JAN GROBBELEAR is a retired pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. He served two congregations for 13 years before joining Petra Institute for Children’s Ministry in 1996, where he served in various positions contributing to building the leadership capacity of churches and communities to become children-inclusive spaces in various African contexts before his retirement at the end of September 2021. He obtained his PhD in Practical Theology from Stellenbosch University in 2008. His main research interests are the intersection between children/childhood and theology, and intergenerational faith formation and he is still actively involved in doing research in these fields Jan is a Research Fellow of the Department of Practical and Missional Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, at the Free State University in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is also involved with research at the Theological Faculties of the Universities of Stellenbosch and Pretoria. Over the years he published various articles and chapters in academic Journals and books. He is married to Marie and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.
JESSY JAISON has been a theological educator and academic administrator in India for twenty-five years. She gained her Master of Theology from the University of Oxford and Doctor of Philosophy from Queen’s University, Belfast, with focused academic interests in Practical Theology and Qualitative Research. She is the Director of Research and Advancement at New India Bible Seminary (NIBS), Paipad, Kerala. Serving churches and theology schools as a speaker, writer and consultant, Jessy resides in Kerala with her husband, Dr Jaison Thomas (Principal, NIBS), and two sons, Abraham and Aquil.
Adnan Azhar Sandu
ADNAN AZHAR SANDHU completed his theological studies at Gujranwala Theological Seminary, Pakistan and Children Bible Ministry, New Zealand. In 2001 he started the Pakistan Sunday School Ministry which focuses on supporting children and building bridges between churches and their communities. In the past twenty years he has trained more than twenty thousand children’s workers in South Asia, and he is now in the process of training master trainers who will continue and multiply this work. Over the last nine years he has served alongside international movements including the 4–14 Window Movement and the Global Children Forum. Adnan is also serving with the Lausanne Movement as a catalyst for children and evangelism. He is married to Neelam, and they have four daughters – Annika, Sabrina, Adelina, and Selena.
FAITH KEMBABAZI is the Director and Network Development Coordinator of CRANE (Children at Risk Action Network), a Viva partner network based in Kampala, Uganda. Faith holds a Master’s of Science in Development Management from the Open University and a BA in Social Sciences in Psychology, Sociology and Social Administration. Previously she served with ‘True Love Waits’, a drive to reduce HIV/AIDS in Uganda, under the Baptist Ministry.
PATRICK BYEKWASO is the Children in Families and Church Partnerships Programme Manager for CRANE (Children At Risk Action Network) in Kampala, Uganda. He is also an Associate Pastor of Lugogo Baptist Church. He holds a BA in Theology from the African International University. Patrick is passionate about working with young people, other leaders, social justice, sports and inspiring a generation of young people to be all that God created them to be.
Amberbir Tamire Habtemariam
AMBERBIR TAMIRE HABTEMARIAM is the deputy director of the Child Development Training and Research Centre (CDTRC). He has an MA in holistic child development from the Malaysian Baptist Theological Seminary and a BTh from Evangelical Theological College, Addis Ababa. He lives in Ethiopia with his wife, Tegene Bekele, and their three children – Tinsae, Zekarias, and Melkam.
ROSELINE OLUMBE is Lecturer and Coordinator, Institute of Child Development, Daystar University, Kenya. She has a PhD in Holistic Child Development from the Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. She lives in Kenya with her husband Duncan and they have three sons.
Saw Law Eh Htoo
SAW LAW EH HTOO is the Programme Coordinator for the Pathein Myaungmya Sgaw Karen Baptist Association’s Child Ministry. He has a BTh degree from the Kothayu Theological Seminary in Pathein, Myanmar (Burma). He lives in Myanmar with his wife Naw Deeyar Htar and their two children.
BRADLEY THOMPSON has served with World Vision for over 20 years, including various technical and leadership roles in India and the Philippines. He currently coordinates World Vision’s global Child Sponsorship capability and ministry integration team. They are focused on enabling country offices and programme teams to work effectively with partners to achieve sustainable child well-being outcomes through Child Sponsorship. Bradley has a Masters in Community Health from Trinity College, Dublin and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola College, Chennai/University of Madras, India. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in ‘Holistic Child Development’ at Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) in Manila, with the goal of utilising his knowledge and experience to create a caring, loving and just world for children. Bradley is based in Hamilton, New Zealand with his wife, Feby, and their two children - Joshua and Tirzah.
Carmen Alvarez González
CARMEN ALVAREZ GONZÁLEZ is the Regional Director for Latin America of Viva - Together for Children. She has a Ph.D. in Health and Social Sciences and has extensive experience working to protect children and develop practical solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. This experience includes the management of regional teams, the design of strategies, the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of social development projects, public advocacy, and the promotion of justice. Carmen also has a bachelor’s degree in Theology with a specialization in Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Peace Education from the University for Peace, UN.
ENRIQUE PINEDO is Compassion International’s senior program advisor on strategic alliances for Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship, and he served as president of the Latin American movement “With Children and Youth.” He also served as the coordinator of the Global Thematic Forum about Children at the Micah Network and as facilitator of the Global Track “Holistic Children Ministries” at the 4/14 Movement. Enrique was a member of the Children at Risk Committee at the Lausanne Movement, and has a master’s in religious sciences from the Evangelical University of the Americas in Costa Rica. He is an ordained minister and serves with his wife in the parenting ministry at the Church of All Nations (COAN) in Florida, US. Enrique is married to Miriam, and they have four children – Miriam J., Cesia, Jonathan, and David.
SHANTELLE WEBER has a PhD in Practical Theology from the University of Stellenbosch, where she is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology. Her research interests include faith formation of youth and cultural and interreligious studies. Shantelle is also the director of Uzwelo Youth Development, a non-profit organization focused on youth leadership development where her team trains youth workers who cannot study full-time and also mentors young adults. Shantelle is married to Brandon, and they have two daughters – Shannon and Ashleigh.
Clenir Xavier dos Santos
CLENIR XAVIER DOS SANTOS is the Lifewords Pavement Project global director and is part of the Lifewords international executive team. She is a trained social worker and psychologist, and she specializes in marital and family psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic, London. Since 1999, Clenir has been in the leadership of the Pavement Project, operating in twenty-one countries. She also founded and spent fifteen years directing a local church’s project with street children in Rio de Janeiro. Clenir was elected and served for two years as a member of the Brazil National Children’s Rights Council. She currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, is a pastor’s widow, and is inspired daily by her three children and grandsons.
Sublimé Nyundu Mabiala
SUBLIMÉ NYUNDU MABIALA is a Global Educator with Converge International Ministries. In the past, Sublimé has served as missionary in West Africa, the Arab World and in America with several US-based mission agencies. He completed his PhD in International Development from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland UK. He currently works on “Juvenile Mobility & Hostility” post-doc project. Sublimé is married to Rachel and they recently relocated from Detroit Michigan to Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), West Africa.
Shake` Geotcherian Koujryan Jackson
SHAKE` GEOTCHERIAN KOUJRYAN JACKSON is a lecturer in the field of Practical Theology focusing on Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, Leadership Training & The Teaching Ministry of the Church . She has recently moved to join her husband in the United Kingdom, after holding the position of Lecturer and Director of the Christian Education Resource Center, at the Near East School of Theology (NEST), Beirut, Lebanon. During her work at NEST, she organised more than 40 trainings for church leaders who came from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Shake` has also been an active member of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE) and has served in many positions and represented both NEST and the UAECNE in many international conferences. She has a Masters in Sacred Theology (STM), from The Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon.
NATHAN CHIROMA is the Dean of the school of Theology and acting Head of department of Children and Youth ministry at Pan Africa Christian University, Nairobi Kenya and a research Associate, department of practical theology and Missiology, University of Stellenbosch. He has been serving in theological education for the last 30 years, following his work as a pastor spanning different countries. Nathan has a PhD in Practical Theology from the University of Stellenbosch.
DAMON MKANDAWIRE lives in Mbereshi, Zambia, where he serves as Hospital Administrator for the United Church of Zambia’s Mbereshi Mission Hospital. He is a minister of word and sacraments in the United Church of Zambia. He is an environmentalist, young theologian and gender justice activist. Growing up surrounded by copper mines, Damon has first-hand knowledge of environmental degradation and its potentially deleterious impacts on women, children, human health and welfare. Damon spent years as an Environmental Officer at the Konkola Copper Mines, one of Africa’s largest producers of copper, and continues to work towards national and international environmental justice and gender justice.
MENCHIT WONG currently serves in the International Board of the Lausanne Movement. She also serves in the leadership teams of global mission networks for children and youth, such as the Global Children’s Forum and the 1for50 Movement Since 2018, Menchit’s focus of ministry is now in the marketplace, after retiring from 30 years of ministry in child advocacy and holistic child development. She currently serves with the OneCORE Success Center in the Philippines, as a senior consultant, learning facilitator and Gallup-certified Strengths coach for leaders of companies and for-profit organizations. During her 30-year tour of duty with Compassion International, she served as Country Director, and International Child Advocacy Director. Menchit is happily married to Rico for the last 35 years. They are blessed to have three sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.
ATHENA PERALTA serves as programme executive for economic and ecological justice at the World Council of Churches. Previously she worked with the National Economic and Development Authority of the Philippines as senior economic development specialist. Her research and advocacy focus on the intersections between economic, ecological and gender justice.
María Alejandra Andrade Vinueza
MARÍA ALEJANDRA ANDRADE VINUEZA is an Ecuadorian theologian, sociologist and childhood specialist, with passion for issues related to spirituality, faith and justice. She has spent more than 15 years accompanying Christian communities in engaging with justice and development in different places around the world. Her current research areas include environmental justice, migration, gender and decolonial theologies. She currently serves as Tearfund’s Theology and Network Engagement Global Lead. Maria currently lives in Ecuador with her life partner Frank and their two boys Jose and Mati, with whom she is discovering God in new and exciting ways.
KEZIA M’CLELLAND is the Children in Emergencies specialist for Viva. Over the last fifteen years she has learned from and helped equip local churches and communities to support children and families in crisis situations. This work has spanned Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and has a focus on child protection and psychosocial support. Kezia has a master’s in violence, conflict and development from SOAS University of London. She is passionate about creating opportunities for children affected by conflict and disaster to be safe and fulfill their potential.
JANE TRAVIS is the International Programme Manager for Viva. She leads programme development to equip churches and faith based organisations globally, to engage with and respond to priority issues facing children. Previously she worked in the international NGO sector focussing on emergencies and people affected by conflict. Her roles have included setting up and leading community services in refugee camps in Tanzania, Chad and Zambia. She has also lived and worked in Sudan, India and Rwanda. Her passion is to see the church engaged with issues of our time. Jane is actively engaged with local and national environmental initiatives.
HAROLD SEGURA is the Director of Faith and Development for World Vision, Latin American and the Caribbean. He is also Baptist pastor and was previously Rector of the International Baptist Theological Seminary of Cali, Colombia. Rev. Segura completed his doctoral studies at the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia.
Rei Lemuel Crizaldo
REI LEMUEL CRIZALDO concurrently serves as the Theological Commission Coordinator of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and as the theological education network coordinator of Tearfund UK in East and Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, he serves on the faculty of the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries and as a local author with several books published by OMF Literature, including ‘Boring Ba Ang Bible Mo?’ (Is Your Bible Boring?), which won a ‘Filipino Reader’s Choice Award.’ He is a licensed professional teacher with a degree in theology and a Masters degree in mass communication.