JAM International is led by a dedicated team, who are responsible for steering JAM International’s global activities. The team is responsible for overseeing the efficient and effective running of the organisation, as well as increasing the presence of JAM on the international non-profit sector for the benefit of those we serve. Being involved in a range of humanitarian and missionary work means the JAM leadership team is more tuned in to what is happening in the development sector.
Here’s a brief synopsis of JAM International’s leadership team, specifically relating to each of their areas of education, expertise and interests:
JAM Founder and Former CEO
(22.02.1945 – 09.08.2018)
The late Peter Pretorius is the Founder and also served as Chief Executive Officer of JAM International, until his passing on 9 August 2018.
He began his career with his father in the family construction company, gaining invaluable knowledge in the business and expanding his expertise in different trades.
Peter’s involvement in Christian outreach crusades steered him to becoming involved in humanitarian aid work, which led him to the fateful experience in 1984 when he was left stranded at a relief and food distribution center for 10 days with no food and very little water.
Being exposed to extreme hunger, poverty and death at a place that was supposed to provide relief, Peter and his wife, Ann, made the decision to dedicate their lives to alleviate the suffering of the poor, thus Joint Aid Management was established.
The world may have lost a legend and the poverty stricken in Africa lost one of their greatest champions, but Peter’s legacy continues to move forward.
Alongside her husband Peter Pretorius, Ann co-founded Jesus Alive Ministries in 1983. After more than three decades of tent, open-air and now rural gospel outreaches, more than 12 million people have registered the decision to receive Jesus.
In 1984, after witnessing thousands of Mozambicans, mostly infants and young children, dying from starvation, they founded JAM International.
Affectionately known by many as “Mama JAM”, due to her passion for the people of Africa, Ann is a highly motivated, compassionate and emotional woman, passionate for the cause.
Amongst other gifting’s, Ann has great talents in administration and marketing, and her dedicated contributions in these areas have brought JAM to where it is today – serving more than 1.2 billion meals to its beneficiaries over more than three decades.
Phone: +27 (0) 11 548 3900
Angie is the COO of Joint Aid Management International and also sits on the Boards of JAM SA and JAM Water. In her role as COO, Angie is responsible for all of JAM’s Operational functions, including HR, Finance and Programmes, not only at HQ but within the Regional Offices as well.
She has over twenty-five years of experience in developing financial, administrative and human resource systems, government and community relations in Africa, including International non-profit interests. She has over the years created and managed financial and Operations divisions responsible for the Financial/Operational oversight of all privately and donor funded international programmes.
Prior to joining JAM in December 2006, Angie worked for World Vision International in various countries and positions. One of the positions she held was that of Regional Finance and Administrative Manager of C-SAFE (Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security Emergency), which was a multi-country, multi-NGO initiative with a budget of $500 million dollars responding to the food security emergency in Southern Africa.
Phone: +27 (0) 11 548 3900
JAM Canada Board Members
Rick Ciaramitaro has been the senior pastor of Windsor Christian Fellowship in Windsor Ontario for the past 35 years.
He is passionate about everything he does. He is very involved impacting the local community by helping the poor and providing resources to strengthen marriages and families. Rick, and his wife Cathy, travel extensively to encourage leadership teams with a message of hope. He has being the catalyst for many being involved with JAM and has a huge heart to make a difference. Rick and Cathy have six children and sixteen grandchildren.
Steve Fleming has served Koinonia since founding it in 1984, in the greater Kitchener area. Over the years, their faithfulness has brought constant and steady growth. His compassion to help others has led him to serve on the board of directors for JAM. Steve and his wife Beth have 3 grown children. Their influence reaches far beyond to many others throughout Canada.
Dave Koop spent his early years pursuing further education, careers and raising a young family. He spent many year in a successful career in the oil industry. After many years he pioneered a new church plant in the core of downtown Vancouver, Canada in 1994 with their young family.
His years of business and influence has being a value added key to JAM He and his wife are proud parents of 4 grown children, 3 in-laws and 3 beautiful grandsons.
Jeannie McGrew is a women of profound wisdom and God has given him a great ability to impart that wisdom to the people. She travels much throughout Canada teaching and helping other leaders. travels much throughout Canada ministering in the strong Apostolic gift that God has given to him. Jeannie and her husband live in Victoria, British Columbia.