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Our Team

Director

Sam George, Ph.D. is of Asian Indian St. Thomas Christian heritage who currently makes his home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He serves as a catalyst of the Lausanne Movement and travels widely to teach and minister in diverse contexts. He holds degrees in Engineering, Management, and Theology. He studies at Fuller and Princeton Seminaries in the US and completed his doctoral research at Liverpool Hope University, UK. He has authored or edited a dozen books including three-volume series on Asian Diaspora Christianity (Fortress Press 2021).

Associate Director

Rev. Andrew Lee, Ph.D., has extensive ministry experience in Chinese Diaspora churches. He has served in leading positions at the largest Chinese churches in New York City and Chicago.  In addition to his pastoral experience, he was on the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as Director of Theological Education for the Northeast Baptist School of Ministry and has also taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He has written for both academic and church communities.

Staff

Bulus Galadima, Ph.D. is from Nigeria and now makes his home in Pennsylvania USA. He did his undergraduate studies at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS) and graduate studies at Wheaton College and Trinity International University. He is married to Rose Galadima, who did her doctorate in education at Trinity International University. They have been in theological education for nearly three decades. Bulus was dean and later president of JETS and most recently dean of the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University, USA.

Rev. Joel Wright is a graduate of UCLA and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois (M.Div., 1983).  He has served with Converge International Ministries for over 35 years, two decades of which were in Brazil in Theological Education and pastoral capacities. He served as Professor of Bible, Pastoral Ministries, and Missions at the Baptist Theological Seminary in São Paulo, Brazil (1991-2007). Since moving back to the United States, he and his wife are involved with diaspora Brazilian Ministries in the USA and serves with the social media ministries of the Global Diaspora Network.

Rev. Yoman Man has served as a pastor in the Chinese diaspora for over forty years, first in Hong Kong and then to the Chinese diaspora in Chicagoland. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Chinese Church in Illinois. In addition to his pastoral experience, he was the General Secretary of the denomination of the Evangelical Free Church in Hong Kong overseeing the ministries of the Evangel Press, social service agencies, Christian education, and ministerial credentials, and was instrumental in some city-wide church growth research and projects, and in establishing the new missions field in Macau. He served as the President of the United Chinese Churches of Chicago for eight years and initiated city-wide research on the Chinese diaspora ministry. He is one of the founders of Chinese International Missions (in the U.S.A., Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia), which currently serves in countries like Brazil, South Africa, Ghana, and Togo.

Rev. Dr. Zaki L. Zaki is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church who has served several communities prior to becoming District Superintendent for the northern Illinois district from 2012 to 2018. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Roselle UMC and is widely involved with refugee ministries in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He holds graduate degrees in Theology, Ministry, Strategic Planning, and Management.

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