BIOGRAPHIES

 

The Chair of the International Theological Council, Lieut-Colonel Dr Karen Shakespeare has served in a variety of appointments at corps, DHQ, THQ, William Booth  College, and as Principal of SALT College of Africa She is  currently the Assistant Principal (Development) at William Booth College, London. She has been a member of   the IDC since 2003 (Secretary 2009-2014). Karen and David have two married officer daughters, Naomi with John, and Ellie. Karen’s commitment to officer    development has been enriched and sharpened by practical experience and academic study; she believes that who we are, what we know and believe, and what we do blend together to form us and bring growth. 

     
 

​Vice-Chair of the ITC Commissioner Johnny Kleman was born in Borås, Sweden and married Eva after his commissioning 1982. They served together in corps and DHQ appointments before 1997 when he was appointed to teach at the School for Officer Training in Sweden, later becoming the Principal. In 2007 was he appointed as Secretary for Programme in the Finland & Estonia Territory. Later, after serving as Chief Secretary in Sweden & Latvia Territory for three years, he was appointed as Territorial Commander for Finland & Estonia Territory and in 2016 he was appointed as the Territorial Commander for Sweden &  Latvia. He is curently serving as the International Secretary for the Europe Zone since 2018. His academic background is in Theology, Philosophy and Education. He is the co-author of a book, A Sacramental Army.

     
 

Secretary of the ITC Lieut-Colonel Dr Wendy Swan is Canadian by birth and global citizen by choice, Wendy’s service in Canada, Central Africa and Southeast Asia reflect her commitment to the global body of Christ. Commissioned as a ‘Herald of Hope’ (1983), Wendy has a passion for the Word and its transforming power.  Present appointments include Command President of Women’s Ministries and Chair of Moral and Social Issues Council of the Hong Kong and Macau Command. Wendy's PhD thesis articulated the theological underpinnings of The Salvation Army’s practice of social justice. She is a firm believer that the greatest gift Salvationists can give to the world is their own lived personal holiness. Baking, music and gardening are amongst her hobbies.

       
   

 

     
 

Lieut-Colonel Donna Evans is a follower of Jesus who is passionate about journeying with people and communicating theology in an understandable way. Married to Stu, they have four beautiful children and six precious grandchildren. Donna loves reading, and is currently enjoying exploring the writings of the feminist theologian, Elizabeth Johnson. She is an Australian Salvation Army Officer who has enjoyed varied appointments including various Corps, a Divisional role and a five year term at Booth College. Until early 2017 Donna was serving in the Netherlands and Czech Republic as Territorial Secretary of Education and Training, and she is currently Assistant Chief Secretary, Australia Eastern Territory.        

     
 

Major Celestin Ayabagabo is the Training principal in his home command of Rwanda and Burundi; since January 2017. He was trained as a Salvation Army officer in Congo-Brazaville  in the session of Bridge Builders ( 2002-2004).Major Celestin served as Corps officer, section and district officer, then Acting Property administrator/Statistics  before moving to Kenya west Territory in October 2010. There , he served as Territorial field book keeper, then as Internal auditor. In December2014, He was appointed as Senior French tutor at SALT College of Africa in Nairobi. Major Celestin holds a Diploma in Teaching from Rambura Complex School( Rwanda), a Diploma in Business Management from Kenya Institute of management(Kenya),a Diploma in Salvation Army accounting and finances from SALT College of Africa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership, Human resources option from the Management University of Africa (Kenya) . Major Celestin speaks French, English, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda and Kirundi.

Major Celestin’s fervor is preaching and teaching. Music is his weak field, though he can sing in groups.  Married to Beatrice, the couple has 5 children(3 sons and 2 daughters). In his spare time he enjoys gardening, or assisting his wife in Kitchen.

     
 

Major Arif  Masih was born in 1968 in Lahore Pakistan. His early education  was in Lahore, and he completed his Bachelor of Theology  from Gujranwala Theological Seminary in 1990. His thesis was on the topic: ‘’Comparison between Muslim and Christian married life” He served as a Presbyterian pastor for three years in Gujranwala. He and his wife Samina worked for The Salvation Army at Jhamka Corps before training as part of the ‘’Messengers of Love’’ session. Arif served as a Corps officer and youth officer at Tanda, and Peshawar. He served at the Training College as Field Training Officer, Senior Training Officer and Acting Training Principal, before being appointed to Kohat Corps. Now he is serving as Training Principal. He and Samina have two sons Ammindab and Alyab, and a daughter, Anab.

     
 

Commissioner Elizabeth  Matear was born in St Andrews, Scotland. Prior to Officer service she studied and worked in Social Work. After commissioning in 1977, appointments to Social Services and Corps, alongside husband John, followed. Divisional responsibilities in Youth Work, Director for Personnel, then service at UK THQ within the Personnel Service ensued.   Divisional Leadership in the UK, was followed by Territorial Leadership in the Caribbean Territory for five years. Returning to the UK in 2006 she and John served as Territorial Leaders until retirement in 2012. During this time Elizabeth was elected as Moderator of the Free Churches and Co-President of Churches Together. Post- retirement, Elizabeth served as Corps Officer at William Booth Memorial Halls, Nottingham. She is now Secretary for International Ecumenical Relations and works in Chaplaincy at Nottingham University Trust Hospitals.

     
 

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Coralie Bridle is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a lifelong Salvationist and attends the Auckland City Corps, in New Zealand. Oncology nursing has formed the backbone of her career. Her husband, Kevin, three adult children and one grandson, keep her grounded amidst the complexities of modern life. She has served on the Theological Forum (hosted between the NZFTS and Australian territories) for the past nine years.

Coralie holds a Master’s degree in Theology with a thesis focused on cognitive impairment and citizenship within TSA. She is currently working on her PhD looking at disability as a theological construct, frameworks for supporting people with disabilities within TSA, and post-resurrection identity.

     
Maruilson Souza  

Major Dr Maruilson Souza has served as corps officer; Youth Divisional Secretary; Manager for Social Work; Territorial Finance Secretary; Divisional Commander and currently he's serving as the Training Principal of the College and Education Territorial Secretary in Brazil. He has a PhD (Theological Education) and a Masters Degree (Science of Religion), Masters Degree in Systematic Theology, MBA, Bachelor's Degree in Theology, Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. He has written several books, including Catherine: My Life (2009); Theological Education in Perspective (2008); Partners in Mission: An Introduction to Salvationist Missiology (2003); Salvationist Theology in Action (1999); Poems to Pray and Meditate (1982); Hey! Come Follow Me; Theology of and Beyond Religion (2015).

     
     
 

Songster Leader K.Zohmingthanga has been leading the India Eastern Territorial Songsters from its inception till date. After earning a secular Bachelor’s degree, he completed his Bachelor of Divinity (B.D) from Bishop College, Calcutta. He then pursued his Master’s Degree in Theology (M.Th) in Communication from Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary in Mudarai.  He has contributed to the social service work of the Army in the Territory in various capacities. He is a faculty member at the Officers’ Training College. He teaches theology and biblical studies to the cadets there. He lives with his wife Caroline and three children in Aizawl, Mizoram.

     
 

Lieut-Colonel Bishow Samhika is a Zimbabwean by nationality and belong to the “Messengers of the Truth” session. He has served together with his wife in 3 Corps appointments for 12 years. This was followed with Institutional appointments at the Officers Training College first as the Home Officer, then as the Dean of Studies. Then he served at I.H.Q-SALT College as the Director of Studies. In 2011, he went together with his wife for International Service in Mozambique Territory where he served as Divisional Commander. Then from Mozambique he assumed his current appointment at I.H.Q-SALT College as the Principal. Beside ministry experience, he carry also lecturing experience at the University of Zimbabwe and Midlands State University. He holds BA Honours in Religious Studies and MA in Religious Studies. He is currently pursuing his PhD with the University of Nairobi. He is married to Pamela and blessed with a daughter Benadate (20) and a son Benedict (15).His time is mostly spent on “Reflection on defining moments of life, Risking and Investing on those things that last”.

     
 

Lieut-Colonel Baby Sarojini Dasari was commissioned as a ‘Followers of Jesus Session’. She married Danie Rajul Dasari and they have one daughter. They are the Officers of India Central Territory.  She served as a Corps Officer, Supplies Department In-Charge, Retired Officers Secretary as well as an accountant for the provision store at India Central Territorial Headquarters. During their period in Chennai she studied B Th (Bachelor of Theology)  course as a distance education. In 2007 together with her husband she moved to IHQ where she served as an Administrative Assistant in Europe Zone for two years and Record Manager for IPS and Administrative Assistant in Personnel Department for three years. Then moved back to home territory and served as a DDWM for two years before moving to India National Secretariat. At present is serving as an Administrator and Chaplin, India National Secretariat.

     

 
 

Major Nick Coke is an officer from the United Kingdom and Ireland Territory. He was born and raised in the UK and lived for a time in Switzerland. He was commissioned in 2000 and has served in a variety of appointments including Divisional Youth Officer, practitioner tutor at William Booth College and planted a new corps with his wife Kerry, in the East End of London over a 12 year period. He is currently corps officer in Raynes Park, London, and the UK Refugee Response Co-ordinator. He completed an MA in Contemporary Mission Studies in 2008, and has written widely for the One Army resource material and The Officer magazine. He likes nothing more than listening to his ever-growing record collection, whilst theologically reflecting on the state of the world.

     
 

Captain Nigel J Cross was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and immigrated to the United States in 1990 where he became a naturalized citizen in June 2003. While in New Zealand he attained a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and religious studies from the University of Canterbury. While serving as a Junior High School teacher he was awarded a National Scholarship to study abroad at the University of Kansas where he completed a Master of Music Education in Music Therapy. The Salvation Army employed Nigel first as a Divisional Music Director in Kansas but after two years he transferred to a similar position in Seattle, WA. While in Seattle he completed a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and met his wife Stacy. They were married in 1999 and in 2003 they both became officers in The Salvation Army serving in Santa Barbara CA, the College for Officer Training in Rancho Palos Verdes CA, Centennial CO, and at the Tustin Ranch Corps and Orange County Coordination CA. Nigel is currently the General Secretary of the Northwest Division, in the USA West territory. Nigel completed his doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2009. Nigel and Stacy have one son, Jaime, who is enjoying High School and participating at the Seattle Temple Corps.   

 

   

 

Consultants

The former International Doctrine Council has enjoyed the support of corresponding members in recent years. The current ITC now has a system of using consultants as required for specific subjects.