The CREST Team

Dr. Dan Reinhardt is the Founder and President of the CREST Leadership Program. Leadership development has always been a part of his life. As a youngster he watched his missionary parents train leaders in India.  After completing a Bachelor in Bible degree in the USA he traveled to Jerusalem where he earned a Masters in the History and Geography of Ancient Israel.   He learned and practiced leadership skills leading Hillcrest Church from 270 to 1200 in attendance, with eight associate pastors. He earned a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Asbury Seminary.  His doctoral thesis became the foundation for launching in 2002 of the CREST Leadership Program.  CREST is a life and leadership development process that helps mid-life leaders find clarity for the second half of life. With graduates all across Canada, CREST is emerging as a premier adult leadership development program.

                                          Dan and his wife, Anne,  have four grown children and numerous grandchildren. He loves working with his hands in his woodworking shop.


Dr. Terry Young is presently a member of the Crest Leadership Board and serves as a Facilitator for the Masters in Christian Leadership degree.  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. If he ever writes a best-seller it will be entitled,                                                                           The Purpose Driven Prayer of Jabez in The Shack Code.

                                     Terry is married to Maureen and they share together a family of four grown children and several grandchildren.


John Pritchard graduated from CREST with a Masters of Christian Leadership in 2006, one of the first CREST graduates. He has been engaged with CREST since the beginning. He was one of the original members of the CREST Board of Directors, and now is the Lead Facilitator for the CREST Diploma program.

He comes with leadership experience: he served as Lead Pastor of several churches around Alberta for over 25 years, before starting a network of home churches called The Edge. The Edge is John’s “sweet spot”, representing the convergence of experience, gifting, and passions. His enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and servant leadership comes through clearly in his contribution to the cohorts of CREST.

                                        John is married to Trish and they have a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and five grandchildren.


Shawna Lepp joined the CREST Leadership Centre as administrator in 2007.  Previously, she was a Production/Revenue Accountant in the oil industry and then home educated her children.  During her fourteen years of home educating, she  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 of Calgary, Alberta. They have two grown daughters.


Eric LowtherEric 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.”


Verdeen Bueckert graduated with a CREST Masters in Leadership in 2011. It marked a turn-around in her life. CREST equipped Verdeen to shift her role as a Registered Nurse: from passing out pills to leading provincial quality improvement for Alberta Health Services. Verdeen was nominated in 2013 for an Award of Nursing Excellence in Education, and with her team, received the 2015 President’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Quality Improvement. She was interviewed in 2019, for her peer-reviewed Toolkit, “When Psychosis Isn’t the Diagnosis,” one of the top ten of more than 1000 Choosing Wisely resources, in seven of 20 participating countries.


Marvin BrubacherMarvin 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.


John Henry is a retired oil industry executive and currently resides with his wife, Shirley, near the village of Carbon, Alberta. Most recently, John was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tarpon Energy Services Ltd. He began with the company in 2010, and it became an industry leader, working in Western Canada, the USA and the Middle East. After losing his first wife, he eventually obtained some grief counseling and began the road to healing. During this time, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Meeting Shirley and getting married in 2016 was an important part of that journey. John’s goal now, with Shirley’s and the Lord’s help, is to ultimately be a humble and kind servant. He is looking for significance as opposed to a focus on success. John is presently taking the CREST Diploma program and serves as a CREST Board member and                                           faithful supporter.