Building Blocks of Faith-Based ELL Ministry Conference

Date(s) - October 21, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Carey Centre

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Develop English skills and hear the Gospel.

Every year, Vancouver is rated as one of the most attractive cities in which to live in, which results in thousands of new Canadians calling Vancouver their home.

Faith-based English Language Learning (ELL) ministries provide visitors and new Canadians an opportunity to develop communication skills in English while meeting new friends and experiencing God’s love.

This annual conference is designed to equip you as an ELL worker or volunteer in your local ministry.


Keynote Speakers

About Jim Caruso

Jim is a former paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service in Victoria and has served many years as a firefighter and volunteer RCMP chaplain. He has pastored for 30 years with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Jim currently holds a master’s degree in Chaplaincy and a Doctor of Ministry. Jim is the founder of Caruso Trauma Solutions and serves in crisis intervention and conflict resolution as a coach and counselor.  He has a great concern for the health and well-being of ELL teachers, their marriages and their families.

Jim and Elaine have two married children and six grandchildren. He is presently the Lead Pastor of Richmond Pentecostal Church near Vancouver BC, Canada.

About Janice GT Penner

Janice grew up in a small farming community in Alberta and from there, God has sent her around the world.  She “discovered” her love for English language learning when she volunteered as a teacher for a summer in Japan.

Janice has taught English for academic purposes since 1984 in Canada (McEwan, University of Alberta, UBC, Douglas College) and institutions in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Kazakhstan. She has a Bachelors of Religious Education, Bachelors of Education and Masters of Education degree.

Between August 2006 to 2015, she helped facilitate the Metro Vancouver ESL Ministry network which held regular pedagogy  workshops for volunteers at  faith-based programs.  She deeply appreciates the efforts of the volunteer facilitators. She actively participates in the professional  BC TEAL organization (board member for 3 years) and has over the years, had her interactive workshop proposals accepted for close to 100 conferences.

Her session will focus on the difficulty of learning a language while experiencing emotional distress. Her stories will be based on her recent two-year experience in Kazakhstan.

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