Team

Frank Emanuel

Chairperson & Ontario Region representative


Frank pastors Freedom Vineyard with his wife, Sharon, in the Ottawa area.  He is currently working on a PhD in political theology at Saint Paul University where he is also employeed as a sessional professor in the theology faculty. He teaches systematic theologies as well as courses on spirituality and religion in culture.

He loves to laugh, to engage in intense theological debate, to lead worship, and especially to teach.

Matte Downey

Atlantic Region representative

Matte Downey helps pastor the Vineyard Montreal Church with her husband Dean and their cat Jazz. She is working on her PhD in Theology and Theatre at Concordia University in Montreal, focusing on Theo-drama by Hans Urs von Balthasar and the concept of gift. She occasionally teaches Christian Spirituality and Intro to Theological Studies at the university and in her spare time she eats popcorn, photographs life as it happens, and talks to inanimate objects.


Joe Kelder

BC Region representative

Joe is a perfect example of the kind of leader we seek to equip for church leadership.  Along with his wife, Charmaine, Joe planted a church in Vancouver and now pastors the Vineyard in Aldergrove, BC.

After many years as a successful businessman in the construction industry, Joe carved out a course for himself in theological training that has made him a sound theologian, an excellent teacher, and an effective pastor.  Furthermore, he has succeeded in mentoring others into being leaders in the local church, or planters of new works.

Wayne Thomas

Prairie Region representative

Wayne pastors Avenue Vineyard Community Church in Edmonton with his wife Christie.  They have four young sons at home. 

Wayne served for several years in the Canadian Military while earning a degree in Engineering.  After he left the military, he earned a Masters of Ministry degree from St. Stephen's University, St. Stephen, New Brunswick.  Before coming on the development group, Wayne taught one of our weekend theological intensives.