Dan and Ann grew up in vastly different cultural settings - Dan in western Ohio, and Ann in western British Columbia. In 1985 we unknowingly entered the mission world at the same time, and actually ended up meeting each other a couple years later on a missions trip to northern Mexico!
Our shared story really begins in early 1989. That’s when we married and moved to the Netherlands to continue missionary service together. While Dan was attending seminary and working with a new international church plant outside Amsterdam, our two daughters came into the world. During that time, we both started working with the global church planting agency, Communitas International (formerly Christian Associates International). With Ann's support, Dan led a team to plant an international church in The Hague (crossroadschurch.nl), where he then pastored for 7 years. Meanwhile, Ann worked as HR Director on Communitas' Europe Team, which Dan also eventually joined. All in all we lived and ministered for nearly 18 years in Europe, learning a great deal about operating in urban, post-Christian contexts. During our years with Communitas, we've served in various senior leadership capacities and have been closely involved in leadership formation, coaching and training of new church planters.
In 2006 we relocated our family to Portland, OR, where we were once again confronted with cross-cultural adaptation. In this fresh re-engagement of American culture and Christianity we experienced the growing divide between a progressive, post christian culture and a reactive, slow-to-adapt Church. In the last 12 years we have sought to help equip, form and support missional leadership to re-engage their local settings in ways that are discerning, sustainable and true to the gospel (the good news of Jesus). Our work now includes helping leaders of all types (Ephesians 4:11) find relationships, opportunities and pathways of engagement that intersect with the goodness (shalom) of God in culture and creation.
My ministry career began in my home town Vancouver, BC and includes 25 years of international missions work. I have enjoyed exploring the world in such diverse places as The Philippines, Uganda, and most nations of western Europe. With a background in Human Resources I served in progressively more senior leadership roles for Communitas. In 2016, after 15+ years of serving with the Mission, I resigned my position as Chief People Officer to launch Artesia ReSourcing. I am keenly interested in helping leaders understand which roles bring out their best contribution, and I have years of experience in designing assessment processes that support this passion. Outside of work, I love to explore the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, volunteer in community organizations, and foster my local friendships.
I help pioneering leaders and pastors engage fresh ways to lead and multiply mission-shaped communities while tending to their holistic formation along the way. Having worked for 30+ years in cross-cultural missions, church planting and pastoring, I know personally how hard and soul-depleting ministry can become. I can identify with the challenges that grate on the souls of shepherd-teacher leaders, and I’m equally familiar with the stresses that plague apostolic-prophetic-evangelistic leaders. My heart goes out to both those in nurturing roles and those in advancement roles. I want to help these leaders - women and men alike - lead well and in ways that promote their growth in faith, hope and love.
Some wells from which I draw: I hold a DMIN in Leadership in the Emerging Culture from Portland Seminary. My coach training is through Creative Results Management, and I have ACC credentialing under the International Coach Federation (ICF). As an outflow of my love for writing, I have authored several practical books (Amazon) around which I coach, train and teach: Dynamic Adventure: A Guide to Starting and Shaping Missional Churches (2017); Growing Local Missionaries: Equipping Churches to Sow Shalom in Their Own Cultural Backyard (2014); and Grow Where You’re Planted: Collected Stories on the Hallmarks of Maturing Church (2013).
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