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 the Founder and President of Leading Influence.  He is an ordained minister with over 30 years of pastoral experience in a variety of roles.

Additionally he has served as a Leadership Coach and Regional Pastor for his church organization and is a past-President of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. He understands the personal challenges associated with public life.

​Tim serves as the visionary leader to Leading Influence as a whole  and has recently taken on the challenge of launching our work in Ontario.

Tim and Barb (along with their children) call Victoria, BC home.

Heather Prendergast
Heather Prendergast


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 their 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, 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 is excelling in his new role at the BC Legislature and loves calling Victoria home.

Charlie Lyons
Charlie Lyons


Charlie Lyons was born and raised in rural Ontario, then lived for several years in one of Ontario’s major urban centres, and most recently hails from the cottage country of majestic Muskoka. He is an ordained minister and has more than 15 years experience in various pastoral and parachurch ministries.

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; having grown up on ‘Ontario’s West Coast’, he tends to cheer the loudest for the Detroit Red Wings.

Previous to his work with Leading Influence, he was Senior Pastor in a Fellowship Baptist church.

Grant & Anne-Claire Freake


Grant Freake was born and raised in Labrador City, Newfoundland & Labrador. He went to Bible college in Ontario, sensing the call of God upon his life. Having a heart for French-speaking Canada, he went to Quebec to learn French. Grant met Anne-Claire, who is Quebecoise; they married and started in together in ministry in the Maritimes. Then, they came back to Quebec City where they have been senior pastors for 21 years at Evangel Pentecostal Church, a growing, dynamic, bilingual church. They are blessed with three awesome children.

Grant and Anne-Claire have always worked as a team, preaching and serving together. Grant has been involved in community economic development, short-term military chaplaincy, and is trained in life coaching. Anne-Claire has been involved in several prayer initiatives for Quebec and Canada. Having pursued a bachelor’s degree in education, she loves to teach and inspire people.

They both have a heart for government leaders. They have joined our team with great joy and continue to serve their local church as pastors.

Scott Francis
Scott Francis


Dr. Scott Francis is a professional leadership coach and consultant. He recently completed a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, specializing in the psychology of executive coaching. Believing that leadership flows from who we are, he helps leaders develop a rich inner life that propels courageous leadership habits.

Scott and his family live East of Regina where he also serves the community as a volunteer firefighter and first responder. He grew up on a farm near Moose Jaw and still enjoys working on a tractor when the opportunity presents itself. Previous to his work with Leading Influence, he was a youth pastor and then the Dean of Students at a Bible College.