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Returning to Australia, Robert continued to minister in 2 pastoral charges. He was then appointed the P.C. Australia’s National Director of World Mission for 10 years, where he was involved in commissioning some 150 missionaries to their respective areas of service in about 25 different countries.
During the past two decades, Robert has served both as State Moderator and Moderator General of the PCA; has chaired the National Journal Committee of the PCA and the Theological Education Committee of the Presbyterian Church in New South Wales; has ministered with the Presbyterian Inland Mission and Presbyterian Social Services; has led the team in developing a strong partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of East Timor which has risen out of the ashes of the rape of their country at the end of the 20th century; and presently convenes the PCA’s Committee on Relations With Other Churches.
Robert and Laurel’s children (and families) are participating in world mission serving in Mongolia and Africa.
In 1975, he became professor of Old Testament at the Free Reformed Seminary of Aix-en-Provence (now the Faculté Jean Calvin). He taught Old Testament and Apologetics there until August 2009 when he retired. He continued to teach Old Testament at the Seminary until 2012. Professor Berthoud was Doyen (Dean) of the Seminary for 19 years, from 1984 to 2001 and from 2007 to 2009. In 2012 he was appointed Président of the Board of the Seminary. Concerned by the various practical and cultural implications of the Christian faith, he has been actively involved in Scripture Union, A Rocha France (Ecology), the Conseil national des Evangéliques de France (CNEF), and continues to be engaged in the Parvis des Arts.
He is president of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (since 2008) and has written many articles on different themes related to the Old Testament and to Apologetics. His book, En quête des origines. Les premières étapes de l’histoire de la Révélation : Genèse 1 à 11, Cléon d’Andran: Excelsis/Aix-en-Provence: Kerygma, was published at the end of 2008.
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Dr. P. J. (Flip) Buys became the International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship on March 27, 2015. He was born in South Africa in 1947 and he holds the degrees B.A., Th.B., Th.M., and Ph.D. The doctoral dissertation he completed in 1989 was entitled “The Relationship Between Evangelism and Church Nurturing: A New Testament Exegetical Study.”
As an ordained minister in the Reformed Churches in South Africa he is an experienced, pastor, cross cultural missionary, church planter and initiator of community development projects in the midst of the challenges of poverty and HIV AIDS victims, orphans. He is also an adjunct professor of Missiology at Northwest University in Potchefstroom.
He was the founder of Mukhanyo Theological College, Masibambisane Community Development Corporation and Mukhanyo Christian Academy (a Christian private school focusing on quality education for orphans and vulnerable children).
Dr. Buys has published numerous academic and popular books, pamphlets, and articles about holistic Christian ministry and church growth in Africa. He was also a founding member and served on the International Steering Committee of TOPIC (Training of Pastors International Coalition).
He is married with two children and one grandchild.
For over 10 years Ric led RTS as Chancellor with five residential campuses in Jackson, MS; Orlando, FL; Charlotte, NC; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, GA; and one degree-granting extension campuses in Boca Raton, FL; a degree-granting Virtual Campus (distance education) based in Charlotte, NC; and three international Doctor of Ministry degree programs in Korea, Scotland, and Brazil.
Known personally as Ric, Dr. Cannada is a native of Jackson, MS, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He completed his post-graduate studies at RTS receiving the degrees of Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.
Ric’s service to the Lord also includes twenty years of experience as a Presbyterian pastor in Clinton, SC; Little Rock, AR; and Macon, GA. In 1993, Dr. Cannada accepted the position of Senior Vice President to provide leadership for the development and establishment of the RTS—Charlotte campus in NC. He was named Executive Vice President of the RTS system of campuses in 1998 and President of the RTS system in 2002. He became RTS Chancellor and CEO in 2004 when the seminary restructured to establish presidents on each campus under Ric’s overall leadership. In 2012, Ric became Chancellor Emeritus and still serves RTS in a variety of ways.
Ric and his wife, Rachel, have two children and seven grandchildren.
He taught at San Pablo Seminary, and then served a second term as treasurer of the General Assembly. He was elected as President of the General Assembly in 2010. He was elected as President of the Junta Directiva of the WRF America Latina at the organizational meeting of the regional.
Matthew began teaching at Presbyterian Theological Seminary (PTS), Dehra Dun, India in 1982. Between 2004 and 2014 he was engaged in other ministry opportunities that included serving as Country Director for Mission to the World (MTW) in his native Sri Lanka, overseeing Tsunami rehabilitation; Director for Theological Education for MTW’s church planting work in India, and Adjunct Professor of Church History and Practical Theology at the New Theological College, Dehra Dun. He is now Interim Principal of PTS (from August 2014). In addition to his administrative duties, Matthew teaches Church History and Practical Theology at PTS.
Matthew is the author of What the Apostles Believed: A Devotional Commentary (2007). He has contributed to The Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity (2011), and the ESV Global Bible Study Bible (2012). Matthew’s primary interest is in theological education in majority world contexts. He has taught in theological institutions in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Indonesia. Matthew holds a Ph. D. in Historical Theology (1998) from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
Matthew’s wife Anna has an academic background in the philosophy of Christian Education and taught for several years at PTS. She founded an innovative Christian social enterprise for women (2000) with a vision to reach women in need. The work involves counselling, discipling, life-skill building, and helping women re-discover their self-worth and dignity.
The Ebenezers have two married children and one grandchild.
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Mrs. Rose Esterly is a homemaker who spends time between Scottsdale, Arizona and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She home schools her three children, Erica, 12, Margaret, 10, and Lewis 8, with the classical Veritas Press curriculum. Originally from California, she attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a degree in American History. She also graduated from the chef training program at The Restaurant School of Philadelphia. Her work experience includes time at Aetna Health Services as a project manager. Following that she worked for Evangelical Ministries on the production, communication, and fundraising message for the national radio broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, as well as planning and execution of regional conferences and seminars. She was part of the management team when the Philadelphia based organization transitioned into what is known as the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, harnessing the programs and publications of Evangelical Ministries (James Boice) and Christians United for Reformation (Michael Horton) to further the goals of the Cambridge Declaration to call the church back to the doctrines of the Reformation.
Subsequently, she opened a coffeehouse and learned a great deal about running a small business. Upon starting a family, she focused her energy on her children and became involved with the development committee of their private Christian school as well as another private school that provides an academically excellent Christian education to students living in inner city Philadelphia. Her three children are swimmers and her focus and talents have now turned to helping the Scottsdale Aquatic Club with development activities. Her husband Brian is Chief Business Development Officer of Matrix Medical Network, a Scottsdale-based healthcare company.
Bob came to the RCA Poughkeepsie Church in 1998 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he had been a Cadet Chapel Chaplain and Associate Professor of History (teaching History of Western and Asian Religions) since 1984. Before that Bob had been the pastor of the First Congregational Church in Farmington, New Hampshire (1979-1984) and an Assistant Professor at Barrington College in the Department of Biblical Studies (1973-1978).
He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois (1965) and his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, in 1968. During his Westminster days, Bob was Cornelius Van Til's research and publication assistant. Bob and his wife Cherrill (Duchardt) went to the Netherlands in 1968 and Bob received his Drs. Fil, from the University of Utrecht in 1971. Also in 1971 he published Jerusalem and Athens: Festschrift for Cornelius Van Til.
Bob and Cherrill have three children, Kiera, Daniel, and Brenna.
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Dr. Gomes was ordained and spent the first ten years of his ministry in the PCA, serving in the Boston area, where he was also the Operations Manager and later a member of the Board of Directors of the Emmanuel Gospel Center, as well as a founding board member of the Boston Christian Economic Coalition. He is also the president of the Commission on Inter-Ecclesiastical Relations of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (CRIE-IPB) and a representative of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil at WRF, as well as an individual member of WRF. Dr. Gomes is on the Edwards Project Committee, serves as Co-Chairman of the Theological Education Commission, has represented WRF at the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) and is on the Executive Committee of the WRF.
He has pastored and planted churches in the USA (Boston and Philadelphia) and in Brazil, and is presently planting a church in downtown Sao Paulo. He has published several articles and contributions to books in English as well as Portuguese. Besides having taught at institutions in the USA (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary) and Brazil, Dr. Gomes has also lectured in countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Europe. He lives in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, with his wife, Adriana Heringer Gomes and their twin young men.
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Dr. Haburchak has been recognized as an outstanding physician, teacher and leader throughout his career. He has had experience with medical faculty of the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, and China while on short-term medical-evangelism mission trips and visiting lectureships. He is a member of the American Osler and Christian Medical and Dental Societies and has attempted to meld the best traditions of personalized patient care with the competency-based and measured practice of the 21st century. His areas of clinical, academic and research interest include application of the Gospel to holistic care of patients with complex diseases affected by sin, poverty and social disruption; emerging, parasitic, sexually transmitted, and neurological infections; end of life medical ethics; quality improvement; and systems theory in medicine and disease.
Dr. Haburchak has served three terms as a deacon and is currently a Ruling Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, Georgia. He is the proud husband of Janet, and father of grown daughters, Kathryn and Lauren, their husbands Nick and James, and first grandchild, Hudson. He spoke at the Second General Assembly of World Reformed Fellowship in Johannesburg on the church’s role in care of HIV patients. He has completed a book, Kingdom Work: The Church’s Response to Child Sexual Abuse, prompted by the experience of his own patients. It is awaiting publication to be used as a means of training and encouraging the church worldwide. His greatest blessing in life has been to see the Lord Jesus Christ accomplish His Kingdom work in his family, patients, students, colleagues, and nations around the world.
Dr. Craig Higgins is the founding and senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Rye, NY, a Westchester County suburb of New York City. Craig and his family moved to Rye in 1994 to work with the six couples who began the congregation. Trinity Church was, along with the Village Church in Greenwich Village, one of the first two daughter churches of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.
Craig is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, (1983, B.A. in philosophy), Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (1989, Master of Divinity), and of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry near Pittsburgh (2005, Doctor of Ministry; thesis on baptismal theology and mission).
Active in the broader church, Craig has served as a moderator and clerk of Presbytery and on various denominational and parachurch boards and committees, including as chairman of the Interchurch Relations Committee of the Presbyterian Church in America. He is a founding member of the La Jolla Group (an annual mission-oriented pastors' conference) and is a member of the T.F. Torrance Theological Fellowship and the American Scientific Affiliation.
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Dr. Intan has given lectures regarding religious freedom in Indonesia at Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and at Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS), Philadelphia, USA. He is the first Presidential Visiting Scholar at WTS for summer 2014 and summer 2015.
He has written numerous articles for journal, book chapters and magazine, and also opinion articles in various Indonesian newspapers like Kompas, Jakarta Post, Seputar Indonesia, Suara Pembaruan, and Sinar Harapan. His book, “Public Religion” and the Pancasila-Based State of Indonesia: An Ethical and Sociological Analysis, which was originally a doctoral dissertation, was published by Peter Lang, New York in 2006 (www.amazon.com). His article on “Religious Violence in Indonesia: The Role of State and Civil Society” was published on International Journal for Religious Freedom Vol. 5, No. 2 (2012): 63-77. His article on “Personal Ethics” was published on ESV Global Study Bible (2011): 1906-1908.
Dr. Intan holds a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) from Petra Christian University, Indonesia, an M.A. (Theological Studies) from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, USA, an M.A.R. (Social Ethics) from the Divinity School of Yale University, New Haven, USA, and a Ph.D. (Social Ethics) from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA.
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Karen is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a degree in sociology. She served as Director of a United Way agency in Charlottesville, Virginia, and later started and was the Director of the Moody Church Early Childhood Center in Chicago, Illinois. In recent years Karen led a church-wide women’s Bible study at Calvary Memorial Church in Racine, and has written materials for that purpose. She has served on various other non-profit boards involving the arts and education.
Karen grew up in a small town just north of Pittsburgh. She and her husband, Peter, have traveled widely, including frequently to Moscow. They have two children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Kim, author and translators of many articles and books in Korean and in English, had served Chongshin University and Seminary, Seoul, Korea, as a professor of the OT Studies (1982 -2011), Chair of Department of Theology(1984 - 85, 1994 - 96), Dean of Academic Affairs(1990, 1996), Vice President(1997 - 2000, 2003 - 04), and President (2004 - 08), and now Professor Emeritus of the OT Studies since 2011.
He was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, PCA (1981), and is currently a teaching elder of the Nam Seoul Presbytery of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church in Korea (Hapdong). He served a number of the local churches as a collaborate pastor to the senior pastor in Seoul, Korea (1982 - 2013), and he planted a church in Philadelphia (1987 - 89). He also served as a columnist of Kidok Shinmoon, a weekly newspaper of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church in Korea (Hapdong, 1990 - 1993; 1998 – 1999; 2002 - 2003).
He established the Society of the Reformed Theology (2002) and served it as its Chairman (2006 - 10); he served as the President of the Association of the Presidents of Theological Universities in Korea, as a member of Board of Trustees of the Korean Council for University Education (2006 - 08), and as a board member of the Associations of the Board of Trustees of the Private Universities in Korea (2007 - 09). He was a member of the Consulting Committee for Unification Education, Ministry of Unification, Korea (2005 - 07); he was the Chairman of the Board of Dongjak Social Welfare Foundation and its Executive Officer (2004-07); and he was awarded the Recognition of Education by the President of Republic of Korea (2011).
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Rev. Nam Joon Kim is the senior pastor of Yullin Presbyterian Church in Anyang, a city located right below Seoul, South Korea.
Having received a M.Div. degree and a Th.M. degree from Chongshin Theological Seminary, he served as a full-time lecturer and an assistant professor at Anyang University and Choenan University, before planting Yullin Church ( www.yullin.org ) in 1993. Rev. Kim has followed the preaching and ministry styles of the England Puritan preachers and immensely studied the theology of the universal church of St. Augustine, John Calvin, John Owen and Jonathan Edwards, and of the 17th century Protestant Orthodox, earnestly desiring that the ministry of profound Reformed theology can be rooted in the churches of his motherland country, Korea.
Also popular as a Christian book writer on devotional and theological issues in Korea, he has written more than 50 books and has sold 2 million copies since 1995, winning notable Christian Publishing and culture awards in Korea for his accomplishments in writing influential books such as Indulge in Inspirational Worship in 1997, Guard Your Heart for Holy Living in 2003, and The Dominion of Sin and Grace in 2005.
Woody was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in July of 1969. He served as the Organizing Pastor of the first Hispanic Presbyterian Church in Atlanta for six years and was then involved, with Aiken Taylor, Don Patterson, and other church leaders, in the formation of the Presbyterian Church in America.
Woody served as a missionary in Mexico under the auspices of Mission to the World if the PCA, working as Professor of Theology at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary there. He was a missionary in Guatemala for six years and served as the organizer and Director of the School of Theology at the Mariano Galvez University. He has served as Vice President for Latin America of Evangelism Explosion International for the past thirteen years.
As Vice President for Evangelism Explosion in Latin America, Woody leads a Team of 14 members laboring in the EE Ministry as “Regional Directors”. He also leads and extended team of 250 Clinic Teachers and 67 Field Workers in the Latin American countries and in the Iberian Peninsula.
Woody, Dr. Paul Gilchrist, and Dr. Rick Perrin were the organizers of the first meeting of a group of Reformed Leaders attending the WEF meeting in Manila interested in the possible organization of what today is the World Reformed Fellowship.
Currently he is the Director of Academia Christiana of Korea; Emeritus Pastor of Seoul Presbyterian Church; Chair Professor at Seoul Presbyterian Theological Seminary; General Editor of the General Assembly Standard Bible Commentary; President, the Council of Reformation 500th Anniversary; Member of Studiorum Novi Testamentum Societas; Chairman of Asia Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization; Chairman of Save N. Korea.
He served as President of the Council of Presbyterian Churches of Korea; was founder & president of Christian Prison in Korea; was founder & president of KIMCHI (Korea Institute for Mission & CHurch renewal International); Chairman of John Calvin’s Quincentenary Anniversary Committee, Korea; Chairman of Vision 2020 Movement; President of Jeon Ju University; Committee Chairman of the new translation of the Lord’s prayer & Apostles’ creed in Korean.
Dr. Lee’s wife Dr. Soonbok H. Lee is a microbiologist. They have 3 daughters (Miriam, Gloria, Paula) and 4 grandchildren.
Dr. Samuel Logan served as the International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship from July 1, 2005, to March 27, 2015, and has served as Associate Internationbal Director since that latter date. He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1943. He attended Princeton University (B.A., 1965), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1968), and Emory University (Ph.D., 1972). He taught at Barrington College in Rhode Island from 1970 to 1979 and worked at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) from 1979 to 2007. During his years at Westminster, Dr. Logan served in numerous capacities, including Vice President for Academic Affairs (1986 - 1991), President (1991 - 2005), and Chancellor (2005 - 2007). He currently holds from Westminster the titles of President Emeritus and Professor of Church History Emeritus. He was a Visiting Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1988 – 1989, and he served as Special Counsel to the President at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, from 2007 to 2013.
Dr. Logan has worked extensively with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and with the Association of Theological Schools, serving the latter organization on its Executive Committee, as Chair of its Research Grants Selection Panel, and as Chair of its Nominating Committee. He has Chaired accreditation teams for both Middle States and ATS. He is a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, presbytery of New York and New England.
Dr. Logan’s publications include The Preacher and Preaching (editor and contributor), Sermons That Shaped America (co-editor and contributor), and numerous articles on Jonathan Edwards. Dr. Logan edited the papers of the 2006 General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship and these were published in August of 2007 under the title Confronting Kingdom Challenges: A Call to Global Christians to Carry the Burden Together. He also edited the papers of the 2010 WRF General Assembly in Edinburgh, Scotland, and these were published in August of 2013 under the title Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus Into the World. This last volume may be purchased directly through the WRF website.
Dr. Logan and his wife Susan live in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and have two sons and two grandsons.
Rvdo. Amador Lopez has just been elected as Moderator of the General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, after having served as the Stated Clerk of the denomination. As, a member of the Directiva of the INPM his wisdom in leadership was tremendously important during some very difficult situations in the church. Now, as Moderator for the next four years he will have a great influence for good not only in the church but also on behalf of WRF and its regional in Latin America. He was very much involved in establishing the WRF Latin American regional serving as its Secretary and has been very supportive of WRF in the Mexican church.
Rinaldo is married to Cláudia, who is a Neurosurgeon. They live in São Paulo, Brazil, with their young child, Henrique. Besides his successful career as a Real Estate Attorney and investor, Rinaldo has also been involved for the last 4 years in the planting of the Igreja Presbiteriana Paulista, in the heart of São Paulo`s financial district – he is an elder in training and the church treasurer.
He pastored in New York City after graduation. He began teaching at CGST from 2001. From 2003 to 2006, he went to Edinburgh for doctoral studies and wrote a dissertation on the theological aesthetics of Jonathan Edwards. His interest includes historical theology, with special interest in spiritual theology and the interaction between theology and philosophy. He also teaches courses relating faith to contemporary culture. He was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Flushing, New York.
He is a board member of the The Society for Truth and Light in Hong Kong, a Christian organization engaging in public advocacy of moral issues. He is also a voluntary pastor of City One Baptist Church of Hong Kong.
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Dr. Fergus Macdonald is a retired minister and former Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland. He served as the General Secretary of the National Bible Society of Scotland and then of the United Bible Societies.
A Fellow of the Spencer Center for Global Engagement at Taylor University in Indiana, he serves as chair of the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society, and as Chair Emeritus of the Forum of Bible Agencies International. From 1994-98, he was the Executive Chair of the Lausanne Movement and continues as one of the Honorary Chairmen. He is a regular contributer to Scripture Union Bible reading notes and is the author of “Word Evangelism,” “Yours Very Sincerely,” and “The Challenge of Nominality” in They Call Themselves Christian, and various journal articles.
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Dr. John McClean is Vice Principal of Christ College in Sydney, Australia, and teaches in the areas of Christian Thought focussing on Systematic Theology and Ethics. Within this he also teaches Westminster Confession and the Church and Ministry unity. John was the Minister of Cowra Presbyterian Church (1995-2002), a visiting lecturer at PTC in 1994 and completed the Ministry Training Scheme at St Matthias Anglican Church (1988-1991). He is married to Elizabeth and they have two teenage children. John is a consumate theologian. He teaches systematics and ethics, and writes many articles on ethical issues. He is regularly off speaking at conferences. He has his “feet on the ground” in respect to congregational ministry, playing his part on a regular basis in the congregation to which he belongs.
Professor McGowan serves as chairman of the Theological Commission of the World Reformed Fellowship, President of the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society and chairman of Rutherford House. He also chairs the RH Research Committee which organises the Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference.
Professor McGowan’s most recent books are: Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology, Editor, (Leicester: IVP, 2006); The Divine Spiration of Scripture: Challenging Evangelical Perspectives(Nottingham: IVP, 2007); and The Person and Work of Christ: Understanding Jesus (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2012).
Andrew is married to June and they have three sons.
Dr. Meister has written Law & Grace and has contributed to other books as well as to numerous theological journals and magazines. He is a member of the Christian Education and Publications Committee for the Presbyterian Church of Brazil.
Mr. Solano Portela is the Director of Basic Education of Mackenzie, one of the largest private educational conglomerates of Brazil, with an overall enrollment of 47,000 students. Previously he has been (2008-2013) Chief Financial Officer of this Institution. At Mackenzie he has occasionally lectured in graduate courses in the area of Christian School Education, both at the University as well as at the Andrew Jumper Presbyterian Center, the Graduate School of Theology of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil.
He holds degrees from Shelton College (B.A., magna cum laude), from Biblical Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and is currently a doctorandus of Liberty University. Solano is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPB). Besides his business activities, has taught courses in seminaries and Bible Institutes of the denomination, and is a frequent speaker at theological and educational conferences throughout Brazil and abroad. He also lectures in professional seminars, in the field of business and finances. He is presently the secretary of the Commission on Inter-Ecclesiastical Relations of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (CRIE-IPB), and a Board Member of the Association of Christian Schools – International (ACSI – Colorado Springs, CO).
Mr. Portela has authored several books in the areas of church growth, theological issues and Christian school education and is a contributor to the theological journal Fides Reformata. His latest book (Fiel, 2012) is a critique of current educational philosophies and a proposal for a theologically sound Christian School Pedagogy: “O que estão ensinando aos nossos filhos” (What are they teaching our children?). He lives in São Paulo, Brazil, with his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Zekveld Portela and is the father of four children, all married and serving the Lord in different parts of the world.
Mr. Portela is a former Chairman of the WRF Board of Directors.
Dr. John Nicholls was born in London in 1949 and grew up in a church with close links to the east African revival. He studied at Bradford University (mathematics), the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh, and Westminster Theological Seminary (D.Min., 1989). He was ordained in 1975 and ministered in Ardnamurchan Free Church of Scotland (Argyllshire) and in Cole Abbey Free Church, London, before joining the London City Mission (LCM) in 1993 as Director of Training and Recruitment. He became the Chief Executive in 2004 and served in that position for ten years. The LCM was founded in 1835 and employs 200 staff. It is engaged in a wide range of evangelistic and diaconal ministries throughout the city.
Dr. Nicholls now serves as Associate Minister at Smithton Church, a Free Church of Scotland congregation in Inverness, Scotland.
Dr. Nicholls has also served on the boards of missionary organizations including Christian Witness to Israel and Unevangelized Fields Mission. He is also coauthor of Streets Paved with Gold, a history of the LCM. He is married to Sarah and they have two children.
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Dr. Robert Norris stepped down Senior Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland where he served from 1984 until 2015. Following a year long sabbatical he has returned to Fourth Church as the Teaching Pastor. His new role involves teaching at the church, at Reformed Theological Seminary D.C and an expanded international teaching ministry and allows more time to devote to the World Reformed Fellowship where he serves as the Chairman of the Board.
He and his wife Caren have 5 children – two daughters and three sons.
Born in Ebbw Vale, South Wales, United Kingdom, Dr. Norris began to preach in small churches in Wales as a teenager. He holds degrees from Kings College, (BA) London, and St. Andrews, Scotland (M.Th., Ph.D). Ordained jointly by the Presbyterian Church of Wales and United Reformed Church of England and Wales, Dr. Norris served as Assistant Minister at The City Temple, London, Chaplain to the City of London University, and also as Chaplain to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. While in London Dr. Norris served as the Theological Traveling Secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students and edited the journal, Themelios.
From 1981-84 he served as Executive Pastor of Program at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, California. Dr. Norris has served as an adjunct professor at the Reformed Theological Seminary, teaching courses in Theology and Church History. He has traveled and taught history and doctrine in seminaries in Ukraine, Malta, Japan, and Sudan. He has served on the founding board of The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
Dr. K. Eric Perrin was one of the founding fathers of the WRF. He pastored churches in Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, MD, Columbia, SC, and Cherry Hill, NJ. He also served on various committees of the Presbyterian Church in America, including the Interchurch Relations Committee which he served as chairman and was used of God to establish the WRF in the early 1990s.
He served with distinction the WRF as chairman of the Executive Committee and Board since its inception and continued in those roles until his death on April 13, 2016. His quiet demeanor and gentle diplomacy gave WRF the steady leadership through the years of rapid growth.
Rick was not just the long-serving Board chair of the WRF; he was the consummate board chair. He had the extraordinary ability to run meetings that were both kind-spirited and efficient. Differing opinions felt heard and given due consideration. Rick could summarize a discussion and, with a smile and a touch of humor, bring matters to a vote. Any discord melted away! The WRF had his full attention and support. He, with his wife Barbara, shepherded the Board and International Director with prayer, attentiveness, and love-filled tokens of appreciation. Rick and Barbara together tenderly nurtured this global ministry to maturity.
The entire membership of the World Reformed Fellowship thanks the Lord for the life and ministry of Dr. K. Erik (Rick) Perrin.
Mr. Phil Petronis is a member and RulingElder of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Rye, New York. Mr. Petronis was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and, after marriage, was received into the Episcopal Church to share worship in his wife's denomination. During this period, he became an active supporter of Ligonier Ministries and grew in his understanding of Reformed theology. This led to his joining the PCA in 1995 as the Episcopal Church drifted away from its creeds and biblical foundations.
Mr. Petronis is retired from a business career in the insurance and reinsurance business with Marsh and McLennan and from several years of work in private equity investing in the insurance industry. He is on the Board of Directors of the Community Center of Northern Westchester, which provides food, clothing and training for those in need. He is Secretary of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of the WRF.
Mr. J. J. V. (Koos) Richards was born on the 15th March 1943 in Groblersdal, South Africa. He grew up on a farm, did his B.Sc.(Agriculture) at the University of Pretoria and later his B.Sc (Agriculture) Hons. at the University of The Orange Free State in Bloemfontein. He was involved in agriculture in several positions since he left the university.
His passion was the agricultural development scene and he was involved in agricultural development in Namibia and several projects in South Africa. After his retirement at the end of 2007, he founded an agricultural development organisation, Group Africa Agric (Pty) Ltd, which is involved in agricultural development in countries in Sub Sahara Africa doing agricultural development and project management. Koos believes that people development forms an integral part of agricultural development. Through agricultural development, doors are opening to bring the gospel to the people in the communities involved in the agricultural projects. On all these projects, community development centres, including churches, will be established as part of the projects.
For the last 24 years, Koos served as an elder in the Reformed Church in Pretoria, South Africa. Koos is married to Magda, has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Dr. Ron Scates is the former Senior Pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian Church (ECO) in Dallas, Texas (for 13 years) and is now Interim Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Scates grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio on a baseball scholarship and later accepted a position as an assistant baseball coach while attending graduate school. His pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine was permanently interrupted when he responded to the Lord’s call to the ministry.
Ron’s first pastorate was as Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry at San Antonio’s First Presbyterian Church. In 1989, Ron and Anne accepted a call to Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. During Ron’s tenure there, Central’s worship attendance tripled and the church completed a major building program. In 2000, Ron accepted a call to Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, as its Senior Pastor completing his tenure in December 2013.
Ron and Anne have been blessed with five children: Katie (29) Andrew (24) twins Michael and Emily (21), and Anna who passed away as a young child several decades ago. The Scates family enjoys sporting events, music recitals and concerts, and traveling together to their favorite places, which include the beach and Civil War sites (Dad’s favorite). Ron is also an avid weight trainer.
In addition to his position on the WRF Board of Directors, Ron holds or has held positions on the boards of The Presbyterian Healthcare System, and The Dallas Council for Life, US Lausanne Committee, American Tract Society, and the Presbyterian Children Homes and Services. He has also filled leadership roles with Youth for Christ of Metro Maryland, The Spiritual Advisory Board of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas Board of Governors, Evangelicals for Renewal, and the Advisory boards of the Dallas Council for Life and Presbyterians Pro-Life. He also serves as Advisor to the U. S. Lausanne Committee.
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Dr. Todd Smedley is the Senior Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. Prior to assuming his role as Senior Pastor in 2015, he served Fourth as Senior Associate Pastor since 2001.
Todd is an Adjunct Professor of Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan where he travels regularly to train Japanese Pastors. He has taught Systematic and Pastoral Theology in Japan, Egypt, and Romania. In 2009 he worked with African pastors and theologians through Mukhanyo Theological College, in South Africa to develop a pan-African theological curriculum, which is now being used in numerous theological schools throughout Africa.
An ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Todd is active in his local Presbytery having served on its Ministerial and Nominating Committees.
Todd holds degrees from Dickinson College (B.A. Philosophy and English), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and The University of Aberdeen (Ph.D.).
He and his wife Jennifer live in Bethesda, Maryland and have three children.
Rev. Hiralal Solanki is an ordained minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of India (RPCI). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) and Master of Arts (Philosophy) from Meerut University, and a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary (PTS), Dehra Dun. Currently enrolled for PhD in Christian studies at Sam Higginbottom University at Allahabad, Rev. Solanki is a convert (1984) from a strict Hindu family. Since coming to faith in Christ he has received training at PTS and involved himself as a pastor of Faith Bible Presbyterian Church, New Delhi, and in the wider Christian community in New Delhi.
His gifts of organization have been recognized while being part of the committee hosting the All India Congress on Church in Missions (AICOCIM) organized by Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) in 2000 and other such conferences.
Presently, he is Academic Dean at the Global Leadership Institute / Caleb Institute, New Delhi. He serves at various Boards, both local (Presbyterian Theological Seminary, MSS (Masihi Sahitya Sanstha – a Christian publishing house, and the regional Board of the Bible Society of India) and international (Member of the theological committee and member of the Asia Pacific Committee of the ICRC – International Conference of Reformed Churches).
He is a gifted teacher and has taught in various parts of North India and overseas on several occasions. He has travelled widely to countries such as The Netherlands, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, etc.
Rev. Solanki is married to Laxmi Solanki, They have two children Arpita (daughter) and Abhishikt (son). The Solanki family lives in New Delhi, India.
Rev. Dr. Henk Stoker is currently Apologetics and Ethics professor at the Faculty of Theology of North-West University as well as at the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Churches in South Africa in Potchefstroom. He holds the following earned degrees: BA (1980), BA Honours - Philosophy (1981) and Psychology (1985), MA - Philosophy (1982) ThB - Theology (1986), PhD - Apologetics (1993). He served on the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Theology as director of Masters & PhD programs.
Dr. Stoker was ordained and spent the first 24 years of his ministry in the Reformed Churches in South Africa in the Witpoortjie, Pretoria-Sunnyside, Rietvallei and Frankfort congregations. He also served on the Council of the North-West University, the Board of Trustees of the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Churches in South Africa, on the Board of Mukhanyo Theological College, and on the Council of the Association for Christian Higher Education. He also served on the following committees of the General Synod of the Reformed Churches in South Africa: Executive of the Board of Curators of the Theological School Potchefstroom; Church Revitalization; Christian Education; Ecumenicity, Communication with the Government, Evangelization media , Editorial Committee of the RCSA Denominational Magazines, Committee for assisting churches with equipment of elders and evangelism, Youth ministry committee for organizing national youth camps.
His involvement with WRF: The WRF consultation in Orlando on Christian ministry in Muslim context; the Consultation of WRF, Lausanne Movement and WEA on Theological Education; as well as the Fourth General Assembly of the WRF in Sao Paulo. He published two books on Ethics and one on Apologetics, and also wrote endorsements for the WRF book Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus into the World.
Dr. Roy Taylor holds degrees from South East Bible College (B.A.), Grace Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He has served as a Presbyterian Churches in America (PCA) pastor for sixteen years, as a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary for ten years, and as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCA since 1998. In addition, Dr. Taylor has taught in Korea, Scotland, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Ukraine.
Dr. Taylor previously served on the Board of WRF from 2006 through 2010, and represents the PCA at numerous ecclesiastical meetings and organizations. Dr. Taylor published “Plagiarism of Sermons” (By Faith, July 30, 2014) and contributed to Who Runs the Church? (Zondervan, 2004).
He and his wife, Donna, have two children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Jack Whytock was raised in Bruce County, Ontario on a beef farm. He graduated in arts from Renison University College, University of Waterloo, and went to seminary at Regent College, Vancouver, before pursuing postgraduate studies at the University of Glasgow (M.Th.) and the University of Wales (Ph.D.)
Ordained in 1988, Jack has served in chaplaincy work, church planting and the pastorate in Presbyterian churches in Canada and the United States. For almost a decade he was the team leader for the Mobile Theological Training Team and a visiting professor at various Christian colleges and universities in South America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
In terms of broader church service, he was a congress team member at Lausanne III, Cape Town, South Africa; served as Chairman of NAPARC; was a delegate to the World Reformed Fellowship in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2006; Edinburgh, Scotland, 2010; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2015.
Jack presently serves as Acting Principal at Dumisani Theological Institute in King William’s Town, South Africa and is extraordinary professor in the unit for Reformed Theology at North-West University, Faculty of Theology, Potchefstroom, South Africa. He also serves as the director and editor of an international journal for the work of the Haddington House Trust, Prince Edward Island, Canada . He has authored three books and numerous articles and is active in several societies. Jack is married to Nancy and they have four grown children.
Mr. John Williams is a retired businessman who served as President of the Spence Corporation in Milwaukee from 1972 to 2006. His other employment experiences include Operations Analyst for Jordan March/Allied Stores and Regional Sales Manager for VersaGrate Fiberglass Grating in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
John was a member of the Board of Trustees at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for fourteen years and served as a member of the Foreign Missions Committee of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church for seventeen years. He attended Bowdoin College in Maine and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
John and his wife Dottie currently live on Washington Island, Wisconsin.
Antonio Cabrera is President of the Cabrera Group, a three-generation family agribusiness group operating in 10 Brazilian states.
He holds a B.S. in Veterinarian. He also holds a post graduation in animal production.
At the age of 29, he became the youngest Brazilian State Minister, assuming the position of Minister of Agriculture and Land Reform.
Secretary of Agriculture and Supply of the State of São Paulo.
Member of the National Society of Agriculture – chair # 25 and National
Honorary Consul of Spain
Business Leader of Balanço Anual Magazine and Gazeta Mercantil newspaper.
Degree of Grand Officer of:
-Brazilian Air Force
-Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Member of Board of Trustees of the Mackenzie Presbyterian Institute.
Director of the Brazilian Bible Society, the world’s largest Bible producer and exporter at present.
Founding Member of the Brazilian Association of Christians in Science.
National Chaplain of International Gideons
Member of Mont Pelerin Society
Member of The Philadelphia Society
President of Mackenzie Economic Freedom Center.
Professor of Sunday School of Central Presbyterian Church of S.J. Rio Preto
He is married with Angela and has 4 children: Barbara, Antonio, Vitoria e Giovana.