Rev. David Mainse’s extraordinary legacy
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Rev. David Mainse’s death,” said Geri Rodman, president of InterVarsity. “We join with so many others in celebrating the incredible legacy of faith of this man of God.”
Rev. Mainse passed away on September 25th, 2017 at the age of 81. A key visionary, founder and CEO of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc., Rev. Mainse was well-loved for his leadership, passion and innovation.
Rev. Mainse built an extensive network of ministries ranging from media programming to Christian summer camps. In addition to his well-known television program, 100 Huntley Street, he also started a children’s program called Circle Square which eventually was broadcast in 50 countries.
In 1978, the children’s program gave birth to the first Circle Square Ranch, which eventually grew into a network of summer camps for children and teens across Canada.
In 2011, Crossroads made a strategic gift, asking InterVarsity to assume ownership of the Ranches and continue to develop them into the future. It was an incredible gift, received with joy by InterVarsity, which has owned and operated Pioneer Camps for nearly 90 years.
“Both the Circle Square TV show and the Ranches were part of Rev. Mainse’s extraordinary vision to reach children with the Gospel message, and to help them follow Jesus for a lifetime,” said Ms. Rodman.
“It is our honour and privilege to carry on the legacy first envisioned by Rev. Mainse and then stewarded so well by Crossroads. The decision to give something away so it would continue to grow and flourish is a remarkable example of Kingdom partnership.”
Read more about Rev. Mainse’s life and legacy, as well as details about his memorial service, here