Editors & Writers
Reg Reimer, Canada
Reg is a native of British Columbia, Canada. He met his wife LaDonna in Nebraska where they attended Bible College and university. They were called to world mission at the Omaha Gospel Tabernacle – later Christ Community Church – of the Christian Missionary Alliance (C&MA). They went to Vietnam as missionaries with two young children in 1966. Reg completed a master’s degree at Fuller Seminary’s School of World Mission during a leave from Vietnam in 1972. The Reimer’s returned to serve in that war-torn country until the fall of Vietnam to communism in 1975.
After a year of teaching at the C&MA’s Canadian Bible College and Seminary, the Reimers were reassigned to Thailand where Reg directed Indochina refugee ministries and development work for World Relief US throughout Southeast Asia until 1983. Reg served as the first president of World Relief Canada in Toronto for the next 10 years, building an organization implementing relief and development projects with churches in more than 30 countries.
In 1994, Reg joined the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and was seconded to serve as a senior staff member of the World Evangelical Alliance. In this capacity he ministered in the area of healing and reconciliation in post-war and post-genocide situations, such as in the Indochina countries and Rwanda. In December of 2004, following the tsunami in Southeast Asia, Reg responded to a call to serve the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka in building its capacity for post-tsunami rehabilitation response.
Reg, who has a long commitment to Christian collaboration, joined Interdev (later International Partnering Associates) in 1998 as coordinator for Mainland Southeast Asia. He serves as senior mentor to the Strategic Vietnam Partnership which he helped found in 1997. He also serves on the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s Religious Liberty Commission.
During his first post-communist trip to Vietnam in 1980, Reg was called by church leaders to “raise our voice in the outside world – because we cannot speak for ourselves”. Since then advocacy for the persecuted church in Vietnam has always been a major activity alongside more formal responsibilities.
Reg has completed more than 100 missions to Vietnam since then and has documented religious freedom abuses of Protestants in Vietnam. Fluent in spoken and written Vietnamese, Reg has acquired and translated many key documents on the subject. His findings are regularly released by various Christian and secular organizations. In 2000 he was invited to brief President Clinton on the eve of his historic visit to Vietnam. In 2011 Reg published the acclaimed Vietnam’s Christians: A Century of Growth in Adversity.
Reg’s life partner LaDonna Rose, is a retired social worker who graciously continues to find avenues of volunteer service. The Reimers have a son Jay, who with his wife Beth teaches at an international school in Penang, Malaysia. They have three children including an adopted son from Ethiopia. The Reimer’s daughter, Kila, a career relief and development specialist, lives in Cambodia and is currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia. The Reimers live in Abbotsford, BC, Canada. As members of Sevenoaks Alliance Church they continue to nurture the cause of world mission.