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Leadership & Governance



Governors are typically appointed to a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.



Our President

Gordon T. Smith is President and Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology at Ambrose University.  He has served in this capacity since 2012. Additionally, he is an ordained minister with The Christian and Missionary Alliance.  

President Gordon T. Smith

He is the author of a number of publications, including:

  • Welcome Holy Spirit: A Theological and Experiential Introduction (IVPress, 2021)
  • Wisdom from Babylon: Leadership for the Church in a Secular Age (IVPress, 2020).
  • Evangelical, Sacramental and Pentecostal: Why The Church Needs to be all Three (IVPress, 2017).
  • Institutional Intelligence: The Elements of an Effective Organization (IVP, 2017)

Gordon is married to Joella and together they have two grown sons.


President's Cabinet

Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic
Pam Nordstrom

Vice President, Student Life
Monique Verhoef

Executive Vice President, Operations
Myles Nelson

Vice President, Finance
Steve Larkin


Our Board of Governors

  • Debi Mills (Chair)
    Stony Plain, AB
  • Calvin Buss (Vice Chair)
    Retired Businessperson
    Vancouver, BC
  • Larry Koop (Secretary)
    Sundre, AB
  • Leonard Lam
    Lead Pastor
    Calgary, AB
  • Ilse Li
    Lay Leader, Edmonton Chinese Alliance Church
    Edmonton, AB
  • Janet Kirby
    Kelowna, BC
  • Howard Louie
    Vancouver, BC
  • Teresa Davidson
    Healthcare Executive
    Calgary, AB
  • Darren Herbold
    President, The Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA)
  • Bernie Van De Walle
    District Superintendent, Canadian Midwest District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance
  • Srimal Ranasinghe
    Urban Planning Consultant
    Calgary, AB
  • Alexandria Randell
    Calgary, AB

The composition of the Ambrose Board of Governors is defined in the Ambrose bylaws:

  • The president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (ex officio)
  • The national director of the Church of the Nazarene Canada (ex officio)
  • One member appointed by the National Board of the Church of the Nazarene Canada
  • Six members appointed by the Board of Directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada
  • One Christian and Missionary Alliance District Superintendent
  • Up to five members-at-large appointed by the Board