A Global Experience
Developing Christ-Centered Leaders Who Change Global Cities

Board of Regents

Willy Kotiuga

(Chairman of Regent Board)
Montreal, Canada - Senior Director of the Power Systems Consulting Group

Dr. Kotiuga is Senior Director, Strategic Studies of one of the world’s largest engineering firms. He is a registered Professional Engineer and has authored numerous technical papers. He frequently speaks at conferences in addition to advising Electric Utilities and Governments on the sustainable development of power network infrastructure and long-term strategic planning. During his career, he worked in over 25 countries and spent significant time overseas in China, India, Guinea (Conakry), Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia and Senegal. As an infrastructure project director, he has over 30 years of experience in managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders, including governments and International Funding Institutions such as the World Bank, Asian Development Band and African Development Bank. Willy serves on the executive committees of several para-church organizations and is also a member of the core team of the Lausanne Workplace Network. He actively promotes faith-based dialogue in workplace ministries and speaks extensively in small meetings, university courses, seminars, retreats, and conferences on the value of faith in a secular environment.  Willy serves as the Chairperson of the BGU Board of Regents.

 

Martine Audeoud

Martine Audéoud

Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Associate Director of the Masters Program in Holistic Development and Communicare

Martine has served over 25 years in Africa and Haiti. She has helped coordinate urban consultations with Ray Bakke and Glenn Smith in Abidjan and Haiti and eventually did her DMin with BGU in Transformational Leadership. She also holds a Ph.D. in School Administration and Curriculum Supervision. She is presently in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, with her family. She serves as associate director of the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Holistic Development and Transformational Leadership of the theological seminary of the Christian Alliance (FATEAC) in Abidjan. She serves as a visiting professor at several African universities. Her passion is to serve global Christian leaders to become increasingly empowered transformational leaders for Christ’s kingdom.

 

Duky Charles

Limbe, Haiti - Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs, North Haiti Christian University

Duky serves as the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs (provost) of North Haiti Christian University and is currently teaching Hermeneutics, Urban Theology and Leadership at NHCU. He has been coordinating the NHCU English department since 2001. Born in Limbe where he also grew up, Duky has contributed to the expansion of several activities such as a Music Camp held yearly, and has helped coordinate a spiritual movement for about 200 young people. He co-authored Dialog of Cousins, a book on Congo and Haiti.

 

Gea Gort

Rotterdam, Holland – author, journalist, director GIDSnetwerk Rotterdam

Gea aims to make the Church aware of what God is doing regarding urban mission; local and global. She does so by telling stories of people involved, and by reflecting on (theological) ways of thinking. She combined stories and reflection in God in the City; A Missional Way of Life in an Urban Context (2012). She also initiated the book & awareness campaign in the Netherlands God ain’t White (2013), about how the Dutch slavery past is still effecting relationships today. Locally Gea connects Christian leaders, active in church, politic and business. International she is well connected through her past with relief organization Mercy Ships. She graduated at BGU for her Doctor of Ministry in 2012. Presently she is researching Business as Mission (BAM) from and within the Western-European Context for a Book & Go Project.  www.geagort.com

Rebecca Gray

Atlanta, Georgia - Manager for Military Strategy and Relations, The Southern Company

Rebecca Gray works for the Southern Company as Manager for Military Strategy and Relations helping a group of operating companies meet their objectives with military bases and related fields. She formerly served as the Georgia's Power segment manager for state facilities. During  her  military  career,  she had a  number  of assignments overseeing base-wide food service, lodging, fitness,  readiness,  mor tuar y   ser vices,  recreation operations and disaster response. In her civilian capacity, she has been the CEO of an Atlanta-based nonprofit community development organization that targets the inner city with  an emphasis on housing, youth and senior  programs, education  and economic development.

A native of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Gray holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s from Liberty University and a D.Min. from Bakke Graduate University. She is a graduate of Squadron Officer School,  Air Command  and Staff College and Air War College from Air University, Maxwell  Air Force Base, Alabama.  She completed  the Harvard  Professional Development  Program and the Secretary  of Defense Corporate Fellowship in 2012.

 

Jewel Hyun

Keum Ju (Jewel) Hyun

Boston, MA - Founder and President of Matthew 28 Ministries that focuses in Kenya

Jewel Hyun is founder and president of Matthew 28 Ministries that focuses in Kenya on developing and training women leaders, adult literacy program for Maasai women, and community transformation through micro-entrepreneurship that empowers women to start and sustain steady-income generating microbusinesses. She participates in teaching leadership development courses at Lifelong Learning and Leadership Development institute at St. Paul’s University in Kenya and teaches Theology of Work at seminaries in Kenya and Korea. She served as a mentor for Field Ministry course at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Boston campus and worked in the financial industry for over 25 years, specializing in information technology. She also operated her own IT consulting firm. She earned her MS degree in Nuclear Physics from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and her MA in New Testament and D.Min. degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  

Cosmas Ilechukwu

Cosmas Chukwunyelum Ilechukwu

Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria - General Overseer of the Charismatic Renewal Ministries Inc. & Chair of the Global Board of International Ministers’ Fellowship

Cosmas Chukwunyelum Ilechukwu is the General Overseer of the Charismatic Renewal Ministries Inc. with hundreds of branches across different nations of the world. He is the founder and chair, African Center for Christian Leadership, which provides specialized training on transformational leadership in different spheres of human endeavor. He is the host and the chief lecturer of the Change We Need annual lecture that calls the attention of Nigeria’s leaders to key societal issues. He is also the chair of the global board of International Ministers’ Fellowship, a network of gospel ministers.

Ilechukwu holds a B.Sc. in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Imo State University; Owerri, M.A. Christian Leadership from West African Theological Seminary, Lagos, and D.Min in Transformational Leadership in Global Cities from Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, Washington State, USA. An alumnus of Haggai Institute, Dr Ilechukwu is married to Adeola who is also a BGU graduate and they live in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

Anne-Marie Kool

Budapest, Hungary - Director of the European Institute for Mission Studies, Karoli Gaspar Reformed University

Dr. Anne-Marie Kool is Professor of Missiology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, Associate Professor of Missiology at the Baptist Theological Academy in Budapest, Hungary and Adjunct Faculty at the Bakke Graduate University, Dallas, TX.

Since 1987 she has served as a Dutch missionary to Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe, first unofficially affiliated with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, since 1993 as a missionary of the Reformed Mission League of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. As the Founding Director of the Protestant Institute for Mission Studies (1995), in 2006 continued as Central and Eastern European Institute for Mission Studies (CIMS) within the Károli Gáspár University in Budapest, and closed in 2012, she has gained extensive experience in developing theological coursework and programs in informal, non-formal and formal settings, including lifelong learning for pastors and church leaders. Since her appointment in 1998 as full Professor of Missiology, she has been affiliated with several institutions of higher education, conducted teaching and research and supervised master’s and doctoral students in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

She has an extensive experience in a wide range of topics in missiology as well as in teaching at a variety of levels and brings expertise on subjects like missional leadership of the church in changing contexts, evangelism, urban mission, cross cultural communication, World Christianity and missiological challenges in post-communist Europe. In addition, she has supervised missiological internships and fieldwork and have organized a number of extracurricular activities for students, e.g. exposure trips for students to Serbia, Ukraine, Roma-ministries in Hungary and urban ministries in Amsterdam (NL).

She participated on a regular basis in the WEA, the Lausanne Movement and the WCC with regard to reflection on theological education, mission and evangelism. She has served on the Board of Regents of Bakke Graduate University (BGU) since 2006, and has been active in the International Association for Mission Studies, serving as a board member from 2004-2008, and as chairperson of the local organizing committee of the XII IAMS General Assembly in Balatonfüred, Hungary (2008). She helped to establish a regional branch, the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies (CEEAMS) (2002).

Pioneering an Institute for Mission Studies and working as a missiologist in a post-communist context she had to learn to reflect on the challenges of mission and evangelism in western culture, but also on the tough realities of the “shadows of the past” of a communist ideology. It was also her task to introduce students to the realities of global Christianity. Working in this context required competency in the field of theology of mission, combined with a sensitivity in cross-cultural communication in an ethnically and ecclesiastically diverse context that is still so much in transition.

Her research track-record so far has centered on issues related to Central and Eastern Europe. For her PhD, she researched an unknown chapter in mission history, the Hungarian protestant foreign mission movement, while for her Habilitation (an additional research degree required for full professorship in Hungary) she explored a new paradigm for mission in Central and Eastern Europe taking my starting point in the biblical concepts of individual and community. As is evidenced by the Students’ Missions Lecture series at Princeton Theological Seminary (2007), the challenges of churches in Central and Eastern Europe in relation to mission and missiology have also been an area of research. More recently, she has begun researching an issue that has long been a field of interest: mission and evangelism among the Roma (Gypsy) community and the relationship with the European and Central European churches. She was able to (help) initiate a Roma – church research network and in 2011 presented her findings at the annual W. Don McClure Lectures in Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

She enjoys gardening, biking, and exploring the Central and Eastern European coffee house culture.

Emmanuel (Mel) Luna

Manila, Philippines - Professor of Community Development at the University of the Philippines

Emmanuel M. Luna, PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, is a professor of Community Development at the College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines. In the last three decades, Dr. Luna has been involved in training Christian development workers and pastors in holistic and transformational development, community organizing and research in church ministry. He has extensive practice in community organizing, action research, participatory monitoring and evaluation, and social environmental impact studies. Specializing in community-based disaster risk management, he has published several papers in national and international journals. He is a life-time member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa and the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society.

 

Zenet Maramara

Zenet Maramara

Manila, Philippines--Professor of Biblical Stewardship and Resource Development at Asian Theological Seminary (ATS)

Dr. Zenet Maramara serves as the director of the ATS Strategic Leader Development Center, the unit responsible for the professional and extension programs of ATS including the MBA in Biblical Stewardship and Christian Management; Center for Continuing Studies, Center for Urban Transformational Leadership and the Center for Biblical Stewardship. 

She founded and the Christian Stewardship Association in the Philippines in 2001 and the Fundraising Institute in 2008. She serves in the Lausanne Movement’s Ministry Fundraising Network that promotes biblical stewardship, generous living, and Christ-centered giving.

Zenet is a strong advocate and teacher of biblical stewardship, theology of work, creation care and focuses on developing steward leaders. She co-founded the Christians in Conservation, and NGO, whose flagship programs include environmental sustainability by creating community-based projects such as forest-parks and native tree nurseries for people’s livelihood.

Dr. Maramara holds degrees in journalism, education, business, divinity and a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University.