Lorna DueckExecutive Producer and Host
Lorna Dueck has explored the intersection of journalism and Christianity for over 30 years. That curiosity led to the creation of Media Voice Generation (MVG), a community-held Canadian charity that exists to create boundary-breaking media that reveals Christ.
Context with Lorna Dueck is the flagship TV show and online production of MVG. As Executive Producer, Lorna enjoys interviewing culture-shaping guests for any evidence of God. The program is produced from Toronto, airs on seven networks, and is seen Sunday mornings on Canada’s largest network, Global TV.
Lorna is a regular commentary writer on faith and public life in Canada's leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and a frequent media commentator.
She has travelled the world reporting on church-led response to humanitarian crisis.
School was fun for Lorna, but she got around to completing degrees only later in life; a Master’s degree in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton Seminary, Bachelor of Religious Education from Tyndale University, and a diploma in Communications studies. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Trinity, Tyndale and Briercrest Universities. In 2012, Lorna received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian society.
Lorna and Vern have been married over three decades, and delight in the adventures of their grown son and daughter.
Jeff GroenewaldPresident and CEO
Jeff Groenewald has spent 27 years in non-profit organization leadership. After graduating from Western University, Jeff spent 19 years working with Power to Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). During those years, Jeff led the work on Canadian university campuses, and took students and professionals on mission projects in South and Central America, Central and South East Asia, and the Middle East.
From 2007-2013, Jeff worked as the Director of Development and Strategy at “Context with Lorna Dueck”. Jeff led a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to elevate the organization’s profile, and relocate the broadcast ministry to space in the CBC Headquarters building on Front Street in downtown Toronto.
From 2013 to 2014, Jeff was the President and CEO of Opportunity International, a leading microfinance organization working in 23 developing nations across Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.
In 2015, Jeff was named President and CEO of Context with Lorna Dueck/Media Voice Generation.
Jeff lives in Guelph, Ontario, is married to Andrea (an entrepreneur with two privately owned businesses) and they have two children in university – Rowan (24) and Rachel (21). In his spare time, he enjoys golf, music, and home renovation projects.
Michelle BerryFund Development Officer
Michelle is Film and Television graduate with independent films that have been featured in TIFF and the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival (Hot Docs). In her spare time, Michelle enjoys creating media content, time with friends and super heroes!
Sandy BroadExecutive Assistant to the President & Office Mgr
Sandy has put her love of people together with her administrative gifts in a variety of capacities over the years. Most recently (10+ years) she was the Worship & Communications Director at a community church. Sandy facilitates Christian leadership development with Next Level Leadership and has a passion to see Christians move into influential places of leadership in our society. She and her husband have two grown children and, a Westie named Regan who now receives most of her affection.
Natalia D'AmicoWeb Evangelist
Natalia is a journalist and social media aficionado with a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University. She has a passion for telling great stories online. She spends her spare time writing, and dreaming up video ideas.
Kristina EvanovAudience Coordinator/Associate Producer
Kristina has media experience in radio, writing, dance and television. She worked as an on-air personality on Rise Radio AM 1380 in Brantford. Kristina's passion for media is matched only by her passion for humanitarian work and social justice causes. She seeks to use media as a tool of compassion, awareness and change. She has been involved in causes such as The George Brown Augmented Education Program, Watoto Child Care Ministries, and Youth Without Shelter.
Michelle FriesenCoordinating Associate Director
Michelle is delighted to be joining the Context team from CBC as a Coordinating Associate Director. Michelle has eight years of experience at the CBC working on programs such as News Now, The Exchange with Amanda Lang, The Passionate Eye, Marketplace and for Commission and Scripted programming. Prior to CBC, Michelle graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in Film Studies. She has experience as a freelancer working at Raptors NBA TV and Global TV.
Linda GouldFund Development Assistant
Linda is passionate about seeing God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven—in peoples lives, cities and nations. Her background is in Administration (Corporate & Non-Profit) in Burlington & Vancouver. Linda resides in Burlington with her husband of 20 years and 3 growing children.
Darren KaulbackSupervising Producer / Director
Darren has directed several television series for both national and international markets. His work has aired on Global, CTV, YTV, SportsNet, TSN, CBC Newsworld, Vision TV, PBS, The Outdoor Life Network, The SuperChannel (UK), and PAX. Darren currently resides in Hamilton, ON with his wife and two daughters.
Stephen is a public policy researcher and writer who enjoys exploring the importance of faith in Canada's public square. He served for ten years as a think tank analyst and program director at the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC before immigrating to Canada in 2008 to marry his wife, Judith. Stephen and Judith have two young boys, Isaiah and Aaron, who teach them much about life. Stephen brings to CONTEXT a love of people, politics and justice, as well as a desire to connect people with engaging ideas for their lives and work.
Clecia LouzadoDirector of Finance
Clecia is a Chartered Professional Accountant with experience in Human Resources. She got her Bachelors of Commerce at University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her HR certification. She has always wanted to work for a company that makes a positive, uplifting difference in the world and feels she has found that in Context. She has two young boys who are the light of her life and keep her on her toes.
Sheldon NeilProducer, On-air Contributor
Sheldon was born in Canada’s national capital city – Ottawa, Ontario. Inspiring change, healing and hope through music is something Sheldon Neil has been doing from a young age. Sheldon Neil is an ordained minister, with the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of Apostolic Faith. He has extended his talents to the field of Broadcast Journalism with a Bachelors Degree from Ryerson University. Sheldon is no stranger to television or radio. He has worked as a reporter for CBC News Windsor, and as production staff and on-air contributor on CBC’S George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. Sheldon previously hosted and produced his own radio show, Outside the Box on CKLN FM, and currently hosts his own online TV show. Sheldon Neil is also a signed recording artist to Redeeming Music Label and has released a debut album. He is currently represented by Gabriel PR.
Julia SchindelerStory Developer
Julie Schindeler comes to us with a background in journalism from CBC and previous work with refugees and international development. She is married to Ben Chan and spends all of her free time with her two boys at home in Toronto.
Sacha is a freelance writer, producer, and director who co-founded Red Egg Entertainment in 2011. He co-produced Believers, a 2013 documentary about religion and majorMINORS, a miniseries that aired on Rogers in 2015. He currently resides in the Greater Toronto Area and is a bit of a big deal.
Jake Van VolkingburghAssistant Editor
Jake is an videographer-editor who has worked on multiple television shows and productions. He relocated to Toronto in 2014 from Kingston, Ontario where he was born and raised. In his spare time, he’s been known to draw a doodle or two.