Staff

Office Team

Cam Priebe-web

Cam Priebe, Director

Ph: 1.204.487.3300 ext. 649
cpriebe@cmu.ca 

As the Director of the Outtatown Discipleship School, Cam is excited to encourage young adults to experience the love and grace of Jesus Christ, and to discover God’s calling on their lives. He is married to Shauna, and together they have three kids: Tyson who is attending CMU, Megan who is in high school, and Madison in junior high. He most recently studied at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministries.

From being the director at a Christian camp to working in student life at a Bible College, Cam has had many roles and experiences that have prepared him well for working with young adults and leaders to assist them in discovering more about God, the world, and themselves. These roles have included; coaching sports teams, church youth group sponsor, giving direction to a leadership development and mentoring program for churches, and involvement with the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches that focused on leadership development within the conference.

Some of Cam’s favourite things to do include enjoying a cup of coffee and great conversation with a friend; white water rafting with his wife (although that’s only been done once, it was just that good it made the favourites list); playing/ watching/ coaching sports, especially basketball; camping at the ocean with his family; and coaching and mentoring people to discover more of who God has created them to be.

Cam has a desire to provide safe relationships for people to journey towards finding their identity, calling, and purpose in Christ. His favorite passage of scripture is Ephesians 3, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” “The goal of teaching, the goal of discipleship, and the goal of studying well, is to know the love of Christ, and that others may know and experience it as well.”
Deanna Braun-web

Deanna Braun, Program Manager

Ph: 1.204.487.3300 ext. 646
dbraun@cmu.ca

Deanna feels blessed that she gets to work with Outtatown and has thoroughly enjoyed the last few years as a Program Manager. She has a long history with Outtatown, beginning in 2000 as a student in the Guatemala program. Due to her fantastic experience as a student, Deanna jumped at the chance to work in the Outtatown office while completing her degree at CMU and then returned after a couple of years away to fill the Program Manager role.

When Deanna is not at the office – booking flights, finding new opportunities for the students, and bringing her administrative gifts and love for people to her work with Outtatown – she’s enjoying a cup of tea and good conversations with friends, planning fun activities for the youth girls in her church, gardening or completing a home renovation project.

Exploring God’s creation and travelling to Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Guatemala have fueled her love of learning.  Deanna is excited to grow in her own faith as she learns more about what God is doing in people’s lives as she makes arrangements for the Outtatown students in local and international settings.

Cam has a desire to provide safe relationships for people to journey towards finding their identity, calling, and purpose in Christ. His favorite passage of scripture is Ephesians 3, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” “The goal of teaching, the goal of discipleship, and the goal of studying well, is to know the love of Christ, and that others may know and experience it as well.”
Renee Willms

Renee Willms, Program Manager

Ph: 1.204.487.3300 ext. 646
r.willms@cmu.ca

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.
Tim Cruickshank-web

Tim Cruickshank, Program Manager

Ph: 1.204.487.3300 ext. 645
tcruickshank@cmu.ca

Tim was thrilled to return to Outtatown in August 2017, this time as a Program Manager. Tim first fell in love with the mission and vision of Outtatown when he was a Guatemala Site Leader from 2012-2014. After working in community education at Siloam Mission and then studying theology at a graduate level at Regent College, Vancouver he was excited to rejoin Outtatown in a new position, where he plays an integral role in this impactful 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. 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, and South Africa of course!


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Joyce Friesen, Program Assistant

Ph: 1.204.487.3300 ext. 618
jefriesen@cmu.ca

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…..by phone, email, or in person!