The staff at CNCF is sometimes asked how CNCF is different than a local community foundation, and how people can know the organization will be around for the long-term.  These questions are important because more and more Canadian Christians are including CNCF as a beneficiary in their wills, insurance policies, RRSP’s and RRIF’s and other estate plans.

What makes CNCF both different and dependable for the long-term, is the character, mission, and stability of CNCF’s Board of Directors. Each director annually affirms their faith and commits to their walk with God.  

CNCF’s Board members know they are charged with a great responsibility. Their goal is to make certain every dollar that comes to CNCF is ultimately distributed according to our Christian mission and the desires of the donors we serve – to connect God’s money with God’s work.

We are grateful for the service of these 2020 DIRECTORS (photo taken during COVID-19 zoom meeting):

From top left: Lorne Jackson (President), Janet Epp Buckingham (Board Chair), Brent Dornian, Tom Lipp, Ulreke Gibbs, Mark MIddleton, David Koning, Lance Armstrong, Blair Davidson, Wafa Martin, Lawrence Ho

Janet is a professor at Trinity Western University and serves the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program focusing on leadership and public policy. She is a lawyer with expertise in religious freedom. Janet has a strong interest in developing the next generation of leadership. Having held many leadership positions in the Christian community in Canada, she also seeks to ensure that Christian ministries are resourced for the work God has called them to do.

Mark is the Executive Director for EQUIP Canada. He was born and raised in Ethiopia, East Africa, son on SIM missionary parents. Mark’s ministry career has been global. His passion for the past two decades has been empowering international and Canadian Christian leaders through EQUIP’s Authentic Leadership seminars.  Mark and his wife Candy reside in Stouffville, Ontario. They have three married children and four grandchildren.

Dave served as a career banker with a major Canadian bank for 40 years, holding several different management positions where he won several achievement awards before retiring in 2006 and moving to London.  Dave and his wife Willie have annually enjoyed going on numerous short-term mission assignments starting in 1991, to Panama, Bolivia, Ecuador, Texas, Honduras, and Mexico. For the past twelve years, they have served approximately four months per year teaching E.S.L. as part of a church planting effort in Mexico and have taught financial principles from a Biblical perspective for several years. Dave and Willie are committed to Christian missions and count it a privilege to be able to serve Christ in the various capacities that He has allowed.

Most of what Tom learned about wise money management came from his parents who immigrated to Canada from communist Europe in the late 1950s. Tom graduated from York University with an MBA and is a professional accountant (CPA). His passion is to re-introduce Biblical truth into the financial industry.  The key is trusting and obeying the living God.  Tom has been building a website based on the unchanging financial truths from the book of Proverbs, He and his wife Priscilla live on a small acreage just outside Calgary with four of their ten children still living at home.

Lance has been a tax lawyer in Calgary for over 20 years focusing on Private corporations, Family Trusts and personal estate planning.  Recently, Lance has taken a full time position with LivingWorks, an international business based in Calgary, Alberta specializing in Suicide Prevention training.  Lance is married to Melody and they have three teenage children that gladly occupy most of what used to be free time.

After completing a BCom Hon at Ottawa U, Wafa began her career with a major trust company in a middle management role and then moved to private wealth estate and trust work. She then became a financial advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy in Ottawa. Married to Mark, they have three children who directed her focus away from her career and toward their care and Christian Education in Ottawa, where her skills on the Board were used to guide Ottawa Christian School through a large expansion. She is committed to seeing the work of CNCF flourish and contribute where needed. 

After 25 years in the financial services business Lorne sold his company and left the “for profit” world in 2002 to create the Canadian National Christian Foundation (CNCF).  In 2017, a reorganization of CNCF birthed Financial Discipleship Canada (FDC) which is a family of ministries including Advisors with Purpose, Compass Canada, and  Lorne serves as the volunteer President of both CNCF and FDC today.  Lorne is a published author and public speaker on the subject of Financial Discipleship.  Married for over 50 years, Lorne and Doris live and serve in the Ottawa area.

Ulrike has raised four children and has been involved in the family manufacturing business as an engineer and manager.  After the sale of the manufacturing business, Ulrike and her husband, together with their four children and their spouses, now have an engineering consulting company, a real estate company, a holding company and a family trust.  As part of the family business, Ulrike has been involved in several business restructuring plans, succession plans and financial plans that have involved CNCF.  As a volunteer Ulrike is working with churches and Christian schools in their administration, fundraising and structuring of major capital expansions.  Ulrike loves her family and is a firm believer in building a strong family where individuals are encouraged to mature in their walk with Christ and develop their God-given talents and opportunities in business and volunteer work.

Lawrence is a Chinese-Canadian attorney based in Vancouver. Lawrence was the founding Executive Director of the Chang Family Foundation. He serves Philanthropic Boards, including the Chan Better World Foundation, the Abba Foundation, the Canadian National Christian Foundation and the Stewardship Foundation. Lawrence serves as a Senior Fellow at the Murdock Charitable Trust.

In his Philanthropic and NGO/Government Relations work in China, Lawrence has consulted and provided assistance amongst others to the China Ministry of Civil Affairs, China Charities Federation, China Association for Friendly Contacts, China Non-Profit Network, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Special Olympics China, Amity Foundation (Nanjing), World Vision China, Ford Foundation, and the Asia Foundation. Lawrence continues to be involved in NGO and government relations work in North Korea where he has visited more than two dozen times, including negotiating for Canada’s first official Sports team visit (Basketball, 1999), and first educational exchanges (Computer Graphics Design, 2002) and (ESL Programs, 2005).

Lawrence has a Masters of Law (LLM) in International Trade and International Comparative Law from the London School of Economics (LSE).  He also has law degrees from Canada and the United States and is qualified to practice law in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. Lawrence previously taught International Human Rights and International Comparative Law at China’s Largest law school, the China University of Politics and Law.

Lawrence and his wife Angela, a family physician, opened one of the largest integrated medical clinics in Western Canada in 2009 and have been married since 1996.