Who we are
Theologians Without Borders is
an independent Christian agency,
aligned to the values of the World Evangelical Alliance
and Lausanne Movement, with a vision
to see global integration of Theological Education
based on equity, mutuality and reciprocity
in collaborative partnerships between churches,
institutions and ministries across every global region.
We think it is important to be…
Humble — Visitors to another country need a learning posture, a willingness to come prepared to learn about the people and culture without being judgmental.
Multilateral — In keeping with the geographic spread of world Christianity, visits and partnerships need to be multilateral and mutually beneficial.
Equitable — TWB seeks to level the economic playing field, putting equality of opportunity on the theological education table.
Educational — When teaching-visits happen and the fit is good, scholars can make a significant impact, whether they are going to the Majority World or to the West.
Evangelical — TWB embraces the vitality in world Christianity that springs from faithful and obedient people.
Missional — Ministry experience and missional focus keep teaching relevant. What is wanted is learning that is church-related and mission-oriented, especially equipping students to reach out beyond the usual borders.
~PhD, Theology, University of Aberdeen, UK.
~10yrs as Principal of SAIACS, Bangalore, India, where Ian had studied for his MTh.
~20 yrs in India, enjoying the challenge of teaching Systematic Theology in a contextually relevant way.
~raised until 11 yrs old in India where Ian’s parents worked as missionaries.
~after doing a BArch (hons), Ian worked for 15 yrs as an architect in New Zealand.
~Ian and Judith live in Auckland and have three daughters and four grandchildren.
Associate Director for Orientation and Training
~PhD, NT, University of Roehampton, UK.
~MDiv summa cum laude, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
~ MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes.
~14 yrs in Africa as theological educator.
~Theological Education Specialist with Serge; lives in Dublin, Ireland.
~teaches regularly in theological education institutions in the Majority World.
~Affiliate Associate Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary.
International Advisory Group
Michael Ortiz, Ph.D
~ Director DTS en Español, Associate Professor World Missions & Intercultural Studies.
~ International Director Designate, International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE).
~ Rectora, FUSBC (Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia).
Marvin Oxenham, Ph.D
~ General Secretary, ECTE; Director, ICETE Academy; Programme Leader, London School of Theology.
John Jusu, Ph.D
~ Regional Director for Africa, Overseas Council International-United World Mission,
Africa International University.
~ President, ABTS (Arab Baptist Theological Seminary).
Bulus Y. Galadima, Ph.D
~ Dean, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University.
Taras N. Dyatlik
~ Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Overseas Council/United World Mission.
Ashish Chrishpal, Ph.D
~ Senior Advisor, Overseas Council-United World Mission.
Ivan Y. Rusyn, Ph.D
~ Rector, Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Theresa Roco Lua, Ed.D
~ General Secretary, Asia Theological Association.
Our Board of Trustees
~ a Partner in Parry Field Lawyers in Christchurch.
~ a member at St Christopher’s Anglican Church.
~ 23 years as a chemical engineer for a Swedish multinational in several countries, including in the MW.
~ runs his own company selling heat exchanger products, and lives in Cambridge.
~ an ordained Anglican minister.
~ currently studying towards a PhD at Otago University.
~ a South Island dairy farmer.
~ director of several business and not for profit boards.
Jessica Palmer, Ph.D
~ Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Otago University.
~ teaches and researches in contract, equity and commercial law.
~ 23 yrs as Executive Director LeaDev-Langham, contributing strategic direction, and creative fundraising ideas, visiting partner schools to give encouragement.
~ 21 years on faculty at BCNZ / Laidlaw College (Auckland).
~ runs Gorilla Technology, helping organisations leverage technology.
~ media commentator on business trends, technology and digital media.
Paul Trebilco, Ph.D
~ Professor of New Testament Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, Dunedin, and a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. He has co-written commentaries on 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus in the Asia Bible Commentary Series, published by the Asia Theological Association.
~ a career coaching and work transition specialist for more than 14 years, currently through her own company.
~ involved with a variety of not for profit organisations ~ currently the chair of the New Zealand Christian Network.