CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
José Ramón Alcántara-Mejía
Rev. Dr. José Alcántara received an M.T. from Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia; an M.A. in romance literature from the University of Washington, Seattle; and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He has worked with the Christian Student Movement in Mexico, with the Intervarsity and Lutheran University movements in the United States, and with Christian service groups to Latin American immigrants in Vancouver. Alcántara co-founded various social service and theological education associations in Mexico. He has also taught at a number of seminaries and is currently teaching classes at the Theological Community of Mexico. Since 1983, he has been professor at the Iberoamerican University, serving in research and as director of the Department of Literature. He was ordained as pastor in the Lutheran Church of Mexico on August 11, 2002.
Samuel P. Ango
Dr. Samuel Ango was born in 1960 in Zuru, Kebbi State of Nigeria. He began his university education in 1980, and obtained a B.A. in English language at Bayoro University, Kano, Nigeria, in 1984. Ango obtained a master's degree in literature from Ahmadu Bellow University, Zaria, Nigeria, in 1994; a master of arts in Christian education at ECWA Theological College, Igbaja, Nigeria, in 1997; and a Ph.D. in religious education at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, Nigeria, in 2004. Ango has worked as a clerk and teacher at primary, secondary, and tertiary schools. He has been the provost at UMCA Theological College, Ilorin, Nigeria, since 2000.
Dr. Blomberg is senior member in philosophy of education, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. After researching the implications of a Christian theory of knowledge for curriculum, Blomberg worked at Mount Evelyn Christian School from 1977 to 1991. He was also the principal of the (now National) Institute for Christian Education from its inception in 1978 until 1998. In 1990, he was elected a fellow of the Australian College of Education for his contribution to the theory and practice of Christian education. Blomberg has published widely on Christian schooling, Christian education, and other themes.
M. Elaine Botha
Dr. Elaine Botha was born and raised in the Republic of South Africa. She studied social work and philosophy at the Potchefstroom campus of the University of the North West. She has earned two Ph.D. degrees, one from Potchefstroom University and a second from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. In 1975, Botha became a full professor in the Department of Philosophy of Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Potchefstroom, was appointed head of the Department of Philosophy in 1990, and retired in 1995. She served as academic vice-president at Redeemer College from 1995 to 2000 and director of research and faculty development, director of the Dooyeweerd Centre, and professor of philosophy at Redeemer University College from 2000 to 2004.
Jeffrey P. Bouman
Dr. Jeffrey Bouman is a member of the faculty and director of the Service-Learning Center at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received a B.A. in sociology from Calvin College in 1987, an M.A. in student personnel from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, in 1989, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan in 2004. His research interests include the role of religion in the history of American higher education; the role that experience, service, and reflection play in the learning process for college and university students; and a redefinition of Christian activism to include both piety and social action. Bouman has been at Calvin since 2002, and is interested in collaborating widely in the area of college students and their making connections between intellectual, spiritual, and physical dimensions of their lives.
Professor Cristian Buchiu is assistant professor at Hyperion University in Bucharest, Romania, where he has been teaching religious and cultural studies since 2003. Before that, he had received his B.A. in theology from the University of Bucharest and continued his theological studies receiving a master of theology degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in New York. He is interested in issues regarding the church and modern society, focusing especially on the relationship between Christianity and democracy. Buchiu received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Bucharest with a research paper on this theme. While still working toward finishing his Ph.D., Buchiu has developed a parallel interest in ecumenical issues and has been elected as a board member of the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe, a Brussels-based fellowship of national youth councils with members in 26 countries, which trains and educates young adults on ecumenical issues.
Dr. Ken Bussema serves the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as the vice-president for student programs. His responsibilities include oversight and leadership for the CCCU’s 11 semester-long/summer-long culture crossing and cultural shaping programs. Bussema brings 30 years of experience in Christian higher education and a decade of experience in study abroad to the challenges of program development and enhancement, assessment of student learning and cultural engagement. With a background in psychology and counseling, Bussema is particularly interested in the impact of student programs on students’s emerging sense of identity and calling. Before joining the CCCU staff, Bussema was professor of psychology at Dordt College.
Douglas G. Campbell
Dr. Douglas G. Campbell is a professor of art at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, where he teaches art history and art studio courses. His paintings, prints, drawings, and mixed media artworks have been included in more than 150 juried and invitational exhibits in New York City, Portland, New Orleans, Pocatello, Montreal, and other cities. His book, Seeing: When Art and Faith Intersect, was published by University Press of America in 2002. Campbell’s articles, book reviews, exhibitions reviews, poems, and reproductions of his artwork have appeared in Artweek, Christian Scholar’s Review, The Other Side, Mars Hills Review, Liberal and Fine Arts Review, Atlanta Review, Windhover, and other publications.
Dr. Joel Carpenter is the director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College. From 1996 to 2006, he was provost of Calvin College. Prior to that, he was director of the Religion Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, a position he took in 1989, after 12 years of teaching at Calvin College, Trinity International University, and Wheaton College. While at Wheaton, he was the director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. A graduate of Calvin College, Carpenter received his Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University. His special expertise is in American religious history, and he is the author of the award-winning study, Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism (Oxford, 1997). His latest work, which he coedited with Lamin Sanneh, is The Changing Face of Christianity: Africa, the West, and the World (Oxford, 2005).
Dr. Premalatha Dinakarlal has taught English language and literature at Holy Cross College, Nagercoil, India. for more than three decades and currently heads the Department of English. She holds master's degrees in English literature and journalism and mass communication, and an M.Phil. in comparative literature. She has won a gold medal from Indira Gandhi National Open University for creative writing in English. She has served as resource person in many national seminars and has published several articles on literature in reputed journals. She has directed and presented quite a few radio programs. Her area of specialization is feminism, and her Ph.D. thesis is on the feminist themes in the fiction of Sylvia Plath, Alice Munro, and Arundhati Roy.
Professor Margaret Edgell teaches and researches as an associate professor of business at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the United States. Her work experience includes nine years as an international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., analyzing and enacting U.S. policy in international finance and trade. She is currently conducting research, which she began as a Lilly Faculty Scholar, on the faith formation of business students. Edgell is a doctoral student in higher education at Michigan State University. Her teaching areas are management and macroeconomics. Before she moved to Michigan four years ago, Edgell taught international business and macroeconomics at Seattle Pacific University. She also established an economics course at Bellevue Christian High School. She holds an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University, and a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University.
Musa A. B. Gaiya
Dr. Musa Gaiya is a professor of church history at the University of Jos. He has been teaching in this institution since 1990. His major area of research and publication is in mission history in Africa, especially the impact of Christian mission in the transformation of African societies. Presently Gaiya is conducting research regarding Muslim/Christian relations globally and in Nigeria.
R. Ruard Ganzevoort
Professor R. Ruard Ganzevoort (b.1965), an alumnus of Utrecht University, is professor of practical theology at V.U. University Amsterdam and professor of theology at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle (NL). Previously, he taught for 11 years at Kampen Theological University and served 10 years as a Reformed minister before his teaching career. His research focuses on life narratives and pastoral care, and on the interface of violence, trauma, and religion. Ganzevoort has published and edited 13 books and over 80 scholarly and professional articles, and he has lectured in Suriname, Belgium, Canada, and South Africa. He has participated in the development of several programs in theological education, focused on student-centered learning strategies, distant learning, and the integration of knowledge and personal experience. Ganzevoort is president of the International Academy of Practical Theology and member of the board of the Dutch Research School in Theology and Religious Sciences.
Nelly García Murillo
Nelly García Murillo received a scholarship of qualification in Christian education from Mount Hermon Missionary Training College in London, England. Since graduation, she worked four years for the Community of the International Estudiantes Evangelicos (IFES). García has developed the IFES programs in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. She has taught in a secondary education school, spent three years as a professor of Spanish in the Independent National University of Nicaragua, and four years at the University on Costa Rica. She has written articles pertaining to education, literature, and Latin American culture, which have been published in Central American periodicals. García has been a member of the IAPCHE and IFES boards and currently serves on the Latin American Biblical University and the Ecumenical Department of Investigaciones (DEI) boards of directors.
Perry L. Glanzer
Dr. Perry L. Glanzer is an associate professor at Baylor University. He teaches courses addressing issues related to religion, politics, morality, and education in the Department of Church and State and the School of Education. His scholarly work addresses these topics in both the United States and the former Soviet Union. His first book, The Quest for Russia’s Soul: Evangelicals and Moral Education in Post-Communist Russia (Baylor University Press), covered this topic in the Russian context. Glanzer’s scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Journal of Moral Education, Educational Policy, Journal of Church and State, Christian Scholars Review, Religious Education, Journal of General Education, Journal of Education and Christian Belief and Religion, and State and Society. He received his B.A. from Rice University in religion, history, and political science, an M.A. from Baylor in church-state studies, and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Susan S. Hasseler
Dr. Susan Hasseler is the associate dean for teacher education and a professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She completed her B.S. in special education at Calvin College; her M.A. in special education: learning disabilities at the University of South Dakota; and her Ph.D. at Northwestern University, where she focused on social policy and teacher learning. Dr. Hasseler taught for 13 years in elementary and middle schools before pursuing her Ph.D. Her scholarly interests include anti-racist multicultural education, educational leadership, and international education. She does research on multicultural teacher preparation in South Africa and has worked with Christian school leaders in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Adrian A. Helleman
Dr. Adrian Helleman has spent most of his professional life teaching cross culturally. For nine and a half years, he taught philosophy and theology in several schools in the Philippines. He was a member of the faculty of philosophy at Moscow State University for six and a half years and taught courses in philosophy and theology at various schools in Moscow and St. Petersburg. He is currently teaching in Nigeria at the University of Jos in the Department of Religious Studies, as well as in several seminaries in that country. He serves there with Christian Studies International, the Canadian affiliate of the International Institute for Christian Studies. Helleman received his B.A. from Calvin College and his M.Div. and Th.M. from Calvin Seminary. He earned his Ph.D. at St. Michael’s College, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Dr. John Hiemstra is professor of political science at The King’s University College in Edmonton, Canada. He has taught at The King’s since 1991. Hiemstra completed a B.A. in secondary education at Dordt College in 1978. He earned an M.Phil. from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, and completed a Ph.D. in public policy and political philosophy at the University of Calgary. Hiemstra has been researching plurality, policy, and school choice in Alberta for four summers. This has yielded articles such as "Calvinist Pluriformity Challenges Liberal Assimilation: A novel case for publicly funding Alberta’s private schools, 1953-1967," in the Journal of Canadian Studies (Fall 2005). He has written on many public policy issues as well as faith and multiculturalism in Canadian schooling. He is currently initiating a comparative study of Christian approaches to the analysis of public life and policy, with a special emphasis on the “public justice approach.”
Darrel W. Hilbrands
Dr. Darrel W. Hilbrands (b.1949) is the son of a Reformed Church in America pastor. He received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1971. After several years of teaching in public schools, he received a M.Ed. in 1979. He went to Atlanta, Georgia, where he started a street ministry. Feeling a stronger call from the Lord, Hilbrands went to study theology, and in 1981 initiated his career in México receiving an M.Div. in 1985, and a Ph.D. in 2004. He has served as a pastor and teacher in several churches and Bible institutes and has helped to establish several Christian schools, including ILMES (Free Institute of Mexico for Higher Learning), where Christian teachers are trained. He has worked for more than 15 years in children’s homes. Presently he serves as the general director of the Ministerios Pan de Vida children’s home and as rector and professor of ILMES, both institutions in the city of Queretaro, Mexico.
Ms. Elisabeth Herma (Lieske) Hulscher received her M.A. degree from Amsterdam Free University. She is a registered supervisor/coach/counsellor and teaches in the Departments of Human Resource Management and Business Administration at Ede Christian University, the Netherlands. Her specializations are cross-cultural communication and management, supervision, coaching, and counseling.
John Hulst, IAPCHE Executive Secretary Emeritus
Dr. John B. Hulst is president emeritus of Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa. Even though Hulst is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, he has spent most of his professional life in the field of Christian education and, since his retirement, has continued working for that cause. He has served as executive secretary of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE), as senior fellow of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in Washington, D.C., and as chair of the Board of the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As advisor to IAPCHE, Hulst has also worked with organizations such as the Center for Educational Services, Christian Schools International, Worldwide Christian Schools, and the Youth and Christian Nurture Commission of the Reformed Ecumenical Council, in an effort to assist Christian elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.
J. Emmanuel Janagan
Dr. J. Emmanuel Janagan (b. 1964) is working as the principal of Kaypeeyes College, Kotagiri. He also has worked as the head of the Department of Social Work in Bishop Appasamy College since June 1996. Before that he worked as a Project Officer in an International Funding agency, “Ceyrac,” at Chennai for eight years. Janagan has a B.A. in English literature, M.S.W., and M.Phil. in social work and a Ph.D. in social work. His areas of specialization are human resource management, community development, and social work research. He is presently a member of the Board of Studies in Social Work, Bharathiar University, a member of Salim Ali Naturalist Forum, Annaikatty, and the Citizens Voice Club, Coimbatore. He has published several articles in Indian Express and has presented papers at various universities. He has been the recipient of many awards and certificates of appreciation for his work.
Dr. Henk Jochemsen (b. 1952) studied molecular biology and completed a Ph.D. in the same field at Leiden University. From 1980 to 1986 he worked with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Paraguay, at the same time holding the chair in molecular biology at the National University in Asunción. Back in the Netherlands, in 1987, he became the director of the newly founded Professor Lindeboom Institute, a centre for medical ethics. He has published and been consulted nationally and internationally about medical ethical issues such as euthanasia, predictive genetics, and cloning. For the Institute for Culture Ethics, Amersfoort, he worked among other things on the ethics of sustainable development and business ethics. Currently he holds the Lindeboom chair for medical ethics at the Free University Medical Centre in Amsterdam and is an advisory board member of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Bannockburn, Illinois, and a Fellow of the Wilberforce Forum, Washington, D.C.
Lizette F. Knight
Dr. Lizette Knight recently completed her sabbatical leave from the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary where she holds the positions of full professor and associate dean. She has worked as a youth minister at Calvary Baptist Church, University Touch Center, Trinidad Baptist Church, and Cornerstone Church of Los Angeles. Knight has a B.S. in chemical engineering, an M.Div. in religious education from PBTS, a D.Min. from ABGTS, an M.A. and Ph.D. in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. Her goal is to equip the equippers in the areas of education, evangelism, mission, and discipleship. Following her sabbatical, Knight was promoted from associate professor to full professor. Her current administrative positions are seminary education by extension director and field education director.
Nick Lantinga, IAPCHE Executive Director
Dr. Nick Lantinga received his B.A. in political science from Calvin College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago. His dissertation research, The Miracle that Saves the World: Augustine and Hanna Arendt’s Politics of Redemption, relates the religious assumptions of these two thinkers to their social theories. While working as a teaching fellow and instructor at Loyola from 1993 to 1995, he helped develop the first community policing strategies in Chicago. From 1995 to 1997 he served as editorial assistant to the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has provided radio political commentary, and has published articles in Christian Scholar’s Review, Regeneration Quarterly, and in the proceedings of IAPCHE conferences in Sao Paulo, Chennai, and Moscow. Nick was appointed executive secretary of IAPCHE in July 2002.
Professor Tom Larney was born in Ventersdorp in the North-West Province of South Africa in 1946 and studied at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (presently the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University). He obtained qualifications in political science, librarianship, and philosophy (the latter uncompleted). After working in military intelligence for five years, he returned to his alma mater in 1976 as lecturer in international politics. Larney transferred to the library in 1980 and was responsible for the library’s successful implementation of a variety of digitization projects. Since 2000, he has been director of library services. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in practical theology with a thesis on the family as primary unit for the forming and transfer of faith, which he hopes to complete in 2009.
Stan L. LeQuire
Rev. Stan L. LeQuire is the instructional designer for Eastern University’s School of International Leadership and Development and an adjunct faculty member. In addition, he researches the best practices of community- based ecotourism as a model for development. From 1994 to 1999, LeQuire directed the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN). In this position, he designed curriculum for churches and Christian organizations, pioneered networks among 19 national evangelical organizations, consulted with these organizations for programmatic change, and developed many strategies to engage evangelicals in environmental issues. LeQuire has served as a pastor, associate pastor, church planter, and missionary in Africa, Asia, and Europe. From 1976 to 1978, LeQuire was an associate staff member with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He has served as the editor of Creation Care magazine and of an anthology of sermons on creation care called "The Best Preaching on Earth." In addition, LeQuire is also certified in web design and instructional technology.
George A. Lotter
Dr. George Lotter is professor in practical theology at the North-West University (Potchefstroom campus) in South Africa and holds doctorates in pastoral counseling (USA) and New Testament (SA). He was a minister of the Reformed Churches in South Africa for five years before leaving to study in the United States. Since 1993, he has read papers at 12 national and 10 international conferences and guided 21 doctoral and 34 masters students who completed their studies successfully. He also authored or coauthored 20 peer-reviewed articles in accredited journals and three books. Lotter is on the National Board of the Association of Christian Counselors (ACC) in South Africa and a ruling elder in the Reformed Church Potchefstroom-Noord. He was also director of the Pastoral Counselling Centre in Potchefstroom for five years.
Anne Maatman, IAPCHE Director of Operations
Anne Maatman (b. 1954) was born in North Carolina to Dutch immigrant parents. She graduated from Dordt College in 1976 with a B.A. in mathematics. Maatman began serving in the IAPCHE Secretariat in October 2001. Working with a Sioux Center travel agency and serving on the hosting committees of two international conferences in Sioux Center, Maatman became acquainted with the work and membership of IAPCHE. Since 2001, she has assisted with the planning of IAPCHE conferences in Budapest, Hungary; Barranquilla, Colombia; Manila, Philippines; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Chennai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Moscow, Russia. As IAPCHE membership grows, she appreciates the variety of scholars and personalities that make up the IAPCHE network. Maatman also works part-time for an Iowa-based organization of Christian school teachers, CSI Heartland Christian Schools, planning an annual convention and other training events; and for Dordt College as the coordinator of their Netherlands off-campus study program (SPICE).
David MacPherson was born in 1965 in Lima, Peru, to missionary parents. His elementary schooling was in Colegio San Andres before the family returned to Scotland where he concluded high school before studying economics and international relations at Aberdeen University. Subsequently he studied theology at the Free Church College in Edinburgh and is an ordained minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Presbyterian). MacPherson currently serves as pastor of the Moyobamba Presbyterian Church and on the board of the Annie Soper Christian School. He is president of a newly formed educational association (Asociación Educativa Reformada del Alto Mayo) formed with a view to establishing a Christian University in Moyobamba, Peru.
Samson Makhado was born in 1948 in the Northern part of South Africa. His father had six wives and 23 children. He attended elementary school under a tree, but continued secondary education at Rambuda Secondary School. Makhado was studying to become a sangoma (witchdoctor), but the year he was to be inaugurated as a national witch doctor, was the year in which he accepted the Lord as his personal saviour. In 1973, he went to the Tshisimani Teachers Training College. He worked in public schools as a teacher, vice principal, and principal. In 1986 Makhado and three of his Dutch friends, after dreaming and planning for five years, started a Christian school and in 1990, he was called to move from a public school to Tshikevha Christian School. In 1992, Makhado went to Canada to complete his master's in Christian education. In 2001, he accepted the post of associate director at ACSI. Makhado has almost completed his doctorate. His studies are based on using education as an instrument for forgiveness and reconciliation.
Peter Tze Ming Ng
Professor Peter Tze Ming Ng is a professor at the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies and concurrently the director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Chinese Society, Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His recent publications include The Necessity of the Particular in the Globalization of Christianity: the case of China in Studies in World Christianity, vol. 12, pt. 2, 2006, pp. 164-182; Christian Education in China–Some Reflections on Globalization in Tripod, vol. 26, no. 142, autumn 2006, pp. 25-37; Teaching Christianity in a Global Context in China in Quest, vol. 4, no. 1, November 2005, pp. 111-129; A New Mission for Open Dialogue with Non-Christians in Higher Education Today in Christian Higher Education, vol. 4, no. 3, autumn 2005, pp. 169-182; and Changing Paradigms of Christian Higher Education in China, 1888-1950, in collaboration with Philip Leung, Edward Xu and Jinghuan Shi. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.
Faith W. Nguru
Dr. Faith W. Nguru received her B.A. in communication from Messiah College, Pennsylvania; her M.A. in Christian ministries from Wheaton College, Illinois, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in mass communication from Bowling Green University, Ohio. She is currently director of research publications and consultancy at Daystar University, Kenya. She has served as dean of the faculty of arts, chairperson of postgraduate studies at Daystar University, and chairperson of the National Council of Churches of Kenya Communication Advisory Committee. Nguru has worked as a radio scriptwriter and presenter for Transworld Radio, Nairobi, a screenwriter and presenter for Maturity Audio Visuals, Nairobi, and a regular contributor to Step Magazine, a monthly national youth publication in Kenya.
Dr. Moshe Rajuili is the current principal of the Union Bible Institute located in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Trained initially as a chemist, he later graduated with an M.A. in theology from London Bible College and a Ph.D. from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has been a traveling secretary and later general secretary of the Students’ Christian Organisation (formerly known as SCM of South Africa); principal of the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa; and area director of Scripture Union. Rajuili is a member of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. He grew up in Soweto and came to faith in Christ through the ministry of Youth Alive.
Sergio Saavedra Belmonte
Sergio Saavedra received his B.A. in sciences of education from the Autonomous National University of Mexico. He has a diploma in communications, is a specialist in curricular design and in development of software applied to education. He is author of diversified didactic materials for pre-school, primary, and secondary education. His experience includes work in transcultural missions in a Muslim country, coordination, and assessment of educational organizations and universities in his own land, Bolivia, developing of courses, workshops, and study materials for teachers’s training, based on a biblical worldview. At the present, he is finishing the Ph.D. program PRODOLA of UNELA, and working as coordinator of the Graduate School of the Bolivian Evangelical University and virtual education of the same university.
Daniel S. Shishima
Dr. Daniel Shishima (b. 1962) studied religious studies at the University of Jos, Nigeria, and graduated with a Second Class Lower Division. He became the principal of NKST Secondary School, Hom Mbagen, Benue State, Nigeria. Later he was appointed as the agriculture head of the department of religious studies at the Institute of Christian Studies (now the University of Mkar). Shishima returned to the University of Jos where he obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in 1992 and 2004 respectively, both in the area of traditional medicine and healing among the Tiv of Nigeria. In 1992, Shishima accepted a job at Benue State University Makurdi as a lecturer and continues to teach there. He has published one book, more than 20 research papers, and has supervised more than 15 M.A. dissertations. His hobbies are football, farming, and traveling. He is highly dedicated to community service. Shishima is a devoted Christian and married to Rose Shishima; they have two children.
Dr. Clinton Stockwell is the executive director of the Chicago Semester, an off campus urban internship program sponsored by 12 Christian colleges. At Chicago Semester, he teaches the Metropolitan Studies Seminar, which is an introduction to the city and current trends in urban studies. He received an M.A. in history, a MUPP in urban planning and public policy, and a Ph.D. in American urban history from the University of Illinois-Chicago; and the master of liberal arts degree from the University of Chicago. His dissertation at the University of Illinois-Chicago was entitled "A Better Class of People? Protestants in the Shaping of Early Chicago, 1833-1873."
T. Stephen Tangaraj
Stephen Tangaraj has been librarian at Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore since 1995. Before that, he served in libraries at Kodaikanal public school and Bishop Heber College. He has completed his master of library and information science degree and is presently working on a Ph.D. from Vinayaga Mission Deemed University. He is conducting research in the area of information seeking behavior among pastors in the Church of South India, Coimbatore Diocese. He has worked as a technical consultant for LIPSINET (library software) and has attended many seminars, conferences, and workshops.
B. J. van der Walt, IAPCHE African Advisor
Professor B. J. (Bennie) van der Walt is a philosopher-theologian. Until 1999, he was professor of philosophy and director of the Institute for Reformational Studies at Potchefstroom University. Presently he is research fellow in the School of Philosophy of the North-West University, (Potchefstroom campus), South Africa. He has served on the Board of IAPCHE and helped to organize the first international conference in 1975. He has also attended all five international as well as many regional IAPCHE conferences.
Susheila Williams is the secretary and director at CSI Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Science. She has a B.A. in general and rural economics, an M.A. in English literature, a diploma in office organisation and management from Punjab University, a post graduate diploma in interior design from Sri Avinashilingam Deemed University, and is presently registered in a Ph.D. program at Mother Teresa University for Women in Kodaikanal. Williams was director and principal of CSI Industrial Training Centre for women from 1983 to 1995; and project manager from 1988 to 1998 of the Development Programme for Rural and Urban Women, dealing with health education awareness and skill training for women, and schools for dropout children. She is presently working with the rehabilitation of female prisoners and sex workers. Williams has attended many conferences for Christian educators and artists.