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Dave Wells has served as general superintendent of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) since May 2008. He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Pentecostal World Fellowship and on the executives of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship and the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of North America.

Dave completed his undergraduate studies in theology at Vanguard College in Edmonton, Alberta, and has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Briercrest Seminary, Saskatchewan. In May 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by McMaster Divinity College. In April 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Briercrest College and Seminary.

Dave served as senior associate pastor at Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC from 1994 to 1999, and previously pastored in Hamilton, ON, Calgary, AB, and Red Deer, AB. He has also served as a Canadian chaplain for the Olympic Games (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016), Pan Am Games (2011 and 2015), and Commonwealth Games (1990, 1994, 2002, 2014 and 2018).

RickHiemstra2016_335x335RICK HIEMSTRA

Rick Hiemstra is Director of Research and Media Relations at EFC. Prior to assuming this role, he served as the Director of the Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism (CRCE). Rick speaks on the Canadian church and cultural trends, including the new Young Adult Transition Research about faith and the crucial year after high school.

Prior to coming to the EFC, Rick served as the pastor of a Wesleyan church in Cornwall, Ont., taught high school mathematics and computer science and held various positions in the industry. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics, a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Theological Studies.

gourleyAndy Gourley

Andy Gourley is the Founder and Director of Red Frogs Australia, a global support program that provides direct relief from alcohol and drug-related issues that are known to cause anxiety, suffering, distress and helplessness amongst young people.

The modelling of culture and behaviour is very much a part of Andy’s personal approach to interacting with young people. Andy readily shares his stories and principles on culture change with audiences nationally and internationally. His approach is raw and real, and he provides realistic strategies on “becoming the answer you want to see around you".

Andy was listed in American AACSB's Top 100 Influential Leaders in 2015 and is highly acclaimed for his direction and leadership not only in Red Frogs Australia but in providing strategic direction for youth ministries nationally and internationally. Today, Andy is a local pastor at Citipointe Church Brisbane, and along with his wife and three beautiful children is driven to continue "safeguarding this generation of young people.”

5Darcy & Leanne McAlister

Darcy and Leanne McAlister serve on the home team of PAOC International Missions. Darcy is the Personnel and Family Life Director and leads a team who recruits, assesses, mobilizes and cares for global workers. Leanne coordinates ZOE Networks, which facilitates leadership development with Canadian women (ZOE Discipleship) and connects Canadian women with the great work our global workers do with women overseas (ZOE Projects). Although they have different areas of responsibility they love to teach, preach and do life together. Leanne and Darcy are passionate about seeing leaders thrive in all areas of life with Jesus at the centre and have had opportunity to share this message in Canada and internationally. The McAlisters are based in Langley, BC. 


Adriana-TulissiAdriana Tulissi

Adriana is the Manager of the Faith & Spirituality Centre at the University of Calgary where she supports students, staff and faculty on building a more inclusive campus focusing on education and awareness on inter-religious and inter-cultural programming and religious accommodation, among many other things.  She is co-founder and co-leader of the Spirituality & Religious Pluralism, a national community of practice with the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. Adriana is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory® - an assessment tool that measures intercultural competence. 

She is currently the Vice-Chair of Convergence, not-for-profit working to enhance college and university campus climates for religious, secular, and spiritual identities through policy and practice. She served as a board member with the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association from 2013 to 2016 and was former board member of the Calgary Centre for Culture, Equity & Diversity.  Her areas of interest include inter-religious dialogue and action, duty to accommodate and human rights, harmonizing religious minorities in the workplace and advocating for students. 


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