Dr. Shirley Roels is INCHE's Executive Director. A longtime member of INCHE, she began formal leadership of INCHE on September 1, 2017. Dr. Roels previously served as the U.S. national director for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). This group of over 200 colleges and universities in the United States was supported by the Council of Independent Colleges to enhance and promote the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students.
A graduate of Calvin College, Dr. Roels earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. degree in university administration from Michigan State University. Her first appointment in Christian higher education was with the University of Detroit-Mercy, where she became director of cost and financial analysis. Then she came to Calvin College to teach in the economics and business program, which she eventually chaired. During her career of more than three decades at Calvin, Dr. Roels served in a great variety of capacities: directing adult degree programs, leading as Dean of Academic Administration and then as Dean of Research and Scholarship. She then directed the college’s comprehensive vocation initiatives as well as the Van Lunen Center for the Executive Management of Christian Schools.
As a longtime member of INCHE, Dr. Roels has been a pioneer in developing Christian approaches and perspectives in the field of business and management. She has co-edited or co-authored several book-length studies, most notably Business through the Eyes of Faith (Harper and Row, 1990); On Moral Business, Classical and Contemporary Resources on Business Ethics (Eerdmans, 1995), and Organization Man, Organization Woman: Calling, Leadership and Culture (Abingdon, 1997). Her work includes the editing of a spring 2015 issue of the Journal of Markets & Morality focusing on business life in the light of God's grace. Most recently, she published an article in the journal of Christian Higher Education that began as a presentation during INCHE's April 2016 European conference, provided a paper for the INCHE April 2018 conference in New Zealand, and contributed a presentation at the INCHE November 2018 All-Africa conference.
H. Fernando Bullón,
Latin America Regional Coordinator
Dr. Bullón is currently professor of theology and development with the Latin American Doctoral Program (PRODOLA), and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Universidad Evangélica de las Americas (UNELA) as well as at the Seminario Nazareno de las Americas (SENDAS), both in Costa Rica. He is a member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship (LATF). Dr. Bullón has interdisciplinary formation in fields of agro-industrial engineering (B.Sc. & Lic. Eng.), anthropology (Dip.), economics (MSc), educational administration (MA), development studies (Ph.D.) and Latin American studies (D.Phil). He received his Ph.D. in economic and social studies at the University of Manchester and did specialized studies in theology and development at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS), both in the U.K.
Dr. Bullón has served many roles in his career including as: a pastor, general secretary (student & professional org.), executive director (development programs), academic dean, professor, author, and board member in various organizations and projects around Central and South America as well as with INCHE. He has authored several books and other publications on the topics of mission, ethics, and Latin American and development studies.
In December 2017, he co-edited the book, "Where is Protestantism going in Latin America? A Multidisciplinary and prospective vision at 500 years from the Reformation." The book was a result of the 6th INCHE Latin American Consultation, held in Lima, Peru, in July 2017 with the cooperation of the Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana (FTL) and the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI).
East Africa Project Co-Coordinator
Rev. Mutua is the executive director and founding member of the Centre for Promotion of Christian Higher Education in Africa (CPCHEA). He holds a B. Th. from Scott Christian University in Kenya, and an M.A. in philosophy from Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Africa, prior to its inclusion in North-West University, South Africa. Isaac continues to pursue doctoral study in development studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. Rev. Mutua advises Christian education movements across Sub-Saharan Africa and has supported leadership and program developments.
East Africa Project Co-Coordinator
Beth Wangari Njaramba completed undergraduate work in theology and then a masters’ degree in education from Scott Christian University. Originally, she was mentored in some of her educational perspectives by influential Australian scholar of Africa, Stewart Fowler, during his years of service at Scott Christian University. Beth has remained interested in the development of basic educational programs that serve children and youth. Over the years she has offered several workshops and seminars in the field of education to explore educational challenges in East Africa.
In mid-December 2018 we welcome Michaela Osborne as a staff member. Michaela is a 2016 Calvin College graduate in business marketing. Since then she has worked as a customer service representative, a social media specialist, and a team leader within a regional bank. She will aid our network with membership matters, financial records, and general office communications. Network members will begin to see Michaela’s name on office email exchanges in January 2019.
Danielle Frempong, whose home country is Ghana, currently studies International Development Studies and International Relations. She is looking forward to working closely with Shirley to sustain the quality and consistency of the INCHE Newsletter as well as bringing new ideas on board. In her free time, she likes to sing and dance.
Nate Herder, joins the team as the Information Technology Assistant. He brings the team strong coding abilities as he is in his third year studying Computer Science. He is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. In his spare time he enjoys playing board games or ultimate frisbees. He is looking forward to being a part of INCHE and using his skills to help maintain the website.