Project 17:21 is an outreach of the fellowship of Catholics & evangelicals. MEET some of THE PEOPLE BEHIND THe MOVEMENT:
Jim Marland is Chair of the FCE Board of Governors. He earned his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Western University (TWU) Langley BC in 1998. He is a co-founder of Redeemer Pacific College (RPC) at TWU and became a member of RPC's Board of Governors in 1999, serving until 2012.
Jim was born and raised in Ipswich, England. He is a seaoned mountaineer, sailor, and worldwide traveller, having visited over 40 countries by sailboat, bicycle, and steamship after his UK schooling was completed. He began helping the ten largest UK companies with their communication and leadership training over 35 years ago.
Jim immigrated to Canada in 1980, where he worked for Correctional Services as an officer, chaplain and registered psychologist. He and his wife Rebecca hosted Nicky and Pippa Gumbel when they visited the Fraser Valley in the eighties. The Marlands established the first Alpha for Catholics course in the Valley.
Jim and Rebecca moved to picturesque Spruce Valley Ranch near Rocky Mountain House Alberta in 2013 where they integrate their lifelong love of horses with their vocations. He is a principal in Can Praxis, an organization that uses horses' instinctive responses to human body language to teach participants communication, teambuilding and leadership skills.
Jim is a well-known HR consultant to a variety of organizations in the west, and is a popular speaker in demand by business and faith groups.
Bob Cheatley is the President of St. Stephen's University, St. Stephen NB, a "personal-size" trans-denominational Christian graduate and undergraduate school that features a unique "study abroad" program along with the University's campus-based programs. Bob is also Chair of the Board of Directors for Focus on the Family Canada and Board Chair at Greater Europe Mission Canada. He is a member of the FCE Advisory Council.
Bob was born in Toronto where he attended high school and afterward graduated from the University of Guelph. He later moved to the West Coast and became involved in Saint Matthews Church, Abbotsford BC. Bob sometimes describes himself as an "Evangelical Charismatic," noting that that experience began at Saint Matthews in the late eighties and has stayed with him throughout the years. Bob's ministry focus there was Bible teaching, leading a 2 year through the Bible program, The Bethel Series, for 4 years. Upon going to the east coast to lead St.Stephen's, he was also involved with the St. Croix Vineyard and the Vineyard Bible Institute from 1996-2013.
Bob is an active proponent of Catholic/Evangelical relations, and has formed solid friendships with Catholic Bishops, priests and laity in his part of the world and beyond. Under Bob's leadership, SSU has developed a Catholic Studies program with the help of FCE Board member Dr. Robert Stackpole.
Bob and his wife Marlene live in St Andrews by the Sea, just outside of St. Stephen.
Dr. Robert Stackpole is an FCE Board member. An American by birth, he earned a B.A. in History from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1982, and a Masters degree in Theology from Oxford University in England in 1988. Robert was an ordained Anglican pastor before becoming a Catholic in 1994. After his conversion, he married a Catholic Canadian, and they went to Rome together, where Robert obtained a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the “Angelicum”) in 2000.
Upon returning to North America, in 1997 he began work as the Research Director, and later Director, of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy based in Stockbridge Massachusetts, a position he continues to hold. In that capacity, he has been a speaker at many conferences, and the author and editor of numerous journal articles and books on the Divine Mercy message and devotion, including Divine Mercy, A Guide From Genesis To Benedict XVI (Marian Press, 2009). He regularly contributes articles to the official Divine Mercy website
Robert has a special academic interest in ecumenical dialogue with Evangelical Christians, an interest that grew during his 10-years of teaching Theology to undergraduates at Redeemer Pacific College (Trinity Western University) in Langley, BC. from 2012 - 2015, Robert worked at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK where he was the Assistant Director of Formation (http://www.StTherese.ca).
He is currently Theological Assistant and Writer for The Fellowship of Catholics and Evangelicals, an organization dedicated to fostering grass-roots relationships between Catholics and Evangelicals to strengthen Christian witness and service to secular society.
Robert also enjoys reading and writing about the works of CS Lewis, and describes himself as an incurable “Narniac.”
During breaks in the school year, Robert is usually found in Poland where his wife and teen-aged daughter, Katherine and Christina, presently live and care for Katherine’s father.
Kristina McBride is a member of the FCE Advisory Council. She is a graduate of Redeemer Pacific College, Trinity Western University, and Vancouver Island University. She recently completed an M.A. in Theology at the University of St. Michael's College (a member college of the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto). She is currently a teacher in the Catholic Independent Schools of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
In her spare time (!) Kristina is the Evangelical - Catholic Dialogue Coordinator for the Fellowship of Catholics & Evangelicals!
Deacon Stephen F. Miletic, Ph.D., is a beloved Professor of Scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He grew up in Windsor, ON and now holds dual US/Canada citizenship.
He is a member of the FCE Advisory Council.
Deacon Miletic has a long-time association with Catholic higher education in British Columbia. Father Michael Scanlan (1931-2017), then president of FUS, appointed him as a mentor to Redeemer Pacific College in the school's formative years. He also served as an RPC Board member from 1999-2012.
Deacon Miletic and his wife Joyce live in Steubenville.
His accomplishments are too long to list here! They can be found at http://www.franciscan.edu/faculty/miletic-stephen/…
Diane Gummeson Hamel is a member of the FCE Board of Governors. She accepted Christ at the age of 10 during an evangelistic event at the Alliance church in her hometown of Chilliwack, British Columbia. Nine years later she married husband Tom, and together they are happy parents of four children, all of whom are Trinity Western University Alums.
Diane was an integral part of the family home decorating business from 1983 to 1990, and served at Trinity Western University from 2003-2011, first as Admin Assistant in the Parent Relations and Alumni department, and later as TWU's Parent Relations Coordinator.
Diane helped her husband found Redeemer Pacific College at Trinity Western, and coordinate the College's events from 1999 to 2011. She currently owns and operates the "Hamel's Staged to Sell" home staging company, which serves BC's Lower Mainland. Diane also teaches home staging certification throughout Canada for Certified Staging Professionals, North America's foremost stager-training company.
Andrew Kowan is a member of the FCE Advisory Council. He brings passion and energy to the role of Associate Pastor of Community Life at Cedar Park Community Church in beautiful Ladner, British Columbia. Andrew he loves to see others equipped to serve God in all that they do.
Andrew earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Trinity Western University (including a few courses from the Redeemer Pacific TWU Teaching Center) and is currently pursuing his M.Div. from Regent College.
Andrew, his wife Victoria, and his daughter Ella, enjoy going for long walks in creation and having people in their home for meals. You will probably find Andrew at a local coffee shop, soccer pitch, used bookstore or walking around town with his family.
Jennifer Friesen is an FCE Board member. She is a graduate of Trinity Western University where she earned a BA in History (2001), followed by a President's internship and a BA Honors in History (2003). She then went on to earn a Masters degree in History from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon SK. She is married to TWU Alum Darren Friesen with whom she has 3 growing children!
Jennifer is project coordinator for online communications at Signal Hill, a west coast non-profit that promotes the value of each person by engaging young people through contemporary media, educational programs and compassionate support services.
Thomas Hamel is an FCE Board member and the current Executive Director. Born on the Canadian Prairies, he voluntarily accompanied his parents to BC when just a year old. Tom married Diane in 1972 and took over the family home furnishings business a few years later. In 1991 he sold the business and enrolled at Trinity Western University, graduating with a History degree in 1995.
Tom founded Redeemer Pacific College at Trinity Western after graduation. The College opened in 1999 and served both Catholic and Evangelical students under his presidency till 2011.
In July of 2011, Tom and his wife Diane moved to a cosy one and a half story cottage on the edge of the picturesque Dutch farm country and stately mountains of the eastern Fraser Valley. Like his friend Dr. Stackpole, Tom is a bit of a Narniac who seeks "the Utter East."
Dr. Paul Brown is Chair of Chemistry, and Professor of Chemistry at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He studied biology as an undergraduate and soil and plant chemistry in graduate school.
During his post-doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, he studied natural defense compounds in the model plant, Arabidopsis. His research has been published in various journals, including Journal of Agricultural and Food chemistry, Plant Physiology, and Phytochemistry, and he has been at TWU for more than 15 years.
Paul is an elder at Christ Covenant Church in Langley, BC. He and his wife Connie, happy parents of 3 children and 2 grandchildren, live in Langely.
Abbot John Braganza, OSB, is a member of the FCE Advisory Council. He advises the Fellowship on matters pertaining to the lay vocation.
Father Braganza became the third Abbot of Westminster Abbey on Aug. 8, 2005. Stephen Braganza was born in 1962 in London, England. He was the fifth child of six children born into the happy Catholic family of Adrian Braganza, an Indian Army colonel, and his wife Carmen. The family moved several times in Stephen's early years: London to Calcutta, then to New Delhi, and on to Darjeeling, India. His father Adrian taught at a Jesuit school in Darjeeling, St. Joseph's, where young Stephen attended. At the age of 12 Stephen heard a call to the priesthood, which took him aback! "No, no, Lord, I do not want to be a priest!” he answered!
Stephen finished high school and 2 years of undergraduate studies at Darjeeling's Jesuit college. At that time, 1983, his family moved to Canada and here he had a deep, personal conversion to Jesus Christ. He came to a realization that God loved him so much that he "had to love Him back." Stephen threw himself into serving his Lord; attending daily Mass and studying the Bible.
In a 2005 article in the BC Catholic newspaper, Abbot Braganza described his conversion to Jesus: "I became aware of how much He loved me and could only think of returning that love.”
In 1983 Stephen entered the Seminary of Christ the King (SCK) at Mission BC. By 1985 he had made up his mind to be a monk. Beginning his novitiate that year, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy by 1988, and his M.Div in 1991. His ordination to the priesthood took place that same year, when he took the name "John."
Father Braganza subsequently studied at Western Washington U and taught a wide variety of courses at SCK. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in Rome in 1997 and was able to meet Pope John Paul II a number of times while there.
To anyone who asks, Father Abbot's advice is “Prefer nothing to the love of Christ; prefer nothing but the love of God.”
Rebecca Marland is a member of the FCE Board of Governors. She was born near Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, England and was educated at Roedean School, Brighton, with A Levels in English and Biology.
Becky came to Canada in 1970. She and husband Jim live on a horse farm near Rocky Mountain House Alberta where Becky raises Haflinger horses and coaches equestrian vaulting at the international level, traveling to the US and Europe for competitions.
Becky is a commited Christian who was an early promoter of the Alpha for Catholics program in BC. She and husband Jim have 6 children!