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!
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.
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.
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). She has spent a lot of time perfecting her art and knows how to quickly grab ideas and run with them. In 2015, she moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she resides with her husband.
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.