World Renew-Canada Director Named
On January 23, 2023, Dennis DeGroot, acting board chair for World Renew-Canada, announced that the board had approved Jamie McIntosh for the office of executive director of World Renew-Canada. McIntosh will be introduced to the Christian Reformed Church of North America’s Council of Delegates in May and his appointment will go to the denominational synod in June for ratification.
McIntosh, who most recently served as chief programs and partnership officer with Compassion Canada, has an undergraduate degree in pastoral studies from North Central University, a graduate degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, and leadership training through Genesis Fellowship, Arrow Leadership and Africa Board Fellowship.
McIntosh will transition into the World Renew-Canada directorship over two months beginning February 16, and will work alongside Carol Bremer-Bennett, Executive Director for World Renew-U.S.
McIntosh succeeds Ida Kaastra Mutoigo, who held the World Renew-Canada director role from 2006 until 2022, and Kenneth Kim (Director - International Disaster Response), who graciously stepped into the role in an interim capacity over the past year and will continue on for the transition period before returning to his previous role.
“We are excited to have a dynamic and inspired person such as Jamie McIntosh in this executive co-leadership role, leading us into what we know to be a challenging and exciting time in our world as we seek to meet the urgent needs for justice and mercy, reconciliation, and restoration, bringing to life Christ’s Kingdom realities for the world’s most vulnerable,” said DeGroot.
McIntosh’s extensive experience in international humanitarian, development and justice work includes more than 25 years of organizational leadership in a variety of pastoral and executive positions in Canada and the United States. His professional activities also include board and advisory roles for child development, entrepreneurship, and community health organizations around the world. He is perhaps best known to many in the Christian Canadian community as founder of International Justice Mission Canada.
As executive director for World Renew Canada, McIntosh will provide overall direction to the organization, perform its executive and administrative functions, and support the World Renew-Canada board and US-Canada joint ministry council.
“I’m excited to serve with World Renew, joining families courageously at work rekindling hope and reconciling lives in their communities, amidst rising volatility, vulnerability, and violence,” said McIntosh.
“The hallmarks of dignity and equality evident in World Renew’s approach to local empowerment resonate deeply, as does the urgent imagination to see all God’s creation, our battered planet, and our broken worlds beautifully restored. I am drawn to this expanding movement of souls seeking to live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with all humanity, in the light of Christ’s boundless love.”