International Consultants (IC’s) are vital to our ministry! They come alongside the leaders in their regions through one-on-one visits, addressing challenges and seeking solutions. They provide needed support, praying with them and serving as a sounding board. Whether they are encouraging a leader whose institution is facing financial problems, facilitating at an Institute for Excellence or local workshop to better equip faculty or providing training for seminary leaders, these men and women work tirelessly to see transformational theological education, the kind that produces leaders who make a difference.
IC’s are experienced in training Christian men and women of vision, integrity and competence. Most IC’s have served in multiple capacities of leadership in seminaries, schools and other institutions, and are in some way products of one of our partner schools.
Mariel is a native Argentine who together with her husband Steve Voth, lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has spent a lifetime in the world of Theological Education and is a qualified Theological Librarian. She is highly respected across Latin America and the Caribbean and is a regular facilitator at the Institutes for Excellence held throughout that region of the world.
After serving six years in Vietnam, Daniel went to Wheaton College for his PhD in Old Testament studies. He returned to Vietnam in May, 2014 along with his wife Heather and their two sons to teach at Hanoi Bible College. In addition to teaching, he manages their small but growing library and is helping the College in the area of information technology; recently creating a website at www.hbc.edu.vn.
As reSource’s Regional Consultant in Vietnam, Daniel connects with leaders of various schools in the region, building relationships and offering assistance and support. He is involved in identifying candidates for faculty sponsorships so that they can become the teachers and builders of future Kingdom leaders. Daniel is also helping with the translating and publishing of key theological text books and commentaries into the Vietnamese language, providing resources for pastors, students, educators and leaders in Vietnam and beyond.
Melody has served as librarian at the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Ruschlikon, Switzerland (now in Prague, Czech Republic), and as Technical Services Librarian for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. More recently, she is the director of the Austen K deBlois Library and Professor of Theological Bibliography at Palmer Seminary in Philadelphia, part of Eastern University. She will remain on faculty at Palmer while also taking over direct oversight of each of the reSource library-related projects.
Dr. Manfred Waldemar Kohl was born in Germany during World War II and was educated in Germany, England and the US. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at Gordon Divinity School in Massachusetts, a Master of Theology at Harvard Divinity School, a Doctor of Theology from the American Center for Congregational Studies and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Following seminary, Dr. Kohl served as pastor of the First Congregational Church in Middleboro, Massachusetts, one of the oldest churches in the US. He then served with World Vision for 17 years in West Africa, German-speaking Europe and finally with their worldwide ministry. With Overseas Council, he served as Vice President of International Development from 1994-2008 and Director of the Institute for Excellence from 2000-2008. Since 2008, he has served as Special Ambassador.
Dr. Kohl has done extensive traveling and speaking with both World Vision and Overseas Council. He has conducted seminars and conferences around the world. A significant portion of his time is dedicated to writing and publishing. Dr. Kohl and his wife, Barbara, live in Halifax, Nova Scotia and have two sons and six grandchildren.
Dr. Mardochée Nadoumngar was born in southern Chad to a Christian family. He considered studying law, but the Lord called him to Bangui Evangelical School of Theology in 1982. He earned his Bachelor’s degree there and returned to Chad to serve the Lord. He later earned his Master of Theology degree and Doctor of Ministry degree.
Mardochée served for nine years as Academic Dean and professor at ESTES Shalom Evangelical School of Theology in Chad, followed by 11 years as Director/ Principal. He has taught in churches and written manuals for training in Bible schools and at the grassroots level.
Mardochée joined Overseas Council in 2014 as Regional Director for Francophone Africa. He and his wife, Ruth, have five children and one granddaughter.
Dr. John Jusu was born in Sierra Leone. He served as Dean of the School of Education, Arts and Social Sciences and taught in the Educational Studies Department at Africa International University.
An Overseas Council scholarship recipient himself, John earned his Master’s degree in Christian Education, Master of Philosophy degree and PhD in Education.
John joined Overseas Council as Regional Director for Africa in 2013. He and his wife, Tity, have three children in addition to 24 children rescued from distressed situations for whom they offer fulltime care.
Dr. Abraham Najjar* was born in Egypt in a Christian family. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1981, he spent seven years in Christian lay ministry as a supervisor for a Christian center in his hometown.
Abraham has earned a Master of Divinity degree, a Master of Theology degree and a PhD in Old Testament.
In 2007, Abraham became the Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament at a Cairo seminary. The following year, he became Vice President in addition to Academic Dean. He joined Overseas Council in 2013 as Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Abraham and his wife have two sons.
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Taras Dyatlik was born into a Baptist family in the western Ukrainian city of Rivne. Raised during the Soviet period, he helped his father with an underground Christian publishing ministry as a child.
Taras graduated from Donetsk Christian University (DCU) in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree. He earned his Master of Theology from the Evangelical Theological Faculty and is pursuing his PhD there. He most recently served as Coordinator of the Slavic Research and Resource Center at the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association.
Taras joined Overseas Council in 2011 as the Regional Director for Euro-Asia, serving our partners in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. He and his wife, Natasha, live in Rivne with their children, Tanya and Nazar.
Josué Hugo Fernández was born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, and has been in ministry for more than 20 years. He has pastored churches, developed a rehab program for young drug addicts and created a feeding program for street children.
Josué earned a Bachelor of Theology degree and a Master of Arts. He served as the Director of Communications and Fund-Raising at Buenos Aires Bible Institute (IBBA) in Argentina and participated in eight Overseas Council Institutes for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development held in Latin America.
Josué joined Overseas Council in 2007 as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. He and his wife, Liliana, have five children, Dennis, Alexis, Romina, Joan and Giselle.
Dr. Ashish Joseph Chrispal was born in Mumbai. He has more than 30 years experience in pastoring and teaching theology in India, including his role as Principal of the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS).
Ashish is an author, a pastor and an educator. His passion is to provide theological education that is rooted in the Word and engaged with its context. A Langham Scholar, he earned his PhD in Systematic and Practical Theology.
Ashish has been the Overseas Council Regional Director for Asia since 2007. He and his wife, Susan, live in Bangalore and have an adult son and daughter, Anugrah and Snehanjali. The family continues to trust our Lord’s promise of resurrection for their second son, Arpit, who was called to the Lord’s glory in June 2005 at the age of 22.