Upcoming Guests
 
Monday, July 26th, 2021

Syd Vanderpool
Champion boxer (super middleweight) and certified coach and trainer, Syd “The Jewel” Vanderpool brings more than 13 years of professional boxing and training experience to his members. Syd has extensively trained with some of the world’s finest trainers including the legendary Emanuel Stewart, Goody Petronelli and John Davenport. His unique abilities in and out of the ring make him both a motivational coach as well as a highly sought-after sports trainer. His experience training with world renowned athletes such as Lennox Lewis, Zab Judah and Victor Camacho has given him unique insight into the higher levels of professional sport – a world he fought in for more than a dozen years and helped him to achieve his #1 World ranking. Now Syd brings his vision to the SydFIT Health Centre, where he shares his passion with young athletes and inspires the centre’s community of members to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Syd also has a remarkable salvation testimony and joins us to share this part of his story. https://sydfithealth.ca/

Pastor Dave Ripper
Dave received his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2010, specializing in leadership, spiritual formation, and preaching. Having served as a Campus Pastor, Young Adults Pastor, Student Pastor, Student Ministry Director and in other varying ministry roles, he is overjoyed to be the Lead Pastor at Crossway. Dave founded a chapel program for the Boston Bruins in 2016 and serves as the team’s chaplain. He released his first book (co-authored with Paul Borthwick), The Fellowship of the Suffering: How Hardship Shapes Us for Ministry and Mission (IVP) in May 2018. Dave is married to his high school sweetheart, Erin, a licensed mental health counselo\r. They are the proud parents of two young boys, Dallas and Clive (and their yellow lab, Howdy). The Rippers originally hail from Pittsburgh, PA and love to spend their free time hiking, exploring America's National Parks, and hosting dinner parties. https://crosswaycc.org/


Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Gisele Kreuger
Gisele has over 35 years of experience in competitive sport as an elite athlete and coach. As an athlete, she was very fortunate to have amazing coaches and teammates. Gisele’s athletic accomplishments in volleyball include: • Two-time CIAU (USports) Champion 1980, 1981 • MVP at National Championship in her second year of University • U of Saskatchewan Female Athlete of the Year Award – 1981 • Canada West and CIAU All-Star Team Awards • Induction with her teammates into 6 Halls of Fame • NORCECA Champion – Gisele and her teammates from the 1980 Junior National Team were inducted into the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame in 2015. With a passion for teaching and investing in the lives of others, Gisele pursued a career as a teacher and spent the first half of her career teaching Physical Education and coaching in elementary, junior and senior high schools. In 1995, she was awarded an Alberta Teacher Excellence Award. Throughout her coaching career, Gisele’s teams won countless tournaments and championships. She was awarded the AB Volleyball 18U Coach of the Year in 2007. Gisele completed a Master’s Degree at the University of Calgary in Educational Leadership in 1999 and was seconded to Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) where she developed the Education Centre for clients in drug and alcohol treatment. The latter fourteen years of her career were spent as a high school Guidance Counselor. Gisele also served on the Critical Incident Response Team for eight years at the Calgary Board of Education and facilitated numerous professional development seminars for teachers and school leaders. Now, retired from the teaching profession, Gisele works as a performance coach. She provides The Winner Will training for student-athletes to help them overcome physical, mental and emotional obstacles so that they can radically transform their athletic performance and excel in all areas of their lives. Gisele’s personal life has displayed remarkable resilience. As a breast cancer overcomer, she is an individual who embraces life’s challenges as an opportunity to grow. Gisele’s unrelenting positive attitude, encouraging spirit, and unique gifts inform her approach to her work and her life each day. Gisele and her husband, Kim, live in Calgary, AB and together they enjoy life with their two adult daughters, sons-in-law and four grandchildren. https://thewinnerwill.com/

Pastor Dave Ripper
Dave received his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2010, specializing in leadership, spiritual formation, and preaching. Having served as a Campus Pastor, Young Adults Pastor, Student Pastor, Student Ministry Director and in other varying ministry roles, he is overjoyed to be the Lead Pastor at Crossway. Dave founded a chapel program for the Boston Bruins in 2016 and serves as the team’s chaplain. He released his first book (co-authored with Paul Borthwick), The Fellowship of the Suffering: How Hardship Shapes Us for Ministry and Mission (IVP) in May 2018. Dave is married to his high school sweetheart, Erin, a licensed mental health counselo\r. They are the proud parents of two young boys, Dallas and Clive (and their yellow lab, Howdy). The Rippers originally hail from Pittsburgh, PA and love to spend their free time hiking, exploring America's National Parks, and hosting dinner parties. https://crosswaycc.org/


Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Akeem Haynes
Former Canadian Olympic athlete, Akeem Haynes has a burning desire to help people persevere past their toughest times. By helping you develop resiliency strategies that will allow you to breakthrough mental barriers which will lead you to your breakthrough whether in your business, high pressure situations and your entrepreneurial endeavors. Akeem will take you from a defeated mindset to a dominating mindset. Based on the numerous obstacles Akeem has had to overcome throughout his life, he's the perfect person to help you do the same. http://akeeminspires.com

Pastor Dave Ripper
Dave received his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2010, specializing in leadership, spiritual formation, and preaching. Having served as a Campus Pastor, Young Adults Pastor, Student Pastor, Student Ministry Director and in other varying ministry roles, he is overjoyed to be the Lead Pastor at Crossway. Dave founded a chapel program for the Boston Bruins in 2016 and serves as the team’s chaplain. He released his first book (co-authored with Paul Borthwick), The Fellowship of the Suffering: How Hardship Shapes Us for Ministry and Mission (IVP) in May 2018. Dave is married to his high school sweetheart, Erin, a licensed mental health counselo\r. They are the proud parents of two young boys, Dallas and Clive (and their yellow lab, Howdy). The Rippers originally hail from Pittsburgh, PA and love to spend their free time hiking, exploring America's National Parks, and hosting dinner parties. https://crosswaycc.org/


Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Cheryl Jean-Paul
Since coming to TWU, Jean-Paul has built the Spartans program into a perennial playoff contender, highlighted by the 2017-18 season when the Spartans posted a 16-4 record and finished fourth overall in the Canada West playoffs. She has led the Spartans into the Canada West playoffs in five of the last six seasons. Internationally, Jean-Paul was most recently the head coach of Canada’s FIBA U16 Women’s America’s Championship team in 2019, winning a silver medal. She continues to lead the Cadette Women’s National team as they develop and prepare for this summer’s FIBA Championships via zoom calls and development camps. Aside from TWU, Jean-Paul has been a key coach within Basketball BC, as head coach for the High performance girls program this year. She was the head coach for the U17 girls’ team that won the bronze at the Canadian National Championships in 2018. She was also the assistant coach for the U17 girls’ team that won silver at the 2013 Canada Games. Prior to joining the Spartans, Jean-Paul had over 10 years of coaching experience and a wealth of playing experience. She spent three years as head coach at Red River College where she won a Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference title in 2009. Prior to that, as head coach of the River East Collegiate junior varsity team, she won three consecutive conference championships and a provincial bronze medal. She was also an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s basketball team for two years. Jean-Paul was the head coach for Manitoba’s 2009 Canada Games U17 girls’ team and was the women’s head coach for the Manitoba Region of Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance program. As a five-year player with the University of Manitoba, Jean-Paul earned all-star and MVP honours (1999-2000) with the Bisons, a U SPORTS silver medal and a GPAC conference championship in 1998. Jean-Paul scored over 1000 points in her five-year career and was consistently among the conference leaders in free throw percentage and steals. In 1999, she was involved in an Athletes in Action European tour team that travelled to Switzerland & Slovakia. Jean-Paul, who graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree, is also a level two basketball official who has over eight years of officiating experience, including refereeing in U SPORTS, the Manitoba provincial championships and at the midget girls’ nationals. She has been recognized for her coaching abilities by being awarded the Canada West Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2018, the Jim Bulloch award by the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association, as well as being a Finalist for the Coaching Manitoba High Performance Coach of the Year award. Recently Cheryl completed her Master’s of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and is currently taking her Advanced Coaching Diploma through the Coaching Association of Canada.

Rilee ManyBears
Rilee is a 22-year-old Gold Medalist, 2015 World Indigenous Games. Rilee is from Siksika Nation, Alberta (Blackfoot territory). He struggled with suicide and has lost family members due to suicide. His sister asked him what he wanted out of life – he said to run in the Olympics. “A goal will save a soul”.

Pastor Dave Ripper
Dave received his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2010, specializing in leadership, spiritual formation, and preaching. Having served as a Campus Pastor, Young Adults Pastor, Student Pastor, Student Ministry Director and in other varying ministry roles, he is overjoyed to be the Lead Pastor at Crossway. Dave founded a chapel program for the Boston Bruins in 2016 and serves as the team’s chaplain. He released his first book (co-authored with Paul Borthwick), The Fellowship of the Suffering: How Hardship Shapes Us for Ministry and Mission (IVP) in May 2018. Dave is married to his high school sweetheart, Erin, a licensed mental health counselo\r. They are the proud parents of two young boys, Dallas and Clive (and their yellow lab, Howdy). The Rippers originally hail from Pittsburgh, PA and love to spend their free time hiking, exploring America's National Parks, and hosting dinner parties. https://crosswaycc.org/


Friday, July 30th, 2021

Steven and Taylor Matz
Steven and Taylor met through a friend. They married in 2017, and together they are enjoying the journey as they live out their faith in the places where God has called them – Steven as a pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays, and Taylor as a musician with the band CAIN. http://mlb.com/player/steven-matz-571927 https://www.strikeswithsteven.com/about-tru32 http://caintheband.com

Pastor Dave Ripper
Dave received his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2010, specializing in leadership, spiritual formation, and preaching. Having served as a Campus Pastor, Young Adults Pastor, Student Pastor, Student Ministry Director and in other varying ministry roles, he is overjoyed to be the Lead Pastor at Crossway. Dave founded a chapel program for the Boston Bruins in 2016 and serves as the team’s chaplain. He released his first book (co-authored with Paul Borthwick), The Fellowship of the Suffering: How Hardship Shapes Us for Ministry and Mission (IVP) in May 2018. Dave is married to his high school sweetheart, Erin, a licensed mental health counselo\r. They are the proud parents of two young boys, Dallas and Clive (and their yellow lab, Howdy). The Rippers originally hail from Pittsburgh, PA and love to spend their free time hiking, exploring America's National Parks, and hosting dinner parties. https://crosswaycc.org/