Our Faculty

Dr. Ron Powell Director of Vanguard Online (IBOLT)

Dr. Ron Powell -  Vanguard Online Director

Ron Powell 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.

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



Gonam Raju - Vanguard College Online Associate Director

Biography: Gonam Raju 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


Tyson Howells

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).


Anil Satralkar

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.


Gerry Johnson (Pix)

Rev. Gerry Johnson - Co-founder IBOLT (now Vanguard College Online)

Biography: Gerry 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.



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. 


Nathan Hill

Rev. Nathan Hill

Biography: Nathan is originally from the east coast of Canada however he now resides in Ontario with his wife Mandy where he is an Associate Pastor at a local PAOC assembly. Nathan has a passion for teaching and loves to interact with future leaders as they prepare for the various tasks God has called them to. Nathan and Mandy have three children: Benjamin, Sophia, and Spencer.

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


Jay Dyrland

Dr. Jay Dyrland

Biography: Jay and his wife Kathy-Sue, along with their three children live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  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


Rob Bedard

Dr. Robert Bedard


Rob and Lorinda Bedard are the 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.

Rob is also the founder of 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.

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.



Rev. Vadim Yurchenko

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


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Rev. Matt Ball

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), Master of Arts - Marriage and Family Counseling, Liberty University



Rev. Jenna King-Poirier

 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.