Verdell was born February 14, 1975 in Newfoundland and was tragically taken from us on May 6th, 2020. He is survived by by his parents Judy and Sherman; his brother Sheldon; his loving wife Gina and his two wonderful children David and Joshua.
He was a loving father, and a devoted husband. While he was passionate about his career and viewed it as his clear calling from God, it was always clear that his family was his first priority. As serious and as focused as he could be with work he was also just as comfortable being completely silly and carefree with his family. Whether it was riding bikes with his sons or attempting cartwheels with his nieces. (and failing terribly for the record) He enjoyed hiking and loved sitting around a fire quietly contemplating or discussing life in general.
From 2004-2012 he was the Executive Director of Gift of Hope where he focused on creating wells, infrastructure for schools and sports programs for children in Ghana, Africa. He personally visited Ghana several times and oversaw the efforts on the ground. I recall whenever he returned he was energized by what had been accomplished but determined to do much more.
He was also the Global Outreach Director of Peoples Church from 2006-2014 where he focused on streamlining their mission program to focus on three main areas. Reaching those who had not heard the word of God, providing support to vulnerable women and children, and supporting those effected by HIV. I know he was particularly proud of the work done for the pregnancy care center here in Canada and the work to help rescue sex workers in Cambodia.
From 2014-2020 he was the Director of Mobilization with OMF where his role was to work with Canadian churches to become more involved in global missions. He had just started with Crossworld this year as Director of Strategic Initiatives, where the vision is to help Christians in Canada use their own vocation to help people across the world while also spreading the word of God.
In everything that he did Verdell was focused, driven and passionate. He always wanted to make the biggest impact possible, and had a knack of inspiring others to get involved and dream as big as he did. He truly left the world a better place than it was when he came into it.
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