Advisory Board

Rev. R. Abraham, Ph.D.

Rev. R. Abraham is the co-founder and general secretary of New India Church of God, an extensive network of churches and community care initiatives in India and Nepal. Since its inception in 1976, Abraham has been instrumental in its expansion to a national organization that includes more than 2,500 churches as well as numerous leadership training colleges, children’s homes, sewing schools that enable abandoned women to earn income, feeding programs for the poor, drug rehabilitation facilities and disaster relief programs.

He is also the founder and managing director of the first Christian, multi-lingual, 24-hour, satellite TV station in India called Power Vision TV; the founder and chairman of Bethesda Christian Academies, now with five accredited schools and more than 1,500 pupils; and the founder of Bethesda Institute of Technology and Sciences, the first Christian Engineering College in Northern India. Rev. Abraham earned a Doctor of Divinity from United Christian International Bible Institute along with a Doctor of Divinity from Bible Research Institute.

Pastor Dan Backens

Pastor Dan Backens and his congregation have coined the word ‘trans-ethnicity,’ which means the value of establishing churches around kingdom values which transcend cultural and ethnic differences. He is the senior pastor of New Life Providence Church–a 2,500 member multi-ethnic church in Virginia Beach, Va. Pastor Backens holds a master’s degree in church history and renewal theology from Regent University.

Dr. Morris Cerullo

Dr. Morris Cerullo was raised in a Jewish Orthodox Orphanage until the age of 14 when he gave his life to Christ. In over half a century of ministry, God has used Cerullo to reach multitudes of people around the world. He has ministered on six continents in person, via satellite, television, and radio, and through literature. His crusades have attracted crowds of up to 500,000 people, and he has personally ministered to presidents, prime ministers, and heads of state in many nations.

In 1962, Cerullo realized there were more people around the world who had not heard the gospel than could possibly be reached through the traditional missionary approach. He began offering training to help residents of Africa, Asia and South America reach people in their countries, and more than three million people have been trained in his schools of ministry. Dr. Cerullo has also written more than 80 books, which have been distributed to millions.

Pamela D. Erickson

Pamela Erickson is the Vice President of Procurement and Corporate Relations for Operation Blessing in Virginia Beach, VA. She developed, implemented, and now oversees the acquisition of Gifts-In-Kind (GIK) resources from corporations and businesses in support of non-profit organizations and community outreach programs around the world. Through her leadership, since 2006, GIK resources increased by an average of 158%. She created “Donorology,” a relationship-driven curriculum designed to capture and nurture donor relationships. She headed the effort to acquire a total of over one billion pounds of food and relief supplies for Operation Blessing, averaging over 100 million pounds per year. She developed and implemented a community food distribution program, partnering with multiple NFL and MLB sports teams. She also authored and implemented a nutrition education program addressing youth obesity in at-risk communities.

Dr. Anne N. Gimenez

Dr. Anne Gimenez, along with her late husband, bishop John Gimenez, arrived in Norfolk, Va., in late 1968, where they rented a small church building to hold revival meetings, birthing The Rock Church International. Thousands of worshippers flocked to the new congregation that soon began to launch many outreaches to help those in need in the community including a home for unwed mothers, a drug rehabilitation center and a home for those transitioning out of correctional facilities. Additionally, the couple founded the Top Cop Awards Banquet of Tidewater. This annual event honors top law enforcement officers in Hampton Roads. Internationally, the Rock Church has been very active in major relief campaigns in Africa, India and Fiji where they have also established churches. After her husbands' death in 2008, Dr. Gimenez assumed her husband’s duties as pastor of The Rock Church International in Virginia Beach, Va., and bishop of Rock Ministerial Fellowship presiding over nearly 400 churches worldwide.

Rt. Rev. Faith Emmanuel Benson Idahosa II

In 1998, Rev. Faith Emmanuel Benson Idahosa II (retired) became the second president of Christian Faith University, now called Benson Idahosa University (BIU). Along with his duties as president of BIU, he is also president of Big Ben’s Children Hospital and vice president of All Nations for Christ Bible Institute International, the Faith Mediplex group of hospitals, the Archbishop Idahosa Foundation, and Idahosa World Outreach. In 1999, he launched a local television program, The Bottom Line, which ministers to the youth of Nigeria. 

Rev. Idahosa earned a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. In 1995, he received a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University Graduate School in Washington, D.C., and is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Oral Roberts University. He was ordained as a bishop on November 5, 2009.

Nana Yaw Oduro

Nana Yaw Oduro is the chairman of the board of directors for First Allied Savings and Loans Limited (FASL) in Ghana, West Africa. Oduro is a successful business executive and entrepreneur with a proven track record of developing a number of award-winning businesses over the past twenty years. He has acquired extensive knowledge in business development and entrepreneurial training through seminars, trade fairs, leadership training, and business programs in Ghana, Europe, the United States, Canada and South Africa. His remarkable achievement in business has gained him recognition from Uniliver Ghana Limited as well as the Chicago Award for Businesses. Recently, the Peristrofi Master’s School of Theology at the University of Amsterdam bestowed on him an Honorary Personality of Distinction award in recognition of his distinct leadership style and accomplishment.

Pastor Djohan Handojo

Pastor Djohan Handojo is the senior pastor of Bethany Church Singapore, a missions-focused church of 2,300 members, and GBI City Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia. As a church planter, he has planted 50 churches in locations around the world including Southeast Asia, Australia and the United States. He is also the founder and director of Symphony Music Ministry and DMC Symphony, a Christian music school in Indonesia; the founder of Bethany Training Centre Proskuneo, a worship school in Indonesia; the founder and chairman of the Bethany Christian Education Foundation; the founder of Bethel Theologian School; and the founder and president of Media Transformation Ministry.

Pastor Djohan Handojo also serves as coordinator of the Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations Prayer Convocation (JOPHAN), a yearly prayer event in which delegates from more than 40 countries unite to pray for transformation and revival.