Meet the Team

Mark & Lea Mallett

Mark Mallett is a former award-winning journalist turned Catholic singer/songwriter and evangelist. He is the author of The Now Word and co-founder and co-host of Countdown to the Kingdom. After moving back to Alberta, Mark sensed the Lord calling forth a new ministry... new wine in a new wineskin. After a year and a half of discernment with Bishop Gary Franken, with his spiritual director, and a wonderful group of individuals with a heart for Christ, Novum was launched. Mark's wife, Lea, has been an integral and "harmonious" part of their ministry together — literally — both as a backup singer as well as putting her graphic design skills to work behind Mark's websites and albums.

Together, they have 8 children and live in Northern, Alberta, Canada.

Joey & Stephanie Leroux

Stephanie Leroux (formerly Koch) has been singing since she was about four years old, has written over a hundred songs, has recorded two CD’s, and has put on numerous concerts througout Canada. She’s always had a passion for doing ministry, especially with the youth. She has been part of countless music and prayer ministries in all kinds of venues, communities, and capacities over the years, including as dorm mom at John Paul II Bible School in Radway for a year. She joined the Servants of the Cross in Ottawa for six years, and always an active part of her parish music ministry.

Joey Leroux has also been doing music since he was a wee lad, focusing largely on musical theory and the piano.  Developing over several decades through music ministries in many parishes with various singers and groups, numerous weddings, and writing multi-part choral and instrumental pieces, music has become his preferred form of prayer, and he uses it to speak of all aspects of God’s presence and His love for us beyond what words can say.

In the over eight years of their marriage, Joey & Stephanie have seldom been away from some form of music ministry for long, and hope their children will one day join them in this.


Crystal Joly Dean

Crystal is a gatherer with a strong desire to nurture Catholic culture especially with teens & young adults. She enjoys creating opportunities for young Catholics to connect with their faith & with each other which has lead her to teaching Theology of the Body for teens, Youth Bible studies, leading a Life Teen evangelization program, hosting rosary campfire nights, adoration evenings and youth prayer ministry. Her heart for young people has also lead her to filling up her van with as many teens as possible to head out to various youth retreats — "Roadtrip Time!" She encountered Christ powerfully for the first time as a young adult, started living the great adventure of a sacramental life and forges ahead no matter what comes her way. She is a current Encounter Ministries student, learning to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. She serves Novum as an organizer that has a heart to make this ministry a home for all ages, including teens who want to encounter the Living God.

Roger & Rachelle Gratton

Roger has been active as youth leader for Servants of The Cross, been a member/ Grand Knight for the local Knights of Columbus organization, served on the parish board, and is part of the core team for the Live In movement. Rachel has led Children’s Liturgy and helped form the local K4J team. Roger and Rachel are a big yearly support of Camp St Louis for Catholic youth. The Catholic Faith plays a vital and primary role in their family life. Rachel is the Treasurer for Novum.

Roger and Rachel have been married for 30 years and are raising their family north of St. Paul while loving country living!

Robert & Lana Lambert

Robert and Lana Lambert have been involved in several ministries apart from one another, so they are excited to finally serve together on the Novum team! Robert grew up in Bonnyville, Alberta and has always been involved in the Catholic Church. As a youth, he was an altar server, attended Camp St Louis, and took in every youth retreat he could. In 1998, he became involved with the Live-in movement and is now a core member of their leadership team. Robert was also part of the Sacramental Preparation team at St Louis Parish in Bonnyville for eight years.

Lana Lambert has a background in Christian radio and has been involved in ministry in the St. Paul diocese for fifteen years, including K4J, Conquest/Challenge, Sacramental Preparation, Alpha, RCIA, the Why Encounter, and Awaken. She is passionate about evangelization and is always looking for new ways to share her faith with those around her. Lana is currently enrolled in the two-year program “Encounter Ministries”, which trains and disciples its students to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Robert and Lana look forward to what God has planned for this diocese in the months and years to come!

Michelle Evans

Michelle is a mother of five children whom she homeschools. She started singing and playing music at her B.C. parish when she was 11 years old and later attended the John Paul II Catholic Bible school in 1994/95 and then proceeded to discern at the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Saskatoon, SK. During this time, she assisted Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) with worship music. Michelle later returned to Radways and the JPII Bible school to teach first-year students in music and praise and worship leadership. During this time, Michelle took Elijah House prayer healing training. After marrying Jeff in 1999, they moved back to Alberta, Radway, and they both assisted in many different roles, mainly music, administration, and prayer healing. She received a certificate in Theophositic Prayer Ministry. Michelle has a heart for the Lord and desires to serve wherever He leads. Michelle sings, but also plays the piano, guitar and flute. Recently, she continues to play and sing at mass and leads adoration nights in Legal, AB, where she lives with her husband Jeff and children.