Dan and Jenica Van Essen

Our God Story

We were born into Christian families who were highly involved in the life of their churches. We each accepted Christ and felt a call to ministry at a young age. Attending C&MA churches throughout high school gave us both many opportunities to grow into God's calling. During high school and university we each had multiple opportunities to be involved in short-term missions trips, which God used to stir a desire for international ministry. During our first years of marriage we lived & served in a missional community/house church context in both Calgary & Halifax. We continue to have a passion for simple & reproducible movements that empower every follower of Jesus for the upward, inward and outward works of ministry. We long to see everyone learn to listen to God and, in His power, respond in faithful & courageous obedience, live in Kingdom-focused community and embrace their missionary calling.

Our Vision

We embrace our Mexico City Team mission and vision: Abiding in Christ we are: Consumed by the Great Commandment, Compelled by the Great Commission, Completing our Kingdom Calling. In every effort, discipling people to be a transforming presence among the least-reached.

Current Priorities

We live and serve in Del Valle, a desirable neighbourhood for urban professionals due to its centrality within the city. We engage in our boys’ school, which aims to provide quality education while shining light into the lives of students and their families.

Least-reached People Group (LRPG)

We work with a unique group of LRPG’s called the Urban Professionals in Mexico City.  You can learn more about the Urban Professionals of Mexico city by visiting our LRPG page.


After completing an extra year on Home Assignment in Canada due to the pandemic, we are now embarking on our second term in Mexico. Please pray that our transition back to life and ministry in Spanish would be covered in God's grace, especially for Elliot and Arie.  Please pray that we would be attuned to God's voice as we step into new areas of ministry: journeying alongside Mexicans as we develop our hearts and habits around bringing access to Jesus where few or none have heard.​


The Global Advance Fund covers our support and living expenses. All donations are tax deductible.  Make cheque payable to "C&MA Canada".



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