Jojo Ruba - Executive Director
Jojo equips Christians to be effective ambassadors for Christ for everyday conversations. He has spoken at venues that include Sunday morning services, secular debates at universities and morning chapels at Christian schools.
Jojo focuses on practical ways to defend the faith. He teaches Christians how to explain their worldview using tools that non-Christians can understand. For example, he helps audiences think of the right questions to ask non-believers not just the right answers they ought to give.
Jojo earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is executive director of Faith Beyond Belief, based in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Interested in having Jojo speak at your event? Let us know!
Shafer Parker - Staff Apologist & Church Relations
Shafer is convinced the Bible is the only book in the world to accurately describe the meaning of life, the universe and everything. He is further convinced that only a Biblical worldview is capable of sustained blessings for those who hold to it and live within it. It is his life goal to help as many people as possible to embrace this truth.
Shafer brings 39 years of pastoral experience to FBB, most recently finishing a 12-year stint as senior pastor of Hawkwood Baptist Church in Calgary. He has an M.Div. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently completing a D.Min. in Applied Theology with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Shafer also spent seven years as a professional journalist and editor.
Shafer has been married to Jeanne for 42 years, and together they are the proud parents of two sons and are blessed with six grandchildren.
Shafer has spoken at a wide variety of events and has taught at seminaries in Russia, Ukraine and Cameroon. He teaches and speaks on a wide variety of topics, giving an apologetics-related connection to each.
Paul Buller - Speaker
Paul Buller is a husband and father of two, and a practicing engineer. Raised in a Christian home, Paul began to wrestle through the fundamental question of whether the beliefs he had been taught were actually true or not. Over the years he has studied Mormonism, Atheism, the so-called Science/Religion debate, the reliability of the Bible, several topics in philosophy and various other related subjects.
Paul has written two books that relate to Christian Apologetics. His first book - Arguing with Friends is intended to help the reader navigate the minefield of contentious subjects.
Paul’s second book - on the difficult subject of suffering - is written in the wake of his wife’s brush with death.
Glen Torhjelm - Staff Writer
Glen Torhjelm was born in Calgary, AB, but spent 30 years in the U.S., mostly in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area. Although raised in a Christian home, Glen did not truly make the Christian faith his own until February 8, 1998.
After completing a B.S. in Psychology, Glen attended law school, first at the University of Arizona, and ultimately graduating from Seattle University School of Law after relocating to the Pacific Northwest.
Glen is currently enrolled at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, pursuing an M.Div., with plans to continue towards a M.Th. in Applied Apologetics and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics in Public Policy.
Glen is a cancer survivor, having undergone surgery and radiation, which concluded in March of 2017. The grace of God in and through this experience has only heightened his resolve to better know and share the reality of God and the love demonstrated by Jesus Christ on the cross.
Glen currently lives with his wife and their two daughters in Calgary, AB.
Glen Moore - Speaker
Glen was born and raised in Calgary and attended the University of Calgary majoring in physics. Glen shares “One of the problems with studying a subject like physics is people tend to comment a lot that you must be very smart. Eventually it began to go to my head. I started to think I must really be all that and a bag of chips.” While studying at UOC Glen landed in the hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He thought he was so smart and then got a serious illness of the mind. He feels there is a connection? Through struggling with this illness and also because of a fear of hell, he repented and received Christ as his saviour. Glen believes God used mental illness to humble him and once humbled, he was ready to ask for divine help. Now he works for the Schizophrenia Society and I for FBB. Glen says “I’m eager in my new role and excited about the future! I will be giving a Christian perspective on mental illness and related topics.”
Ian McKerracher - Edmonton Co-ordinator
Ian is a husband, father of two and has been servant of One for the last 40+ years. He serves in the same church that he walked into as a homeless wanderer in search of God in 1975. Ian has a trades background, runs his own plumbing company, and recently retired from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology after instructing students in math, science, and blueprint reading.
Ian’s serving has included street evangelism, leading bible studies, teaching worldview courses, and relational efforts towards newly minted Christians. He is presently involved as a volunteer with clients of the Edmonton Young Offenders Centre and the youth connected to Kids on Track in Edmonton. Ian is very excited to be a part of the vision of FBB as it focuses on the needs of the local Church in getting them to effectively influence their culture for Christ. It is where his feet do not touch the bottom.
Andrew Manuel - Videographer
Andrew’s passion is working in video production, and he has been responsible for many of the video projects produced for Faith Beyond Belief. In 2016, Andrew moved from being a volunteer to a part-time, donor-supported position with FBB. In 2018 Andrew took on the role of Conference Chair and promoted the Be Ready 2018 conference where just over 1400 people attended. His goal is to create inspiring and challenging videos to help Christians understand the culture we’re in and to equip them to respond with gentleness and respect. Andrew brings not only technical acumen to the team, but many years of ministry experience as well. He is a graduate from Briercrest Bible College.
Laura Rider - Office Manager
Laura is a native of Calgary and Mom of a lovely young adult daughter. Laura has come aboard FBB as the Office Manager and the Operations Manager during the conferences. Laura’s organization skills truly demonstrate how she keeps on top of things, delegating tasks, understanding the scope of each project, assisting where needed and adding life with her energy. This energy and adaptability helped her career in event planning and employment coaching. Her education in Recreation and Project Management assist Laura with the organizational tools to provide quality support & leadership to events 50 to 50,000. Laura manages our volunteers and is helping to keep our website up-to-date with volunteer opportunities. You can reach her by calling the office or emailing
Melanie Beaudoin - Communications Director
Melanie brings a broad range of gifts to the team as she oversees our communications, manages our websites, produces our newsletters and all of our graphic design projects in addition to helping with conference registration. If you e-mail email@example.com you’ll reach Melanie. Melanie began designing in high school, then graduated with honours from the Algonquin College Graphic Design program in 1997. In 2000 she started Melanie Graphics in Ottawa, Ontario, and today continues to produce stunning designs for churches and businesses (part-time). Currently she is working (on contract) as Manager, Graphics and Communications for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. She has spent a lot of time perfecting her art and knows how to quickly grab ideas and run with them. In 2015, Melanie moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she resides with her husband Jonathan.
Jeanne Parker - Bookkeeper Assistant
Jeanne is the wife of Pastor Shafer Parker (FBB Board Member & Pastor of Hawkwood Baptist), mother of 2 sons and grandmother of 5 (ranging from 2 to 21). Jeanne has a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She comes to FBB with a background in elementary education and several jobs with bookkeeping responsibilities. Jeanne is looking forward to assisting with the financial record keeping side of the life of FBB.
Carisa Yskes - Identity Project Co-ordinator
Carisa, who hails from Calgary, is married and expecting her first child this fall. She’s a full-time paramedic and has joined FBB part-time to help run the Identity Project. Carisa helps youth and parents tackle the hard questions when it comes to godly sexuality. Carisa brings 20 years of experience to the table when it comes to working with youth. She was first a camp counsellor and then a youth group leader. Besides her passion for youth, she also brings 5 years of teaching experience and public speaking to the table.
Carisa brings a diverse educational background to the team with a BA of Psychology with a biology minor and pre-med certificate from Trinity Western University. As well as a diploma from NAIT with honours in Para-medicine.