Our Faculty

Ron

Dr. Rev. Ron Powell

Ron Powell is the Dean of Online Education.  He has a passion to develop servant leaders for Christian ministry. After pastoring for ten years, he began teaching in higher education in the classroom and online. Over the past 20 years he has taught full time at Master's College and Seminary, and adjunct at Tyndale Seminary, and Prairie Bible College. During this time he also taught online for Taylor University, in Indiana and developed dozens of online courses for IBOLT (now Vanguard College Online). At Vanguard College he has served as the Youth Ministry Institute Director, the Field Education Director, and the Graduate Studies Director. He takes great joy in seeing students learn, develop their gifts and use them to serve others.

Education:
B.Th., Master’s College and Seminary; M.T.S., Tyndale Seminary; D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

ron.powell@vanguardcollege.com

Gonam

Gonam Raju

Biography: Gonam Raju is the Associate Director of Vanguard College Online.  He lives in Barrhead, Alberta. Since 1964, Gonam has been working in education as a teacher and administrator. He worked at the Alberta Distance Learning Center(ADLC) for over twenty years, and most recently as CEO Supervising Principal since 1997.

Gonam helped the co-founders of IBOLT (now Vanguard College Online) to get their online courses developed for use by students. After retiring from ADLC Gonam was appointed the Registrar for Vanguard College in Edmonton and served from 2005 to 2009. Based on his extensive experience with distance learning (since 1964) Gonam was appointed Director of IBOLT in November 2009.  He now serves as Vanguard College Online Associate Director.

Education: B.A. (Psychology and History), University of South Africa; Honours B.A. (History), University of South Africa; Bachelor of Education (with distinction), University of South Africa; Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Economics), University of South Africa; Masters of Education, University of Alberta

gonam.raju@vanguardcollege.com

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Rev. Tyson Howells

Biography: Tyson has been involved in youth ministry in one form or another since 1999.  This has included one-year discipleship programs, youth pastoring and teaching youth ministry at Vanguard College.  Currently one of his highlights is running a new junior high program in the church he pastors.  In all of these different contexts the goal has been the same; introducing people to Jesus and seeing them become more like Jesus.

Education: MA in Christian Studies, ACTS Theological Seminary, BA, Major in Religion, Western Pentecostal Bible College (now Summit).

tyson.howells@vanguardcollege.com

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Dr. Anil Satralkar

Biography: Anil V. Satralkar comes from Maharashtra State of India. He served as an associate Pastor at the Christian Faith Centre, Chembur, Mumbai during 1984-86. During this period God enabled him to pioneer a church in the suburbs of Mumbai. Later the Lord led him to the ministry of theological education. Since 1993 he has been living and serving in the Kolkata, West Bengal. Before coming to Kolkata, he served as the Academic Dean at the Eastern Bible College, Dimapur, Nagaland. He received his ministry credentials and ordination from the Assemblies of God of East India. At present he serves as the Academic Dean and teaches at the Assembly of God Church, Buntain Theological College. He lives with his wife Ashalata Satralkar and two daughters Ashnil and Anisha.

He assisted in establishing and coordinated the ministry of seven extension Bible Schools under the umbrella of the Assembly of God Church, Kolkata. He also assisted in the Pastoral ministry of the adult section of the Assembly of God Church Kolkata for six years. Apart from his involvement in the theological education, he serves as the Vice President of the Bridge of Life. He is also the co-founder along with his wife for the First Love Ministries of India in Kolkata nurturing, caring, lodging, boarding and educating fully orphan and abandoned girls. Anil finds it a great privilege to be on the faculty of the Instructors for Vanguard College Online (formerly IBOLT) since 2009.

Education: Bachelor of Theology (B.Th), and Bachelor of Divinity (B.D) from Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalore, South India, Master in Theology (M. Th.), Systematic Theology from South Asia Institute of Advance Christian Studies, Bangalore, Doctorate in Ministry (D. Min.) from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Springfield Missouri, USA.

anil.satralkar@vanguardcollege.com

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Rev. Gerry Johnson

Biography: Gerry is the co-founder of IBOLT (now Vanguard College Online).  He served in pastoral ministry in Alberta and Ontario. He also served as Director of World Mission Communications for the PAOC, President of Vanguard College, Executive Director of Mission of Mercy and as principal of International Biblical Online Leadership Training (IBOLT), now Vanguard College Online. He now leads ALONGSIDE – leading better as an instructor, coach, and facilitator. Gerry and his wife Karen have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theology (Pastoral Studies) from Vanguard College; Honors M.A. in Leadership and Management, Briercrest Seminary.

gerry.johnson@vanguardcollege.com

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Rev. Burton Janes

Biography: Burton K. Janes was an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Bay Roberts, NL and have two grown children, Krista and Christopher.  Burton is a writer, editor and online instructor.  He is the author of several books, including eight in his History of Churches series. He is the editor of Beyond Aslan: Essays on C.S. Lewis.

Education: Memorial University of Newfoundland, B.A., M.A.; Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, Dip.Th. 

burton.janes@vanguardcollege.com

Nathan

Rev. Nathan Hill

Biography:

I have been married to a wonderful woman named Mandy for 15 years and we have four kids together:
I am in full-time ministry as the Lead Pastor at Evangel Assembly, a PAOC church in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. I also have the good fortune of ministering in the town where I grew up—my family returned home after a decade of associate ministry in Ontario.
I studied microbiology and immunology at Dalhousie University right out of High School and then rededicated my life to Christ and changed paths completely. I pursued graduate studies in theology and graduated with an M.Div in 2006. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, both in science and in theology, and I have taught as an adjunct in Bible college settings for the past decade.

Education: Bachelor of Science (Microbiology & Immunology), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Master of Divinity (Pastoral), Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

nathan.hill@vanguardcollege.com

Jay

Dr. Jay Dyrland

Biography: Jay and his wife Kathy-Sue, along with their three children live in Edmonton, AB.  Jay serves as lead pastor of Risen Lord Lutheran Church where he shares his passion of proclaiming, singing, and enacting the story of God in worship and mission.  He is also the Worship Arts Program Director at Vanguard College.  Jay loves mountain top experiences… skiing with the family each February break.  His favourite recent quote is from his 8 year old daughter Holly, “When I walk to school, I hear God talking to me.”

Education: Certificate in Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Arts, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Religious Education, Vanguard College; MA in Worship, Briercrest Seminary; Doctor of Worship Studies, Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

jay.dyrland@vanguardcollege.com.com

Rob Bedard

Dr. Robert Bedard

Biography:   

Rob and Lorinda Bedard are extremely proud parents of two great sons, Cameron and Stephen (wife Lisa).

In 1989, Rob’s ministry began in Ontario where he youth pastored in Christian Life Assembly (Thornhill), Mississauga Gospel Temple (now Portico), and Parkwood Gospel Temple (Windsor).  Moving to Selkirk, Manitoba, Rob led his first church, Bethel Chapel.  After serving as Assistant Pastor (Adult Ministries) in Terrace Pentecostal Assembly (Terrace, BC), Rob returned to Manitoba where he served as District Ministry Director in the Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario District Office of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.  For nine years Rob served as Lead Pastor of Bethel Tabernacle, Ladysmith, before accepting the call to serve as a Leadership Development Pastor at Beulah Alliance Church (C&MA), Edmonton, Alberta.  Most recently Rob serves as Associate Pastor (Serve) at Christian Life Assembly, Langley, BC, where he focuses on the health and development of staff and volunteers.

In 2002 Rob founded The Leadership Institute, offering leadership training workshops to churches and organizations.  Whether Rob is teaching in Canada or abroad; whether he is teaching in ministry training schools, secular universities or churches; or whether Rob is teaching higher education courses or leadership training workshops, Rob’s passion for Jesus, His Word and His Kingdom are best expressed when he teaches and mentors tomorrow’s ministers. Rob is a certified coach for Birkman, and for years has coached individual and teams of leaders through StrengthsFinder.

In 2014 Rob became an online adjunct faculty member and, while living in Edmonton, AB, Rob served as a part-time campus professor at Vanguard College. In October 2019 Rob became a part-time faculty member of Trinity Western University (MA LEAD).

Education: B.Th. in Pastoral Theology, Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master's College & Seminary), Peterborough, ON; M.A. in Leadership & Training, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC; D.Th in Practical Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

robert.bedard@vanguardcollege.com

Vadim

Rev. Vadim Yurchenko

Biography:
Vadim, his wife Mary, and their daughter Salem, reside in Taylor, BC. He is a carpenter by trade and currently serves as a teaching pastor at Evangel Chapel in Fort St. John. He is also the director of School of Ministry, a leadership-development program whose mission is to “raise local leaders locally.” Languages, both ancient and modern, are Vadim’s passion.

Education: TESOL/TESL Certificate, Oxford Seminars; Certificate of Christian Ministry, Institute of Theology; B.A. in Linguistics, Ivan Franko State University; B.Th., Vanguard College; M.A. in Biblical Studies, Global University

vadim.yurchenko@vanguardcollege.com

Matt

Rev. Matt Ball

Biography:
Matt is the director of our Youth Ministry program. Since beginning his youth ministry career in 1995, he has served in churches across Canada and is passionate about the training and development of youth leaders.  

Education: B.Th in Youth Ministry, EPBC (now Masters College and Seminary), M.A. - Marriage and Family Counseling, Liberty University

matt.ball@vanguardcollege.com

Jenna PK

Rev. Jenna King-Poirier

Biography:
 Jenna lives in St. John’s, NL with her husband Jérémie. She currently serves as the Regional Manager of Pastoral Care & Ethics, Acute Care, with Eastern Health (the largest integrated health organization in Newfoundland and Labrador). Her previous experience includes hospital chaplaincy and church ministry, where she served in the role of Youth Pastor for about 10 years. Her passion is working with youth and young adults, through discipleship, mentoring, & teaching. She spends her free time adventuring, reading, and drinking coffee.

Education:  B.A. (Theology; Youth Ministry Major), Vanguard College, M.A. Counselling, Providence Seminary.

jenna.poirier-king@vanguardcollege.com

Erin Wiens

Erin Wiens

Biography:
Erin has found her life in ministry to be more adventurous than she imagined. She has been involved in ministry within Edmonton, Metro-Vancouver, the jungles of Malaysia, and leading students on short-term Missions Trips. Over the past twenty years Erin has served on pastoral staff in churches, leading a one-year discipleship program, directing youth camps, and campus ministry. Her involvement at Vanguard College has included: Youth Ministry Institute Assistant Director, Field Education Assistant Director, Assistant to the President, and the Biblical Studies Assistant. She has undertaken her education with a heart to serve God’s people and is invested in seeing students engage with God through His Word and uncover their potential as Faith, life and work intersect. Erin and her husband, Darrell, live in Edmonton with their two children, Owen and Charlotte, and have one more on the way!

Education: Diploma of Theology, Christ for the Nations, Bible College; B.A. (Theology, Youth Ministry Major), Vanguard College; M.A. Christian Ministry (Youth & Family), Briercrest Seminary; M.A. Theological Studies (Old Testament), Briercrest Seminary

erin.wiens@vanguardcollege.com

Brad

Rev. Brad Fawcett

Biography:
Brad has been teaching Old Testament and Pastoral courses at Vanguard College as well as serving as our Library Director as he manages the 55,000 volumes within Vanguard’s library.  He is beginning a new role of training a new library director as he transitions into online teaching with Vanguard College Online.

Education:  Diploma in Bible​ from Atlantic Baptist College (now Crandall University), ​B.A.​ from St. Thomas University, Diploma in Library Technology​ from Lakehead University, a M.L.I.S.  from the University of Western Ontario and a M.A. from Briercrest Seminary. 

brad.fawcett@vanguardcollege.com

James MacKnight

Rev. James Macknight

Biography:
James is a Vanguard alumnus. After graduation, he moved to Toronto to study the Hebrew Bible and write a thesis on social justice in Ecclesiastes. In July 2017 he married Kirstyn, a PhD student in Clinical Psychology, and they live in East Scarborough by the lake.

James has a heart for integrating Christ’s Church and academics. He currently serves as the Worship Arts Pastor at Warden Full Gospel Assembly in Scarborough, ON. He has experience teaching a variety of online and in-person courses. He is interested in music ministry, pentecostal theology, biblical languages, and Old Testament studies.

Education: B.A. in Theology (Music Ministry Major, Biblical Studies Minor), Vanguard College; M.A. in Theology (Hebrew Bible), University of St. Michael’s College 

james.macknight@vanguardcollege.com

Hailey Armoogan

Rev. Hailey Armoogan

Biography:
Hailey Armoogan is the Lead Pastor of Fort Smith Pentecostal Church in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada where she leads a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church.  She also serves as the President of the Sub-Arctic Leadership Training College, which is also located in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.  She is an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) since 2001 and has served in vocational Christian ministry for over 20 years.  Hailey has served as a Children’s and Family Ministries Pastor and Church Ministries Pastor in local church contexts, as a global worker overseas with the PAOC and has been involved in leadership development in 43 countries.   She was born in Montreal, Quebec for which she is genetically a Habs fan (Montreal Canadians); was raised in Waterloo, Ontario for which she is geographically a Toronto Maple Leafs fan – but really misses Major League Baseball as she’s a Toronto Blue Jays fan. 

Education:  Bachelor of Theology degree, with a minor in Cross-Cultural Studies, a certificate of Messianic Studies and a Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.

hailey.armoogan@vanguardcollege.com