Richie and Sandy Speidel
Phone: (604) 319-0084
Address: Ladner, BC
Richie and Sandy both grew up in small towns on Vancouver Island and eventually found themselves studying at UBC in Vancouver. In his first year at UBC, Richie was invited via a survey to consider the person of Jesus Christ and having significant church background was curious enough to join a one on one bible study. Two years later Sandy said no to a similar survey but was invited by a friend to a Navigator campus meeting and at that meeting stepped out in faith to try and understand who Jesus was (or wasn’t). They both began to pursue a relationship with Christ with significant mentoring from a number of Navigator leaders and eventually became student leaders themselves.
After graduation, Richie with his Bachelor of Commerce, headed into a career with CP Rail in Vancouver but continued to help serve the ministry at UBC when available. Sandy began work in Vancouver as a medical secretary and was also serving into the student ministry. They were married in 1985 and by 1986 sensed God’s call and confirmation to work with the Navigators full-time at UBC, taking over the campus leadership in 1990. Sandy became a full-time mom starting with their first son (Brad) being born in 1988, followed by the birth of 2 more sons in 1990 (Ryan) and 1992 (Jason), and their daughter (Emily) in 1995.
Richie hit the 28 year mark of serving in campus ministry in 2014, all at UBC, and spent many years as part of the National Campus Leadership team. Sandy spent many years home schooling their kids. Sandy currently works part-time in a local bakery and as a nanny, on top of a tremendous hospitality ministry, and keeps the rest of the family sane and organized. Richie currently sits as Past-President of the Ladner soccer club after serving for 8 years as Head Coach and 3 as President. He and son Ryan coach together a South Delta Gold team of 13 year old boys. We are passionate about helping connect people to walk with God (and also soccer)!!
Michael and Amy Weidman
International Student Leaders
Michael and Amy Weidman are Directors of the Navigators International Ministries at UBC. We lead two fellowships at UBC: Navigators International Christian Fellowship (every Tuesday at 5:30 with dinner) and Navigators Chinese Christian Fellowship (every Thursday at 5:30 with dinner).
We disciple Christians to be Christ followers and disciple-makers. We offer leadership training as well as one-on-one discipleship training. We share the gospel with any one who is interested in exploring Christianity. We welcome people from all walks of life and various religious backgrounds to explore the Good News with us.
We enjoy living life together and building a loving community on campus. We organize outings, movie nights, games nights, and retreats. Come check us out!
Julia has lived in Vancouver her entire life and she decided to attend UBC to study food, nutrition, and health. She has been a part of the Navigators since her first year at UBC. Her first experience with the Navigators was at the fall BBQ where she instantly felt accepted and welcome. From that point on she became involved in the Bible studies and eventually the executive team. Julia is enthusiastic about connecting to people and encouraging them on their journey with God. She would classify herself as a devoted tea drinker, foodie, adventurer, and a daugther of the King.
A Few Friends at the September 2016 Retreat on Mayne Island.
The Student Executive
To be considered a Navigator at UBC, you only have to consider yourself a Navigator. We welcome all students from all walks of life. The Student executive at UBC helps organize events, lead bible studies, and try to foster an authentic community of believers walking together after Christ. If you have any questions or want more information about how you can get involved please contact Richie.
Julia Manke, President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Speidel, Staff Intern: email@example.com