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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 re.vu/doncrawford). 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.

Jay Sandiford
Jay Sandiford is the Lead Pastor at Willow Creek Baptist Church in Midhurst, Ontario, where he serves with his wife Mandy and his two children Hayden and Parker. Before moving to Midhurst in May 2012, Jay served as the Youth and Associate Pastor at Springvale Baptist Church in Stouffville, Ontario, for 13 years. He is a graduate of Lexington Baptist College (now Boyce College of Louisville, Kentucky) and Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. Jay was first introduced to Josiah Venture when taking a team from Springvale to Poland in 2009 to lead an English camp. It was here that he felt an instant connection with the vision, mission, and people of JV.

For more information on JV Canada please visit http://www.josiahventure.ca

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