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.
John Jusu, PhD
Regional Director for Africa | Overseas Council
Dr. John Jusu was born in Sierra Leone. He served as Dean of the School of Education, Arts and Social Sciences and taught in the Educational Studies Department at Africa International University.
An Overseas Council scholarship recipient himself, John earned his Master’s degree in Christian Education, Master of Philosophy degree and PhD in Education.
John joined Overseas Council as Regional Director for Africa in 2013. He and his wife, Tity, have three children in addition to 24 children rescued from distressed situations for whom they offer fulltime care.
Mardochée Nadoumngar, PhD
Regional Director for Francophone Africa | Overseas Council
Dr. Mardochée Nadoumngar was born in southern Chad to a Christian family. He considered studying law, but the Lord called him to Bangui Evangelical School of Theology in 1982. He earned his Bachelor’s degree there and returned to Chad to serve the Lord. He later earned his Master of Theology degree and Doctor of Ministry degree.
Mardochée served for nine years as Academic Dean and professor at ESTES Shalom Evangelical School of Theology in Chad, followed by 11 years as Director/ Principal. He has taught in churches and written manuals for training in Bible schools and at the grassroots level.
Mardochée joined Overseas Council in 2014 as Regional Director for Francophone Africa. He and his wife, Ruth, have five children and one granddaughter.
Ashish Chrispal, PhD
Regional Director for Asia | Overseas Council
Dr. Ashish Joseph Chrispal was born in Mumbai. He has more than 30 years experience in pastoring and teaching theology in India, including his role as Principal of the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS).
Ashish is an author, a pastor and an educator. His passion is to provide theological education that is rooted in the Word and engaged with its context. A Langham Scholar, he earned his PhD in Systematic and Practical Theology.
Ashish has been the Overseas Council Regional Director for Asia since 2007. He and his wife, Susan, live in Bangalore and have an adult son and daughter, Anugrah and Snehanjali. 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.
Overseas Council works with additional consultants in Asia, but due to the sensitive nature of the region, we do not publicize them.
Regional Director for Euro-Asia | 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.
Taras graduated from Donetsk Christian University (DCU) in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree. He earned his Master of Theology from the Evangelical Theological Faculty and is pursuing his PhD there. He most recently served as Coordinator of the Slavic Research and Resource Center at the Euro-Asian Accrediting Association.
Taras joined Overseas Council in 2011 as the Regional Director for Euro-Asia, serving our partners in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. He and his wife, Natasha, live in Rivne with their children, Tanya and Nazar.
Marvin Oxenham, PhD
Consultant for Europe | Overseas Council
Dr. Marvin Oxenham was born and raised in Italy as a missionary kid. After he obtained his degree in theology in Canada, he returned to fulltime ministry in Rome with his wife, Silvana. For 25 years, they have been involved in church planting, evangelism, youth work and theological education among Italians.
Marvin obtained his PhD from King’s College London. Since 2004, he has also served as coordinator of the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA). He has gained international experience in the enhancement of theological education with the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) in addition to joining Overseas Council. He is also employed at London School of Theology as program leader for postgraduate studies in theological education.
As a teacher, mentor and project manager, Marvin is passionate about learning, creating and bringing out the best in people and processes. He is the humbled father of two adult daughters and one budding son. His hobbies include supporting AS Roma and running.
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean | Overseas Council
Josué Hugo Fernández was born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, and has been in ministry for more than 20 years. He has pastored churches, developed a rehab program for young drug addicts and created a feeding program for street children.
Josué earned a Bachelor of Theology degree and a Master of Arts. He served as the Director of Communications and Fund-Raising at Buenos Aires Bible Institute (IBBA) in Argentina and participated in eight Overseas Council Institutes for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development held in Latin America.
Josué joined Overseas Council in 2007 as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. He and his wife, Liliana, have five children, Dennis, Alexis, Romina, Joan and Giselle.
Abraham Najjar, PhD*
Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa | Overseas Council
Dr. Abraham Najjar was born in Egypt in a Christian family. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1981, he spent seven years in Christian lay ministry as a supervisor for a Christian center in his hometown.
Abraham has earned a Master of Divinity degree, a Master of Theology degree and a PhD in Old Testament.
In 2007, Abraham became the Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament at a Cairo seminary. The following year, he became Vice President in addition to Academic Dean. He joined Overseas Council in 2013 as Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Abraham and his wife have two sons.
*Name and identifiable details have been changed for security purposes.
Other International Staff
Manfred Kohl, ThD
Special Ambassador| Overseas Council
Dr. Manfred Waldemar Kohl was born in Germany during World War II and was educated in Germany, England and the US. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at Gordon Divinity School in Massachusetts, a Master of Theology at Harvard Divinity School, a Doctor of Theology from the American Center for Congregational Studies and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Following seminary, Dr. Kohl served as pastor of the First Congregational Church in Middleboro, Massachusetts, one of the oldest churches in the US. He then served with World Vision for 17 years in West Africa, German-speaking Europe and finally with their worldwide ministry. With Overseas Council, he served as Vice President of International Development from 1994-2008 and Director of the Institute for Excellence from 2000-2008. Since 2008, he has served as Special Ambassador.
Dr. Kohl has done extensive traveling and speaking with both World Vision and Overseas Council. He has conducted seminars and conferences around the world. A significant portion of his time is dedicated to writing and publishing. Dr. Kohl and his wife, Barbara, have two married adult sons and six grandchildren.
Phil Tait, PhD
Director of FLITE | Overseas Council
Dr. Phil Tait was born in New Zealand. His first career was in urban and rural planning. Later he studied theology at the Bible College of New Zealand and served as the academic dean at the Christian Leaders’ Training College in Papua New Guinea. He then relocated to Nigeria, initially to establish a leadership center at the Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETSN) and subsequently as Country Director for SIM (Serving in Mission). Phil completed a Doctor of Ministries degree at Columbia International University. He is passionate about training and mentoring Christian leaders.
Phil and his wife, Jill, have three adult daughters. Phil joined Overseas Council in 2013 as Director of the FLITE program. He also has a member development and training role with SIM.