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Sam Balmer

Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Sam has been married to Louise since 1988, and they have three adult children: Victoria, Matthew and James. They just recently became grandparents to baby George. They have been involved in local church leadership, world mission, and youth ministry for over 20 years.

In 2006, Sam and Louise left secular employment and now serve the Lord full-time in three main areas of ministry – Bible Educational Services, Fermanagh Christian Fellowship, and Sow2Reap Trust.  Sam travels extensively to encourage and train Bible Educational Services partners across the world.

Stephen Vance


Stephen first trained and worked in software engineering at the University of Waterloo but changed careers a number of years ago to work in counselling and community caring work. He was commended to full-time evangelism and Bible teaching in 2001, and in the years that followed he became involved in Scarborough (Toronto) in a Gospel outreach work to the Chinese immigrant community. Stephen and his wife, Cynthia, serve the Lord through summer Gospel Tent meetings, children’s meetings, home Bible studies and summer camps. Stephen also occasionally travels to other parts of Canada for conferences and teaching meetings.

Jim Crookes

Northern Ireland

Jim lives just outside of Belfast in Northern Ireland. He is the key contributor to a podcast called “The Equip Project” which many young Christians find invaluable as they try to connect their Biblical worldview with contemporary culture. Jim speaks with thoughtfulness, directness, and pastoral sensitivity. He is no stranger to suffering having lost his wife to cancer at the young age of 36. Jim is a former Chairman of Christian Unions Ireland (CUI) and a former Director of Software Engineering at BT Group. He now serves as a Bible teacher and elder at Crescent Church Belfast. He is a regular speaker on university campuses across Ireland.

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