Dana Penner, M.A. – "Faith and Relationships"
Dana has worked as a career advisor with Trinity Western University in BC, and is currently employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant for WorkSafeBC. Dana is a former site leader, and loves to connect with site leaders to encourage them and offer sound advice. Dana is returning for her second year of instruction with girl’s week, talking about being a woman of God. She does a fantastic job of balancing the role of speaker, as well as connecting with girls in one-on-one conversations.
Nathan Rieger, M.Div. – "Contemporary Idols and Christian Faith"
Nathan is a pastor at Winnipeg Centre Vineyard Church and has been an instructor with Outtatown for over a decade. Nathan will spend a few days of instruction talking to the students about idols and faith. This instruction time is often fairly challenging, and yet pivotal for many students in taking another step towards trusting in Jesus.
Nathan also travels to South Africa during the second semester to spend a week with the site community there. Nathan comes in as a pastor-in-residence, spending time with students and leaders, praying, listening, and walking alongside the community.
Gavin Hall, Ph.D. cand. – "Theology: Faith Seeking Understanding"
After serving as both the youth and associate pastor at Charleswood Community Church, Gavin became lead pastor in July 2012. Pursuing graduate studies in theology has taken him from Manitoba to North Carolina, Toronto and finally back to Winnipeg. Gavin is blessed to be married to Becky and together they have three children: Abbey, Ethan, and Cassidy. He remains interested in the big questions of theology, history, culture, and whether or not the Blue Bombers will ever win another Grey Cup.
Gavin will invite the students to grapple with Theology by asking big questions, such as: Who is God? How do we make sense of Faith? And how do we understand Theology?
Jodie Smith, MC – "Old Testament Survey"
Jodie lives and works in B.C. with her husband Wes. Jodie was an Outtatown site leader for both the Thailand (2004) and Guatemala (2005-06) Sites. From 2006-09 she was the Old Testament Overview instructor for Outtatown.
Students have gained an understanding and appreciation for the Old Testament, and her teaching has encouraged students to dive into reading scripture. She enjoys incorporating learning activities along the way to help students engage in the learning process.
Jonathan Janzen, M.A. – "Anabaptist Perspectives on Peace and Justice"
J (as he most often goes by) has been a part-time co-pastoral elder at Highland Community Church since January 2008. He gives oversight to the teaching times during worship gatherings, helps to coordinate small groups, and provides leadership support to Highland’s service and witness locally and elsewhere. J was a site leader on the very first Outtatown group that went to Guatemala and has since joined as an instructor. J will be teaching the students about Anabaptist Theology as well as peace and following Jesus. Students have often found that J’s topics are the beginning for great discussions and find him to be an engaging instructor.
J and his wife Andrea travel to Guatemala during the second semester to spend a week with the site community there. They will play the roles of pastors-in-residence, will be available for prayer, and will walk alongside the community.
Steve Klassen, M.Div. – "Studies in the Book of Mark / Listening to God"
Evy and Steve Klassen together 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 to facilitate short retreats.
Steve has a long history as an instructor with Outtatown. Steve generally teaches for a couple days, and then leads the students in a spiritual retreat day where the students are sent off to spend a day with God. Steve then spends a day debriefing the students on their retreat day. Each student receives a copy of his book, “Your Ears Will Hear.” This is a valuable resource for students to take with them.
Kevin Snyder – "Faith and Relationships"
Kevin has been involved in youth ministry for over 15 years. He is currently a pastor at Coast Hills Community Church. Kevin’s wife Sharon has been an instructor for girl’s week for many years, and now it’s Kevin’s turn to be involved with Outtatown. He will be spending a week with the Guy’s during guy/girl week, talking about what it means to be a man of God. He loves outdoor adventure and always fits in great with the guys.