Ben Lim, Executive Director
Ben hails from Ottawa, born of a French Canadian mother and a Chinese father. He grew up going to church and made a decision to follow Jesus at about 11 years old. In High school he drifted away from God but rededicated his life at end of high school at a camp. After graduating from the University of Ottawa in 2009 with a BA majoring in Economics, Ben became interested in ministry to Canada’s Indigenous people which lead him to live and work in the Cree Community of Waskaganish, QC. During his 8 years of serving the community he was employed in many capacities gaining varied experience.
Ben is creative, energetic, organized and relates well to people. He feels he has a ministry calling and has a passion to see Indigenous people thriving in who they were meant to be. It excites him to see what Rising Above is doing and he loves the heart of the mission.
Daren George, Wet’suwet’en – Ministry Staff
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 went on medical leave when he suffered a stroke in 2014. After years of healing and waiting on God’s direction, Daren has re-entered ministry with Rising Above on a part-time basis. He will focus on men’s ministry.
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 has recently completed her MA in Counselling in the two-year program at Providence Seminary. She is currently pursuing the 3rd year in the MA in Counselling Psychology. She is from Alberta. Rosie has been working with the Institute of Biblical Counselling International on a part-time basis for several years. She has completed several short-term missions to Asia and South America. She is fluent in Cree. Rosie currently lives in Otterburne, Manitoba.
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.