OUR TEAM


■ Charles Cook, PhD

– Executive Director of the Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives and Professor of Global Studies and Mission at Ambrose Seminary 

Charlie is the Executive Director of the Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives and Professor of Global Studies and Mission at Ambrose University where he has served since 1989. Prior to teaching at Ambrose, the Cooks worked in Bolivia, Mexico and Argentina. Born to Canadian international workers he was raised in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. When he is not teaching he can be found involved in various Jaffray related activities in different corners of the world. One of his quirks is his glass Coca Cola bottle collection from some ninety-three countries. Come join him on the journey by chasing him down at http://twitter.com/cdnglobalsoul or contact him at jaffray@ambrose.edu.


■ Lauren Goldbeck, MA

– Research and Program Coordinator, Jaffray Centre
Lauren can be reached at jaffray@ambrose.edu or (403) 410-2000 ext. 3997.


■ Cyndy Ingram, MA

– Convener of the Jaffray tckConnect, an iniative to support Third Culture Kids and Missionary Kids
Cyndy was an international worker with her husband in Cote d’Ivoire for two terms, working in the areas of church planting, leadership formation and literacy. She has training and experience in the field of member care and loves to encourage and walk alongside of people in the midst of cross-cultural transitions. Cyndy works as Program Coordinator in Intercultural Ministries at Foothills Alliance Church, coordinating settlement programming for immigrants. Every summer in August she enjoys directing ReBoot, a re-entry camp for TCKs transitioning to life in Canada. The Ingrams have three grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and a beautiful granddaughter, all of whom live in Calgary. Cyndy can be reached at jaffray@ambrose.edu.


■ Ron Brown, DMin

– Convener of the Jaffray keeperCare Network, and Founder and Editor of the Global Vault. Ron Brown is a missions coach with CMA-Canada based in Calgary and the energy behind the Global Vault. Prior to his present role, he pastored churches in Vegreville and Calgary and worked for 27 years in Africa living in four different countries. Besides working as a missions coach, Ron serves on the Kairos Canada Lead Team as the Alberta Coordinator. With Charlie Cook, Ron is co-editor of the trilogy The God You May Not Know. Ron’s memoir, Intersections, can be found on lulu.com. Ron was born and raised in Central Africa by missionary parents; his doctoral work on missionary resiliency was done at Trinity International University. The Browns have two adult daughters and a son-in-law. Ron can be reached at jaffray@ambrose.edu.


■ Sadiri Joy Tira, DMiss, DMin

– Convener of the Jaffray diasporaNet Research Initiative and Diaspora Missiology Specialist as well as Sessional Intercultural Studies Professor at Ambrose University 

Sadiri Tira, more commonly known as Joy, is a missions practitioner who travels extensively around the globe mobilizing Christians in diaspora, particularly the globally scattered Filipinos to help fulfill the Great Commission. Born and raised in the Philippines, Joy and his wife Lulu immigrated to Canada in 1981 and are now naturalized Canadians. They are based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — one of Canada’s top destinations for new immigrants and foreign workers. Joy serves as the Lausanne Movement‘s Senior Associate for Diasporas. He can be contacted at jaffray@ambrose.edu.


■ Ray Aldred, PhD (Cand)

— Convener of the firstPeoples Initiative (Institute for Indigenous Research)

Reverend Ray Aldred is ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.  He is status Cree from Treaty 8.  Born in Northern Alberta, he now resides with his wife in Richmond, BC, Canada.  Ray is the Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology. He is former Director for the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada, now committee member, where he worked to encourage pastors ministering to Indigenous people.  He is the chairperson of Indigenous Pathways and the North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies.  He is the former chairperson of the Native Ministries Council for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Ray also has had the privilege of addressing several college conferences and meetings related to cross-cultural ministry.  Ray’s passion is to help as many as possible hear the gospel in their heart language. Ray and his wife, Elaine are also involved in ministry to help train people to facilitate support groups for people who have suffered abuse. Ray and Elaine have four children. He can be contacted at jaffray@ambrose.edu.


■ Bernie A. Van De Walle, PhD

— Convener of the jaffrayPress

Dr. Bernie A. Van De Walle is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Ambrose Seminary. Dr. Van De Walle is the past-President of the Christian Theological Research Fellowship and a founding member of the steering-committee of the Wesleyan Holiness Connection.  Currently, he is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and the Chair of the Alliance World Fellowship’s International Commission on Theological Education. In addition to numerous articles, Dr. Van De Walle is the author of The Heart of the Gospel and Rethinking Holiness. He was recently named the publisher of Aldersgate Press. He can be contacted at jaffray@ambrose.edu.