Our Regional Directors (RD) come alongside the leaders of leaders in their regions through one-on-one visits, addressing challenges and solutions, praying with them and simply serving as a sounding board. The RDs are deeply experienced in training Christian leaders of vision, integrity and competence, most having served in multiple capacities of leadership in seminaries, schools and other institutions. All of them are products in some way of one of our partner schools.
Whether they are encouraging a leader whose institution is facing daunting financial problems, conducting a workshop to better equip faculty for teaching or providing training for a seminary board, these men work tirelessly to see transformational theological education, the kind that produces leaders who make a difference. Our RDs provide us with deep knowledge, extensive experience and rich creativity.
Ashish Chrispal, PhD
Regional Director for Asia | Overseas Council
Dr. Ashish Chrispal has been the Overseas Council Regional Director for Asia since 2007. Born in Mumbai, he has more than 30 years of experience in pastoring and teaching theology in India. After his Bachelor’s degree, Ashish obtained theological training at Union Biblical Seminary in Pune, India. A Langham Scholar, he earned the PhD in Systematic and Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has served on several boards and in roles at various seminaries, including his role as Principal of the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, India. He is an author, a pastor and an educator. His passion is to provide theological education that is holistic in terms of balance between academic excellence and theological and ministerial competence.
Ashish and his wife, Susan, live in Bangalore, India, and have a grown son and daughter. Their son, Anugrah, is married and has two daughters. Their daughter, Snehanjali, studied at Anderson University in Indiana before returning to India. The family continues to trust our Lord’s promise of resurrection for their second son, Arpit, who was called to the Lord’s glory in June 2005 at the age of 22.
Regional Director for Eurasia | Overseas Council
Taras Dyatlik was born into a Baptist family in the western Ukrainian city of Rivne. Raised during the Soviet period, he helped his father with an underground Christian publishing ministry as a child. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 17 years old and graduated from Donetsk Christian University in 1997.
Taras has served in a multitude of positions in higher education, including Academic Dean, Professor and Head Librarian. He earned the MTh from the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven, Belgium, and is pursuing the PhD there. He also serves the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association (EAAA).
Taras and his wife, Natasha, live in Rivne with their two teenage children, Tanya and Nazar. Taras joined Overseas Council in 2011 as the Regional Director for Eurasia.
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean | Overseas Council
Josué Fernández was born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, and has been in ministry for more than 20 years. As a member of the pastoral team at the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) Church of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he developed a rehab program for young drug addicts, created a feeding program for street children and led a young adults’ ministry.
Josué established and trained young leaders for ministry in three programs as the Youth Pastor of the C&MA Church in Queens, New York, followed by leading a church in Argentina as Head Pastor. He went on to serve as the Director of Communications and Fund-Raising at Buenos Aires Bible Institute (IBBA) in Argentina, where he was trained by Dr. Manfred W. Kohl, Overseas Council Special Ambassador. Then as the Assistant Pastor of a church that tripled in membership under his care, he established a discipleship program and a feeding program for street children before returning to IBBA in 2005 in his original capacity. Josué earned his Bachelor of Theology from IBBA and his Master of Arts at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. He was a participant in eight Overseas Council Institutes for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development held in Latin America.
Josué and his wife, Liliana, have five children, ranging in age from 14 to 21. He joined Overseas Council in 2007 as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
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