Ben Lim, Executive Director
Ben, born and raised in Ottawa, is a creative, energetic, and personable guy. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, his journey led him to a Northern Cree community where he lived and worked for seven years. There, he found a connection to the land through the ministry of the people around him. He is passionate about supporting Indigenous-led initiatives that seek to bring healing to the land through Jesus Christ and is excited about the vision and mission of Rising Above.
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, focusing on counselling, prayer and 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 – Financial and Administrative Officer
Nicole and her husband Jeff live in Crystal City, MB where Jeff is the lead pastor of Cornerstone Ministries Church. They have two school-age children. Nicole enjoys administrative work and has office experience with three 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 three year MA in Counselling Psychology at Providence Seminary. She is from Alberta and is fluent in Cree. 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. Rosie currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta where she works with families in difficult situations. She commits one day a week to work with Rising Above in counselling and mentoring indigenous women.
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.