Board of Directors
The governance of Briercrest College and Seminary is vested in the Board of Directors who ensure that operational policies contribute to the guidance, empowerment, growth, and direction of the senior leadership and staff, while ensuring the health and mission of the schools.
Howard Wiens (Board Chair)
Howard Wiens and his wife Cheri (nee Weinhauer) live in Abbotsford, BC. They have three adult children who are all currently in college in various places. Howard is a lawyer who specializes in land development law. Howard is in his second term of Briercrest board service having previously served for eight years. He's a graduate of Caronport High School and his love for Jesus was strongly rekindled during his two years there in the early 80's. He's been actively involved in his local church as an elder and continues to serve the church in other capacities.
Merla enjoyed a career in education for 40 years. During that time, she taught students and adults in Canada and abroad, including Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Bahamas, and China. She was a school administrator in Athabasca, AB for eight years. Most recently, Merla has worked for Alberta’s Ministry of Education for 18 years. Merla holds a BA English from Wilfrid Laurier University, a BEd from the Ontario Teacher Education College, a graduate diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and an MEd from the University of Saskatchewan.
Josiah has served the Oakridge Bible Chapel family as one of its elders and one of its pastoral staff members since September 2018, before which he ministered as an associate pastor to a local congregation in the Canadian prairies. Josiah's desire is to be used by God to help equip the church for ministry, both while gathered (edification) and while scattered (evangelization).
He is married to Patricia, and together they have five children—Jonah, Henry, Nathaniel, Josephine, and Benjamin
Dave Ericson is the president of Hillcrest Financial, a group benefits and retirement consulting practice in Calgary, AB. He serves as Board Chairman of Water School, a non-profit organization that takes clean water technologies to developing countries, and is also on the Board of Strathmore Alliance Church. Dave lives in Strathmore, Alberta with his wife and two children.
Donna Hastings MA(LT), EMT-P, CPCC
Donna is the CEO of Heart & Stroke for Alberta, North West Territories, and Nunavut. For over thirty years, she has worked in a leadership capacity with local, national, and international organizations. Donna currently serves as Vice Chair with Next Step Ministries in Calgary and Chair of the Editorial Board for International Trauma Life Support out of Chicago. Her background as a paramedic, adult educator, author, non-profit leader, and leadership coach provides a platform for her diverse portfolio. Donna credits her passion for God to her Briercrest alumni parents. Donna joined the Briercrest board in 2017.
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Glen Hildebrand BRE, BA, MEd
Glen Hildebrand is currently using his 28 years of experience as a teacher and administrator by serving as principal in an Abbotsford secondary school. Briercrest benefits from Glen's knowledge of the educational landscape, problem solving and conflict resolution experience, and experience from the various positions he has held, including chair at Seven Oaks Alliance Church. Glen has served as board member with Briercrest since 1996.
Phil is a pastor who has served in Swift Current, SK, Stony Plain, AB and currently Melfort, SK, all with the Associated Gospel Churches. He was educated at Briercrest Bible College and has been a pastor since 2003. He is married to Jessica and has three children, Maggie, Evelyn and Henry. His passion is to disciple the people of God and encourage those who are in ministry, particularly youth workers and pastors. He is grateful and excited for the chance to serve on the Board.
Jim and his wife Susan (nee Lutzer) live on their family farm near Lumsden SK since 1993. Jim operates the seed farm and Susan works as an RN in hospital in Regina. Jim grew up at Caronport and is a graduate of Caronport High School and Briercrest Bible College. He has been actively involved in our local community with minor hockey board, church board and camp board.
Town of Plympton Wyoming, ON
Brian Lofgren lives near Forest, Ont. and has been a business owner since 1983. Brian has served on different church boards, and is currently serving as Chair of the deacons’ board at Forest Baptist Church. Brian has served on the Briercrest board since 2005.
Brandy Magnus P.Eng.
Brandy Magnus (nee Pederson) attended Caronport High School for two years and graduated as the class valedictorian. After high school she attended the University of Regina where she graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Engineering, Environmental Systems. In 2011, she attained her Professional Engineering designation while working at Mosaic Potash. She served on Caronport’s Town Council for a four year term, where she took on the responsibility of capital projects. Currently, she co-owns and operates a hotel. Todd and Brandy live in Caronport where they are raising their four sons to follow Jesus. Brandy has served as a board member with Briercrest College and Seminary and Briercrest Christian Academy since the fall of 2018.
Maple Ridge, BC
Greg Menzies’s business history has involved various industries including electrical, oil field, military, marine, high tech, and agriculture/food. His roles, revolving around sales, marketing, and senior business management, have taken him to many regions of the world, giving firsthand knowledge and experience in international trade, market channels, and building strong international business relationships. Greg has served as a board member with Briercrest since 2009.
Kendra lives with her family in Calgary Alberta since her marriage to Jeff in 1996 after meeting at Briercrest. She has three children Emma, Thomas and Chloe all recently graduated from University.
She has enjoyed serving at Calgary Christian School, Rockpointe Church and Pregnanancy Care as a volunteer in various capacities. She enjoys helping out with the Family business, The Neustaedter Team in Real Estate.
Bev and his wife Barb live near the village of Ilderton Ontario. They have three adult married children and ten grandchildren.
Bev has had a lifelong career in agriculture including a purebred Holstein dairy herd and cash crop farming. He graduated from Agriculture College in Business Management and has been associated with several agriculture organizations. Bev also served on municipal council for 20 years and has just retired, as of October 2019, as Member of Parliament after almost 14 years of service.
Bev is involved in his local church, Community Bible Church Hwy 7, since its inception and has served as Deacon Board Chair. Bev found that being with Christian organizations like The Christian Embassy and Embassy Connections and being part of elected Member of Parliament prayer groups while in Ottawa kept his faith and accountability strong while serving.
Graham Thiessen (Board Exec)
Graham Thiessen is currently a partner at Buchanan Barry LLP Chartered Accountants in Calgary, AB. Graham has served private and not-for-profit companies for over 9 years, providing advisory, assurance, accounting, and tax services. He commenced his articles with a national accounting firm before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2008. After becoming a chartered accountant, Graham worked overseas specializing in hedge fund and insurance captive assurance until 2010. Graham has been actively involved in church leadership as well as serving on other ministry boards, and joined the Briercrest board in 2015.
Larry Wilson BRE, DD (Hon.)
Larry Wilson pastored the First Nations Community Church of Winnipeg for 16 years. He then served as Director of the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada for 12 years. Larry presently serves as the Regional Rep for Manitoba with Prison Fellowship Canada. Larry graduated from Briercrest in 1977. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from Carey Theological College. Larry serves on a number of other boards, such as Promise Keepers Canada, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Youth for Christ, and Gospel for Samaria. Larry has served on the Briercrest board since 2009.