Church Renewal Staff

directors ray and fran

Ray & Fran Duerksen

Founder and Director

After leaving a flight career, Ray pastored two churches for a total of 30 years. Twenty-two of those years, he led Southland Church in Steinbach, Manitoba. The church grew from 150 people to over 4500 in attendance each weekend. During this time Ray learned about biblical principles and practices necessary for renewing a church. In 2012 Ray launched a ministry called Church Renewal. Over 1500 church leaders in 47 countries join in online mentoring each week.

eddy and cristina dubon

Eddy & Cristina Dubon

Directors for Latin America & Spain

Eddy and Cristina Dubon have been members of Southland Church since 2012. Cristina is from Mexico and Eddy is from Nicaragua / Guatemala. They served in different countries with Operation Mobilization for 7 years and with Campus Crusade for 13 years. They joined Church Renewal in March 2015. They have been married for 22 years and have two teenage children Annabeth and Samuel.

joshua and febe pantoja

Joshua & Febe Pantoja

Directors for South East Asia

Joshua & Febe Pantoja served the Lord in the Philippines for 10 years then pastored churches in Edmonton, Alberta for over 20 years. In April 2019, Church Renewal hired them as Directors for Southeast Asia based in Manila, Philippines. They have 3 adult sons and 3 grandchildren.

Chris Puhach

Director for North America

Chris Puhach has been involved with Church Renewal since Spring 2020, after 18 years of pastoral ministry. Chris has been married to his wife, Carolynn for 24 years. They have two adult children, Ashley and Joshua. Chris loves partnering with the Holy Spirit to see pastors encouraged and filled with God's vision for renewal. He also enjoys sharing the gospel in his spare time, while mobilizing others to do the same.

Paul & Mary Jane Neustaedter

Director for Marketplace Leaders Renewal

A marketplace leader himself, Paul has developed and grown a few businesses and continues to be involved in business daily. He continues to help marketplace leaders grow in their faith journey with Christ in a functional way to affect their sphere of influence.

Tim Unrau

Director of Technology

Tim has served Church Renewal since 2020. He is passionate about leveraging systems & technology to further the great commission of Christ's church. He has been married for 9 years and has two kids.

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John & Lorraine Baergen

Church Renewal Ambassadors, North America

John & Lorraine Baergen’s ministry pursuits began in the local church and then moved to the parachurch. Leaving Willow Creek Canada, they joined the team at Church Renewal as Canadian Directors, which is where they served until assuming their present role! They have 2 sons and 3 grandsons. The Baergens reside in Lake Country, BC.

Kim Neufeld

Administrative Assistant

Kim has been involved with Church Renewal since 2016. She enjoys working with and supporting the pastors and leaders who are in mentoring. Kim and her husband Travis have been married for 18 years and have 4 children.