Meet the Team
SAM Ministries is always looking for men and women of character who are competent, called and willing to invest their lives in others. Although short-term commitments contribute toward meeting needs, it is life investment which results in the relationships and longevity that best enable transformation in lives.
The following are the full-time staff who are the hands, feet, hearts and minds committed to serving with SAM Ministries using their unique training and gifts.
SAM Ministries is honored to have a leadership team who represent a broad range of experience and skills. These dedicated and successful people have backgrounds in business, medicine, architecture, law enforcement as well as Christian pastoral ministry and Christian missions.
Matthew Christenson (Chair) – Matthew’s love for God’s people came at a very young age and grew even stronger when he became a believer at the age of 23. With SAM Ministries he hopes to bring fresh ideas and perspective and give as much time as possible on the home front and looking forward to making short term missions to Mozambique with his wife a reality.
Bob Guzak (Advisor to the board) – Bob is a retired businessman whose business background was in the Oil Industry, running a service rig company, which was the family business. He has held a private pilot’s license since 1980 and had the privilege of assisting in ferrying the mission aircraft from Canada to Mozambique in 1996. In 2013, Bob and some of his family spent a month visiting our mission in Mozambique where he undertook numerous tasks. Bob has been involved for many years with SAM Ministries.
Rev. Arthur Lagore (Advisor to the Board) – Arthur is a founding member of SAM Ministries. He has over 50 years of experience in Christian missions and pastoral ministry. He served in Transkei, South Africa for 38 years before returning to Canada. He was the senior pastor of Heimdahl Community Church for 10 years before becoming the associate pastor and seniors’ pastor at Crossroads Christian Assembly in Edmonton. He served SAM Ministries as chairman of the board for 10 years. Arthur is an amazing man who serves the Lord in everything he does.
Amanda Gillies (Director) – Amanda Gillies was born in South Africa and raised in Mozambique on the mission field. Growing up, she witnessed the direct positive impact the mission had on the people and she continues to be passionate about the work there. Since moving to Canada at 16, she has been back several times to visit and has a strong desire to see the mission thrive. Amanda is a high school teacher, currently living in Fort McMurray, Alberta with her husband and their beautiful son.
Bill Green (Director) – Bill previously served on the board of directors for 10 years and was the Executive Director for approximately two years. Bill had a 38 year policing career starting with the Moose Jaw City Police in 1968. He then moved his family to Alberta in 1973 and joined the Edmonton Police Service where he had a diverse career with EPS working in numerous operational and administrative areas and retired as a Detective Sergeant in 2006. Bill currently is doing contract work with a drug rehab program in Edmonton. Bill has always had a passion for people and has served his community most of his life. Bill & Patti have 3 adult children and lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bill is an active member of Richfield Christian Fellowship in Edmonton Alberta
Jacqueline Kennedy-Green (Director) – Jacqueline’s career has included a variety of experiences in both administrative and legal roles. Information technology and research are her specialties. She currently works with the RCMP as a strategic analyst in a specialized division. Jacqueline has been volunteering with SAM Ministries for several years and is happy to have the opportunity to now serve on the board. Jacqueline has known God and had an unbreakable relationship with Him for as long as she can remember. Jacqueline’s many passions include her family, her country and her fellow man. Jacqueline and her husband Dave’s family include 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren and they reside in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.
Patti is a member of Richfield Christian Fellowship where she assists the treasurer and serves wherever she is able. She has served in the office of SAM Ministries since 2001. Patti along with her husband Bill felt it a privilege to travel to Brazil with our missionaries in 2004 and have a strong desire to visit the mission field in Mozambique as well. Patti says, “no one can describe the mission field, you must experience it first hand, and when you do, you will never be the same.” It is the commitment of our missionaries to the people they serve that encourages others to help in whatever way they can.
Primary Responsibilities: Field Team Leader
Dwight is a graduate of Temple Bible College and Prairie Bible Institute and along with Lynn his wife and two children, founded the SAM Ministries work in Mozambique. Dwight is also a commercial pilot with instrument rating. He is presently SAM Ministries’ Field Team Leader for Southern Africa and is also President of ASAM or Love Mozambique, SAM Ministries’ agent in Mozambique. Dwight’s passion is training leaders to equip and motivate them to bring about transformational development. His total commitment is to see people restored to a relationship with their Father God through Jesus Christ and is confident that all true development flows from this relationship.
Primary Responsibilities: Health Program, Women’s Literacy, School Remedial Program
Lynn was born in Canada but raised in Brazil as an MK (missionary kid). She returned to Canada at the age of 18 and graduated from Grant McEwan College (Edmonton, Canada) nursing program in 1982. Lynn is married to Dwight and mother of their two grown children. Lynn’s passion is to provide quality health care for the rural poor who would otherwise have no other medical help. Besides her hands-on curative efforts, she is committed to the training and equipping of Mozambicans who can provide compassionate and competent care for their own people.
Primary Responsibilities: Agriculture, Aviation
Andy Kuret is a missionary from Switzerland who grew up in Bolivia as an MK (missionary kid). After a career in farming and sales, he took commercial pilot’s training at Prairie College of Mission Aviation (PCMA) in Canada. In January 2011, Andy was seconded to serve SAM Ministries in Mozambique through Mercy Air Switzerland.
Primary Responsibilities: Mission Farm Management, School Director, Pastor’s Farmer Associations
Joao is a Mozambican who joined the team as a missionary after volunteering with SAM Ministries and receiving sponsorship to study. He completed a degree in business management in Maputo and joined the team full time in 2011.
Primary Responsibilities: School Child Sponsorship, Administrative Assistant
Missions has been a passion for Janette all of her life. Janette is a graduate of Living Faith Bible College and throughout her life has enjoyed a wide variety of ministry and mission’s experiences. Janette has a passion for children with child sponsorship holding a special place in her heart. She served SAM Ministries initially as a volunteer helping the child sponsorship program, then went on to serve as a director on the board. In 2014, Janette joined the Mozambique team as a missionary. Her role will be to coordinate the Child Sponsorship Program and assist with administrative duties.
Primary Responsibilities: Leadership Training, Mentoring Young Women, Hospitality Ministry
Shannon was born in to a large loving family, 4 boys and 3 girls in Squamish, BC. At the age of 22 she accepted the Lord as her savior while at a Chinese church conference in Vancouver. Three years later she packed up and moved to Three Hills Alberta where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural studies at Prairie College. Following that, she headed for beautiful Otterburne Manitoba and took her Masters of Arts in Counseling and Psychology at Providence Theological Seminary. For the past 16 years, Shannon has been the Director of Student Development for Women at Prairie College. She has a passion to see young men and women grow in their faith and knowledge of the word of God. She loves helping to equip them to face the challenges and transitions of life in ways that bring honour to God.
Primary Responsibilities: Health Program, Youth Ministries
Chelsea first felt the call to missions at the age of 18, after a short-term mission trip to Mexico. The desire to show God’s love in action led her to pursue a degree in nursing. She graduated from Grant MacEwan in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Since arriving at the mission, Chelsea has been partnering with Lynn to help equip our health workers and strengthen the health ministry in Mozambique! Chelsea has a passion for young people, and longs to see the youth of Mozambique mentored and discipled in their faith. Together with her husband Josh, Chelsea is developing a youth and children’s program to serve the orphans and youth in Mucombeze. Their dream is to one day be able to support the local church in reaching, serving and discipling the young people in Mozambique more effectively.
Primary Responsibilities: Youth Ministries, Aviation, Handy-Man
As a young boy Josh dreamt of the day he would one day reach the nations for Christ. After high school, Josh enlisted in the Canadian military, and served for 5 years at the Edmonton Garrison. Here, he met his wife Chelsea. After leaving the military, Josh first trained as a Water and Wastewater Technician at Nate Technical School, then later completed his Private Pilot’s Licence at Centennial Flight Center. He has worked with his church in Canada many years serving in youth ministry and this has become one of his many passions. His desire is to work with the youth of Mozambique to equip them to understand how much God loves them and help them discover the plan he has for their lives.
Primary Responsibilities: Field Team Leader
Earl was born and raised in Alberta while Ruth (below) was born and raised on the Canadian prairies. Earl graduated from Northwest Bible Institute in Edmonton. He married Ruth (nee Schalm) in 1955 and had three children. He is a licensed mechanic and worked in a small town in British Columbia for 10 years where he served in the local church as Bible teacher and board member. In 1968, he, with his wife and family moved to Dallas, Texas, where they spent two years at a special Missions Training College. They left for Brazil in 1970 for their first term of service and spent the next thirty years there as missionaries. Earl along with his wife Ruth founded the ‘Mount Horeb Training Centre’ in the small village of Itaperucu in Parana, Brazil, which began as an orphanage and grew into much more over the years. Earl’s passion is to serve God by serving people with his many talents and gifts. He now resides in Salmon Arm, B.C. and continues his involvement in the work in Brazil with a yearly visit to help in any way he can, as well acting as president. Earl and Ruth also travel to churches in Canada promoting the ministry in Brazil.
Primary Responsibilities: Field Promotion
Ruth married Earl Trekofski in 1955 and had three children. In 1968, Ruth and Earl moved to Dallas, Texas where they enrolled in a Bible College for a special two-year course in missionary training. They left for Brazil in 1970 with their three children for their first term of missionary service. It became their home for the next thirty years.
Together, Earl and Ruth Trekofski founded the ‘Mount Horeb Training Center’ in the small town of Itaperucu, Parana. What began as an orphanage grew into an extensive ministry that now includes many other aspects of service to the community. Ruth and her husband Earl now reside in Salmon Arm B.C. Canada, but continue their involvement in the work in Brazil with annual visits to provide oversight and encouragement.
Director: Mount Horeb Training Center