Who We Are Staff


Mel Siggelkow - Executive Director

In 2007 Mel began Rising Above as a ministry through the Church he was pastoring in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  This ministry grew quickly, and after 20 years of pastoral ministry Mel realized that his passion for helping people “break cycles of defeat” was pulling him more towards the ministry of Rising Above.  Mel transitioned out of the Church leadership role to devote his energy towards Rising Above.  Mel says, “seeing people break free from destructive patterns is the most rewarding and fulfilling work I have ever been involved with.”  Mel enjoys opportunities to share about Rising Above with various groups and speaking at different churches. 

Mel and his wife Liz have been married for over 30 years and have raised three amazing kids who are now young adults. They are thrilled to see the hearts of compassion and outreach in each of their children. 

Both Mel and Liz were raised in strong Christian families and were modeled a lifestyle of compassion.  Those seeds have grown and the passion to help people is what keeps them so engaged with a ministry like Rising Above.   

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Lynne Van der Raadt - Residential Treatment  Manager

Lynne comes to Rising Above with a heart for people in vulnerable situations. She has a variety of experience which will aide her in working with the participants. She brings passion and kindness to the people of our program. We are very pleased to have Lynne on our team.

Lynne says: “For the last year I have been praying God would lead me to where I could make a difference in peoples lives. I am so happy that this is where he wants me to be, and my prayer is that I can serve where he directs.”

Lynne is married to Mark, we are blessed to have our 3 sons live near by and enjoy spending time with each of their families.

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Kim Peters - inner healing/ Case Management

Kim started working at Rising Above in August 2012. She worked in Administration for the last three years and has recently moved into a Case Management Role.

Kim was recently married to her husband Carey in May of 2015. Together in their blended family they have 3 children, and both have strong hearts to serve Jesus in the lives of vulnerable people.

Kim says ” I knew I wanted to find a career with purpose, and this is where God has led me. I love coming to work each day and seeing the smiles on the participants faces, even though they are facing great challenges in their lives. We all have things to learn and ways to grow, and being a part of Rising Above is truly a blessing in my life!”

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Kristy Wilkinson - Administration and finance

Kristy Wilkinson is our Finance/ Administrator at Rising Above. She has recently moved to the area from B.C. Kristy has her education  in administration, and truly feels that this is her gifting. Kristy is married with two children and is excited to be a part of our team.

Kristy comes from a back ground that gives her a heart for people in addictions. She loves seeing the clients come in and receive healing. 

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Elmer Spilchen - Director of Development

Elmer Spilchen is the Director of Development for Rising Above. He retired from Alberta Health Services and started with us in February of 2015.

His role is to help develop and support the Rising Above Ministry as it continues to grow.  Elmer is inspired by the courage of the participants and enjoys seeing them reach their potential as God created them.  “I believe Rising Above reveals the heart of God for the vulnerable and needy, and it is an honor to be part of this amazing ministry team.”  Elmer is married to Laurel, and they enjoy time with their children and grandchildren who also live in Grande Prairie.

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Bill Schmidt - Second Chance Furniture Manager

 Bill joined the team at rising above in November of 2015. Prior to that I have been working in management roles in various companies for the last 20 years.
My role here at Rising above is to manage the Second Chance furniture store and teach the participants in our program job skills that help them integrate back into the work force. 
Bill has a certificate in biblical studies, and a diploma in Christian ministries.

Bill has been married to Jennifer for 10 years and has three amazing daughters Mia, Alyra, and Bethany. Bill says " I was asking God for a place where I could make a difference and help people for the last year, and when this opportunity came along I knew it was from God."

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Irene Hamm - Inner Healing  facilitator 

Irene and her husband have lived in the Grande Prairie area for 37 years and along with their 5 children and 5 grandchildren, have made many memories in this city.  Her family bring her much joy!  Irene has been richly blessed in her travels to an orphanage in Kenya for the past 9 years, in hosting many groups at their second home in Victoria and also being involved in her local church. 

She has always had a heart to come alongside others and her greatest delight is to connect others to Jesus for healing and restoration.  God has performed miracles in her own heart and she has witnessed many God miracles in others’ lives as they choose to trust in Him.  Irene is thankful to be part of the great team of Rising Above since November, 2014.  It is the best job in the whole world!  

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bruce cook - inner healing/case management

Bruce joined the Staff at Rising Above in May of 2017. Prior to arriving here Bruce served as a Pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He has also worked in the customer service field for over 25 years. Bruce began his journey at Rising Above by volunteering in Case Management and Inner healing and quickly found that it was the right fit for him and how God has gifted him. It became apparent very quickly that God was leading him to serve in this most important ministry.

One of Bruce’s greatest passions is to see people have an encounter with Jesus that leads to healing and wholeness, which results in peace and joy. Having experienced a great amount of inner healing in his own life he understands how valuable that this would be in the lives of the people he works with.

Bruce has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Ministry. He is married to Diane and they have 3 amazing daughters and six wonderful grandchildren. They look forward to any opportunity they can have to spend time with them.

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