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YOUR CHAPLAINS
Leading Influence is the only organization in Canada to provide chaplaincy services to elected officials.
Tim Schindel - Founder, Leading Influence
Tim Schindel

President & National Director

Tim Schindel is a determined and proven leader who lives life as an adventure! He loves to cast vision, build teams, set goals, and reach them while having a lot of fun along the way. If you view the world through Tim’s eyes, you’ll see opportunities and possibilities and experience the magnetic pull that a fresh challenge brings.

Seeing the need and an opportunity to serve, Tim founded Leading Influence in 2006 to fulfill the vision of providing excellence in pastoral care to politicians across Canada. Under his leadership, Leading Influence has grown to a national ministry with a chaplain team that reaches from Victoria, BC, to Quebec City, QC. Tim serves as the National Director for Leading Influence and serves as team leader for our chaplains in Ottawa.

While his primary career focus has been faith-based ministry, his experience also includes community leadership, life and business coaching, and sales. In the summer of 2020, ‘just for fun,’ he envisioned and led ‘The Big Spend’ campaign to support locally owned businesses seeking to recover after the initial COVID lockdown. The project generated nearly $90 million in economic activity across Canada and attracted national news attention.

He is happily married to Barb and a proud dad to Brittany, Zack, and Tyler. He is part owner of Maverick, who knows how to ‘play dead’ when he wants to. Tim and Barb live in Victoria, BC.

In his free time, Tim loves to cycle and enjoy ‘road therapy’ on his Harley.

Heather Prendergast - Leading Influence
Heather Prendergast

National Prayer Director

Heather Prendergast was born in Edmonton and raised in Red Deer. She has travelled coast to coast in Canada several times throughout her life, enjoying the many people she has met and the personal stories they have shared. Heather is an ordained minister invested in marketplace ministry. She also has experience in other sectors: oil and gas, hospitality and services, and education. A lifetime of learning has helped Heather to bridge a variety of cultures as she meets with neighbours, making friends wherever she goes.

Heather is also a Gallup Clifton’s StrengthsFinder coach and mentor, enjoying the affirmative process of people growing their top talents into strengths they can rely upon in their personal and professional lives. Heather and her husband, Steve, live near their extended families in Central Alberta after a sojourn on Vancouver Island for thirteen years.

Jason Goertzen
Jason Goertzen

British Columbia

Jason Goertzen was born and raised in Abbotsford, BC.  He brings with him a diverse background, including working as an educator, pastor, and coach. Jason has over 20 years of pastoral experience, including 13 years at Lifetree Church in Victoria. He joined the Leading Influence team part-time in July 2015 and transitioned to full-time in January 2017.

Jason has a proven commitment to community involvement and service as both a Sr. Boys High Basketball Coach and Business Manager for the Victoria Eagles Premier Baseball team.

Jason is married to Christine, and they have 3 adult children. He loves calling Victoria home.

Charlie Lyons
Charlie Lyons

Ontario

Charlie Lyons was born and raised in rural Ontario and has lived in major urban centres and the cottage country of majestic Muskoka. In more than 20 years of vocational ministry, he has worked in national outreach to Canada’s youth and as a Senior Pastor. He also enjoys serving on the Boards of multiple Canadian faith-based organizations and is an ordained minister with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada.

Charlie is married to Lindsey, and together they have 3 children. He is a big Web 2.0 enthusiast, loves trains (particularly model train layouts), and is an amateur sports card collector. He also thoroughly enjoys watching a good hockey game, no matter who’s playing, but he tends to cheer the loudest for the Detroit Red Wings.

Anne-Claire Charette & Grant Freake
ANNE-CLAIRE CHARETTE & GRANT FREAKE

Ottawa

Meet Grant Freake and Anne-Claire Charette. Grant hails from Labrador City, Newfoundland & Labrador, while Anne-Claire is from the beautiful province of Quebec. Married for 30 years,  they have served as senior pastors in a bilingual church in Quebec City for the past 25 years. They are blessed with three incredible children.

Grant has a heart for community development and has been actively involved in various projects. He has also served as a military chaplain and is trained in life coaching. On the other hand, Anne-Claire has pursued a bachelor’s degree in education and is an accomplished author, speaker, and life coach. Grant and Anne-Claire are passionate about serving government leaders and have been actively involved in this area. They serve in Ottawa, using their expertise and experience to help those who lead our nation.

If you’re looking for a dynamic duo making a difference in people’s lives, look no further than Grant and Anne-Claire.

Fred Hill
FRED HILL

Saskatchewan

Fred Hill has served his home church of Celebration (Regina) in one capacity or another for over 35 years, including five years as Lead Pastor. Before becoming Lead Pastor, he enjoyed a 30-year career as a professional engineer working primarily in the energy industry. He managed pipeline projects and alternative energy initiatives in that capacity and served on provincial and federal energy task forces and environmental initiatives.

Fred’s passion is to see people released to their full potential to serve in the ways God has created for them. He loves to spend time with people, to be their champion, encourager, and intercessor. He has provided volunteer chaplain services within the Regina Correctional Center, exercised his love of motorcycles through the Christian Motorcyclists Association, and had many opportunities to combine his love of travel with mission work in Mexico, South America, India and Africa.

Fred and his best friend, Helene, have been married for over 30 years. They have two grown boys and two exciting grandsons.

Fred is excited to serve on our team of chaplains by combining his love of supporting people and his love of politics to support elected officials in Saskatchewan.

Renee Coleman - Manitoba - Leading Influence - Chaplains
Renee Coleman

Manitoba

Renee grew up in the Eastern Interlake region of Manitoba and has lived in Winnipeg since the age of 19. She is a high-energy, married mom to 5 children. Renee is a homeschooler and a business owner. After one of the snowiest winters in Winnipeg’s history, she’s also become a ‘snow removal specialist!’

Renee joined the Leading Influence team in 2018 as our Prayer Coordinator for Manitoba. In 2021, she enquired about our opening to have a Spiritual Care provider in Manitoba. When you meet Renee, you’ll immediately pick up on her heart for people and her willingness to walk with people through whatever life struggles they may be facing. She holds an associate’s degree in Biblical Studies and is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in the same field.

Renee has been heavily involved in her local church serving in children’s ministry, bible studies, prayer and worship ministries. She is currently involved in Stephen Ministry with her local church.

Renee is married to David. They enjoy the great outdoors. Their newest hobby is ice fishing, and she promises a celebration when she catches her first one! They also love working on their home and garden.

Anna King - BC Chaplain
Anna King

British Columbia

Anna King was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, BC. She holds a BA in Communications and Political Science. She has lived in Ottawa and worked on Parliament Hill. Anna has spent 20 years serving the nonprofit industry in outreach, marketing, and board leadership. Organizations she has worked with include: Union Gospel Mission and Samaritan’s Purse. Leading a marketing agency, she has worked with hundreds of nonprofits across North America. She has also served as a Coach through Seth Godin’s altMBA program.

Anna and her husband, Robert, have put down roots in Victoria with their 2 children. In 2018 and 2022, Anna ran for City Council in Victoria, where she lost the seat by a slim margin. Being able to empathize with politicians, Anna has now answered the call to provide spiritual and emotional care to MLAs in BC.

Anna is passionately curious and is a lifelong learner. Her ability to hold space for others is a unique quality that she brings to chaplaincy.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys hiking, cycling, and swimming with her family on Vancouver Island.

Joel Bernard

Ottawa

Joel was elected to the New Brunswick Legislature in 1999 as the MLA for Nepisiguit. He held the positions of Deputy Speaker, Chair of the Committee of the Whole (Legislation), and Chair of the Committee of Supply (Budgets).

From 2006 to 2015, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor at Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Industry Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and International Development. In 2017, he worked as a Parliamentary Advisor until his retirement in December 2023.

Joel’s unique work experience has allowed him to acquire considerable knowledge of the dynamics between elected officials and their staffers, their respective needs, and best practices for maximizing everyone’s success.

Joel joined our team of chaplains early in 2024. He is a Certified Career Coach and has considerable first-hand knowledge of the federal/provincial government machinery and of the Dos and Don’ts of navigating the deep and often stormy waters of the political world.

Michel Robillard = QC Chaplain
Michel Robillard

Quebec

Michel Robillard is a retired physician since 2020. He has worked as an emergency physician and a family doctor. In 1989 and 1990, he worked within a multidisciplinary committee created by the Ministry de la Main-d’œuvre et de la Sécurité du revenu of Quebec Province.

Since the beginning of his practice, he has also devoted some of his time to psychotherapy. Over the past 15 years, he has developed a pastoral approach to counseling that combines prayer and dialogue.

Michel is also a part-time pastor and a spiritual care partner (chaplain) in the workplace with the organization Market Place.

Michel also enjoys meeting new people on golf courses. His wife, Diane, is often his partner as a caregiver in inner healing. Finally, Michel and Diane enjoy and have much fun with their eight grandchildren.