The Increase Committee

The Increase Association is led and governed by an international committee that meets monthly through Skype. Five members were elected at the recent Exploring New Horizons Conference in April, 2015, and the remaining two were co-opted.  Each member of the Committee is active either as a practitioner or advisor with non-residential training programmes, as follows:

- Mr. Zafar Ismail, with nearly forty years experience as practitioner and theorist in TEE. He is from Pakistan and for 18 years was National Director of theOpen Theological Seminary there. He is presently active with Matheteuo and in TEE with ethnic minorities in London. He has a deep knowledge of Islam and is deeply committed to strengthening the churches in the Muslim world for their role of prophetic witness and service in society.

- Rev. Dr. Stephen Cho – Co-president of TEE Korea, and working to re-establish TEE in Japan and Indonesia. He is General Coordinator of TEE-TEXT-Asia, introducing TEXT-Africa courses alongside SEAN courses for equipping all church members in Asia and Russian-speaking countries. He has completed doctoral research with the title, 'TEE community learning, and making teaching plans', including research on the effects of the method of church-based discipleship training. Stephen previously worked in leadership in BEE Korea, including as Director in 2003 - 2004. He has been involved in facilitator training in Central Asia, China, Sri Lanka, Eastern Malaysia, Russia, Mongolia and Nepal.

- Dr. Anneta Vysotskaya, International Director of ORTA (Russia & Central Asia,) member of the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance and chair of the planning committee for the 2010 Increase conference. She has travelled in Central Asia assisting the indigenous TEE groups and running training workshops. She is also a Christian journalist and writer.

She comments:
"I am excited about Increase because it is God's plan and since it started we could clearly feel His support, guidance and His helping hand in this work. I am also excited because it provides great opportunities for fellowship with like-minded servants' of God in different nations, to learn from them and to see your own ministry as part of a bigger picture."

- Mr Qaiser Julius has over fifteen years of experience with the Open Theological Seminary in Pakistan, first as a translator, editor and head of the Course Development Department, and then as Director for the last ten years. He has recently submitted his doctoral thesis at the Melbourne School of Theology, in Australia, and plans to return to Pakistan later in 2015.

- Mr Tanka Subedi is Director of the Institute for Theological Education by Extension in Nepal, ITEEN, and has been very actively involved in relief work following the recent earthquake. He is also active in working for religious liberty in Nepal.

- Rev. Dr. Tim Green, an Interserve partner since 1988, served with the national TEE programs in Pakistan and Jordan. He works as Increase Executive Director and a trustee of SEAN International.  He has written two SEAN courses and other courses using audio-visual media. He presently lives in South East Asia.

- Rev. Dr. Graham Aylett, an Interserve partner since 1998, served with TEE in Mongolia and continues to advise national TEE movements in Asia. He now serves alongside Tim Green in the Increase office. He writes:

He says:
“I am excited about Increase because I see the tremendous potential for sharing and learning from each other. There are great resources, rich experience, and God’s extraordinary people involved in church-based training all across Asia. Increase has a role in connecting and strengthening these indigenous programs so that they can serve churches all across Asia and beyond more effectively, and that’s immensely strategic and exciting!”

 

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