Engaging the University
Vinoth Ramachandra, Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement
Vinoth was born in Sri Lanka. He holds both bachelors and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of London. Instead of pursuing an academic career, he returned to Sri Lanka in 1980 and helped to develop a Christian university ministry in that country. In 1987 he was invited to serve as the South Asia Regional Secretary, a post he held until 2001.He currently serves as IFES Secretary for Dialogue & Social Engagement. An Anglican lay-theologian, writer, teacher and human rights advocate, he combines multiple interests in his international work with IFES. He is the author of several essays, articles and books including The Message of Mission (2003), Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues that Shape Our World (2008) and Church and Mission in the New Asia (2009).
Vinoth also blogs at vinothramachandra.wordpress.com
Mirek Pieszka, Governance Development Program Director
Mirek was a pioneer and founding member of ChSA Poland. He spent a number of years as part of the IFES Europe regional team before becoming Director for the Governance Development Program. He travels to different national movements and IFES regions as a speaker and trainer of the Governance Program, promoting the good governance culture development across IFES. Together with the Governance Development Program Team, he is moving the program from a one-off training phase to an on-going program that places governance development as an integral part of regional and national events. By recruiting Regional Champions and the next cohort of trainers from across the IFES regions and cultures, Mirek is moving toward his goal of promoting good governance that fits the national context. He is still passionate about and leadership development at all levels of the ministry, from student leaders to the national boards. Mirek is married to Ewa, they have three grown-up children.
Indigenous Support Development
Kehinde Ojo, Program Director for Indigenous Support Development
Kehinde was born and raised in the south-western part of Nigeria. He became a Christian in the university through the witness of NIFES Nigeria. After graduation in 1991, he served as a full-time staff worker with NIFES for 18 years in different roles and in different parts of the country. During this time he gained a BTh in Christian Life and Ministry from London Bible College (now London School of Theology) in the UK.
Kehinde was invited to head up the ISD program for IFES in 2011. He runs training programs, works with regional leaders and is writing an ISD manual. He was recently appointed Senior Associate for Resource Mobilization in the Lausanne Movement. He and his family live in Abuja, Nigeria but he travels frequently to conferences and events across the globe.
Sabine Kalthoff, Secretary for Scripture Engagement
Sabine travels globally in the IFES network to inspire and promote good practice in Scripture engagement. She provides support for national movements to grow in this area and helps students discover the value of God’s Word. Sabine gives Bible talks and leads trainings, mentors trainers, leads the international Scripture Engagement team and creates resources, both on the web and in hard-copy. Sabine comes from Germany, but grew up in Nepal and India. She first got involved in the IFES student movement in Germany (SMD) while studying French, English and Business Administration – and then stayed on as a staff worker for 14 years. During this time, she completed a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Since 2011, Sabine has served on the international staff team of IFES in her current role. She lives in Marburg, Germany.
Word and World
Robert W Heimburger, Editor
Robert W. Heimburger is Founding Editor of the IFES journal Word & World and Chair of the IFES Theological Advisory Group.
Robert is an Associate Chaplain to graduate students with the Oxford Pastorate and coordinator of the Developing a Christian Mind course. Through both he encourages students to integrate Christian faith and academic life.
Robert completed his doctorate in theology and Christian ethics at the University of Oxford. He is particularly interested in Christian perspectives on migration and has recently published a book with Cambridge University Press entitled God and the Illegal Alien: Federal United States Immigration Law and a Theology of Politics. Robert is also carrying out research on the subject of forgiveness after conflict. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.