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Charlie Fraga Elected Overall Coordinator
September 10

Charlie Fraga Elected Overall Coordinator

Charlie Fraga (Vancouver-Portland) will be the next overall coordinator of the People of Praise. He was elected by the community’s board of governors during an assembly that took place September 9-10.

New Principal Branch Coordinator for Servant Branch

Photo by Bob Cunningham.
DSC_4301Overall coordinator Craig Lent has appointed Tom Caneff as the new principal branch coordinator for Servant Branch. Tom will begin a six-year term on January 1, 2015. He follows Joel Kibler, who has served two consecutive six-year terms.

Tom, 61, is a tenured coordinator and has served many years as an area coordinator in Servant Branch, most recently as the coordinator of the campus area.

“I’m delighted by Tom’s decision to accept the responsibility for leading such a large branch,” says Craig. “Tom has a zeal for the Holy Spirit and a contagious enthusiasm for the community that he has already served so faithfully for decades.”

Tom has worked in the Finance Department of Thomson Reuters for 33 years. He and his wife Nancy have been married 33 years and have five children, all of whom are adult members of the People of Praise: Josh Caneff (South Bend), Naomi Coney (Mission Division, Indianapolis), Hannah Caneff (Colorado Springs), Sarah Stapp (Servant Branch) and Mary Ridenour (northern Virginia). Tom and Nancy have two grandchildren, Hosea Caneff and Olivia Stapp, and Tom’s mother Margaret Caneff is a covenanted member of Servant Branch, as was his father (also Tom) until the time of his death. Tom hails from Hastings, MN, and he and Nancy now live in Burnsville, MN.

Joel is currently a member of the community’s board of governors, where he will begin his second six-year term in December. He is head of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise, and at the end of December, he will move to the Brotherhood household in the Vancouver-Portland branch to run a nine-month Brotherhood study program.

Craig adds, “Joel has done a magnificent job in leading Servant Branch, and is loved and respected by all. Please pray for Tom and Nancy, and for Joel, during these next few months as they prepare for these changes.”


  1. Ray Hickey says:

    Congratulations Tom, I know that the branch will be in very good hands. You are an inspiration and fine example for us all.

  2. Robin Gonzalez says:

    Glory to God. Tom Caneff...a man dedicated to the building of God`s kingdom here on Earth.
    Congratulations Tom!

  3. Anne Brewer says:

    Wow! Such wonderful news!

  4. John P Elliott says:

    What a spot-on example of People of Praise Life and Love Incarnate has been chosen to lead our sister branch. And this recognition from a brother only recently come to know and appreciate him in short bursts. What Power in the Lord and Joy in the Lord the Servant Branch must be experiencing!!! Praise His Name, and the community governance process, to boot!

  5. Jerry Wind says:

    Joel has truly brought our branch fully into People of Praise. It's hard to measure what he has meant to our way of relating and loving and to our understanding of Christ in us.

    Knowing Tom well, I know he will pick up right where Joel leaves off. He is POP through and through. He is humble and child-like similar, to Joel and yet he is full of energy and a very focused leader. God is so good to us.

  6. Bob Linczer says:

    We have done some remarkable PTI,s together and I always recognized that you had great gifts that are going to be used now. Congratulations brother. We in the Oahu branch will keep you in our prayers.

  7. John & Marlene Gehl says:

    Well, we just had the opportunity to get to know you with the wedding reception for Mary and Joe in NOVA and the MIC seminar. We wish you the blessings of our Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit in your new assignment as PBC.

    John & Marlene

  8. Bill Kenney says:

    Dorothy and I are pleased with you accepting the invitation to be the new Branch Coordinator. You are an inspiration for all of us.

  9. Frank Bassett says:

    Congratulations, Tom, and may Our Lord pour out His richest blessings upon you & Nancy as you assume the hugely important role of PBC for Servant Branch. You have very large shoes to fill with the departure of Joel, but with your proven gifts, love of the Lord & His people, and the power of the Holy Spirit, I know you will do a great job leading your Branch. You are a wonderful brother & friend, & this news has filled my with much joy. Blessings, Frank.

  10. Gina Kadera says:

    What wonderful news!
    Thank you Tom for your yes to this work. You have been and are a great gift to what the Lord has done and is doing in Servant Branch. You and Nancy have our prayers as you begin your appointment as PBC.
    It goes without saying how blessed we all have been with Joel. Vancouver - Portland are anxious to have him here.
    God Bless you both abundantly!
    Gina & Jim

  11. Karen Heintzelman says:

    Thank you, Joel, for all your loving service and thank you Tom for accepting this service of leadership! God bless all of you!

  12. Justin Walters says:

    Praise God! Happy for Servant Branch! Thank you Tom!!

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