Dr. Robert Cousins
Director, TIM Centre
Robert was born and raised in Northern Ireland. He moved to Canada when he was 24 years old. Robert graduated from Ontario Bible College with a BTh. He and his wife Sheila served as missionaries in East Africa for 12 years where their two children, Andrew and Rebekah were born and raised. Robert served as personnel director of AIM (Canada) for 5 years and was seconded from AIM to MissionPrep, an inter-mission cross-cultural training partnership, where he served as Director for 8 years. Robert is presently Director of Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre (TIM Centre) seeking to engage and encourage multicultural leaders in global missions. Robert completed a Masters Degree in Intercultural studies from Wheaton Graduate School (1985). In 2014 he successfully completed his DMin at Tyndale Seminary. His research focused on developing a training program for equipping interculturally competent leaders.
Dr. Tim Tang
Associate Director, TIM Centre
Rev. Dr. Timothy Tang was born in Toronto where he now lives with his wife Joanne, who is a high school teacher in the York Board of Education. They have two sons and a daughter, Tobin Wesley, Mathis Jiles, and Breylin Emmanuelle, who are 11, 9, and 5 years old respectively. Pastor Tim has been the English pastor at the East Toronto Chinese Baptist Church where he has been ministering for 15 years. After studying at Upper Canada College, he went on to the University of Waterloo where he completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology. Though Tim planned a career in health care, God called him to full time ministry during a short-term missions trip to Asia in 1996, after which he finished his M.Div. in Youth and Family Ministry at Tyndale Seminary. Since that time, Tim has been involved with John424, a worship ministry; the Tribe of Issachar, a leadership training ministry; and completed a 2-year program called Arrow Leadership. Tim has also recently completed a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.
Dr. Mark Chapman
Research Consultant, TIM Centre
Assistant Director of DMin & Assistant Professor of Research Methods at Tyndale Seminary
Mark Chapman, PhD is Assistant Professor of Research Methods in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Tyndale University College and Seminary. Mark has wide experience in social science research and teaching at the graduate level. He has worked as Director of Extension Education and Assistant Professor of Christianity & Culture at Ambrose University College and sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University and the University of Toronto. His current research examines networks among Canadians who are trying to start new churches, the relationship between evangelical churches and visual art and artists and interaction between Christian churches. His other involvements include, serving as membership secretary for the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (2003-2009), project management for the Christian and Missionary Alliance and an active role as lay leader at Hazelglen Alliance Church in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Diaspora Missional Church Network Coordinator
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Albert came to Toronto in 1982 with wife Daisy and daughter Ada. Though he already had an expatriate background with one of the largest banks in the world, he still had to go through the struggles of an average immigrant in establishing lives for the family and spiritual pursuit nonetheless. However, the Lord also used this background of his to call him and Daisy to commit to foreign missions in 1986. When his home church Richmond Hill Christian Community Church began thinking of building their own premises in 1988, the Lord inspired Albert to join the church staff as Administrative Secretary. After the building construction was done, the Lord led him to serve in leadership in 3 Chinese parachurches before joining SEND International of Canada in 2001 to round up his passions on mission. In 2015, Dr. Cousins brought to him the equipping and mission needs of immigrants particularly after their influx into Toronto in the past 10 years. Thus, Albert was seconded from SEND to TIM Centre for that purpose. He graduated from Tyndale Seminary with his MTS, with an emphasis on missions in 2001. Now, Albert and Daisy has 3 more children, named alphabetically Beatrice, Cedric and Dudon; and 4 grandchildren from their two daughters. Albert has been an active member of the Chinese Alumni Committee in Tyndale Seminary, founder of Perspectives Course in Chinese, founding board member of MissionFest Toronto, longest standing board member of Lausanne Canada, and boards of other parachurches.
New Canadian Church Planters Coordinator
Brian has been serving in pastoral ministry for over 9 years. He was a youth pastor at Greenhills Christian Fellowship in the Philippines, a pastor at Chinese Gospel Church in Scarborough, and he currently serves as a church planter in the diverse city of Toronto, Canada.
Elsie was born and raised in Hong Kong and moved to Canada at a young age. She now lives in Toronto with her husband Philip Lee, who is currently involved with The Evangelical Alliance Mission in Marketplace Ministry development. After meeting in university, they worked as campus ministers with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo for 7 years. Elsie's growing interest in intercultural communication led her to complete a Certificate in Intercultural Studies at the University of British Columbia and a MA TESOL in the U.K., where she researched intercultural competence in language teachers. She joined the TIM Centre Team as the administrative assistant in 2016.