Arrow's team includes our staff, faculty, mentors, and extended leadership network with over 100 volunteer team members.
The North American Arrow Leadership Team
Dr. Steve A. Brown
Husband of Lea and dad to Luke, Ainslea, and Lauren, Dr. Steve Brown serves with Arrow Leadership as President and oversees the Arrow Leadership Program in North America.
Steve enjoys spending his free time with his young family, being near the water or a mountain, and running the hills (downhill is faster) near their home in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Dr. Rick Franklin
Dr. Rick Franklin’s deeply held passion to develop Christian leaders has been honed and cultivated during the course of 30 years of ministry in a variety of parachurch, church, teaching and consulting roles domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Arrow Leadership as Vice President, Dr. Franklin served with his wife, Dana, in a variety in senior executive positions with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in the US, Eastern Europe and most recently with Power to Change in Canada.
Rick and Dana have four children and live in Langley, British Columbia. Rick greatly enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and fishing—basically anything outdoors. But most of all, he enjoys spending time with his high school sweetheart, Dana, and children at their family cabin in Colorado.
Dr. Taylor Williams
Director of Leader Engagement
Taylor is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program and focused on “Resiliency in Church Leaders” in his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has served for fifteen years in pastoral ministry and has a deep love for the local church. He lives in Canton, Ohio with his wife Joanna and three children.
Director of Operations
Tarra serves with Arrow as the Director of Operations and has been a part of the Arrow team since July, 2003. In her current role Tarra specializes in project management, information management, assessment, logistics and communications. She is deeply committed to leadership development and loves to use her gifts to quip and empower others to reach their full potential for God’s glory.
She and her husband Butch are actively involved in their local church. She has two young adult children, and spends her free time enjoying photography, running, tennis, the outdoors and motorcycling.
Sharla Vander Woude
Assistant to President
Communications and Program Coordinator
Associate Team Members
Dr. Mitch Whitman
Dr. Mitch Whitman leads the assessment team for the Emerging and Executive Streams of the Arrow Leadership Program. He has helped to assess hundreds Christian leaders over his 15 years on the Arrow Leadership team, and is a regular Arrow faculty presenter.
Mitch is married to Jill, a concert harpist and teacher trainer, and they have two delightful daughters, Emilie and Katrina. His interests include traveling, reading, mountain biking, skiing, the airchair--and he occasionally enjoys the thrill of playing the pipe organ in Gothic cathedrals.
Residential Team Leader
Gretchen leads our residential team as well as serving as a leadership partner. A graduate of Bethel Seminary’s M. Div program and an Arrow leader of the 7th Class, Gretchen’s desire is to serve leaders as they engage the Arrow journey, coming alongside them as they encounter God's loving and powerful shaping. Gretchen also brings God's message of transformation in Christ through conferences and retreats. Randy, her husband, works in the hospitality and design field, and they reside just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota with their niece.
Rev. Doug Ward
Doug has served in pastoral ministry at Kanata Baptist Church Ottawa since 1984. His focus in ministry has been preaching, teaching and leadership development. He works on Parliament Hill with MP's and members of the Ambassadorial community attempting to shape and influence leaders lives. Doug is an Arrow Associate Team member responsible for mentoring and serving as a leadership partner. Doug and his wife Meredith, have three adult daughters, three sons-in-law, and lots of pictures of grandchildren. He is an ardent golfer, a frustrated hockey player and loves Arsenal football.
A life-changing experience traveling the world as an intern and researcher with Campus Crusade for Christ speaker and author Josh McDowell ‘infected’ him with the call to vocational ministry.
He is passionate about the local church and has first-hand leadership experience with two church plants, at the denominational level and he recently served as moderator in his current church.
Steve received his Master of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary and is credentialed as a pastor with the Mennonite-Brethren.
He will be forever thankful for business training through the family business and at Wilfrid Laurier University (Honours Bachelor of Business Administration).
Participating in the Arrow Leadership Program (Canadian Class of 2001) was a profound experience and crystallized his focus for the main thing - the intentional and strategic development of healthy disciples.
He is an avid student of leadership – through the ups and downs of actually leading, on-going study and through the privilege of walking alongside Arrow leaders. His Doctor of Ministry with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary focused on spiritual formation in Christian ministry leaders. He is also trained in the MBTI and 16PF assessment tools.
He is grateful for the amazing privilege of serving God through communicating, coaching leaders, creating resources and consulting. He is the author of Leading Me – Eight Practices for a Christian Leader’s Most Important Assignment (Castle Quay, 2015), Great Questions for Leading Well and free monthly e-resources at www.sharpeningleaders.com.
Steve also speaks widely and teaches at Tyndale Seminary in the Doctor of Ministry program
In his various roles, Dr. Franklin has ministered to leaders from a broad spectrum, including churches, parachurch ministries, students, business executives, government officials and the diplomatic corps. Rick has also served stints as interim pastor and pastor-to-pastors along with leading various home groups, adult fellowships, and church trainings.
Dr. Franklin has four post-secondary degrees in: organizational leadership (PhD, Regent University), systematic theology (ThM, Biola University), pastoral care & counseling (MDiv, Biola University), and communication studies (BA, UCLA). Tapping his educational background, Dr. Franklin has served in a variety of teaching roles at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and the Institute of Biblical Studies (Cru) as well as in various consulting capacities in the US, Europe and Canada.
Dr. Mitch holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College.
Dr. Mitch’s clinical work with individuals, couples and groups for over 28 years include the specialty areas of marital & relational conflict, infidelity, sexual compulsiveness, and faith issues. He has a private practice in Bellingham, Washington. He is also part of the clinical staff of Cornerstone Counseling Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working with international Christian workers from throughout Asia.
His research interest is clergy infidelity (Ph.D. dissertation: The Effect of Ego Strength on Extramarital Involvement Among Protestant Clergy) and child maltreatment. He is the author of Challenging the Darkness: Child Sexual Abuse and the Church (1994), which is in German translation as Brecht das Schweigen (1993), and co-author of the journal article, “Clergy Affairs: Emotional Investment, Longevity of Relationship and Affair Partners” (J. Thoburn & M. Whitman, Pastoral Psychology, July 2004).
As a speaker/trainer, Dr. Mitch brings a mixture of sound research and clinical experience together with a strong commitment to theological integration, offered with energy and humor in a multi-media experience. His training and speaking skills, together with a keen sense of adventure have taken him to 28 countries including Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and South America, working with a variety of NGO’s, mission organizations, and churches.