More than just a peaceful place or a gathering of people interested in spiritual activities, the MARK Centre is about a community of people that are journeying together and encouraging one another to practice a lifestyle of listing to God. The following leaders and staff members play an integral role in the day-to-day functioning of the MARK Centre.
Steve Klassen together with his wife Evy have given leadership to the MARK Centre from its inception. They believe that God speaks to people today in a variety of ways, and have written a collection of their stories in Your Ears Will Hear. They both love to guide people in listening experiences and facilitate short retreats. Steve is a trained Spiritual Director and meets with individuals for monthly sessions. He also speaks publicly, dramatizing stories from Mark that highlight God’s personal love for people. Steve and Evy have six children and a new daughter-in-law.
Katrina came on board with the Mark Centre team in the spring of 2017. She has worked internationally in the non-profit sector for close to a decade, but is excited to now join with a ministry that is more locally based and serve those in her region and community. Her own experiences of listening to God have shaped her life in profound ways and she believes in creating those spaces for others as well.
Dan & Sandy Thiessen
Dan and Sandra Thiessen are the on site host couple at the Mark Centre. Sandra has been an educator counsellor and Dan is a counsellor/pastor. They were in ministry in Israel in the 1980's for 6 years. Sandra comes alongside women in prayer and prophetic ministry. Dan and Sandra have worked as missionaries, pastors and counsellors since the '70's. Dan enjoys providing pastoral care to those in ministry or looking towards ministry.
Esthie works in our office Monday, Wednesday and Friday and has been part of our staff team since 2011. She enjoys art, part time studies and volunteering with Teen Challenge and in the community. Her passion is walking alongside women in a mentorship role as they deepen their relationship with God. Esthie was born and raised in Israel. She and her husband Marc have two daughters and live here in Abbotsford.
Judy has been part of our staff team since 2013. She keeps our chalet squeaky clean and maintains a standard of excellence in our housekeeping. Judy and her husband Greg have been married for 25 years and have two sons and a daughter-in-law. She loves that the Mark Centre provides a peaceful atmosphere for people to retreat away from the busyness of life and receive refreshment in God.
Heidi has been closely connected to the Mark Centre since it's inception and has helped in a number of roles from laundry and cleaning to office work. She started in the role of Overseer of Operations in early 2013 and added the role of bookkeeper in 2015. In 2017 she stepped down as overseer, but stays involved with the centre now as our bookkeeper. Sam and Heidi have two kids.
Board & Advisory Council
Rick and Michele Berry
Ron and Marilyn Peters
Advisory Council Members
MB Mission – Abbotsford headquarters
Cathy Hardy – Mission, BC
Columbia Bible College – Abbotsford, BC
Canadian Mennonite University – Winnipeg, MB
Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute – Camrose, AB
Power to Change – Langley, BC
Paradigm Ministries – David Collins – Abbotsford, BC
ARROW Leadership – Steve Brown – Langley, BC
Youth Unlimited – Abbotsford, BC
Youth Unlimited – Lifeteams – Abbotsford, BC
Matthew Training Center – Trevor & Joan Goddard – Guadalajara, Mexico
Women Refreshed at the Well – Winnipeg, MB
Trees of Life Restoration – Rob & Marlene Berg – Mongolia
Samuel’s Mantle – Abbotsford, BC
Soup Sunday Fresno – Fresno, California