Leadership

 

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. Dr. Jura Janagihara (Brazil)
President AWF

Jura Yanagihara is an ordained pastor of the Brazilian Christian and Missionary Alliance and president of the Alliance World Fellowship. He studied engineering at the University of São Paulo (B.Sc. 1984) and Yokohama National University (M.Sc. 1987; Ph.D. 1990). Concurrently, he studied theology at the Covenant Seminary of Tokyo (B.D. 1989). He married Mami in 1988 and together they started Salt of Earth Community (C.&M.A.), the first Portuguese speaking church in Japan. In Brazil, he has served as senior pastor of Rudge Ramos Japanese Alliance Church (1991-2001), founding pastor of Paradise Alliance Church (2000-2016) and is now engaged in an international church planting project (2016-…). He was also seminary president (1999-2010, 2015-2016) and national church president (2010-2014) of the Brazilian C.&M.A. His spiritual gifts include teaching, leadership and apostolate. He has a passion for missions, having organized the first long-term missionary project of the Brazilian C.&M.A. He also has a passion to inspire and help others to fulfill God's purpose in their lives, having mentored many pastors and leaders over the years. Professionaly, he had leadership experience as full professor and department head of the University of São Paulo and also as principal investigator of many multi-million international research projects. He has traveled to more than 25 countries and has lectured or preached using the Portuguese, Japanese, English and Spanish languages. Jura and Mami have three grown children: Daniel, Priscila (married to Esteban) and Damaris, all of them active in ministry.

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.”

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. Bem Frentz
Regional Coordinator Canada

Brem graduated at Canadian Bible College, and then were married with Donna in June 1982. Brem served on staff at Rockyview Alliance Church in Calgary from 1982 – 86, returned to seminary at CTS from 1986-89. They have served for 30+ years with the C&MA in Canada and S.E. Asia. First sent out in 1989 to Indonesia on the island of Borneo and Java until 1999, the last five years pastoring Badung International Church. In 2000 relocated to Penang, Malaysia serving as the Canadian Regional Developers for the Asian Spice region 1997-2013. Together they have provided leadership and direction to C&MA international workers serving in the Spice region. This involves member care, financial oversight and developing strategic initiatives. Since 2013 Brem & Donna serve the C&MA in Canada from the National Ministry Centre in Toronto as Vice President and Associate Vice President of Global Ministries, directing over 250 International Workers in more than 40 countries and 100 least-reached people groups. They have four children - Terri-Lynn (and Jonathan Stevenson), Jeremy ( and Jana), Brendan & Danae one grand-daughter Jenna Lynn and two grandsons, Owen David and Samuel David.

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.

David Armando Muthre Ruiz (Equador)
Regional Coordinator Latin America

David married to Isabel Freire Espinoza, with whom have three children: Keila Mishelle (24,) Genesis Isabel (22,) and Josué David (20). Together with his family, he serves the Lord in the Central Alliance Evangelical Church in the city of Milagro, from May 19, 1991 to the present. He is the Senior Pastor of this Church. This Associated Church currently has 3 daughter Churches, 15 Congregations in the same number of communities, and a Ministerial Team of 22 full-time workers. It is a Church that emphasizes Aggressive Evangelism, Intensive Discipleship and Transcultural Missionary Work. David received his Doctor Honoris Causa in Sciences of Religion, granted by the Autonomous University of Quito in July 2011. Degree in Theology and Religious Sciences with a special mention in Pastoral Psychology and Family Counseling in Montecristi, June 2013. The local ministry inclued Discipleship, Church Growth, and Ministerial Administration Teacher, at the Guayaquil Alliance Bible Seminary since 1994. Presides over the National Missions Department of the IEE C & MA, from the middle of 2006 until today. President of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Ecuador since November 2008, and God willing, will preside until January 2019. Vice President of the Ecuadorian Evangelical Confraternity from 2010 until today. President of the Latin American Confraternity of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. From 2016 to 2020. Member of the Alliance World Fellowship Global Directive.