Meet the staff that are serving at Emanate.

Nearly all of our staff at Emanate bring first-hand experience to the specialized training you receive, offering both the practical and spiritual preparation you need to become an important part of the team that is planting tribal churches.

Faculty

Vern Dyck
Vern DyckDirector, Leadership, Faculty
  • Church Planting Principles
  • Curriculum Development
  • Animism
  • Roots
Vern, along with his family served for 15 years in a remote tribal people group in a South American country. Having been forced to leave due to unrest he then joined the teaching staff at the Missionary Training Centre(Now called Emanate) in Durham in 2002 where he continues to serve as Director and teacher. Vern continues to work at maintaining a relevant teaching ministry by returning to his former field of service to visit the former tribal work and help as a church planting consultant.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre
Holly Dyck
Holly DyckFaculty
  • Child Protection
  • Families in Ministry
After completing Bible School, Holly married her husband Vern and together they continued their journey to a South American field where they were involved in  church planting amoung a remote people group.  Along with the challenges of the church plant, raising and educating 5 children on the mission field was a big part of Holly’s life.  These many experiences are what Holly draws from as she seeks to equip not only parents, but their children as well for the challenges of Cross-cultural missions.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre
Wes Dyck
Wes DyckFaculty
  • Families in Ministry
  • Time & Money Management
  • New Testament Church Principles
  • Jungle Camp Practicum
  • Roots
Wes Dyck has been involved in Asia Pacific for 28 years. He began with a year of national language study, and then moved to the Embaloh tribe, joining Dwight and Ginny Sharp in the ministry in the village of Nanga Nyabau. Dwight and Ginny had been living, studying and teaching there for 4 years. There were a few believers at the time of Wes’ arrival in June 1978.

After studying the Embaloh language for a couple of years Wes was able to begin a teaching and discipling ministry with the Embaloh people. Wes enjoyed the ministry in the tribe, seeing people come to know the Lord as their Saviour and walking with Him. (Today there is a thriving maturing church that God has raised up).

Eleven years later he moved out of the tribe and joined the Mission High School team as girls dorm parent. Wes continued in that ministry for thirteen years, both in West Kalimantan and then in Java, where the school moved to join with an existing International School in 1995. Wes served in Java as dorm parents until February 2002. After 3 years of medical challenges, he joined the Emanate team in Durham Ontario where he continues to teach and mentor missionary candidates.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre
Brenda Dyck
Brenda DyckFaculty
      • Child Protection
Brenda Dyck has been involved in Asia Pacific for 28 years. She began with a year of national language study, and then moved to the Embaloh tribe, joining Dwight and Ginny Sharp in the ministry in the village of Nanga Nyabau. Dwight and Ginny had been living, studying and teaching there for 4 years. There were a few believers at the time of Brenda’s arrival in June 1978.

After studying the Embaloh language for a couple of years Brenda and her husband Wes were able to begin a teaching and discipling ministry with the Embaloh people. Brenda enjoyed the ministry in the tribe, seeing people come to know the Lord as their Saviour and walking with Him. (Today there is a thriving maturing church that God has raised up).

Eleven years later she moved out of the tribe and joined the Mission High School team as girls dorm parent. Brenda continued in that ministry for thirteen years, both in Brendat Kalimantan and then in Java, where the school moved to join with an existing International School in 1995. Brenda served in Java as dorm parents until February 2002. After 3 years of medical challenges, she and Wes joined the Emanate team in Durham Ontario where she continues to teach and mentor missionary candidates.

Education:

      • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre
Matt Gunther
Matt GuntherFaculty, Leadership
      • Structures of Communication
      • Sounds and Symbols
      • Learning Styles
      • Jungle Camp Practicum
      • Roots
Matt Gunther brings a life long interest in Missions and seeing unreached people groups reached with the gospel to his work at NTMC. He has been with Emanate as an instructor since completing missionary training with NTM in 2003. He has taught in the areas of Culture and Language Acquisition and Bible during this time. He also serves in areas of leadership and course oversight. Matt and his wife Joan have one child.

Education:

      • Bachelor of Religious Education – Peace River Bible Institute, 1999
      • Associate of Intercultural Studies – Missionary Training Centre, 2003
      • Pursuing a Master of Theological Studies Degree at Heritage Seminary.
Ryan Kurvits
Ryan KurvitsFaculty, Leadership
      • Teamwork
      • Sounds and Symbols
      • Structures of Communication
      • Chapels
Ryan graduated from Emanate in December 2012, was married on March 30, 2013, and joined the training staff in August of 2013. It was a year of change to say the least. Ryan previously served as a Youth Director in an ethnic church, gaining great cross-cultural learning. Ryan also served as the leader of a Bible Camp team for three summers in Idaho, USA.

Education:

      • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre, 2012
Brian Wardlaw
Brian WardlawFaculty
      • Foundations for Church Planting
      • Family Life: Parenting
Brian, with his family, served 23 years with New Tribes Mission. While serving in a remote indigenous village in Brazil he was involved in church planting, Bible teaching, and Bible translation. He was also involved in the National Training Program where he helped train Brazilians to do cross cultural church planting. In 2008 their home church in Canada experienced a crisis and asked Brian to pastor the church. This he did until the summer of 2016. Brian has a passion to equip others to go cross culturally with the glorious message of God’s grace, which he is privileged to do at Emanate as one of the instructors.

Education:

      • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre
      • Ordained minister with Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada
Sherri Wardlaw
Sherri WardlawFaculty
      • Family Life: Parenting
Sherri, with her family, served 23 years with New Tribes Mission. While serving in a remote indigenous village in Brazil she and her husband were privileged to raise their three children who were a blessing to the work. In their church planting work she taught and discipled women and children. She was also involed in the National Training Program. In 2008 when her husband Brian was asked to be the pastor of their home church in Canada Sherri was very involved with the children’s ministries. During those years they were delighted to become grandparents as well. Now being on the Emanate staff she is thrilled to help train and encourage the next generation of cross cultural church planters.

Education:

      • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Missionary Training Centre
      • Bible certificate – New Brunswick Bible Institute
Shane Whatley
Shane WhatleyFaculty, Leadership
      • Big Picture
      • Roots
      • Cross-Cultural Communication
      • Structures of Communication
      • Jungle Camp Practicum
      • Culture/Language Acquisition Techniques
Shane taught fourth grade at Mountainview International Christian School in central Java from 1998 to 2002. After attending the NTM Canada training, he served as an instructor in the course for three years. Returning to Indonesia in 2007, he ministered to new missionaries arriving on the field providing guidance and oversight during their time of National Culture/Language Acquisition. He also served on the field committee during this time. Shane has been teaching at Emanate again since 2012. He and his wife Karen are committed to investing in the lives of church planters preparing for service overseas.

      • Bible School – New Tribes Bible Institute, 1992
      • Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies – Philadelphia Biblical University, 1996
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Philadelphia Biblical University, 1996
      • Associate of Intercultural Studies – Missionary Training Centre, 2004
Steve Wyma
Steve WymaFaculty
      • Philosophy of Foundational Bible Teaching
      • Roots
      • Essentials for Cross Cultural Learning
Kathy Whatley
Kathy WhatleyFaculty
      • Health and Wellness
Firstly, Kathy loves being a wife and mother to her three teenage children. She has experienced cross-cultural ministry with the Moi people in Papua, Indonesia, where she enjoyed using her nursing skills in the expat community as well as in the tribe. Part of her experience was also in the area of orientating new missionaries to the field. Her 12 years overseas were amazing and she hopes one day to return. Kathy is passionate about discipleship and preparing other women to serve cross-culturally. She loves being hospitable and connecting with students in her home.

Education:

      • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre
      • Bible Certificate – Word of Life, 1991
      • Diploma in Nursing – Georgian College, 1994

Student Life

Barry Richards
Barry RichardsStudent Life Coordinator
Barry has served with New Tribes Mission for 32 years, 16 of which were in Thailand. He and his wife Cathy have first-hand experience as tribal church planters serving for 7 years among the mountainous Northern Pwo Karen people of Thailand. On a church planting team with 2 other families, they were primarily involved in culture and language learning, building rapport with the people as well as community development projects. Barry also served as Orientation Coordinator assisting new missionaries to the field of Thailand. Barry served as a National Culture/Language Consultant and Tribal Culture/Language Consultant and was a member of Field Leadership. Today he enjoys the privilege of serving at Emanate. Barry also oversees the One-on-One Program (Discipleship) & Afternoon Work Program. Barry & Cathy are also members of the Academy School Board. (A school for missionary’s children and Students’ children).

Education:

      • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre
      • Safety & Security Certificate – Fort Sherman Academy
      • Pursuing a certificate of Biblical Studies
Mary Wyma
Mary WymaStudent Life
Joan Gunther
Joan GuntherStudent Life
Kirsten Kurvits
Kirsten KurvitsStudent Life
Kirsten has followed God from a young age and has had a heart for missions for many years. As a young person, she went on a number of missions trips which showed her the need for taking the name of Christ to the nations. She also served as a leader in camp ministry for eight summers. Kirsten and her husband met while attending New Tribes Bible Institute and they later married in 2013.  She then completed her missions training before joining the Emanate staff in 2015.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Emanate, 2014

Childcare

Elissa Hawley
Elissa HawleyChildcare
 Missions was a vital part of Elissa’s childhood, which included living in Haiti for 3 ½ years.  In 2007, Elissa joined NTM as an associate and spent one year in Papua New Guinea, working at Interface. Elissa has always had a passion for working with children.  After graduating from the NTM Canada training in May 2010, she was asked to join our childcare staff.

Education:

  • Certificate of Completion – Word of Life Bible Institute, 2006
  • Certificate of Completion – New Tribes Missionary Training Centre, 2010
Melody Penner
Melody PennerChildcare

Administration

Karen Whatley
Karen WhatleyAdministrator
Administration is Karen ʼs love and being a part of reaching the unreached for Christ is her passion. God has placed her in a lot of roles that needed to be developed and she has been excited to see God ʼs work furthered through using the talents he has given her. She loves her husband, trying ethnic foods, drinking coffee with friends, as well as
traveling.
Cathy Richards
Cathy RichardsRegistrar
Cathy has served with New Tribes Mission for 32 years, 16 of which were in Thailand. She and her husband Barry have first-hand experience as tribal church planters serving for 7 years among the mountainous Northern Pwo Karen people of Thailand. On a church planting team with 2 other families, they were primarily involved in culture and language learning, building rapport with the people as well as community development projects. Cathy also served as an Orientation Coordinator assisting new missionaries to the field of Thailand. Cathy was the assistant field bookkeeper. Today they have the privilege of serving at Emanate. Cathy is the Registrar and she also serves as a member of the Academy School Board. (School for missionary’s children and Students’ children).

Education:

      • Certificate – Ontario Bible College
      • Bible certificate – New Brunswick Bible Institute
      • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre

Adjunct Faculty

Edwin Esau
Edwin Esau
      • Relationship Principles
Roland Shafer Jr.
Roland Shafer Jr.
      • Missionary Technology
Dave Brunn
Dave Brunn
      • Semantics and Translation
      • Form and Meaning
Dave Brunn spent over twenty years in Papua New Guinea (with his wife Nancy) where he served the Lamogai people through church planting, literacy training and Bible translation and consultation. Among his works is a complete translation of the New Testament into the Lamogai language.