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VTI Board

Venture Teams is governed by an independent board of men and women who serve a three-year term and meet a minimum of four times a year. The board operates as a policy setting group (based on the Carver governance model) and determines the goals and overall direction for the organization. The Board empowers the Executive Director to implement these policies in order to achieve these goals.

Current Board members visit the Board Members site at
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2011 16:55

Ramona Bargen

Director & Secretary, Leduc, AB. Diploma, Briercrest Bible College. On first VTI Friends & Followers team in 1979-80 to India (on same team as Rod Bargen), then to the Philippines, again with Rod, in 1982-83. On VTI staff from 1983-1990. Director since August 2009.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:37

Rod Bargen

Vice-Chairman, Leduc, AB. Diploma, Bethany Bible College. Rod is a 10-year veteran of Venture Teams International as a team and staff member and travelled on the first VTI Friends & Followers team to India in 1979/80. Director since 1993.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 17:47

James Beller

Director, Edmonton, AB. Manages a glass & mirror company in Edmonton. James has served in a variety of roles at Edmonton Missionary Church over the past 29 years, including Deacon, Board Chairman and Camp Representative. He has also been involved at River's Edge on sub-committees and working on various projects. Director since August 2011.

Madelain Beerens

Director, Calgary, AB. MD, BSc, MBBCh (M.D.); Diploma Biblical Studies (Prairie Bible Institute). Advanced Studies Program (Moody Bible Institute). Currently practicing family medicine in Calgary, AB. She and her husband, Herbert, serve as missions training consultants with Globeserve International. Director since February 2003.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:13

Ivan Braun

Director, Didsbury, AB. Ivan and wife Luella attend Zion Evangelical Missionary Church in Didsbury where Ivan currently serves on the church board and finance committee. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years and currently works as a pipeline scheduler. Director since August 2011.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2011 15:02

Harold Cooper

Director, Cremona, AB. Harold has been the Leadership Team Leader at River's Edge since May 2006 after spending 13 years in ministry with Athletes in Action in various roles. Harold and his wife Mary have five children and 10 grandchildren and enjoy spending as much time with them as possible. Director since July 2011.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:38

Joe Fisher

Director, Calgary, AB. Joe and wife Chelsey heard about River's Edge Camp at Centre Street Church and volunteer at the camp whenever they can. Joe serves on the board of his community association and is also a minor hocky coach. Director since August 2011.

Janice Franzen

Director, Calgary, AB. Children & Family Ministry Pastor, Bonavista Missionary Church, Calgary. Janice has served in a variety of roles in camp ministries, including volunteer director, and served on the Family Camp Committee and River's Edge board. Board member since August 2011.

Gerald Neufeld

Director, Cremona, AB. Gerald (Gerry), Camp Manager at River's Edge, has been involved in Christian camping since a young camper at Gull Lake, James River and Elkton Valley Bible Camps. He has served three terms on the boards of James River Bible Camp and River’s Edge Camping Association. Director since July 2011.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:09

Brian Rushton

Chairman, Regina, SK. BRE, Briercrest College. Served with Youth for Christ for 27 years in SK and MB. Currently VP of Donor Relations for WorldServe Ministries. Brian has been involved in camping ministry for many years at all levels. Director since April 2009.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2011 18:59