Geordon and Marilyn Rendle have lived in Venezuela and Argentina for most of the past 17 years and currently serve as the Area Director for the Americas based in Victoria, Canada.
Geordon was raised in Colombia. After completing high school in Bogotá and a BA in Criminology in Vancouver (SFU), Geordon worked as an officer with the Saanich Police for seven years. Marilyn was raised in Victoria and has an extensive musical background (diploma in piano teaching, Victoria Conservatory). She directed the Youth for Christ choir and was the accompanist for the Greater Victoria Police Chorus. In 1995, Geordon & Marilyn moved overseas with Youth for Christ. In 2005, Geordon completed a Masters in Leadership and Training (RRU) with an emphasis on NGO governance. In 2011, Marilyn completed a Masters in Leadership (RRU) with an emphasis on glocal engagement.
As co-preneurs, Geordon and Marilyn pioneered Youth for Christ in Venezuela and Argentina, establishing national ministries led by indigenous staff and board members. Now in the role of Americas Area Director they lead a multi-national virtual team from eight different countries, serving 32 nations in the Americas with over 15,000 staff and volunteers. Their passion is to mobilise indigenous leaders, particularly young people – engaging, empowering and equipping them – to bring hope to this generation. In 2011 over 800,000 teenagers participated in Youth for Christ ministries in the Americas.
In both Caracas and Buenos Aires, the Rendles hosted a weekly TCK (Third Culture Kid) youth group to offer a safe place for multi-national background students to gather and to raise awareness of their place and potential in the world. They also hosted teams from different nations to help in local humanitarian and service projects.
The Rendles have been married for 25 years and have four children between the ages of 8 and 18 (Jordie, Josh, Jolyn & Joy). Geordon is an avid mountaineer, having summitted Aconcagua in January, 2010. He is also a keen triathlete, having participated in Ironman Canada in August, 2012. Marilyn keeps busy tracking the family with all their activities.
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