Diana Fields, Office Manager
Diana is our managerial ‘elder states-woman’, joining the Mission in 1990. And she’s not just another ‘pretty face’ – she’s very educated. She graduated from Red River College (Business Accountancy) with excellence; from the University of Manitoba (Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science) and, get this, from Ontario Theological Seminary (Master of Theological Studies). One almost feels smarter just reading all this!
She met Wayne, her ‘husband-to-be’ here at the Mission, and she has been happily married to him since 1991. Diana is one of those rare people who was able to have the grandchildren without having the children – figure that one out! She loves reading and gardening, although not at the same time! She & Wayne are active members of Calvary Temple.
Jeff Gilfillan, Development Manager
If you see a blur around here, this picture is likely who it looked like in slow motion! Jeff began working for UGM in 2008, as the Operations Manager and in the spring of 2015 took on the role of Development (public relations) Manager. Jeff marvels how the Lord has used each step in his life to prepare him for what he now does – 20 years in the hospitality industry (facility & restaurant management), and a few additional years in the camp ministry. Jeff has a passion for the work of Union Gospel Mission and for advancing the Gospel.
He came to know the Lord in 1995 as a young man (an old boy?) of 25. He is extremely happily married to Kelli which, in turn, has led to 2 children. The entire Gilfillan clan attend Church of the Rock - Bronx Park Campus.
Nelson Gonzalez, Principal
At the Mission, we think that Nelson is the best thing to ever come out of Central America. He joined the Mission in 2005 as a teacher, and two years later, flew to the top, becoming its Principal. Although he is passionate about his responsibilities at the Faith Learning Centre, he is even more passionate about helping his adult students to come to know Jesus Christ. He seeks to instill that passion in all the staff and volunteers that help out at the Centre.
Nelson lives with his family in Winnipeg.
Bobby Coombs, Operations Manager
God opened up a door in May 2015 for me to come and begin here at the Mission. Originally from Northern Manitoba, (Leaf Rapids is my home town) I've spend the years since graduating high school working underground in the mining industry, and more recently the Fire and Life Safety Industry. I gave my life to the Lord in the early part of 2001 after coming to a cross roads with drugs and alcohol. Thankfully my Lord and King Jesus Christ got a hold of me before spiraling too far down that path.
Ephesians 5:19 "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord". Since early childhood I've had a passion for music, playing guitar, piano and various other instruments. I love writing, recording and sharing what the Lord lays on my heart with others. My wife Jill and I have been married for a little over 8 years and have 3 beautiful children. We currently live in the inner city and have a desire to see those that are being exploited, forgotten, often overlooked and even looked down on feel comforted, (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), loved and come to Christ. His sheep are out there and recognise His voice!
Israel Izuakor, Senior Chaplain
Israel (Izzy), an ordained minister, is not from Israel – the Holy Land, but he has been there! He came to UGM in 2007 as a Chaplain, and in 2013, he became the Senior Chaplain. Prior to UGM, he served in various ministries, both locally and overseas. He truly loves to see lives reached and impacted for Christ! Israel also loves education. However, growing up overseas under tough finances, he’s uncertain that he’d obtain one. It never came the easy way, but by His grace, he ended up not only earning his high school deploma (which to him was a BIG deal), but also a couple of degrees, including a doctorate from USA. His pursuit of education has taken him to countries & continents.
Izzy is blessed with a wife and three kids. Psalm 121:4 is one of his favorite verses. All glory to Jesus!
Gilbert Plante, Family Ministries Manager
Gilbert has been the Family Ministries Manager since his arrival on the scene in June of 2011. He has been married to the love of his life, Laurie, for over 30 years and has 3 adult sons (Tyson, Garret & Brennan) and 2 great grandchildren (Brayden & Alexis). By ‘great’, he means ‘very good’ – Gilbert’s not old enough to have the other kind of great grandchildren!
As if his Mission responsibilities don’t keep him busy enough, he also serves as the Pastor of Family Life Church (which meets Sunday afternoon at the Family Life Centre), and, to keep even busier, he is the Associate Pastor of New Life Sanctuary (which ‘plante’-d Family Life Church). Gilbert believes that his recovery from drug addiction has been something that God has used to prepare him for the ministries that he now has.
Adele Plett Bartel, Women's Addictions Manager
Adele Plett Bartel has been Program Manager at the Charis Centre from its inception. Her education includes a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Divinity. Previous work experience is varied and included much travel such as working with refugees in Toronto, teaching primary school in Bhutan, and teaching English in Japan. As well, Adele taught in the Interlake region, and at our own Faith Learning Centre. In the fall of 2009 God transferred her to Charis Centre in the role of Program Manager. Her organizational skills and peace making skills have complemented her gifting for this ministry. On a personal note, Adele is married and has two daughters. The family enjoys travel and just recently returned from a mission trip to Mexico.
Frank Ulrich, Executive Director
I am very thankful and excited that God has provided me the opportunity to serve as Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission officially in May, 2017. I was blessed to have grown up in a strong Christian family that attended Rowandale Baptist Church, which I still attend with my wife, Monica, and two teenage sons, Joel and Shane. My faith in God has always been the central part of my life growing up, and still is now as I lead my own family. Having been so blessed in my own childhood, I have always had a strong desire to help the less fortunate and to share my faith with others.
I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) Degree, majoring in Marketing and Business Administration. I have worked in Sales, Customer Service and Human Resources.