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Dr. Ralph Enlow (Senior Associate)

Ralph serves as the President of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), an association of nearly 200 member and affiliate institutions from across North America dedicated to advancing and assuring quality biblical higher education throughout North America.  Prior to coming to ABHE in 2006, he served for 28 years as an educational leader at Columbia International University, including six years as Senior Vice President and Provost.  His international engagements include teaching and consultation in Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Thailand, and Ukraine.  He has chaired the international boards of Bible Christian Union and The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), and continues to serve as a TEAM board member. 

Dr. Robert Ferris (Senior Associate)

Bob is Professor Emeritus at Columbia International University.  He retired in 2007 from eighteen years in teaching and administrative roles at the university but continues to teach in masters and doctoral programs at the university’s South Carolina and German campuses.  For twenty-one years the Ferrises served as missionaries in the Republic of the Philippines where Bob taught at FEBIAS College of Bible, directed the Philippine Association of Bible and Theological Schools, and served as dean of Asian Theological Seminary.  In 1988-89, Bob was missionary scholar in residence at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College.  Other responsibilities have included roles with Asia Theological Association, the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (formerly ICAA), and the World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission. 

Dr. John Lillis (Senior Associate)

John is the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Grace College and Seminary. He came to faith in Christ in his early twenties while completing a graduate degree in physics. His subsequent call to ministry led him to seminary, into overseas missions, and to leadership within Christian higher education. As regional director of the Southeast Asia Extension Program of the Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, he lived in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1982 to 1985, and in Manila, Philippines, from 1985 to 1990. He then served for 11 years at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Mich., most recently as provost and executive vice president. He also taught Christian education and spiritual formation at the university’s seminary. From 2001 until 2014 he served as the Executive Officer/Dean of Bethel Seminary San Diego. In addition to his evident love for Pacific Rim cultures, through his involvement with GATE, John’s ministry has expanded to include Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, and South America. 

Dr. Gary Griffith (Associate)

Gary serves as Theological Education Coordinator for United World Mission, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he oversees the training and sending of missionary Bible educators to theological schools around the globe. Previously based in Sofia, Bulgaria (1992-2010) with his wife and two boys, Gary helped establish, taught New Testament courses, and served as academic dean of the United Theological Faculty of the Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute. Gary is involved in theological education and leadership training in countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America, as well as pre-field training for missionaries preparing for intercultural ministry throughout the world.


Dr. John Jusu (Associate)

John earned his Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Trinity International University in Deerfield. He currently serves as Dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Africa International University in Nairobi, Kenya where he also teaches in the Educational Studies Department. John has facilitated learning mainly in the social sciences and is very passionate about faith, learning and life integration as it ought to happen in emerging Christian Universities in Africa. John is also involved in curriculum consulting and faculty development for many educational initiatives in Africa. John’s native home is in Sierra Leone and he is married to Tity. They have three children.  


Dr. Joanna Feliciano-Soberano (Associate)

Joanna just recently earned her Ph.D. Educational Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  She has been a full time faculty at Asian Theological Seminary (ATS) in Manila, Philippines, since 1998.  She currently serves as Chair of the Christian Education and Associate Dean for Faculty.  She has taught graduate courses in Theology, Spirituality, Counseling and Christian Education.  She has also taught at several Bible colleges in Manila prior to her teaching at ATS.    



Dr. Duane Elmer (Senior Associate, Retired)

Duane is the G. W. Aldeen Chair of International Studies and Mission (Retired) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he has taught for ten years in the Doctor of Philosophy program.  Prior to serving at Trinity, he taught for twelve years at Wheaton College, served on the faculty of Missionary Internship (a missionary training agency), pastored a church, and served on the faculty and as principal at the Durban Bible College in South Africa.  Duane has had a global ministry as author, lecturer, facilitator, and consultant in international theological education, peace and reconciliation ministry, preparation for intercultural ministry, and interpersonal relationship skills. He has traveled and ministered in about seventy-five nations. Duane retired from GATE in 2010.