Meet our Staff

Colin and Miranda Meikle

In the fall of 2006, Colin and Miranda met for the first time at the start of their Candidate Orientation in Hamilton.  Colin had already served in the Middle East for two years as a short-termer with WEC, and had returned to Canada to do the required long-term training.  In 2004, Miranda had spent three months with WEC in Senegal to complete the internship requirement of her Master’s program. She finished her degree, and planned to return long-term to Senegal.  Although the two developed a close friendship during the four months of training, they remained committed to the respective places they felt God was leading them.  It wasn’t until three years later that God opened the door for their relationship to start.  Colin left the Middle East  in 2008 at the Lord’s prompting through Luke 10:1, thinking he would move on to somewhere like Syria, until he realized God wasn’t just sending him out to a new place, but also sending him out “two-by-two.”   Miranda left Senegal in 2009, when she too knew that God was at work bringing them together. Colin and Miranda were married in August of 2010, and spent their first year of marriage in Canada, seeking the place where the Lord was leading the two of them together.  Initially, this meant a return to Senegal, but after returning to Canada for the birth of their first child in 2014, it became clear that God was redirecting them to a new place of service.  At the beginning of 2015 they arrived in North Africa with their son Silas and another baby on the way. They spent the next four years there, returning to Canada for brief periods to have two more sons, Aidan (2015) and Caellum (2018).  In the summer of 2018 they again sensed the Lord bringing a change their way, and they wondered if God was asking them to leave (or at least postpone) a life of overseas ministry to take on the ministry of being Canadian Candidate Directors.  The Lord confirmed this change of direction and they returned to Canada in February 2019, moving to Hamilton in June of 2019.   They are learning from the current Candidate Directors in preparation for taking on the role in the summer of 2020 and are excited to see how God can use their varied and diverse experiences to bless and encourage new candidates heading out to the mission field.

Mick & Caroline Brown

Canadian Directors

I met my wife, Caroline, at St. John’s College, Oxford University longer ago than I care to remember. We were both doing our doctorates there, she was studying insect viruses and I, synthetic chemistry (smelly!!).  We were both from non-Christian backgrounds but had come to a personal relationship with Jesus, our Saviour, during our early teens. Even before we married we wondered whether the Lord was calling us into missions and went for a weekend put on by BMMF (Interserve). We felt the answer was “not at this time.” There we left it, we got married and worked. In 1991 I was offered a job in Calgary and we immigrated (and later became citizens). I worked in research and marketing associated with the Oil Industry and Caroline had two babies, two dogs, two cats, five lambs, and a bunch of chickens and ducks to keep her busy. We had a lovely view of the Rockies from our living room window and mountain blue birds; swallows, red tail hawks, bald eagles, the occasional deer, coyotes and innumerable gophers to complete our country living experience. Then God started challenging us and after a while He convinced us to give up our job, house and all the animals (the dogs were the hardest) and move to Hamilton to do Candidate Orientation with WEC and then we left for Turkey at the end of 1997.

We spent 15 1/2 years in Turkey involved in church planting, camp ministry, and various other things. For the last six years we also lead the 70-80 strong field. The Turks are lovely friendly people although not very responsive to the gospel, but we were encouraged to see many growing in their faith. Our children went to a local Turkish school for most of their primary education but when Peter was ready to go into grade 6 we switched to using a home school cooperative that Caroline helped with (she had worked as a science teacher and was well qualified) and later an  international school. I also had a secular role there working as a consultant for the company that I used to work For in Calgary. After I left the company it was bought out by a Palestinian couple and so I was working for Muslims. They wanted me to I return to Calgary and warned me that Muslims do  awful things to people who do work like us!!

A Few years ago we were asked to become Sending Base directors in Canada. Our response took about 5 years because of commitments we had in Turkey! We returned to Canada in 2013 and are delighted to work at the Canadian HQ in Hamilton. Although we miss Turkey at times, the challenge, excitement and busyness here more than compensates.

The Lord is gracious and despite their varied education both our children successfully completed university. Our son, Peter is now happily married and living in Waterloo. Our daughter, Katerina is here in Hamilton. It is good to have them close by!

Mike & Laurie Boling

Deputy Directors

Although trained as a doctor and enjoying medical work, Mike also studied Bible translation before joining WEC in 19XX.  Mike worked for a time in Cote d’Ivoire with the goal of seeing the Worodougou receive a Bible translation. He then worked in Chad, learning Arabic and doing discipleship for three years. Mike married Laurie in 2008 and they together moved to BC to take up the directorship at our MTC, Gateway until it’s close in 2017. They were then invited to take up the position of deputy directors at HQ in Hamilton, ON. At the same time they introduced our C.O.M.E. program (Canadian Overseas Missionary Experience) helping our international WECers improve their English speaking skills.

Heather & Randy Barnes

Candidate Directors
Randy and Heather Barnes joined WEC in 1985, coming to us from Saskatchewan–they met at Millar College of the Bible. Randy and Heather spent 16 years in evangelism and church planting in Central Asia. In 2001 they joined the staff in Hamilton and since that time ably fill the role of Candidate Directors.
Heather is a gifted pianist, often playing for our morning devotions and WEC meetings. Both Randy and Heather’s practical skills make a valuable contribution to the running of the home base. Randy and Heather teach classes at the annual Perspective courses held in the area. They have two grown children.

Jon & Patty Hines

Treasurer
 
 
Jon grew up in WEC, born in Colombia to pioneer missionaries, Ralph and Martha Hines. He returned to Three Hills, Alberta for high school, where he met his future wife Mona Charter. They married during Jon’s work and studies in Calgary; he graduated as a Certified General Accountant. Their first son  onathan was born in Calgary and their daughter, Lisa, in DR Congo during a two year short term with WEC. On returning to Canada God gave them another son, Daniel. Jon and Mona joined WEC full time in 1991 responding to the need for a treasurer at the WEC base in Hamilton. In 1994 the Lord chose to take Mona home. Jon married her sister Patty in 1995. Jon and Patty are faithful and dedicated workers, Jon as treasurer and Patty currently filling the role of kitchen manager. Jon is also a good source of financial information while Patty is a gifted organizer of events. We have all been blessed by their hospitality. Their two grandsons bring them great joy.

Grace Williams

Grace Williams moved to Ontario from Calgary to answer the call of another mission that needed help in their accounts department. She filled that position for two and half years before joining WEC in 2001. Grace’s careful attention to her work in the finance department is much appreciated. Prayer is a priority in her life. She is an avid photographer. Grace has two grown daughters and a grandson.

Linda Nagel

Linda Nagel joined the staff in Hamilton in 2006. Linda heads up the Prayer and Mobilization department of WEC Canada. If you receive the monthly Prayer Front*, Linda is the editor. She also leads the editorial committee for RPM. Linda served with WEC in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) West Africa for 38 years. During that time she taught Bible in the public schools, pioneered a work among unreached peoples and served as Field Leader for nine years. Linda would be slow to acknowledge that she is in the midst of writing of her experiences in Côte d’Ivoire. We are looking forward to reading this when it’s published!   

Karen Woods

Karen Woods came to us from Williams Lake BC as a volunteer in 2006. After a few months she decided to join WEC full time. She is responsible for receipting and other duties in the finance department. Karen is the go to person when we can’t figure out what’s wrong with the photocopier, computer or stamp machine! In other words she is very practical and is called on for many extra jobs. She does the layout of RPM for email, website and print. Karen is a widow with children and grandchildren and also a talented amateur artist.

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