Dear Friends of ICR,

I am delighted to announce that Ravi Chandran has joined ICR on June 1, 2019 as our National Director. It was through a prayerful process over a number of months that our board has selected Ravi to be our next Canadian Director. Ravi has provided leadership to a number of organizations and has an amazing wonderful track record of significant organizational growth. His last position was with Living Truth/The Peoples Church, Toronto where he faithfully served for 14 years, working closely with Pastor Charles Price (TV and Radio host, author and preacher) and several others. .

The Board of ICR is grateful to Mel Wiebe for his invaluable contribution over the past 9 years. He has shared his passion of serving the persecuted church. Through Mel’s efforts, ICR has been able to support God’s work all over the world. However, due to health concerns Mel will no longer continue in this leadership role, but will continue to serve in the role of President Emeritus. ICR thrift store, ministry operations and overseas projects will continue as always. Mel will continue to work with ICR especially during the leadership transition.

As I spent time with Ravi I was delighted to discover his tender heart toward serving God and people and especially his passion for kingdom work. He is a humble man of God and bears a servant hearted leadership style. Ravi has a doctoral programme in International development. He is a product of Ryerson University in Toronto (Fundraising Management programme). Ravi and Anita are graduates of Haggai Institute in Maui. Very recently, Ravi has completed the Arrow Executive Leadership course offered by Arrow Institute in Abbotsford, BC.

The Chandran family moved to Canada from South India 19 years ago. Ravi and Anita are blessed with two daughters, Lisa and Tanya. ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’ Ravi shares this with much gratitude to God and people. Ravi comes from a close knit family of Christian workers, ministers and preachers. In his youth, he was involved and admired the work of Richard Wurmbrand and his publications ‘Tortured for Christ’ in their New Delhi branch office.

We are one big family (of God) in this divine work that God is undertaking in the world. His Truth is marching on, and God has an unstoppable mission to advance His Church wherever He wills. We are excited to be part of God’s plans and please remember Ravi and the entire ICR family in your prayers, as we share the hope and help that is in Christ Jesus, with the Persecuted Church all across the globe.

I trust that you will get to know and connect with Ravi and to make him feel welcome and productive in his new calling as well. He would love to hear from you and he can be reached at 416-844-4616 or

Thank you so much, for standing with us!

Yours in Him,

Brent Friesen

Chairperson – Executive Search Committee/ICR Board of Directors