Stuart, has a Bachelors degree in business administration and economics. After spending 10 years with a family manufacturing business in Saskatchewan, he worked in fund development for a major Christian charity. There he gained invaluable experience with the administrative and accounting needs of missions.
In 2002, he launched the Great Commission Foundation, initially to provide estate planning for Christians. However, individuals started approaching Stuart with an entirely different need. They were operating charitable projects and ministries, but were unable to receipt donors. Stuart responded to this need through GCF, as the mandate and working relationships with potential missions came into focus. He saw the Great Commission Foundation grow substantially over the next 15 years and he continued to develop GCF to provide individuals and organizations a place where they get the Administrative and Government Compliance expertise needed to thrive in ministry. In 2017, Stuart stepped out of the role of GCF President, passing the mantle of leadership to Chad Bruneski, who had been serving as Executive Vice President at GCF for two years. Stuart remains actively involved with the Great Commission Foundation as Chairman of the Board, Senior Advisor, and partner in Growth and Development.
KARY CUTHILL - BOARD TRUSTEE
Kary has a BS in Engineering from University of Alberta and an MBA from University of Houston. He joined the GCF board January 2018 bringing a unique blend of business and mission field experience. Kary holds a long career in the oil and gas industry, beginning as a process engineer with Amoco in Grand Prairie and Artesia, New Mexico and Houston. In 1995 Kary moved to Calgary to work for his father in the family business Lionhead Engineering, eventually succeeding his father as president upon his retirement. For more than 20 years Kary worked in the specialized field of asset retirement and well abandonment, and now consults to the Alberta Energy Regulator on matters of liability management.
In 2014, after much prayer and consideration, he and his wife Darcy made a major life decision to move their young family to Mexico and to accept a volunteer position with C-Quest, a cross-cultural missions organization based in Yucatan. In 2017, the Cuthills established Mission Yucatan to focus on relationship development with the local church and partners. Today the ministry provides support for construction of two local churches (one urban and one pueblo) as well the development of a small orphanage for abused children, a home for 50 abandoned seniors, and a Bible and sport camp for underprivileged rural children. He has three fully bilingual children, a semi-bilingual wife, and says he is putting in best efforts to become a bilingual father and husband, perhaps in another 10 years or so.
HENRY HAMM - BOARD TRUSTEE
Henry has enjoyed success in both his personal and professional life. He and wife, Peggy, celebrated 46 years of marriage in 2018. They have been blessed with two children and seven grandchildren and feel grateful to God for his faithfulness and provision. In 2015, Henry successfully placed the construction company he started in 1970, Hamm Construction Ltd., into the capable hands of his sons, Bob and Brad. In his retirement, Henry continues to be actively involved in ministry and leadership roles to help his community.
Henry has been active in leadership over his lifetime. He continues to serve as an Advisory Board Member with Teen Challenge Canada Men’s Centre in Allan, Saskatchewan. He is also Co-Chair of a capital fundraising initiative to provide a 24 bed centre for women, being built in Saskatchewan; he will also be leading the construction of the centre. Previously, Henry served as a Board Member and Board Chair for Gospel Echoes Canada West, as well as a Board Member with Saskatoon Mennonite Care Services. He has also remained actively involved as a member and volunteer at Saskatoon Pleasant Hill Mennonite Church for 50 years and is currently serving as an Elder and Moderator.
He is passionate about the Great Commission Foundation because it is a great way to assist the many smaller missionary groups and projects that do not have the time or tools to manage the accounting requirements of a non-profit organization. He believes the Great Commission Foundation is a great option for them, as GCF has the tools and a skilled team to assist them with handling donations, receipting & accounting, meeting CRA’s requirements, and providing other administrative support. This gives the mission organizations greater freedom to carry out the work to which God called them, allowing them to focus on ministry rather than administration.