Governance of Micah Global is undertaken by a Board of Trustees.
Trustees are nominated / selected from the membership, representing the regions from around the world.
Christine MacMillan - Chairperson
An inspiring and effective advocate of social justice for all, Commissioner Christine MacMillan has been a Salvation Army officer holding appointments in five countries: Canada and Bermuda, Australia, England, Papua New Guinea and USA. This included the role of denominational leader (territorial commander) for the Canada & Bermuda and Papua New Guinea territories. Trained and accredited as a counsellor, Christine has founded various centers and programs in the field of addictions, domestic violence and homelessness. As founding director of the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, Christine promotes research as a pivotal approach in addressing social issues with a participative input of those who experience the challenges of humanitarian inequities.
Florence is from Uganda and has been the national coordinator of Micah Network and Micah Global for several years. A secondary teacher by background, Florence has studied psychology and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She currently works as the national director of Share an Opportunity Uganda and plays a leadership role working with women in the Anglican Church. She is married and has four sons. She joined the Micah Global International Board in 2016.
Matthew is the CEO of TEAR Australia and has over 27 years of experience working with Christian relief and development organisations across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific (most of those years with Habitat for Humanity and the American Leprosy Mission). Matthew first got involved with the Micah Network shortly after it was created – and continues to see Micah as the most important truly global network for Christian organisations involved in wholistic development work.
Alia Abboud, a Lebanese, grew up in Sierra Leone until her teenage years. She joined World Vision in Lebanon in 1990 where she served as communications officer and operations manager. In 2003, Alia joined the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), a faith-based organization that seeks, through an integrated holistic approach, to empower the Church and serve the local community. Alia, who serves as LSESD’s Director for Development and Partner Relations, has an MBA in NGO Leadership from Eastern University, a Master’s in Sociology from the Lebanese University, and a DBA from The Robert Gordon University.
Kennedy served as the Executive Director of The Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR) from 2010 to 2020. Kennedy has worked with EFICOR in various positions since 1988. He had served among tribal communities and has vast experience in community development, disaster management and training various Christian leaders on Integral Mission. An ordained pastor, he in the pastoral team of Living Faith Cornerstone Church, Vikaspuri, New Delhi.
Erika was raised in the Rainforest of Peru, just a block away from the most plentiful river in the world, the Amazon. She studied Dentistry with emphasis in Primary Health and also majored in Bible Science. From the time she was a student she was involved with the Movement of Evangelical University Students, with the particular concentration in mission–individual and structural transformation. Erika has devoting her time in the training area of Human Rights and Struggling against the Poverty and has participated in several efforts of the Civil Society; Wide Youth Network (Interquorum), and through the citizen movement Transparencia, and helped to form the National Youth Board in Peru (CONAJU).
David worked in the international energy industry until 1995. Now he is a trustee of charities working with the disadvantaged in his locality and UK; he also chairs a software company. With integral mission a passion, David has been a volunteer with Micah from its earliest days as treasurer and secretary. David has an MA and DPhil from Oxford University. He is married to Sue, and they have eleven grandchildren by his son and daughter.
Dr Ruth Valerio is Tearfund’s Global Advocacy and Influencing Director. Her group mobilises churches around the world to tackle poverty and injustice by pushing for change at a governmental and institutional level. The Media Team and Global Volunteering Team also sit within the group, as does the vital theological work that underpins everything Tearfund does. She was previously Churches and Theology Director at A Rocha UK and she launched the Eco Church scheme. An in-demand speaker and author, Ruth lives in Chichester with her family, where she is a member of Revelation Church.
Gil’s passion is to serve the least, the lost and the last and all he does works towards that end. Gil Odendaal Consultancy, LLC functions to capacitate leaders, churches and Christian NGOs for effective Global South – Global North partnerships. The desired outcome is indigenous support development for wholistic kingdom work in difficult and fragile regions. As managing principal of this missional entrepreneurial agency, Gil is passionate about supporting, researching and creating initiatives for organizations seeking integral solutions for effective work within the emerging paradigms of Global South – Global North collaborations.
Sami DiPasquale: Sami lives with his family on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas where he serves as the executive director of Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach. He has spent the last eighteen years immersed in refugee and immigrant communities in the United States in Chicago with World Relief and then in a beautiful immigrant community in El Paso working at Ciudad Nueva with youth and families who have recently arrived from Mexico. Sami recently started a new initiative, Abara, which seeks to provide border education experiences and support migrant shelters for asylum seekers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Usiel is married to Angela, and has three daughters and two granddaughters. He is Senior Pastor of Igreja Batista da Praia do Canto (Vitória/BR) and General Director of Fundação Beneficente Praia do Canto, a non profit organization dedicated to caring for children in social vulnerability and their families. Usiel’s passion is to spread the Gospel in the least religious way as possible and to work for the mobilization of the church to be, effectively, a sign of the Kingdom of God, transforming the lives of people and communities in a more complete way – the Shalom of God.
Since 2003, Deborah has worked exclusively within the Christian development sector having been involved with over 150 different Christian development organisations, alliances, networks, academic institutions, and local churches. As one of Deborah’s references noted – she is ‘passionate for God’s Kingdom to come’ and has thus dedicated her life to being involved with work that touches the lives of people facing the challenges of poverty, injustice, and marginalisation. Deborah has a deep lived involvement with Integral Mission, as well as extensive experience in various leadership and facilitation roles. Deborah has experience in network leadership, applied theological foundation, fundraising, cross cultural work, teaching and facilitation skills and has completed a PhD focused on bringing theology and development together. Deborah believes that God is inviting his people into a season of greater global unity and collaboration, one in which the diversity, experience and commitment of the Micah members will have a key contribution to make, and she is excited to be a part of this.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Janet trained and worked as a Personal Secretary/Bookkeeper before attending Bible College in South Africa, where she was exposed to the importance of missions. She then worked for Scripture Union in Cape Town, a Christian Conference Centre in the UK and an interdenominational church in Johannesburg. After getting married, Janet and her husband moved to the Western Cape where they currently live in the town of Somerset West with their two daughters.
Linda is excited to be a part of a global organisation that encapsulates so much of what is important to her. A journalist, writer and editor by profession, Linda worked for more than a decade with The Warehouse in Cape Town, South Africa in the area of writing, communications and advocacy. She has freelanced for various organisations and publications in different countries mainly in sub-Saharan Africa during her time as a writer. She is eager to be part of seeing the ‘kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven’ and connecting with others who join with God in the work to see the end of suffering, poverty, division and injustice. “Micah 6:8 has been a bit of a life-purpose scripture in my life story, so it feels like a privilege to work for an organisation whose very DNA is about seeing that lived out by believers.”
Micah is further supported by an amazing team of people who work tireless to serve our global network: