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. Mark Chapman
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.
As an international student from the USA, Andrea moved to Canada with her husband in July 2013 to complete her MDiv in Global Missions and Intercultural Studies at Tyndale Seminary. She has served in multiple ministry contexts for the past 15 years, most recently as an urban missionary for Apartment Life in the Dallas area. Currently, Andrea is working with the TIM Centre as a research intern for the Role of Churches in Immigrant Settlement and Integration. Andrea is currently TIM Centre's Research Intern.
Nelson studied Christian Ministry at Crown College and is now a graduate student at Tyndale Seminary completing his MDiv in Biblical Studies. Nelson recently served as an urban missionary for Apartment Life in the Dallas area and is excited for the opportunity to serve the TIM Centre and the city of Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Nelson is TIM Centre's Research Assistant.
Ivana Piscione was born in Caracas, Venezuela. An immigrant to Canada she attended Humber College and York University. Ivana pursued a career in Information Technology until she married and started a family. She has served with the Salvation Army helping newcomers to Canada settle and integrate into the Canadian culture and community, as part of the Community Council member for the Peel Shelters and as Director of Outreach and Multiculturalism at her local church. For three years Ivana acted as Chair of the Salvation Army Ontario-East Central Division Intercultural Peer Gathering Network. In all her work she has been mentoring newcomers and walking with them through the challenges of adapting to a new country (e.g., language difficulties, family dynamics, job search, spiritual growth, discipleship). Ivana is Coordinator of Intercultural Ministries at TIM Centre.
Dr. Jonathan Kim
Jonathan and his wife, Bonnie, have been with Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada since 1997. He worked as a translation project coordinator in the Caucasus for ten years. His tasks included learning three languages, devising an alphabet and training local colleagues while translating the book of Jonah, Ruth, Genesis and Mark in one of the local languages. After returning back to Canada he and his wife began study programs in Deerfield, IL in preparation for equipping, empowering and nurturing God’s workers. Jonathan and his family came back to Toronto in the summer of 2013 where he serves as Director of Wycliffe/Tyndale Summer Training Program. He has three teen age children and they live in Richmond Hill.
Steven is the Ethnoradio Coordinator at Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre. Steven’s heart is on ethnic groups of the Greater Toronto Area. While studying at Tyndale Seminary (MDiv in Global Mission and Intercultural Studies) and serving at a local mission organization as well as at an inner city mission group, he found his passion to reach out to people from different cultures. Now as the Ethnoradio Coordinator, Steven gathers testimonies of ethnic church leaders in their vernacular (Ethnoradio.com of Reachbeyond Canada) and builds up a database of ethnic communities (Cultural Profiles of Ureachtoronto.com). Meeting and working with pastors and church planters from ethnic groups is a great pleasure for Steven. Steven himself is a new Canadian church planter. As an immigrant from South Korea, he is doing ministry internship with Toronto Church Planting, at Trinity Life Church of downtown Toronto.
Carmen Wong was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada with her family when she was five years old. Having spent most of her life in Toronto, she considers Toronto to be her hometown. She graduated from University of Toronto (Hon. BSc.) and Trinity Western University / ACTS Seminary (MLE). After graduation, she served in South Asia, with SIL International. She has served in various inner city ministries in Toronto: short-term missions, prison ministry, sandwich runs, homeless shelters and youth ministry. Reaching out to easily forgotten peoples has been her life focus. Carmen is the administrative assistant at TIM Centre and looks forward to the expansion of God's kingdom, through this ministry.