Daren George, Wet’suwet’en – Staff (on medical leave)
Daren George was born and raised in Telkwa BC, where he lives today. Daren grew up seeing the love of Jesus in his grandparents and he admits he knew Christ in his head, but not his heart. After years of searching and bondage God spared his life and he dramatically changed, committing his life to serving the Lord. Daren is a well-respected leader. Prior to his conversion his leadership skills led him into Indigenous politics. Currently he sits on the board of directors for several ministries and is in leadership at his home church, Kyah Bible Fellowship. In 2010 he answered God’s call by terminating his employment of 30 years and joining the ministry staff of Rising Above. Daren is committed to raising up Indigenous leaders through healing and discipleship.
Terry Martin – Director of Operations
After completing his M.A. in Biblical Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary, Terry was asked to complete some administrative projects for Rising Above. In response to the growing need for administrative support, Terry came on staff in 2003. He currently manages the office, finances and events. He and his wife Brenda reside in Niverville, Manitoba. They have three children, a son living at home and 2 married children living in the area.
Nicole Banman – Administrative Assistant, head office
Nicole and her husband Jeff live in Otterburne, MB where Jeff directs Mile Two Discipleship School. They have two school-age children. Nicole enjoys administrative work and has office experience with two other charitable organizations. She is very happy for the opportunity to serve with Rising Above and be a part of the ministry.
Rosie Boskoyous, Cree – Ministry Staff
Rosie was raised as a Roman Catholic in Sandy Lake, AB. As a teenager, she became disillusioned and walked away from faith. Around age 17 she moved to Edmonton where she met some friends who introduced her to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After struggling in her faith for a few years she realized she needed to begin a healing journey to deal with her brokenness caused by traumatic events in her childhood. This led her to pursue counselling and she became involved in the Institute of Biblical Counselling Diploma Program (IBCI), which was instrumental in her healing from sexual abuse and her addictions. She now sits on the IBCI Board. Rosie heard about Rising Above through friends and desires to play a part in the healing journey of her Indigenous brothers and sisters. Rosie’s ministry involves counselling, mentorship and workshops on mental health in Indigenous communities. Rosie is currently living in Otterburne, MB where she is completing her MA in Counselling Psychology at Providence Seminary.
Johan and Kerrie Strydom – Parry Sound, ON
Johan and Kerrie have ministered in a variety of countries for over 20 years among several different cultural groups. Johan, a South African, began his work in the early 90’s among the Zulu people of South Africa. In 1996, he moved to Sudan to work among the Northern Sudanese Muslims. He met Kerrie, a Canadian, in Sudan where she was teaching English. They married in 2003 and continued working in Sudan until 2008 when they moved to Canada to work in the areas of mobilization and communications with their former organization. They currently live in Parry Sound, Ontario with their two children where they are currently working among the First Nations communities, in different areas, including Grief Recovery and Leadership Development.