Our ministry

International Student Ministries Canada—ISMC—is a Christian charitable organization incorporated in Canada and supported by partners and friends who share our vision to empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ.

A local ministry with global impact, ISMC is:

Statistically Sensible!

Today, close to 300,000 international students from over 150 nations study in Canada!

Stunningly Simple!

Connect with your neighbor next door and reach the nations without travelling to a foreign city or learning a foreign language.

Scripturally Sound!

“Love the strangers,” the Lord says. (Deuteronomy 10:19, Leviticus 19:34)

Strategically Smart!

Students are tomorrow’s world makers and shakers. As leaders, they may influence the gospel’s advance in their home countries; others will take the gospel to closed countries or where religious freedom is restricted.

ISMC Snapshot

  • 34-year old mission

  • over 100 staff and 500 volunteers

  • active in 34 cities

  • touches over 20,000 lives annually from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Reaching the nations at our doorstep!

Yes, Canada is blessed to have various on-campus post-secondary student ministries, but ISMC is the only one to focus solely on ministering to international students to empower them to become fully devoted followers of Jesus, reaching out and ministering to those God has placed in their lives, whether in Canada or their home country.

Welcome programs

  • Airport pick up
  • Furniture donation (in some locations)
  • Free dinner gatherings

ESL classes

  • English classes to help students improve spoken and written English

Friendship and hospitality programs

  • Weekly FOCUS Club fellowship
  • Group outings and trips to discover and experience Canadian culture
  • Friendship partner programs, such as Friends for Dinner, to welcome students to home gatherings with Canadian families

Foundational discipleship programs

  • Interactive Bible studies
  • Connection to church communities

Leadership training programs

  • Bible-based leadership trainings
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Mentorship and internships

Alumni follow up programs

  • Partnerships with overseas Christian organizations and churches to welcome and connect returnee students to local church communities

Our simple and strategic approach will potentially bring thousands of students returning home having been influenced by Christian love, service, and friendship. If they don't become followers of Christ, they will have the seed of the gospel planted in their hearts. We trust the Holy Spirit will continue working toward their salvation and life transformation.

The needs are infinite, the possibilities endless!

ISMC is governed by a Board of Directors. The President, along with the Senior Leadership Team, oversees the ministry. Spending of funds is confined to programs and projects approved by the Board of Directors or the Senior Leadership Team. Each restricted contribution designated toward such approved programs or projects will be used as designated, with the understanding that when the need for such a program or project has been met or cannot be completed for any reason determined by the Board of Directors or the Senior Leadership Team, the remaining restricted contributions designated for such a program or project will be used where needed most.

Support Policy

  • ISMC and staff trust God to provide finances through freewill gifts from churches, businesses, and individuals.
  • Financial needs are openly shared without hard-sell solicitation.
  • Support funds are not pooled.
  • ISMC does not go into debt.
  • ISMC anticipates receiving $1.4 million in contributions in 2014. Approximately 9.0% of this amount will be used for fundraising.
  • ISMC's audited annual financial statement is available upon request from Keith Boody, the Director of Business Administration.


Jamey McDonald

Jamey was a Pastor at the Baptist General Conference of Canada serving congregations for 30 years in Winnipeg and Vancouver. He is currently serving two positions: he is the President of the Better Lives Counselling and Coaching Agency providing individualized service to clients and helping them to gain clarity and progress in their journey; he is also the Executive Director at New Hope Community Services Society, a refugee housing society that seeks to provide safe, secure, affordable housing to incoming refugee families.

Jamey is married to Barbara for 37 years and resides in Vancouver. They have three daughters, and three grandchildren. Jamey loves the focus of ISMC to love international students, with the deep desire of showing them the love of Jesus.  

Dr. Ken Shoemaker
Board Vice-Chairman

Ken is both a Canadian citizen and an American citizen. He spent 27 years in Canadian ministry as a pastor and a seminary professor of Old Testament. He has taught and preached internationally in Russia, Ukraine and Brazil and has a heart for multicultural ministry and for international students. Ken now resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife Beth.

Pat Worsley
Board Secretary

A native Calgarian, Pat is married to Ardyce. They have one married son and four grandchildren. After graduating from Canadian Theological Seminary (now Ambrose University) in 1972, he pastored in Ontario for two years before serving with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada as an International Worker for 33 years in Indonesia, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Since 2007 he has been serving on the pastoral staff of First Alliance Church in Calgary.

Hanni Roodi

Hanni, from the Middle East, immigrated to Canada in 2006. She holds an M.Sc. Engineering and has worked as a lab supervisor at different universities since 1995. Hanni and her husband, Sam, have a strong passion for helping international students settle down in Canada. They have spoken in many venues and to small groups about this important endeavor. Hanni and Sam love to explain how to effectively connect with and share God’s love with our international students.

David Penner

David married Margo in 1983 and they live in Winnipeg. They have three daughters: Caitlin (Chris), Amy (Matt), and Becky. Caitlin is a teacher and Amy and Becky operate the family business—Executive Nursing and Healthcare Services.

David is a (semi) retired CPA with 35 years of experience. After working in industry for 12 years, he took on a number of projects as an entrepreneur: fitness (six Curves locations), general insurance (three locations), electronics/home security, and more recently, healthcare.

David has returned to the Board after serving his first six-year term. During the final stage of this term, David was chairman and participated in hiring current president Yaw Perbi. David is involved in providing consulting services and support to ISMC Winnipeg.



We seek to love international students unconditionally, partner with local churches in leading international students to discover Jesus through the Word of God, and prepare them to serve God wherever He leads them.


To empower international students to impact the world through Jesus Christ

Big Dream 2023

That by 2023, every international student in Canada will have had an opportunity to be loved and led (to the way of Christ in salvation, discipleship & leadership) by our ISMC catalyzed network of ISMs.

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