The AWF Executive Committee consists of the President, Treasurer and the five Regional Coordinators. The Quadrennial Convocation elects the President and the Treasurer. The Regional Cordinators are elected by the members in their Region.
Rev. Arie M. Verduijn (Netherlands)
President and Regional Coordinator Europe / Middle-East
Arie Verduijn lives in his home country, the Netherlands, where he was born in 1953. He was elected as President of the Alliance World Fellowship in 2004. His deep desire is to see Churches of the Christian & Missionary Alliance from every nation collaborate in reaching those who have not yet heard the Gospel. Verduijn has been ministering in many countries and is involved in missions’ projects on different continents.
From 1992 till 2004 he was director of CAMA-Zending, a Dutch sending agency related to the Christian and Missionary Alliance. During this period he served on the board of the Dutch Evangelical Missionary Alliance and taught at the Evangelische Theologische Hogeschool. He still teaches at theological institutes in the Netherland. From 1981 till 1991 he lived with his family in Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he taught at two Theological Schools (1981-1991). He was ordained as Alliance pastor in 1985. In the seventies Arie studied in Belgium, Germany and France. Arie Verduijn is married to Jansje; they have five children, four of them are married.
Rev. Wilson Kaan (Canada)
Church: Saskatoon Chinese Alliance Church. Present ministry: Senior pastor. Family: Shirley Kaan (spouse), Michael Kaan (son). Wilson was born and raised in an Alliance missionary family in Vietnam. He received Jesus as his Lord and Saviour early in life. While living in Vietnam, he often accompanied his Dad, Rev. Jonathan Kaan, during missionary endeavours and engaged in a variety of ministries. After his college studies in the United States, Wilson followed the footsteps of his father and grandmother and entered missionary work in Southeast Asia. He served among the Indo-Chinese refugees. In 1984, he married Shirley. They have served in Hong Kong among the refugees (1980 – 85), in Regina (CBC/CTS 1985-95) and in Saskatoon (1995 – now).
Career: Assistant Pastor, Windsor Alliance Church (1978-1980), Director of World Relief in Hong Kong (1980–1985),Assistant to the President and other duties CBC/CTS (1985–1995), Senior pastor, Saskatoon Chinese Alliance Church (1995- now), Chairman, Canadian Chinese Alliance Churches Association (2000–2006), Chairman, Joint Missions Conference 2009 (2006-2009), Treasurer, Alliance World Fellowship (2004–now). Ministry Involvement: Wilson has been the pastor of the Chinese Alliance Church in Saskatoon for 15 years. In 2000, he began giving leadership to the CCACA and served the Chinese churches in Canada as chairman. When his term ended in 2006, he continued to chair the Joint Missions Conference 2009 (CCACA Missions). He enjoys his speaking engagements in various missions conferences. He is currently serving the Canadian Chinese School of Theology at Tyndale Seminary as a board member and is also serving his second term as the Treasurer of the Alliance World Fellowship.
Spiritual Gifts/Strengths/Applicable Skills: Wilson is able to process and give insight into intercultural matters. He is able to converse and preach in a number of languages. He is an experienced board member and often provides ministry consultation services to national leaders. Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, Cantonese & Vietnamese. Countries served: the Philippines, Hong Kong, China, US and Canada. World Missions is his passion and he has consistently filled his annual itinerary with a missions-related agenda.
Rev. Célestin Koffi (Côte d’Ivoire)
Regional Coordinator Africa
Rev. Célestin Koffi was National President of the Alliance Church of Côte d’Ivoire (2003-2011) before being elected as Regional Coordinator of the Alliance World Fellowship in 2012.Rev. Koffi (56) became a born again Christian in 1968. He did his pastoral and theological studies at the Bible Institute of Yamoussoukro (Côte d’Ivoire), Canadian Theological Seminary of Regina (Canada), Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary of Philadelphia (USA) and Aggai Institute Maui (Mid Pacific, USA).He entered full time ministry in 1978 with Campus for Christ International of Côte d’Ivoire (1978-80). In 1984, he became Senior Pastor of the Alliance Church Bouaké-Air France (84-87). He taught at the Alliance Bible Institute of Yakro (1990-99), and since 2010, at the Alliance Theological Seminary (FATEAC) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.Rev. Célestin Koffi served the Lord in different leadership positions, as Executive Secretary of the Alliance Church of Côte d’Ivoire (1984-93), Director of the Alliance Bible Institute Yakro (1990-99), President of the Consulting Committee of Campus for Christ Côte d’Ivoire (since 1996), National Coordinator of Global Day of Prayer, and since 2012, as Regional Coordinator of Alliance World Fellowship (AWF), as well as Regional Director of College of Prayer West Africa.Koffi Célestin was married to Geneviève in 1977. They have three children and three grand children.
Rev. Roland Lumawag (Philippines)
Regional Coordinator Asia & Pacific
Roland and his wife Nancy, together with their 2 children started their missionary service in Thailand on February 11, 1997. They currently live in Khon Kaen, in northeastern Thailand, while their sons (now 17 & 20) are studying and living in the Philippines and actively involved in their local Alliance Church. The Lumawags have been financially supported by the Alliance in New Zealand throughout their time on the field. They have three major ministry areas: Missions Mobilization, Northeastern Bible Seminary, and Asia Pacific Alliance Churches Region.
Rev. Javier Cortazar Balta (Peru)
Regional Coordinator Latin America
Javier met Christ at 18 years of age in the early evangelical movement known as “Lima Encounter with God”. He is in official ministry for 34 years; as pastor, international speaker and marriage counselor. He studied theology at the Alliance Biblical Seminary (SEBAP) in Lima and has served as a teacher for over 18 years. He also serves, since its inception 20 years ago, as senior pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church of Monterrico in Lima, Peru where he has established a dynamic congregation that has a healthy and sustained growth. He served two terms as president of the board of “Lima Encounter with God” (LED), comprising 60 churches in Lima and is part of the current leadership. He has served as Director of “ALED-Latin America to Encounter with God” and is Coordinator of the Latin American Region of the AWF, called CLA. One of his main concerns is the family and therefore he serves as a marriage counselor with his wife Sara. Married for 32 years, they are parents of three children who serve in their congregation.
Mr. Kenneth E. Baldes (United States)
Regional Coordinator North-America
wKen has served as treasurer for The Christian and Missionary Alliance in the United States and vice president for Operations and Finance since October 2005. In this position he is responsible for Finance, Alliance Benefits, Information Technology, Human Resources and Facilities. He also serves on the boards of several C&MA supporting organizations including Nyack College, Shell Point Retirement Community, Town and Country Manor, Alliance Development Fund (ADF), Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), Alliance Benefits and The Orchard Foundation.
Ken received his B.S. in Business Administration from Houghton College in Houghton, New York and an M.B.A. in Finance from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Formerly he was a senior vice president for HSBC Bank USA, N.A. where he had over 19 years’ experience in banking and financial services. He has a broad business knowledge, including audit, financial management, operations, product management, business development, and risk management.
Ken is a member of North Springs Alliance Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he serves as chair of the missions team and life group leader. He has held previous church leadership positions as an elder, board member, church treasurer and assistant treasurer and men’s Sunday school class teacher. He is married to Christy and they have three children: Tyler, Kailie, and Jeremy. While he serves in the ministry of administration, his calling is from John 15:16: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that ill last.”
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