The Board of Governors is comprised of distinguished Christian leaders from across Canada and the United States.
LORNE JACOBSON, J.D.
Lorne Jacobson is a Senior Managing Director and co-founder of TriWest Capital Partners, a private equity fund which has raised more than $1.25 billion of equity capital over its five funds since 1998. Lorne is a graduate of TWU and the University of Calgary faculty of law, was previously a partner in a national law firm, and currently serves as a director and officer of a number of public and private companies and charitable organizations.
MATTHEW ST JOHN, D.MIN.
Board Vice Chair
Matthew St John currently serves as senior pastor of New Hope Church in Minneapolis, MN and is the delegate from the Evangelical Free Church of America. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM; DMin) and King University (BA), Matthew has spent years helping local and global leaders know God’s Word so that people from all walks of life may move toward Jesus and take others with them.
FREDRICK FLEMING, B.COMM, C.A.
Fred Fleming lives in Abbotsford, BC with his wife Wilma. Fleming earned his Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and became a CA in 1978. He has served on various boards throughout the years including Focus on the Family Canada and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
WILLIAM FRANCIS, M.DIV., D.D. (HON)
Bill Francis and his wife, Marilyn, have served as Salvation Army leaders in the USA, UK, and Canada. He is currently in active retirement in Orlando, FL. Bill earned a BA from Houghton College in 1966, a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1969, and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree (honorus causa) by Houghton College in 2002. Bill is the author of three books, The Stones Cry Out (1993), Celebrate the Feasts of the Lord (1997) and Building Blocks of Spiritual Leadership (2015) and general editor and contributor to Conversations with the Catholic Church (2014).
CHAIR, STAFF ASSOCIATION
Dan has been with TWU since 2014 serving in the department of Information Technology. He studied at BCIT, and spent time overseas teaching and integrating technology. He and his wife, Abigail have three children, and call Langley their home. In his leisure time, he enjoys just about anything that gets him outdoors.
Angelica Del Vasto, B.Th.
Angelica is a passionate Christ follower and lifelong learner. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Masters College and Seminary (Peterborough, ON) and subsequently pursued studies in English Literature at the University of Waterloo. Angelica serves in various volunteer leadership roles in her local church and has been involved in many other Christian and community groups including being on the founding board of two charitable organizations. Angelica has worked as a pastor for a number of years, and is a published columnist (Worship Leader Magazine) and children's book editor. She currently works as a licensed Real estate broker in the greater Toronto area, successfully running this business for the last 12 years. Angelica has been a part of the TWU parent community since 2014. She resides in Oakville, Ontario and is lovingly devoted to her husband and three adult children.
DIANE DOWN, M.A.
PRESIDENT, TWU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Diane first graduated from TWU in 1988 with a BA in History and English. She then returned and completed her MA in Leadership in 2015. A resident of Kamloops, BC, Diane brings with her over 20 years of volunteer management and leadership training in Christian ministry and non-profit organizations. She has received Executive Coach training with International Coaching Federation Certification and training in Christian ministry, both children’s and recovery ministry.
Leighton Friesen, MBA
Leighton Friesen is the President & Chief Executive Officer of North West Rubber, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of innovative rubber products. He holds a BBA from TWU and an MBA from the University of Calgary (Haskayne School of Business). Leighton has served as a board director for a number of companies and charitable organizations, and currently resides in Langley with his wife Sarah, and their three children. Leighton enjoys playing most sports, the outdoors, and travelling with his family.
Jim Goertz is the founder and President of G&S Airport Conveyor, a fully integrated, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), providing airport baggage handling solutions specifically for the commercial airline industry. He was a student at the University of Alberta, The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where he studied engineering and completed millwright and refrigeration mechanic apprenticeships. Goertz currently resides in Calgary, AB, with his wife.
MARK HUSBANDS, PH.D.
PRESIDENT, TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
Mark Husbands is the 5th President of Trinity Western University. He was born in Cardiff, Wales and emigrated with his family to Canada in 1968. A graduate of York University and the University of Toronto, he has his doctorate in Christian Theology. Dr. Husbands has taught at Tyndale Seminary, Wheaton College, Hope College and most recently was the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Northwestern College in Iowa.
JULIE KERR, M.S.
Julie Kerr is a TWU alumnae (BA psychology, 1989) and Alumni Achievement Award recipient (2014) who also completed a Masters of Science degree in psychology at Western Washington University (1996). She has worked in the health, social services and not-for-profit sectors. She is the Executive Director for Hull Services, a child, youth and family mental health agency in Calgary. Julie has served on a variety of boards including Crisis Pregnancy Centres, Cedars Christian School (Prince George), homeless serving organizations, churches and primary care networks. Julie lives with her husband, Michael, and their two sons in Calgary, AB. Their two daughters have both attended TWU and are now pursuing their careers in Education and Economics.
MATTHEW KWOK, MD
Matthew Kwok strives to share the love Christ by making a difference in people’s lives, including those in the Trinity Western University community. He is a resident of Richmond, BC, and serves in his community as an emergency physician at Richmond Hospital, a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and an elder at Resonance Church. Matthew and his wife Lily, who presently serves at Global Aid Network, have three children attending Richmond Christian School. In his leisure time, he enjoys travelling, cycling, and playing music.
PRESIDENT, TWU STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Quinton Mischuk is currently in the third year of his BA in Political Studies with a concentration in Economics. For the 2019-2020 academic year, he will serve the student body as the President of the TWU Student Association. Quinton hopes to take the experiences and knowledge he learns at TWU and beyond to pursue a career in federal politics.
ROSS REIMER, B.A.
Ross Reimer is the president of Reimer Associates, an executive search firm he established in 1997. Prior to founding Reimer Associates, Ross was Executive Vice President at Reimer Express Lines Ltd. and served on the company’s Board of Directors. Ross is an Honours graduate in business from Trinity Western University. In addition to sitting on TWU’s Board of Governors, he is also active in several charitable organizations.
AARON ROGERS, B.Comm.
Aaron Rogers serves as the Chief Operations Officer of Global Aid Network (GAiN) Canada, the humanitarian partner of Power To Change Ministries, a role he has held since 2001. Aaron was born in Pune, India and grew up in Kuwait. Aaron graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Accounting from the University of Pune. In 1998, he left a successful career with Otis Elevator Company and moved to Canada with his wife, in faith, trusting that this was God’s plan for their lives.
With GAiN, Aaron has led and implemented disaster response and relief projects around the world and served on the boards of several non-profits. He currently serves as the Board Chair of his home church, Kingdom Life Community Church and as the Treasurer of the Canadian Christian Relief & Development Association.
Aaron, his wife Madhvi and their daughter live in Langley, BC
RICHARD SUTCLIFFE, M.SC.
Rick Sutcliffe is a long-time teacher and researcher in Mathematics and Computing Science. He has served at Trinity Western since 1983 and developed the University's Computing Science program. Prior to joining TWU, he taught in the public schools, at Douglas College, and at Simon Fraser University. At TWU, he has served as Assistant/Associate or Acting Dean of Science, Computing Science Coordinator, Chair of Mathematical Sciences, Chair of the Faculty Association, Senate Vice-Chair and Chair, and as member of numerous committees and task forces. He also represents TWU on mathematics and computing science articulation committees at the Provincial level. He and his wife Joyce have four children and six grandchildren and reside in Bradner, BC.
WILLIAM TAYLOR, M.A.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF CANADA
Bill Taylor is Executive Director of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, a role he has held since 2008. Bill completed an Honors BA in History and Philosophy at the University of Waterloo and subsequently graduated in 1990 from Wilfred Laurier University with an MA in History. He completed all-but-dissertation towards a Ph.D. in History through the Universities of Toronto and Saskatchewan. Bill and his wife Deb live in Aldergrove, BC.
Allan Thorpe, DMA
CHAIR, FACULTY ASSOCIATION
Dr. Thorpe has been on faculty at TWU since 1995; with many prior years teaching music theory (Rudiments, Harmony and Aural Skills); and has been a professional orchestral musician since the mid-1980s. At Trinity Western University he enjoys a variety of responsibilities in both academic and applied areas of music. Conducting Concert Band, coaching small ensembles, teaching harmony and serving as musical director for SAMC’s musicals are just some of the activities that occupy him on campus.
Priscilla VETTER, PH. D.
Perky Vetter completed two years at Trinity Junior College (now TWU) and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Chico State in CA. After that she returned to Trinity Western to help set up the women’s physical education department and coached volleyball, basketball, and track & field. She then went on to a few other teaching jobs before setting in at Cal Poly University, Pomona, where she has been the Department Chair of Kinesiology for 15 years. She will retire this Fall after 44 years of teaching, 39 at Cal Poly Pomona. She lives in Southern California where she spends time with her family, including a granddaughter.