Frank Ulrich, Executive Director
I am very thankful and excited that God has provided me the opportunity to serve as Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission officially in May, 2017. I was blessed to have grown up in a strong Christian family that attended Rowandale Baptist Church, which I still attend with my wife, Monica, and two adult sons, Joel and Shane. My faith in God has always been the central part of my life growing up, and still is now as I lead my own family. Having been so blessed in my own childhood, I have always had a strong desire to help the less fortunate and to share my faith with others.
I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) Degree, majoring in Marketing and Business Administration. I have worked in Sales, Customer Service and Human Resources.
Martin Chidwick, Development Manager
After 40 + years in international pulses trade, (a noble industry that fed the hungry and valued what God produced from the earth) and after meeting many marvellous people, I was led to transfer my passion to more directly helping those hurting and suffering at my own back door.
God has been very gracious to me. From roots in England....and Belgium and Germany, raised with 5 siblings, I am father to 4 wonderful children and 2 equally wonderful step children.
The forgiveness and mercy I have received from our heavenly Father is something so precious that I want others to know and receive it.
I am indebted to my wife, Donna, for prayer and support as I seek to serve Jesus in this ministry. Being in friendly Manitoba, Canada...with such giving people, makes my job such a fulfilling one.
Diana Fields, Office Manager
I grew up in a Christion home on a farm in southern Manitoba with 7 siblings. This is where I learned the love of God, reading, sewing and gardening. My father was the pastor of the church; so of course, we never missed going. I had some good examples to follow in my family.
After high school, I got my teaching certificate. While teaching the next few years, I spent summers going to University of Manitoba and eventually got a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science (since I majored in math, my favorite subject).
After another few years, I decided it was time to get some spiritual training. Not wanting to be in classes with teenagers, I decided to attend Ontario Theological Seminary (ending up with a Master of Theological Studies).
I went back to teaching after seminary; but after all those years of teaching, I thought it was time to do something else in an area of my interest. So I applied to go to Red River College to get my Business Accountancy training. By the time I graduated, I knew I was more interested in this area than in teaching.
At the end of November, 1990, Union Gospel Mission approached me and offered the position of Office Manager. I jumped on it and began working on Dec 1, 1990. I was there just a few days and already knew that this was where my heart was and where the Lord wanted me. UGM is also where I met the love of my life, Wayne, who was also on staff. It has been an honour and a privilege to work for Union Gospel Mission all these years. I look forward to seeing the Lord continue His work at the Mission.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5&6
Daniel Glawatzki, Operations Manager
Originally, we immigrated from Germany in 2010 to Toronto, and I am very thankful to God for moving us from Toronto to the Winnipeg area in December 2019 (Yes-it was cold -28C!). We call Southland Church in Steinbach our home. Growing up, I saw my parents modelling Christ’s love for the less fortunate people, which they had been inviting into our home. Their heart and service had a significant impact on my life. Blessed with my lovely wife Elvira and our two teenage children, we heard about Union Gospel Mission and their Christ-Centered programs.
It reminded me again of Matthew 9:36, “When Jesus saw the large crowd, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Every time I enter these doors, I see HIS Amazing Grace “alive.” People are being changed and saved by The Good Shepherd and His love, truth and compassion. Only Jesus can do this! I am so thankful to be part of this incredible team at UGM and I am looking forward to more lives being changed and given purpose for his glory!
Gilbert Plante, Family Ministries Manager
I have been the Family Ministries Manager since my arrival at UGM in June of 2011. I have been married to my beautiful wife Laurie, since 1982. Together we have 3 adult sons (Tyson, Garret & Brennan) and 6 grandchildren.
My Mission responsibilities keep me very busy, however I also serve as the Pastor of Family Life Church (which meets Sunday afternoon at the Family Life Centre), and, to keep even busier, I am the Associate Pastor of New Life Sanctuary Church. I truly believe that my recovery from drug addiction has been something that God has used to prepare me for the ministries that the Lord has entrusted to me. To God be all the glory!
Loriann Tulk, Charis Centre Manager
Having been blessed with amazing Christian parents, I was raised in a loving home where God was the center. I was taught that my relationship with Jesus was the most important one I’d ever have and this has proven to be true.
God gave me a passion at a very young age to work in the social services sectors. Being from a small town in Newfoundland I wasn’t exposed to the vast array of need that moving to a city would expose me to.
I attended Booth College straight out of high school where I studied social work and began working with individuals that would change my world. Since then, I have worked in the homeless sector and have worked closely with individuals who have suffered trauma, addiction and experience mental health. I have had the privilege of working with both men and women exiting the federal correctional system.
Beyond my professional life I am the proud momma of a four legged fur baby (pug) named Portia. Even though I take my work very seriously I love to laugh and have fun with everything that I do.
I have now been given the privilege of working at the Charis Centre and I cannot wait to see what amazing things are in store!
Mark Kelm, Senior Chaplain
I first came to Union Gospel Mission as the evening chaplain in October of 2013. I have found my ministry work at UGM to be a real blessing, as I am able to do three things that I love, preaching, teaching and biblical counseling. Previous to coming to UGM I had experience leading a group of South Korean missionaries in the Brandon, MB area doing outreach work with the aboriginal people in Sioux Valley and Pipestone. Before that, I taught English at an English Institute and then later a college in South Korea for three years. Before leaving for South Korea I completed training as a hospital chaplain, at both the Riverview Health Centre and the Victoria General Hospital. I am also a graduate of Providence University College and Seminary with a BA in Biblical Studies (2000) and a Master of Divinity degree (2004).
In January of 2018, I was promoted to Senior Chaplain at UGM and I continue to find my work at UGM very fulfilling. Serving as a chaplain at UGM has allowed me the privilege of seeing the Lord Jesus Christ change lives for His glory. There is no greater privilege than being able to sow the seeds of the Gospel and then watch as the Lord shines the light of the Gospel into lives that were once filled with darkness. I look forward to seeing more lives changed for the glory of His Name!
Nelson Gonzalez, Principal
My name is Nelson Gonzalez, I am the Principal of Faith Learning Centre. With the help of dedicated Staff, we help students at the school complete their grade 12, and also lead them to Christ as their Saviour. Our program is innovating and it is a pleasure to serve the Lord in this capacity.
I live with my family in Winnipeg.