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Josiah Venture has grown from three couples in 1993 to over 190 staff today.

Canadian Board

Don Crawford
Don Crawford is the principal with the Cadence Consulting Group, where he facilitates faith-based not-for-profit organizational transitions (see Previously, he served as executive lead pastor at Lambrick Park Church in Victoria, British Columbia, on Canada’s beautiful Vancouver Island. He is a graduate of Western University in London, Ontario; Toronto’s Tyndale Seminary; Arrow Leadership’s North American Executive Programme, and is collecting credits at both Regent College in Vancouver, BC and Pasadena’s Fuller Seminary. Prior to returning to Canada in 1998 Don was on staff at Cherry Hills Community Church, and served as Director of Public Ministries for OMF international, both in Denver, Colorado. Don is motivated to see missional churches and organizations properly balance their local and global responsibilities.

Mel Ellenwood
Mel Ellenwood serves as the Executive Vice President of Josiah Venture. Prior to joining JV, Mel served as youth pastor for churches in Peoria IL, and Three Lakes, WI for 10 years. Mel, along with his wife Amy and their three children, moved to the Czech Republic and became missionaries with Josiah Venture in 1998. Since then, Mel has worked in various roles throughout JV, developing a model youth ministry in Czech, leading the camp ministry, and shepherding national teams across the organization.

Ray Kelly
Ray Kelly grew up in Ireland and currently lives in Alberta, Canada with his wife Violeta and three children. He has served as part of multiple short-term mission teams in Eastern Europe and was the co-founder, with his wife Violeta, of Latvian Children. A charity that focused on providing basic necessities for orphaned and ill children in Latvia between 2005 and 2007. Ray currently works in law enforcement and has done so for just over 13 years. Ray became involved with Josiah Venture in 2012 and is excited to see the new chapter evolve from within Canada.

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