Frank graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) Degree, majoring in Marketing and Business Administration. After careers in Sales, Customer Service, and Human Resources, he has been thankful and excited for the opportunity to begin serving as Executive Director of UGM in 2017. Frank attends Rowandale Baptist Church with his wife Monica and their two adult sons, Joel and Shane. His faith in God has always been a central part of his life, and he has always had a strong desire to help the less fortunate and to continue to share his faith with others.
After four decades working in the international pulse trade, Martin felt led to transfer his passion to helping people through UGM. Martin’s roots lie in England, Belgium, and Germany, but today he calls Canada home. Martin is father to 4 wonderful children and 2 equally wonderful stepchildren. He is grateful to his wife Donna for her prayer and support as he seeks to serve Jesus at UGM.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6. Jo-Anne gratefully acknowledges the Lord for His goodness and kindness in His directing her life personally, her marriage to husband Mervin, their 3 adult children, and her career, first in the public sector ,and now joining with many to serve our Lord by serving those in need. To Him be all the glory, honour and praise!
Originally from Germany, Daniel and his family immigrated to Toronto in 2010, and relocated to Winnipeg in 2019. In his formative years, Daniel observed his parents demonstrating Christ’s
love, inviting the less fortunate into their home. Their heart of service made an impression on Daniel’s life. He is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the incredible team at UGM. Daniel is married to Elvira, and they have two teenaged children.
Family Ministries Manager
Gilbert has been the Family Ministries Manager since 2011. While his Mission responsibilities keeps him very busy, he also serves as the Pastor of Family Life, and is Associate Pastor of New Life Sanctuary Church. Gilbert truly believes that God has used his own recovery from drug addiction to prepare him for these ministries. Gilbert has been married to Laurie since 1982, and together they have 3 adult sons (Tyson, Garret and Brennan) and 6 grandchildren.
Charis Centre Manager
Originally from a small town in Newfoundland, Loriann arrived in Winnipeg to study social work at Booth College, going on to work closely with individuals who have suffered trauma, addiction, and who have experienced mental health challenges. She has also worked with both men and women exiting the federal correctional system. Even though she takes her work very seriously, she also loves to laugh and is the proud momma of a four-legged fur baby (pug) named Portia. Loriann feels privileged to work at the Charis Centre.
Mark first began serving as UGM’s evening Chaplain in 2013. Prior to UGM, he led South Korean missionaries in the Brandon area in outreach work with the Indigenous people of Sioux Valley and Pipestone. He has also taught English in South Korea, completed training as a hospital chaplain at Riverview Health Centre and Victoria General Hospital, and is a graduate of Providence University College and Seminary with a BA in Biblical Studies (2000) and a Master of Divinity degree (2004). Mark became Senior Chaplain at UGM in 2018 and continues to find this work fulfilling, seeing the Lord Jesus Christ change lives.
Gerald serves as the Principal of Faith Learning Centre, where dedicated staff help students complete their grade 12, and make Christ their Saviour. After 31 years in Christian schools in BC and MB, Gerald worked 6 years in government and also uses his experience from church boards and other real life events as well as credentials from his post graduate degree (TWU) to shape FLC’s adult learning program. Gerald and his wife enjoy visits from their married children and 4 grandchildren at their home in East St Paul.