What is the mission that drives World Relief?
Our official mission statement says, “World Relief
Where does World Relief fit into the fabric of the
Canada’s mission is to respond to the relief and de-
velopment needs of the world’s poor in the name of
Jesus Christ through our global network of Chris-
tian organizations, in partnership with Canadian
and overseas churches.”
We’re Christians passionate about ending
poverty. Inspired by the example and teaching
of Jesus, we recognize people have deeply intercon-
nected material and spiritual needs, and we seek
to meet those needs by working through our local
Christian networks, primarily through churches and
faith-based organizations who are at the heart of their
communities. Our cause is to represent our donors and
churches as a powerful force for transformation in com-
munities living in every kind of poverty.
Canadian evangelical community?
WRC has a special relationship in that we were officially the relief and development arm of The Evangelical
Fellowship of Canada. Although that “official” designation has dissolved, we have official partnerships with
a number of evangelical denominations, and beyond
that have a significant number of churches across most
denominations that support our causes.
What are the most pressing global issues for
the Church to respond to in the next few years?
Inequality and injustice with all the complexities these
entail. And if the Church cannot respond, I fear it will
become largely irrelevant and merely religious.
How do you disconnect from your work at the
end of the day, or at the end of an overseas trip?
I am an avid cyclist either on the road or in spinning
classes. Beyond that I am an information junkie and
love politics, business, religion and much more.
Who are your heroes?
I have an aversion to the breadth assigned to that term,
What book has impacted your work the most in
but I have found many incredible people who have in-
fluenced my life and my thinking. Most have had some
exemplary characteristic or practice – discipline, dedica-
tion, freedom of thought, desire and accomplishment.
A few examples would be my father for endurance and
commitment to family; Augustine; and C. S. Lewis, not
for simply his writings and philosophies of life, but for
all of that combined with the uniqueness of character
and personality, and even his frailties.
the last while?
I have just finished reading The Future: Six Drivers of
Global Change by Al Gore (Random House, 2013) and
would highly recommend it. It really captures today’s
challenges with significant research, depth and insight.
What is your best leadership advice?
When you’ve finished reading all the books and taking
all the courses on the subject of leadership, shape it all
into relationships. And if that doesn’t work, throw out
the parts from the books and courses. Two of the worst
leaders I ever encountered were both absolute gurus
when it came to the theories of leadership. FT
Q&A n ChATs WITh eFC AFFILIATe LeADeRs
World Relief Canada (WRC)
is a relief and development
agency working in 12
countries in Africa and Asia.
President and CeO
of World Relief Canada