Nearly 30 years of developing Jesus-centered leaders who lead different—leading with integrity, impact and growing influence
For nearly 30 years, Arrow Leadership has been developing Jesus-centered leaders for greater Kingdom impact through transformational programs, personal mentoring, organizational consulting and exceptional resources.
Our focus is Jesus. He’s the Leader of leaders and we believe we have lots to learn from Jesus and his leadership. Jesus transforms leaders to Lead Different. That’s the heart of Jesus-centered leadership.
- Being led more by Jesus – experiencing freedom, peace and security from a grounded identity and vibrant relationship with Jesus
- Leading more like Jesus – as a servant leader with deeper character, greater confidence and enhanced competence
- Leading more to Jesus — equipped and empowered to share God’s love clearly, creatively and compassionately to grow God’s Kingdom
Mission, Vision and Values
Arrow Leadership develops Christian leaders to be led more by Jesus, to lead more like Jesus and lead more to Jesus.
Arrow Leadership develops Christian leaders by providing transformational programs, producing exceptional leadership resources and sharpening Christian leaders globally.
Christian leaders equipped to influence every sphere of society, impact every nation and reach every person for Jesus.
Kingdom First (Isaiah 49:3; Matt. 6:33; 22:37)
Arrow Leadership is committed to building God’s Kingdom for God’s glory.
Purposefully Relational (Matt. 22:39; 1 Thess. 2:8)
Arrow Leadership is committed to developing deep, intentional and long‐term relationships that lead to heart transformation.
Cultivating Trust (Exodus 18:21; Ps 78:72)
Arrow Leadership is committed to cultivating trust through integrity because trust is the currency of effective leadership.
Wholehearted Service (Eph. 6:6‐8; 2 Chron. 31:20‐21)
Arrow Leadership is committed to wholehearted service unto the Lord, overflowing with impact and excellence experienced by others.
Intentionally Collaborative (1 Cor. 12:11‐13; Eph. 4:12‐16)
Arrow Leadership is committed to serving with the broader Body of Christ in sharpening Christian leaders everywhere.
After several decades serving with The Billy Graham Association alongside his brother-in-law Billy Graham, Leighton Ford had a growing concern that his generation had spent so much time doing ministry that they hadn’t developed the next generation. This realization, combined with the sudden loss of Leighton’s 21-year-old son Sandy, inspired Leighton to launch the Arrow Leadership Program to develop the next generation of Jesus-centered leaders in 1991.
In 1998, Dr. Carson Pue, author of the best-selling Mentoring Leaders, became President of Arrow Leadership and helped expand the ministry globally.
After serving for seven years as program director and later vice president, Dr. Steve Brown was appointed president in 2011.
Now with more than 2,000 Arrow leaders globally and 10 nationally-led Arrow programs, Steve’s heartfelt conviction is that Jesus-centered leadership changes everything and is key for revival in the Church and furthering God’s purposes globally.
Arrow Leadership Executive Team
Dr. Steve A. Brown
Husband of Lea and dad to Luke, Ainslea, and Lauren, Dr. Steve Brown serves with Arrow Leadership as President. Steve has journeyed alongside hundreds of Christian leaders, leveraging his leadership experience serving in local church, denominational, parachurch and marketplace roles.
A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (HBBA), Tyndale Seminary (MDiv) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (DMin), Steve’s goal is to equip leaders to cultivate spiritual vibrancy, develop healthy and holy character, grow deep relationships and leverage their leadership for maximum impact.
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. Sharon Simmonds
Director of Programs
Arrow has been in Sharon’s DNA since she participated as a leader in the Arrow Leadership Program. Her life experience includes marriage, raising four children, leading a charitable organization, pursuing education and developing ministry and people in a local church. Sharon’s passion for Jesus and for his people to be healthy and vibrant, motivates her to be committed to relationships and activities that encourage, strengthen and develop Christian leaders and leadership groups. Her involvement with Arrow is a great fit for this focus.
Sharon has a Doctor of Ministry degree and authored Who Am I?, a Guild Award Finalist.
Sharon and her husband Gord live in Uxbridge, Ontario and they find it life-giving to spend time with their family and friends, provide hospitality and travel. In addition, Sharon thrives by creating space for solitude – walking, reading, playing the piano, and journaling.
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, HR and communications. She is deeply committed to leadership development and loves to use her gifts to equip and empower others to reach their full potential for God’s glory.
She and her husband Butch live in Langley, BC where they enjoy spending time with their family, especially their new grandson. As well they enjoy spending time kayaking and exploring God’s beauty through nature.
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. His ministry with Arrow seeks to walk alongside leaders and organizations to see Jesus-centered leadership transformation. Taylor lives in Canton, Ohio with his wife Joanna and three children.
Miller Alloway currently serves as President of Maranatha Foundation, a private Canadian Christian charitable foundation engaged in Kingdom projects both nationally and globally. Prior to his retirement as in-house corporate counsel with a Canadian company involved in the graphic arts industry, Miller worked as a marketing and communication consultant, with a particular focus as a corporate and financial writer. He has served on several corporate and ministry Boards, and continues to work with a number of Christian ministries through his work with the foundation.
Miller is married to Terri, and loves spending time together with their two daughters and grandchildren. Recreational pursuits include motorcycle riding and power boating.
Aklilu Mulat is deeply committed to leadership development since he recognizes its centrality to addressing the immense humanitarian needs around the world today. Born in Ethiopia, he came to Canada in 1979 to attend Trinity Western University. His career over the last three decades has spanned financial and executive leadership in not for profit and business enterprises with activities in Canada and around the world. Aklilu also enjoys teaching and training and has taught accounting and management at the university and professional levels.
Aklilu is currently Senior Vice President, Business Administration and CFO at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.
Aklilu has an MSc (Public Policy) from University of London, and a BSc (Natural Science) and a BA (Business Administration) from Trinity Western University. He also holds the Fellow designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA/FCMA).
Aklilu and his wife, who reside in Port Moody, BC, have two children.
Keith’s background includes a successful career in health care leadership in Alberta and British Columbia. His experience as Vice President and as President and CEO of a number of hospital/health care organizations has given him insights and wisdom on how to develop a mature governing board and provide exemplary executive director leadership. He now provides board/management consulting through his own consulting practice.
Keith and his wife Bev live in White Rock, British Columbia and both are active in their church where Keith has served as an elder and in other roles.
Heather Cova is passionate about efficiency and effectiveness, whether that is within organizations or individuals pursuing their God given calling. She serves as the Connections Minister at Saddleback Church at the Anaheim campus. Prior to joining Saddleback, Heather worked more than 14 years in non-profit management, including Leadership Network Manager at The Fieldstone Foundation, Director of Partnerships at the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing and Director of Programs at KidWorks Community Development Corporation. She has a rich knowledge in the fields of leadership development, soul care, small group ministry, community development, children and youth programs.
Heather earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and her B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester, NY. She currently is pursuing a Master’s in Ministry Leadership at Rockbridge Seminary. Heather is also a graduate of Arrow’s Emerging Leadership Program.
Heather lives in Orange, CA with her husband Zajid. In her spare time, Heather enjoys being creative in the kitchen and throwing memorable dinner parties.
Sam Chaise serves as Executive Director of Christie Refugee Welcome Centre in Toronto, ON. Prior to this, Sam was Executive Director of Canadian Baptist Ministries, a church-based international mission agency which engages in sustainable community development, leadership training and global discipleship. Sam has served as Director of the Carey Institute at Carey Theological College in Vancouver and has served in pastoral roles that include church and congregational planting. Sam is passionate about seeing new expressions of church and mission develop, and about seeing new leaders raised up to lead these expressions.
Janet Johnson serves as VP of Philanthropy at Canadian Red Cross. Her professional background includes serving as Vice President of Marketing with Gideon’s International in Canada and Vice President Donor Development and Church Engagement with World Vision Canada. In addition, she served for 18 years of sales management, marketing, human resources and organizational development both in the private and not-for-profit financial services industry. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program, a graduate of Rotman’s School of Management Advanced HR Management program, holds her Certified Human Resources Professional designation and is a graduate of Arrow’s Executive Leadership Program. Janet lives in Puslinch, ON with her husband Andrew. She enjoys time with her family, karate, gardening, golf and volunteer work where she has held a number of leadership positions in her community and with her church.
Peter Huizinga’s passion is to improve organizational effectiveness. Peter Huizinga is the managing director and a leadership coach for the BHO Group. The BHO Group deals with management consulting specializing in the areas of corporate culture, people practices and CEO succession.
Peter has been providing leadership at the board level to a number of organizations. Peter also has a passion for personal and leadership development. He is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.), an alumnus of the Arrow Leadership Program, DEXIO teacher and past host for eQuip Leadership. Married 24 years, Peter and his wife Mary Lynn have 7 children, the oldest being married. Having attending dozens of personal and marriage seminars, Peter and Mary Lynn serve on the Marriage and Family Matters team at WECA performing pre-marital counseling and general marriage counseling.
Jonathan currently serves as a primary preacher/teacher for Forest Hill Church and Campus Pastor of the South Park Campus in Charlotte, NC. He has also served in itinerant capacities as speaker/teacher, worship leader, concert artist in churches, workshops, seminars, retreats and conferences in venues throughout the United States, in South Africa, Mozambique, Korea, Indonesia, Austria, Grand Bahamas, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. He has has served full time as minister/pastor for 30 years in 3 churches in Miami, FL and Charlotte, NC. Jonathan completed his BA in Religion with Gardner-Webb (now) University, his MDiv in Theology with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program.
Jonathan’s passion is to promote and facilitate spiritual formation and growth in others through discipleship, mentoring and pastoral counseling. He has a deep love for people and a driving desire to see them connected with the dynamic life of God in Christ. Preaching and teaching are among the most effective ways that Christ manifests Himself through Jonathan in a clear, compelling, and impactful way. In addition to leading couples’ and men’s spiritual life groups, he also mentors men, pastoral and non-ministerial, to help them embrace their identity in Christ and to take their place as conduits for kingdom impact in the home, church, and marketplace.
Jay R. Lee
Jay R. Lee serves as Lead Pastor at Bethany Well Church, a Korean-American church located in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Jay earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State, is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and worked more than 14 years in the IT sector until God called him to ordained ministry. Jay previously served at Goodwill Church in NY and was ordained by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) after graduating with his MDiv. from Alliance Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program and is currently pursuing his doctorate at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jay lives in Middle Hope, New York with his wife Susan. They have three children – Colin, Audrey and Mia.
Ruth Pape, born in the Philippines to missionary parents, served in family ministry in Ontario, Canada before moving to Colorado Springs, where she has lived for 18 years. Ruth has served on staff at a megachurch and she has partnered with both Group Publishing and David C. Cook in networking with family ministry leaders across North America. Ruth is mother to three boys and is married to her husband and best friend, Don. Ruth was privileged to be part of the first Canadian Arrow Class and with twenty-plus years of experience in children and family ministries, Christian camping and leader development, she is passionate about impacting the next generation to know Jesus and be led more by Jesus.