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.

Our Team

Ian Payne

Ian Payne

Executive Director,

Director for Scholar Applications and Matching

~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 Tauranga and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Stephanie Black

Stephanie Black

Associate Director for Orientation and Training, Regional Representative, Africa

~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 Nairobi, Kenya.

~teaches regularly in theological education institutions in the Majority World.

~Affiliate Associate Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Daniel Sathyadass

Daniel Sathyadass

Associate Director for Institutional Relations, Regional Representative, South Asia

~DMin in Pastoral Ministry, SAIACS, Bangalore, India.

~MTh in Pastoral Studies/Counselling, University of Wales/TAFTEE.

~Pioneer of Citylight, launching home church movements around the world.

~10 yrs working with Radio Homes of Trans-World Radio.

~8 yrs youth ministry and music director.

~author of Spark Teams for a Change.

~Danny and Sayonara live in Bangalore and have three adult sons.

Michael Ortiz, Ph.D

~ Director DTS en Español, Associate Professor World Missions & Intercultural Studies.
~ International Director, International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE).

Elizabeth Sendek

~ Former Rectora, FUSBC (Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia).

Davi Charles Gomes, Ph.D

~ Chancellor, Mackenzie Presbyterian University; International Director, The World Reformed Fellowship.


~ Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, IL, USA.

John Jusu, Ph.D

~ Regional Director for Africa, Overseas Council International-United World Mission,
Africa International University.

Marvin Oxenham, Ph.D

~ General Secretary, ECTE; Director, ICETE Academy; Programme Leader, London School of Theology.

Elie Haddad

~ 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.

Stephen Lee, Ph.D

~ President, China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong.

Ivan Y. Rusyn, Ph.D

~ Rector, Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Theresa Roco Lua, Ed.D

~ General Secretary, Asia Theological Association.

Jung Sook Lee, Ph.D

~ Fifth President, Torch Trinity Graduate University, Seoul, South Korea.

Our Board of Trustees

Denis Browne

~ 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.

Steve Mataia

~ Senior Pastor at Word of Life Church in West Auckland.
~ has graduate and post-graduate qualifications in education, leadership and theology.
~ 25 years in youth ministry, especially with Pacifica students.

Malcolm Falloon

~ an ordained Anglican minister.
~ currently studying towards a PhD at Otago University.

Milne Horne

~ a South Island dairy farmer.
~ director of several business and not for profit boards.

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.

Janet Tuck

~ 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.


We value and work with …

Overseas Council International   uwm.org/overseas/
Local Leaders International   www.localleaders.org.au
Beacon Partnerships   www.beaconpartnerships.org.nz/
International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE)   icete.info
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)   www.worldea.org

Theological Education Initiative (TEI)   www.uwm.org/equipping-leaders/theological-education-initiative/

(Whereas, TWB’s focus is on short-term visits, TEI works to find and place scholars into full-time teaching opportunities.)

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