604.767.1357 | email@example.com
Jenny moved to East Vancouver in 1994, the day after writing her last grade 12 exam in order to intern at New Beginnings Baptist Church. During the next 5 years, Jenny developed youth programs at New Beginnings as well as a volunteer team, called Youth Extreme, at Trinity Western University where she earned her B.A. After working as a full-time youth worker, she returned to university to earn her teaching degree. Since 2003 she has developed an afterschool program in the downtown eastside while working at Union Gospel Mission, taught for two years in Driftpile (a Cree community in Northern Alberta) and taught part-time in the Surrey School District from 2006 – 2011. Jenny is the Executive Director of Inner Hope and enjoys the challenge of organizational development as well as spending time mentoring youth. She loves to read, play tennis, visit with family and friends and cheer youth on at their sports games.
Director of Programs
778.558.5385 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana has lived in the same East Van apartment since 2006, and just last year she learned how to use the kitchen – as it turns out, cooking is a useful thing! An alumna of Trinity Western University, she has an impressive track record in fundraising, marketing, and administrative leadership. Her management background spans the not-for-profit, corporate, higher education, and performing arts sectors. A passion for social justice runs deep in Diana’s veins – coming on board with Inner Hope was, in her words, the best decision she made in 2016. When she’s not in the office, you’ll often find her on the stage as a singer, actor, and public speaker (though not usually at the same time). She is also the proud Director of Media Relations for Nettle’s Tale, a Vancouver-based swimwear company that empowers women to love their bodies, support local charities, and celebrate our remarkable Canadian landscape. She loves poetry, prayer, photo-walks through Gastown, any kind of dessert, and she’s more likely to sit through an opera than a sports game.
778.882.LIFE (5433) | email@example.com
Katherine was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. After completing a year at York University in her home city, she realized she wanted to do something unique with her life and moved to British Columbia to attend Trinity Western University (TWU) to attain her Bachelor of Arts. During her time at TWU, she got involved with Youth Extreme, a youth group operating out of New Beginnings Church in East Vancouver. Falling in love with the youth, she coordinated the group for two years and eventually ended up as part-time staff at the church. Additionally, Katherine spent two summers with Urban Promise serving as the Program Director for a summer camp in a government housing project in the Greater Toronto Area. Katherine has also been on several missions trips, including Florida, San Francisco and Honduras. In her free time she loves to play various sports and spend quality time with friends. She has a passion for leadership, values the way that it has played into her life, and has a strong desire to empower others to lead.
778.680.POST (7678) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope was born in Vancouver, BC and lived in several cities including White Rock, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Surrey before settling in New Westminster. After graduating high school, Hope spent six months in South Africa and Japan attending a YWAM Discipleship Training School. After returning she had a desire to work in community development and serving people that are forgotten and vulnerable within society, specifically with a heart for youth. Hope attended The University of the Fraser Valley and University of Calgary to obtain her Bachelor’s of Arts in Global Development Studies where she gained knowledge and understanding of the complex issues surrounding community development and the importance of people and relationships within a supportive community. During this time she worked as a youth leader with Young life, a youth worker at a shelter, and a shelter worker at the Salvation Army. A door opened and Hope also had the opportunity to work in a Calgary High School as a Success Coach to help youth identify and overcome their barriers to being successful in school. With her heart for community development and youth she is now very excited to be apart of the Inner Hope community as the Post-Secondary Coordinator. When Hope isn’t at Inner Hope (and confusing everyone by her name) she can be found walking her dog, hiking a mountain, enjoying coffee on the beach, or spending time with friends and family.
Cherise Gudlaugson and Josiah Abubakar
778.798.HOME (4663) | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up on a farm in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Cherise worked in the oil patch in Northern Alberta for 2 years before deciding to move to Sydney, Australia to attend Hillsong International Leadership College in 2008. It was there that Cherise developed a deep conviction that the ‘global Church’ was meant to be the greatest agent of change and deliverer of hope to the world. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Ministry, as well as a degree in Contemporary Ministry, she returned to Edmonton, Alberta to work in a women’s addiction recovery center (Wellspring, Hope Mission). For 3 years she oversaw the development and growth of the women’s recovery program and loved being a part of what God was doing in the inner city of Edmonton. Upon moving to Vancouver, Cherise knew she wanted to be a part of a similar ministry that served and worked with society’s ‘at-risk’ population.
Josiah was born and raised in Kaduna, Nigeria with his 4 sisters and brother, and credits his mom (Mama) for presenting them with the opportunity to develop a relationship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Josiah worked with Youth For Christ in Nigeria, and then with YWAM in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 2007. In 2010, Josiah relocated to Edmonton, AB to study at Taylor University, where he completed a Masters in Intercultural Studies, and worked for Hope Mission in Edmonton as a housing outreach worker for the next 3 years. He then moved back to Medicine Hat and continued working with the homeless population as a Housing Assessment & Triage worker for Medicine Hat Community Housing Society. Josiah believes in the efficacy of the market-place ministry, which informs his choice of employment. Josiah enjoys listening to music, traveling, and sleeping-in.
Josiah and Cherise met through a mutual friend in the summer of 2014 and were engaged shortly after. Married in May 2015 they continued living in Edmonton for a year and a half before deciding to relocate to Vancouver.
Community Support and Discipleship Coordinator
Born and raised in Vancouver, Mark has been involved in the Inner Hope community before it was even established. He first met Carla and Jenny in 2001 and started attending New Beginnings, becoming a part of that community. Since then, Inner Hope has been a home base for him, and he's lived in The Home, volunteered and interned with Inner Hope, and worked as House Respite as well. He has seen firsthand how relationships through Inner Hope can impact and transform lives. Mark earned his B.A. at Trinity Western University, and, after getting married, moved up to Redstone Reserve to join his wife, where he taught P.E.. He has since made a home in Vancouver with his wife and two children, and has been an invested community member with Reality Church. Mark is thrilled to be returning to Inner Hope in a leadership capacity, and is looking forward to building rapport and community with those involved both past and present. When he's not at Inner Hope, Mark enjoys playing softball and spending time with his family, including family trips to Science World and Costco (for hot dogs).
778.895.HOPE (4673) | email@example.com
Born in Taiwan, Ken and his family immigrated to Vancouver in the mid-1970s. A native of Burnaby, his formative church years were spent at Vancouver Chinese Alliance Church, transitioning to University Hill United Church, University Chapel, and finally at Tenth Church where he has been for the past 10+ years. Educated in Geology at UBC and later in GIS at BCIT, Ken's professional background includes work in the public, private, and ministry sectors ranging from mapping analytics, transportation planning and project management. He is excited to utilize marketplace best practices and find synergies in work environments that help improve workflows and resource management. When Ken isn’t at Inner Hope, he works as a professional counsellor at his private practice in the Mt. Pleasant and Fairview neighbourhoods. Ken is an avid “car guy”, enjoys tennis, photography and the culinary arts ….. hence his pretensions to be a foodie.
Communications & Human Resources Assistant
Melissa was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and lived in Hong Kong and Montreal before settling into Vancouver with her husband in the summer of 2016. She studied English and Education in Kingston, Ontario, and spent her summers working with Urban Promise, a Christian organization that works with youth in Toronto. Her time spent at Urban Promise planted ignited in her a desire to serve with like-minded organizations that loves Jesus and people. Before landing at Inner Hope, she took on a few other ventures, including teaching high school and adult ESL abroad, then going on to start her own calligraphy business. She is excited to be a part of Inner Hope in a supportive, behind the scenes role, and desires to learn how to pray for this organization. When she's not at Inner Hope, Melissa enjoys scouring used bookstores, working on her calligraphy business, and exploring the city's art and culture with her husband.
Youth Support Worker (Summer Intern)
Kayla is a born and raised Vancouverite who loves long walks on the beach in the least ironic way possible! Currently attending Langara College, where she is completing the prerequisites to apply for a Bachelor’s in Social Work program, Kayla previously attended Lifeteams: School of Youth Outreach in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Here, she carried out a nine-month practicum at Street Life, a mobile youth drop-in run by Youth Unlimited, where she continues to volunteer two years later. With a varied history in camp ministry, farming, and donut-eating, Kayla thrives in environments that work to dismantle social inequality in the context of deep, meaningful, and mutually-transformative relationships. New to Inner Hope, with open hands and an open heart, Kayla is excited and honoured to join the team this summer!