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OUR TEAM

God has called Resurgence to be led by a team of people rather than a single individual. Each member of our Lead Team has a different story, background, and God-given gifts and talents that together create a healthy and well-balanced approach to Resurgence. By calling together a team of people in unity, Resurgence is greater than the sum of its parts. Through a team approach, God is calling us to be conduits for the dreams and destiny found in each person. Together as a team, and together with you, we will build up the church and the body of Christ and see people experience the fullness of God.

The Resurgence Lead Team

Travis Holownia
Travis HolowniaExecutive Director
Travis Holownia has a great passion for God and for people. His greatest desire is to see this generation experience what it means to live in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. God has used Travis in a catalytic way. His speaking and teaching inspires youth, young adults, and all ages by calling the Spirit of God to stir and awaken hearts. Travis is the visionary leader and founder of Resurgence Initiatives.
Previously, Travis served for 8 years in the leadership of Christian youth conferences worldwide, and prior to that worked in a management role in the oil industry. Travis calls Edmonton, Canada home, cheers for the Oilers, and holds degrees both in Engineering and Theology.
Caris Rinas
Caris RinasLead Team
Caris is a home grown Edmontonian, who has a heart for Revival in Canada and beyond. She works part-time as a Hairstylist and is always in active, full time ministry! She currently leads worship at City Centre Church, and leads a passionate lifestyle of love and faith for Jesus. She has served on the Resurgence Lead Team since its inception, and her passion for the call and vision has only grown. For the past 19 years, she has been cultivating purpose filled expression. Through speaking and song, Caris leads others in worship to experience the beauty and magnificence of the Father, inspiring and empowering others to live out their faith in real and tangible ways in their everyday life.
Tara Giebelhaus
Tara GiebelhausLead Team
Tara is passionate about seeing lives changed as people encounter the Lord. Tara’s own story is one of encounter; she had an encounter with Jesus at 21 years old and her life has never been the same. Her desire is to see people rise up to live out the love of Christ and the miraculous life He calls us to. Tara’s heart is to activate people to hear the voice of God, know His character and release them into the understanding and fullness of the Holy Spirit that is within them. Tara is married to Aaron and a mother of three boys, Eli, Simon, and Ethan. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, camping, fort-building, and drinking (good) coffee.
Aaron Giebelhaus
Aaron GiebelhausLead Team
Aaron’s heart is to see people come alive in Christ and realize their identity in Him; for everyone to come to know their Heavenly Father. A successful life and ministry in Aaron’s heart is to see his boys follow The Lord’s calling and to know their access to Him, and to see his wife be the woman of faith she is called to be. He also has a heart to see marriages come alive and be aligned in the Holy covenant couples are to maintain. Aaron works as a Project Manager for a construction firm in Edmonton. He is passionate about buildings, spreadsheets, and details. He loves to be outdoors, and loves to spend time with his wife Tara, and their sons Eli, Simon and Ethan.
Dean Millis
Dean MillisLead Team
Dean has a heart to help those around him realize the identity God has given to them. He enjoys encouraging people to move out of their comfort zones and to walk in the calling and plan for their lives. Dean has been a part of Resurgence since 2013 and strongly believes in the impact it has on anyone who comes in contact with it. Dean is an engineer and currently works for a company with people from many different backgrounds that he feels called to encourage and reveal the love of God to.
Colette Maddaford
Colette MaddafordLead Team
Over the years, Colette has been involved in a variety of Resurgence initiatives and she is always looking for creative and effective ways inspire people to arise together. Colette translates a leader in every chair from a concept to a reality as she creates spaces where people will inevitably connect with their purposes, others and God. Colette believes in strengthening local churches so that people across Canada can experience God’s love. Colette is hopeful about Canada’s future, and she dares deeply as she steps out to address injustice and empower those whose voices have been silenced. Whether she is at home playing with her nieces and nephews, at her job as a literacy consultant, or exploring the mountains and prairies, Colette loves connecting with people and motivating them to dream big.

Resurgence Staff

Travis Holownia
Travis HolowniaExecutive Director
Travis Holownia has a great passion for God and for people. His greatest desire is to see this generation experience what it means to live in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. God has used Travis in a catalytic way. His speaking and teaching inspires youth, young adults, and all ages by calling the Spirit of God to stir and awaken hearts. Travis is the visionary leader and founder of Resurgence Initiatives.
Previously, Travis served for 8 years in the leadership of Christian youth conferences worldwide, and prior to that worked in a management role in the oil industry. Travis calls Edmonton, Canada home, cheers for the Oilers, and holds degrees both in Engineering and Theology.
Lauren Koehn
Lauren KoehnAdmin & Events Coordinator
Joining the Resurgence team as staff in early 2017, Lauren loves using her administrative giftings to help create atmospheres for the Holy Spirit to be poured out. After obtaining her Elementary Education Degree, God led her to obtain a Social Justice and Community Development Graduate Certificate at Vanguard College. Her studies gave her the opportunity to travel to Africa multiple times, fueling her desire to see the oppressed walk in freedom across the nations. Lauren knows that God has rooted her in Edmonton with significant purpose, and thoroughly enjoys serving the call of God through Resurgence and through substitute teaching within the Edmonton Public School Board.

Join Our Staff Team

Founded in 2008, Resurgence Initiatives is a Christian community focused on inspiring people to arise together to affect their spheres of influence; a catalytic movement of people who expect the impossible, experience God’s love, empower their communities, and engage in expanding God’s Kingdom. The desire and heartbeat comes from Ezekiel 37; to see a “rising again” of our nation and beyond. The interdenominational intergenerational ministry and reach of Resurgence involves missions, gatherings, retreats, worship events, and itinerant travel, all led collaboratively by a leadership team, an Executive Director, and a Board of Directors. The mandate of Resurgence is rooted firmly in Jesus Christ and centered around intentionally raising a culture of unity, honour and servanthood rooted in a lifestyle of prayer and mission.

Building and stewarding this culture requires a myriad of tasks be carried out behind the scenes not only effectively and efficiently, but with a heart in line with our values. Therefore, in addition to the leadership teams in place, we are building a staff of people that not only believe in these values but helps realize the vision Jesus has placed in our hearts!

“Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” – Frederick Buechner

The dream involves you. Will you join us?

Current Staff Opportunities Available:
Date Posted Position Title Location
 September 15, 2018  Resurgence Internship (Volunteer Position)  Edmonton, AB
 November 1, 2018  Graphic Designer  Edmonton, AB

For more information on positions available, contact us.

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