Middle East North Africa Region
Geordon and Marilyn Rendle
Geordon was raised in Colombia, South America. 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, Canada 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 served in Argentina, recruiting indigenous staff and board members and assisting in the growth of ministry to youth in these nations. Then as Americas Area Director they led a multi-national virtual team from eight different countries, serving 32 nations in the Americas with over 15,000 staff and volunteers. Through their ministry they have been able to mobilize indigenous leaders, particularly young people – engaging, empowering and equipping them – to bring hope to this generation.
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.
From January 2014 to September 2016 Geordon served as the International President of Youth for Christ. He engaged, inspired and motivated many people to continue in service for the Lord. His passion for the Youth for Christ vision of reaching “Every” young person in the world will continue to resonate with all of us.
Geordon and Marilyn, married in 1987, have four beautiful children born between 1994-2004 – Jordan (married to Rachel), Joshua, Jolyn & Joy. Geordon is an avid mountaineer, having summitted Aconcagua in January, 2010. He is also a keen triathlete, having completed various Ironman races. Marilyn keeps busy tracking the family with all their activities.
The Rendles are currently serving overseas with YFC Canada from within the Middle East North Africa region. Their desire is that Youth for Christ would continue to be a ministry that is, “Geared to the times and anchored to the Rock”.