FamilyLife Canada exists to bring help and hope to every marriage and family. We believe…
The family is the foundation of every community.
A healthy marriage is the cornerstone of a strong family.
The ultimate and lasting strength of every marriage and family is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
This is the FamilyLife Canada Team, women and men from coast to coast committed to changing Canada and the world by strengthening families. Individual biographies can be found below. If you are interested in joining our team and this mission, please contact us for more information.
Our team is truly committed to bringing help and hope to marriages and families. Most of the team raise their own salary to be able to carry out this mission. If you would like to invest in a member of our staff, please click on their “GIVE” button below.
Brent & Céleste Trickett
National Directors of FamilyLife Canada
Brent and Céleste married in 2000. They have four children and reside in Saskatoon, SK.
Fun Fact: For Valentine’s Day Brent bought red headgear to enable kickboxing at home. With four young children kickboxing relieves a lot of stress.
Neil & Sharol Josephson
Former Directors of FamilyLife Canada
Sharol and Neil were married in 1978 and have two married sons and four grandchildren. Together they speak at FamilyLife events.
Fun Fact: On a sunny day, Sharol will turn to the garden and Neil to the golf course. On a rainy day, it’s books by the fire for both. But playing with the grandkids rules any day.
Director of Operations
Mindy and David were married April 2022 and live in Langley, BC. They enjoy the outdoors, spending time with people they love and cooking together.
Fun Fact: David is slowly convincing Mindy to go on motorcycle adventures.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Michael and his wife Stephanie have been married for over 14 years. Their blended family of four boys keeps them busy juggling life and planning adventures.
Fun Fact: Michael moonlights as a musician on the side, usually with his guitar and harmonica. Recently, he’s been adding banjo to the mix too, which he picked up at age 39.
June & Neal Black
Neal – Leadership Development
June & Neal married in 1984, they live in Langley, BC and have two children and one granddaughter. Together they also work with engaged couples.
Fun Fact: Reading and playing games are two of the favourite household activities.
Katie lives in Abbotsford with her roommate and her dog Stevie. She loves all things events and being around people.
Fun Fact: Her dog Stevie is named after her dad Steve. One year at Christmas her dad opened a gift and was confused to find a bone! It was for the dog!
Bethaly and Paul have been married since 2007. They live in Abbotsford, BC and have three beautiful daughters. They enjoy hiking, gardening and beach days with the family and their loved ones.
Fun Fact: Bethaly and Paul met when they were 15 years old and are highschool sweethearts, so they’ve been together for over 20 years! Paul loves snowboarding & paddle boarding and Beth has been singing since she was 4 years old.
Joe & Lois Balfour
Joe – National Conference Coordinator
Joe married Lois in 1970, they live in Kelowna, BC, have four children and four grandchildren.
Fun Fact: Our ideal day is touring the Okanagan Valley in our 64′ MGB (top down) A picnic by the lake completes this relaxing day.
Matt & Josie Jaggers
BC Regional Directors – BC Interior
Matt and Josie were married in 2000. They have 3 boys and live in Kelowna, BC.
Fun Fact: They love summer and hot weather. Travelling to see new sights, river swimming, and camping are some of their favourite activities as a family.
Regional Representative: Greater Vancouver
Ren and Jet married in 1994 and have 3 young adult children. They live in Richmond, BC.
Fun Fact: Ren does all the cooking at home, while Jet is in charge of all IT and home maintenance repairs! They love to go on walks and enjoy espressos and dessert for date night.
Regional Representative: Greater Vancouver
Lydia and her husband Gilbert have been married for over 30 years and have three amazing young adults in their family.
Fun Fact: Being a Trinidadian-Chinese-Canadian with a Zambian experience means I’ve eaten a lot of interesting foods in my lifetime but my favourite chef is Gilbert.
Bob & Denise Dobson
Bob & Denise – Blended Family Ministry
Bob and Denise married in 2012 and live in Langley, BC. They are a blended family and together have 5 married children and 8 grandchildren.
Fun Fact: They like to travel abroad but love family time at the lake in beautiful BC. They enjoy time with their grandkids, their Portuguese Water dog, and playing board games.
Regional Representative – Fraser Valley
Morgan is on staff with FamilyLife and her husband, Michael, is a youth pastor. They enjoy supporting each other’s ministry journeys.
Fun Fact: Morgan and her husband enjoy most of their quality time in the outdoors, accompanied by their dog. She loves painting, being creative, road trips, and camping.
Jay & Gretta Kennedy
Regional Representatives – Vancouver Island
Jay and Gretta have been married 18 years and are in the throes of raising their 3 teenage children.
Fun Fact: They met as adventure based ministry white water raft guides in Oregon and were legit friends for 4 years before falling in love.
Braden & Kristen Hafner
Regional Representatives – Edmonton and Northern AB
Braden and Kristen married in 2008 and have a dog named Milo; they live in Edmonton, AB.
Fun Fact: Braden is a glutton for punishment: He’s an Oilers fan. Kristen is a health nut, and she loves to eat her favourite vegetable, Chocolate!!
Dan & Joy DeGaris
Director of Development, Indigenous Ministry
Dan and Joy married in 1978 and live in Airdrie, Alberta. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
Fun Fact: Opposites in many ways, Dan and Joy enjoy doing simple things together like watching old movies, walking, new ethnic restaurants and coffee dates.
Keith & Stephanie Dillabough
Regional Representatives – AB
Keith and Stephanie were married in 1992 and have two adult children both walking with the Lord. Keith and Stephanie were in Pastoral Ministry for 15 years and live in Carstairs, Alberta.
Fun Fact: Stephanie and Keith met in grade 3 so they have known each other for over 40 years, so they truly are childhood sweethearts.
Sheldon & Valerie Dean
Regional Representatives – SK
Sheldon and Valerie married in 2001 and they live in Regina, SK with their 3 children, a dog and a cat.
Fun Fact: In the summer you will find the Dean’s either on a surf board, sitting around a fire or at a Bible camp. In the winter you won’t find them…because they are hiding from the cold (they live in Saskatchewan).
Matt & Rylee Andres
Regional Representatives: SK
Matt and Rylee have been married for 6 years and have two young kids. Together they love to serve and host people in their home in Martensville, Saskatchewan.
Fun Fact: They enjoy anything that’s competitive, trying new foods and dance parties with their kids in the morning! Matt is a fantastic cook!
Sandy & Jason Yuen
Sandy and Jason – Regional Representatives: ON
Jason and Sandy were married Aug 4, 2007 years but their love story started 25 years ago when they began dating in high school. They have three kids, live in Toronto, and love biking and growing their faith as a family.
Fun Fact: They enjoy a plant-based diet and experimenting with new recipes from around the world!
Jerry & Dorothy Chee
Regional Representatives – ON
Jerry and Dorothy have been married since 1984 and have one grandson and three adult children. They live in Unionville, ON.
Fun Fact: On their one year dating anniversary Jerry freaked Dorothy out with his gift of a pair of baby shoes.
Shireen & Che Spencer
Shireen – Regional Representatives: ON
Che and Shireen married in June 2003. They have 2 wonderful boys.
Fun Fact: Che and the boys love to swim and ski but Shireen doesn’t like to do either! She enjoys watching them and everyone stays happy!
Regional Representative – ON & QC
Valerie and Allan married in 2008 and have three children and four grandchildren. They live in Ottawa, ON.
Fun Fact: Val did not know Al was of Filipino ethnicity when they first met and she almost ran away thinking he was the wrong date. They still giggle to this day, wondering how was it possible to miss this on his on-line profile?
Our Chinese Ministry Team
Chinese Ministry of FamilyLife
Bob and Fay have been married since 1974. They have two married daughters and a grandson. They live in Ottawa, ON.
Fun Fact: A month after their wedding, Bob and Fay were notified that their marriage registration was rejected; the pastor had mixed up the paperwork. Bob and Fay had signed another couple’s form! Always read the fine print!
Angela & Edmund Lau
Angela – Chinese Ministry Representatives
Edmund and Angela married in 1979. They have two married sons and six grandchildren. They live in Calgary, AB.
Fun Fact: Edmund and Angela enjoy serving together as a team, not only in ministry, but also in caring for their children’s families. They love biking, camping, and playing with their grandchildren.