Office Team

Renee Willms

Renee Willms, Co-Director

Ph: 1.204.487.3300 ext. 646

Renee is excited to be rejoining the Outtatown team as a Program Manager. Having previously worked as a Guatemala Site Leader, Renee experienced first-hand the unique way that the Outtatown experience of travel, community, learning, and discipleship changes perspectives and lives. She is thrilled to be able to step back into the Outtatown world to help facilitate these experiences!  

Renee comes to the Outtatown program with a wide variety of ministry and student focused experiences. Among other things, she has run ESL summer programs for Brock University and interned with International Justice Mission in Washington DC.  Forever a student at heart, Renee was most recently living in Vancouver, pursuing a graduate diploma in theology from Regent College. Renee believes deeply in the call to discipleship and loves the way that the Outtatown program facilitates this journey for students. She has a passion for leadership development and loves to walk with people as they discover what it looks like to be in relationship with Jesus, both in ordinary and extraordinary seasons of life.

Whether she’s travelling (a habit she has yet to break – 13 countries and counting!), or at home, you’re most likely to find Renee drinking coffee (another habit yet to be broken).  In no particular order, she loves: mountains, justice, lists, hearing people’s stories, breakfast, phone calls with faraway friends, concerts, and film photography.

While reading through the book of Ezekiel, the phrase “and they shall know that I am the Lord” shows up multiple times in conversations between Ezekiel and God (usually as part of a judgment). This has reminded Deanna of God’s desire to be known by his people and has inspired her to pay more attention and to take note of what God is doing around her.
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Tim Cruickshank, Co-Director

Ph: 1.204.487.3300 ext. 645

Tim has moved through the ranks with Outtatown, first falling in love with the mission and vision of the program as a Guatemala Site Leader from 2012-2014, before returning as the South Africa Program Manager in August 2017, and now serving in the role of Co-Director. From youth ministry to community education at a Winnipeg shelter, Tim brings broad professional experience to this role and is excited to play a part in shaping this transformative program. 

Tim is passionate about cultivating personal development and resonates deeply with Outtatown’s learning-based approach, through the pursuit of knowing God, oneself, and the world. He brings a desire for integrating faith and life to the role, wanting to see students leave Outtatown with an enthusiasm to continue seeking God and allowing their faith to impact the rhythms and routines of everyday life, both individually and in community.

When he isn’t working, Tim enjoys sports, the arts, and the outdoors. He is nearing the completion of a graduate degree in theological studies, with time spent studying at Regent College and CMU. While his best basketball years appear to be behind him, Tim can often be observed commuting by bicycle. Additionally, he enjoys the opportunity to play music and to explore creation by camping or canoeing with his wife, Zoe. Tim has an interest in simplicity, taking pleasure in preparing meals for others, gardening, and making soap. He has spent time travelling across Canada and in Ireland, England, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Australia, Turkey, Israel-Palestine, Greece, and South Africa.


Joyce Friesen, Program Assistant

Ph: 1.204.487.3300 ext. 618

Joyce was born and raised in Southwestern Manitoba in the rural community of Justice, MB (yes, there IS a little Justice in this world…..and she knows where it is!).

Joyce joins the Outtatown team after 16 years with CMU’s Finance Department and Development Department where she was an accounting assistant, worked with CMU’s database, planned events, decorated CMU venues for Christmas@CMU, and developed relationships with CMU's valued donor community.

She brings with her a variety of experience in floral design and entrepreneurship and has a love of gardening, travel, and spending time over a cup of coffee with a friend or two.

Joyce is married to Ken and they have three adult sons, all CMU and Outtatown Alumni, as well as a wonderful daughter-in-law.  She looks forward to meeting you… phone, email, or in person!