Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry

Board Executive

Dr. Nettie Wiebe, Chair of the CiRCLe M board, is Professor of Church and Society at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. A farmer and former national farm leader, she participates actively in public discourse on farming, food, environment, trade and women’s issues. Nettie is co-editor of two books "Food Sovereignty" and "Food Sovereignty in Canada". Her other publications include “Current Fortunes of the Rural” in The Prairie Agrarian Movement Revisited and regular columns in The Western Producer.E-mail


Rev. Dr. Cameron Harder is an Associate Professor of SystematicTheology and Director of Contextual Education at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. In his doctoral work, Cam studied the effect of churches and religious belief on the “shame” experience of farm bankruptcy. He also visited and studied rural institutes around the world during his 2003-2004 sabbatical year. Recently he wrote and released a book on the church’s role in community development. E-mail

 

Board Members

Arden Andreas was born and raised on grain farm in the Lancer district (Saskatchewan) and is currently grain farming and running a small business with his wife, Sherry. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Arden has spent many years active in local committees as well as provincial areas involving rural family life issues representing the Roman Catholic diocese of Saskatoon on rural life. E-mail

 

 

Janice Bray Noonan has deep prairie roots in the United Church of Canada. She currentlyresides in Saskatoon withher husband and three children. She is a member of the United Church Saskatchewan Conference Committee on Internship and Educational Supervision and sees the need for more specialized field training in rural ministry. E-mail

 

 

Ken Rosaasen is a professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and a member of the Board of Directors of the Conservation Learning Centre, an agricultural research and demonstration facility near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He is also a farmer and active member of the Lutheran Church. E-mail

 

 

Chelsy Bouwan was born and raised in rural Alberta.  After years of studying and serving in churches in Edmonton and Toronto, she began to feel a call back to rural ministry after participating in an internship in rural Belize, Central America, in 2008.  After a couple more years in urban ministry, Chelsy became the rector of St.Mary’s, Vegreville, and St. Matthew’s, Viking in the eastern part of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton.  Chelsy finds the experience of rural ministry to be one of freshness and joy as she witnesses God at work in His communities and is given the opportunity to be incarnational in her ministry among the church in rural Alberta. E-mail

 

Don Unger is a retired Mennonite Pastor in  Mayfair, Glenbush and Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. He has also spent time oversease working as a missionary in Nigeria and with his wife Namoi who also serves as a co-paster at their churches in Saskatchewan. E-mail

 

 

 

Staff

Rev. Dr. Cameron Harder, Executive Director of CiRCLe M, is also Associate Professor of SystematicTheology and Director of Contextual Education at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. See above for more. E-mail

 

 

Colleen Rickard, Administrative Assistant, grew up in Saskatchewan, and stayed in her beloved province to raise her children and be with her grandchildren. Her Christian roots are in the Anglican Church; today she is living in Saskatoon and attending the Alliance Church.  For many years she pursued a career in ecology working on research projects, in government planning, and later for non-profit organizations engaged in conservation work. In 2009 she joined the CiRCLe M team, helping with the Centre’s office administration and program planning.   E-mail