3 years as Board Chairman. He also served as an administrative pastor.

He holds a Diploma in Accountancy from the Saskatchewan Technical Institute and a CIM Certificate from the Canadian Institute of Management. In addition, he has completed one year toward his Bachelor of Religious Education degree from the Canadian Bible College, Regina.

Darryl is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

Rev. Ron Short

Cranbrook, BC

Ron has been the Pastor and Executive Director at the Wings as Eagles Ministry Recovery Center – which supports the spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental well being of their clients – since 2006, and the Senior Pastor at The Dwelling Place Church since 2012.

He has a Master’s in Theology, is working on his Doctor of Biblical Theology and has a strong background in Business Administration.

Ron lives in Cranbrook, British Columbia with his wife Darlene.

Rev. Paul Worden

Truro,NS

Paul is ordained within the community of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and has served churches in Halifax and Truro.

Along with his pastoral work, he has a passion for helping Christians and their churches see future pathways in local mission from their bases of biblically rooted congregations.

Paul is a current member of the CBS Nova Scotia District Board and lives with his wife Debbie, and their children in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Beverly Daniels

Bermuda

Beverly Daniels is the President of the Bermuda Bible Society and represents the Bermuda Society as a guest on the Board of Governors for the Canadian Bible Society.

A retired educator, Beverly has served as a teacher, Guidance Counselor and school principal. She completed her tour of duty as an educator serving for six years as a Human Resource Manager for the Bermuda Ministry of Education.

Always an advocate for youth, Beverly worked with the Bermuda Girl Guide association as a leader. In addition, she worked for several years with the Young Life group and had oversight for the Corp Cadet programme at her church. Beverly currently works for the Salvation Army in Bermuda as the Executive Director for Community and Social Services. She is married to Michael, has 1 child and 4 grandchildren.