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

Todd Culbertson
Todd CulbertsonFaculty

Linguistics
North American Worldview
Chapels

Todd and his wife Rebekah are both from Maryland but met in Wisconsin at a dinner for international students. Todd has a BA in architecture from Clemson University and a masters in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Becoming an architect and designing buildings looked like a promising career, but God had other plans. Todd and Rebekah realized that the Lord is working on a more enduring building project – His global Church. Since before they were married in 2009, they wanted to be part of reaching unreached people groups with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

After working for 5 years in the new construction plumbing industry and paying off student loans, Todd and his growing family returned to Wisconsin to attend Ethnos360 Bible Institute and later enrolled at Emanate in 2017. In 2019, they were invited to join the Ethnos Canada team in Durham – Todd teaching at Emanate, and Rebekah teaching at Ethnos Academy. They are excited for this opportunity to invest in the next generation of cross-cultural missionaries and their families.

Todd serves on the Emanate chapel team and the Academic Coordinating team and will be teaching linguistics classes. He also oversees Emanate’s social media.

Education:

Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Bible Institute & Missionary Training Centre
Graduate Certificate in Linguistics – Texas Tech University

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
Master of Ministry – Grace School of Theology
Certificate of Chaplaincy – Grace School of Theology

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

Big Picture
Child Protection
Time & Money Management
New Testament Church Principles

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

Matt Gunther
Matt GuntherFaculty, Leadership

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 Ethnos Canada. 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
Master of Theological Studies Degree – Heritage Seminary, 2020

Mike Sutton
Mike SuttonFaculty

Director of Off the Grid program
Basic maintenance in the Afternoon Work Program
Teamwork

Mike came to know the Lord at 23 years of age. He was 37 and working on electrical/instrument maintenance at a refinery when the Lord directed him and his wife Beth to study at New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, WI. The Lord then led them and their four children to Venezuela in 1999 to serve at the mission school base. When government unrest forced them to leave the field, they returned to the Bible School (Waukesha) in 2006 to do maintenance. In 2008 Mike, Beth, and their youngest child went to Papua New Guinea for eight years. While serving overseas Mike was involved in just about every possible area of support work including maintenance, teaching high school math, administration, supply buying, business office, guest house, overseeing national workers, and more. After returning to Canada and a time of recovery, they began serving at the missionary training centre in 2017. Mike is mainly involved in discipleship and preparing students for equipment and home maintenance overseas. He and Beth are blessed with eleven grandchildren and enjoy any time they get to spend with them.

Brian Wardlaw
Brian WardlawFaculty, Leadership

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
Literacy

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 involved 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

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.

Education:

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

Student Life

Barry Richards
Barry RichardsStudent Life Coordinator
  • Folk Religion
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
Joan Gunther
Joan GuntherStudent Life
  • Scratch Cooking
  • Jungle Camp Practicum

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
Karen was born into New Tribes Mission, grew up in Panama as a missionary kid, and now calls Varney, Ontario home. She and her husband, Shane served a total of 8 years in Asia Pacific with the majority of her ministry being administrative in nature. They joined the training staff again in the summer of 2012 and she has filled an administrative role since then. Karen enjoys the opportunity she has with the students, especially through the One-On-One program and the Jungle Camp Practicum that takes place in the summer.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Bible with Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Intercultural Ministries – New Tribes Mission
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
Beth Sutton
Beth SuttonSecretary

Beth and her husband Mike and 4 kids have been involved in missions with Ethnos Canada for over twenty years. Their first move overseas was in 1999 to the field of Venezuela, where they served for 6 years at the mission base in TamaTama. However, they had to leave in 2005 due to political unrest. They then served for two and a half years at NTBI Waukesha before going overseas once again to Papua New Guinea, where they served for 8 years.
Both in Venezuela and Papua New Guinea Beth was a teacher in the Primary Grades. She also worked in the Finance Office and helped in the area of Hosting.

Since 2017 Beth and her husband Mike have been serving in Canada. Beth‘s ministry on the Emanate Team is in the area of Reception and Attendance Records. Both she and Mike are active in student discipleship, and during the summer months Beth is also the administrator for the Off The Grid Program.

Beth counts it a privilege to be a part in training the next generation of missionaries.

When they are not busy with their ministries here in Canada, Beth enjoys spending time with her kids and eleven grandkids.

Adjunct Faculty

Edwin Esau
Edwin Esau
  • Relationship Principles
Edwin Esau is on the Executive Leadership Team of Ethnos Canada. Serving as Director of Personnel he provides oversight and encouragement to Ethnos Canada missionaries.

Edwin was born in Manitoba and raised by godly parents on a dairy farm. His passion for serving the Lord was evidenced as he left the farm to prepare for missionary service with Ethnos. Not being able to serve overseas due to his wife’s health, he and Annette served as missionary trainers at the Ethnos Canada missionary training centre for over 21 years. His desire to disciple and teach was fulfilled in preparing missionaries for their service and in his teaching in his local church. Returning to Steinbach in 2005 to provide missionary care with Ethnos Canada gave him opportunity to serve in leadership with his sending church. In 2010 he was asked to serve on the leadership team and returned to Durham, Ontario.

Edwin and Annette live in the town of Durham and have two children who are grown and have their own families.

Roland Shafer Jr.
Roland Shafer Jr.
  • Missionary Technology
  • Digital Security

After coming to salvation in their late thirties, Roland and his wife Jinni knew they should be engaged in the ministry of the gospel almost immediately. The Lord gave them a vision for using their years of experience in Teaching and Technology to be a part of reaching the people groups classified as unreached or least reached.

After being able to visit the NTM training centre in Jersey Shore, Pa (now WAYUMI), in 2001, they were convinced the Lord would direct them to join this team. Their journey began with training at the now Ethnos360 BI, in Jackson (2003-2005) and continued is missionary training (2005-2007) here in Durham. Their family fell in love with Canada. 🙂

Of course, by God’s divine direction, while preparing to follow the Lord to Indonesia, their steps were redirected and in August 2011 they and their family joined the Durham Team.

Roland has served as an instructor of Missionary Technology for Ethnos Canada and Jungle Camp Tech with Ethnos Canada’s Emanate program. He also provides instruction in Digital Security in Your Ministry – open to all mission personnel – (during emanate staff personal development day) every other year.

Our greatest joy in serving the Lord, with Ethnos Canada, is being a part of many tribal teams, in many countries around the world. By His grace!

Education:

  • 30+ years of on the job training Support of IT Operations
  • Business Presentations through corporate Education Program
  • Advance Support Training for Remote Living (OffGrid Tech-NTM Tech Center)
  • IT related certifications through Microsoft Corp; Cisco Systems, Inc; Ubuquiti, Inc; Global Knowledge, Inc; United Training
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.
Shaun Humphreys
Shaun Humphreys
  • Philosophy of Foundational Bible Teaching
Shaun Humphreys, along with his family, served in Paraguay for 16 years. They worked as church planters among the Nivaclé for over ten years doing teaching and FBT curriculum development. At the end of 2019 they moved to Canada and now serve on the Durham Campus.