Our Staff & Leadership
Murray & Deb GrahamMurray Graham has served as the Canadian Executive Director since July 2016. Deb works along side him as Administrative Assistant. Prior to taking on this position they had served as Village Missionaries for 30 years, serving in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. As Executive Director, Murray’s role is to guide the Mission forward – to encourage the missionary family, seek new missionaries and fields, and connect with faithful supporters of this great Mission. Murray and Deb enjoy traveling across Canada visiting missionaries and fields, promoting the Mission and connecting with donors at various fundraisers.
Henry & Marilyn Vandermeer
Henry and Marilyn Vandermeer have served with Village Missions since 1999. They served at Nukko Lake, British Columbia, for eleven years and have now been in the position of District Representative for Western Canada for three years. Henry graduated from Dordt College and previous to pastoring was a teacher and principal for 23 years.
Gordon & Val Rowland
Gordon & Val became District Representatives in 2019. Their district includes Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. They have been involved with Village Missions since 1979, having served five different churches as missionary-pastor in Alberta and Saskatchewan, prior to being asked to move into their current role.
Their ministry involves traveling to their fields regularly to come alongside the missionaries to encourage and strengthen them and their churches. Their goal is to see them be effective in their efforts to impact the communities they serve in the rural areas of Canada.
Their greatest joy in this role as District Representatives is seeing the different ways the missionaries use their unique gifts to reach into their community with the gospel of Christ.
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Danielle has been a part of the Village Missions family since childhood, growing up as the daughter of Village Missionaries, Arnold and Eleanor Tracey. She came to know Christ as her Saviour at the age of 4 and served within the church throughout her childhood and teenage years.
Danielle completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Trinity Western University and subsequently worked for several years within the government sector in various financial and leadership roles. Feeling called to use her gifts and experience to serve in a ministry setting, Danielle rejoined the Village Missions family as the Chief Financial Officer in 2020.
Danielle lives in Prince Edward Island with her husband Shawn and their three children, Emily, Jack and Luke.
Eleanor Tracey has been the Office Administrator in Mission, British Columbia since January 2018. She had been doing the bookkeeping for Village Missions three years prior to taking on this role. Eleanor and her husband, Arnold, have also served as Village Missionaries since 1984. They have been in Whonnock, BC, their current field, since 1998. Eleanor enjoys the administrative, financial and bookkeeping tasks, but the office-related interactions with missionaries and donors is the part that she especially enjoys.
Gary & Patsy Semenya
Gary and Patsy Semenyna have taken on the District Representative role in May 2021. They previously served for 24 years as the VM pastoral couple in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia. They each grew up in rural areas of Alberta and Manitoba and where the Church was the focal point of their spiritual upbringing. Their passion is to reach out, help and serve the pastoral couples who have the responsibility of leading churches that can and do make an impact in people’s lives.