Dr. Dan Reinhardt is the Founder and President of the CREST Leadership Program. From an early age, Dan watched his missionary parents train leaders in India. After completing a Bachelor in Bible degree he travelled to Jerusalem where he earned a Masters in the History and Geography of Ancient Israel. Dr. Reinhardt honed his leadership skill over 22 years of pastoral ministry and later earned a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Preaching from Asbury Seminary. His doctoral thesis became the foundation for launching the CREST Leadership Program.
Dr. Reinhardt is a founding Director for Home School Legal Defense Association of Canada which defends the right of parents to educate their own children. After 13 years he still serves on this board, which he chaired for several years. Dan has also served as a Director for The Leadership Centre / Willow Creek Canada, a ministry to equip the church in Canada for leadership. Dan and his wife, Anne, have four grown children.
Larry Thiessen joined the CREST Leadership Centre as an associate in 2009. For almost thirty years he was the President and General Manager of Christian Publications Ltd, a chain of Christian retail bookstores. His leadership role included mentoring store managers as well as leading a national marketing group. He currently assists organizations in strategy and business development as well as engaging in group facilitation and executive coaching.
Larry graduated from the University of Calgary with a B. Comm. He is married to Jeannie and they have three grown children. He is an avid reader and long distance runner.
Dr. Terry Young is presently a member of the Crest Leadership Board and serves as a Facilitator for the Masters in Christian Leadership degrees. He has previously held pastoral leadership positions, most recently at First Alliance Church in Calgary, Fort McMurray Alliance Church, and River of Life Alliance in Calgary. Terry is currently Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose University. Having completed doctoral research at Gonzaga University on holding environments for leaders in 2004, his desire is to encourage, inspire, and equip leaders who find themselves on the complex front-line of leadership. He is presently researching, writing, and presenting on The Front Porch Effect™ which explores the vital role of reflection in personal and organizational leadership.
Terry is married to Maureen and they share together a family of four grown children, four delightful grandchildren, and a fifth on the way.
Cathie Ostapchuk, a graduate of the CREST program, has completed her Masters in Management and Leadership. She has served on the leadership team of NextLEVEL Leadership and facilitates leadership development nationally and internationally, most recently at World Vision, and in Ghana. Her strengths include facilitating collaborative conversations, and seeing people grow in their God-given strengths. Cathie is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTIThe Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI ®) – a versatile assessment of personality type that describes people’s preferences for interacting with others, gathering information, making decisions and organizing their lives. Cathie is also a national speaker for Leader Impact Group, a ministry of Power to Change.
Dallas Bidell is a recent CREST graduate and has been the lead pastor of Whitecourt Family Worship Centre since 2003. He has been in ministry for 20 years, during which time he has served in several different ministry environments from an overseas church plant through to a mega church. Leadership development has been a passion for Dallas throughout his time in ministry and he has coached over 200 leaders. His heart is to see people become all that God created them to be. He is also highly engaged in community issues and was named a Pillar of the Community in Whitecourt in 2008. His biggest hobby is taking courses from thegreatcourses.com.
Dallas is married to Shelley, an elementary school teacher, and they have three children. Click HERE for more of his CREST story.
John Pritchard graduated from CREST with a Masters of Christian Leadership in 2006, one of the first CREST graduates. He is also one of the original members of the CREST Board of Directors. John served as pastor of several churches around Alberta for 25 years and is currently on staff at Centre Street Church in Calgary as Lead Pastor of East Edge Home Churches. He has served as interim CEO of Seed of Hope Community Development in South Africa, and has led several mission teams to serve there.
John is married to Trish and they have a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.
Verdeen Bueckert is a Registered Nurse, CREST graduate and board member, with a passion for innovation and adaptive leadership. If “Every system is perfectly aligned to achieve the results it gets”, what are we doing – or thinking – that produced the mess we’re in? What paradigm shifts lead to better outcomes? How do we translate these insights into culture change?
Since graduating from CREST, Verdeen has worked with outstanding leaders to improve care for patients and nurses. She currently Orbits the Giant Hairball of Alberta Health Services in a project to reduce unnecessary and detrimental medications given to seniors with dementia.
She lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and two children .
Eric Lowther has 30 years of experience as a senior manager and successful entrepreneur in the Canadian Telecommunications and Information Technology sector. He graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta and is a trained Systems Development Analyst. In addition Eric was elected (1997) and served as the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre. He was an active member of the House of Commons Industry Committee and specialized in CRTC policy, Telecom legislation and Y2K readiness. He also successfully advanced child and family friendly policies in Canadian law.
As a Crest graduate, Eric personally attests to the critical importance of the CREST Program. “CREST results in a renewed personal vision for our lives and leverages all our past to make the latter half of life more richly rewarding, in all dimensions, than we can ever imagine.”
Marvin Brubacher has served as the Executive Director of MentorLink Canada since January 2012. MentorLink is an international network of people who partner with existing ministries to accelerate the training of leaders who will “lead like Jesus.” MentorLink began in 2000 and has served in over 45 countries. Previously, Marvin served as the President of Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, ON, for more than 21 years. He has ministered in many churches and conferences throughout Ontario and the Maritimes and has also served internationally in several countries overseas. Marvin also serves on the Canadian Board of ABWE (Across Borders for World Evangelism) and the International Board of ABWE Ministries, Harrisburg, PA.
Marvin and his wife, Kay, have three sons and five grandchildren and reside in Cambridge, Ontario.
Jim Neudorf is a graduate of CREST and, most recently, the Masters of Christian Leadership in 2013. For 23 years he was the General Manager and co-owner in a family owned commercial laundry business. Prior to his business experience, Jim graduated from the University of Alberta with a B. Comm. Throughout much of his life he has held various volunteer and board positions in the churches he has been a part of. His church experience includes being part of three new church starts. After the sale of the family business, he is now starting to write his second half.
Jim and his wife, Grace, live in Squamish and have two adult daughters. He is an avid mountain and road biker.
Shawna Lepp joined the CREST Leadership Centre as the administrator in 2007. Previous to this, she was a Production/Revenue Accountant in the oil industry and then home educated her children. During her fourteen years of home educating, she also served on the Board of the Alberta Home Education Association and was Speaker/Convention Coordinator for the annual convention of the Association. Shawna has also held a variety of volunteer positions at her church.
Shawna and her husband live north west of Calgary, Alberta. They have two grown daughters.