Our Vision

To eliminate homelessness and reduce poverty where we serve.

Our Mission

To build hope and well-being for our most vulnerable citizens through Jesus’ love.

Our Values

Transparent Accountability
Treating All With Respect
Open Communication
Holistic Innovation

Over 40 Years of Growing Hope

The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984. Operating in seven cities across Western Canada, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence.

We have been an agent of change for more than three decades, thanks to our donors, volunteers, and support from the community.

Building Community. Growing Hope. Supporting Change.

Our History

The idea for a street ministry came from Pat Nixon who founded The Mustard Seed in 1984, opening the first location in Calgary. Today, the organization operates in multiple cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Grande Prairie in Alberta, Kamloops in British Columbia, and Saskatoon in Saskatchewan. All locations offer an expansive range of programs and services to serve our most vulnerable community members.

Programs and services include:

  • Basic needs - emergency shelter, meals, clothing, and hygiene items
  • Health and Wellness
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Spiritual Care
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Impact Centres

With the support of our donors, volunteers, and the community, The Mustard Seed continues to grow and meet the needs of those we serve.

Meet our Executive Team

James Gardiner headshot

James Gardiner

Chief Executive Officer
Rosanne Goetz headshot

Rosanne Goetz

Chief Communications Officer
Bill Nixon headshot

Bill Nixon

Chief Program Officer
Janet Mathieson headshot

Janet Mathieson

Chief Human Resources Officer
Lorne Heppner headshot

Lorne Heppner

Chief Financial Officer
Philip Calvert headshot

Philip Calvert

Chief Development Officer


Jeremy Thiessen headshot

Jeremy Thiessen

Foundation Chair
Jason Krueger headshot

Jason Krueger

Foundation Director
Carolyn Scheil headshot

Carolyn Scheil

Foundation Director
Richard Lange headshot

Richard Lange

Foundation Director
Gregg Becker headshot

Gregg Becker

Foundation Director
Kevin Schular headshot

Kevin Schular

Society Chair
Reinhart Issler headshot

Reinhart Issler

Society Director
Bonnie Ogilvie headshot

Bonnie Ogilvie

Society Director
Benjamin Wiebe headshot

Benjamin Wiebe

Society Director


The Mustard Seed is committed to transparent accountability and open communication in all of its practices. We seek to share as much information as possible with you, our valued supporters.

View our Accountability Policies