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Godly John

Editor-in-Chief

Godly John

Editor-in-Chief

Raised in the Middle East, now living in Melbourne, Australia, Godly John is married with one son. A former agnostic, he is now involved in lay teaching ministries at his local church, and loves thinking about the intersection between reformed theology, philosophy, culture and ethics.

Charles Daniel

Deputy Editor

Charles Daniel

Deputy Editor

Charles Daniel was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Although he grew up in the church, it wasn’t until college that he really began maturing in his walk with Christ. He has a passion for the Word of God and seeing people grow in their faith, and serves his local assembly through teaching ministries and leading Bible studies.

Tobin Mattackal

Co-Founder & Editorial Coordinator

Tobin Mattackal

Co-Founder & Editorial Coordinator

Tobin Mattackal completed his Masters in Bible Studies at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. Raised in the UAE, he spent his university days discipling youngsters and reading Scripture with them. His desire is to go back to India soon and devote his life to sharing the good news of salvation with the lost.

Justus George

Co-Founder & Digital Coordinator

Justus George

Co-Founder & Digital Coordinator

Born and raised in Ajman, UAE, Justus George came to know the Lord at the age of 15. His greatest passion is to reach out to the lost with the good news of salvation. A new husband, he loves spending time with young people and reading God’s Word.

Karen Ann Monsy

Co-Founder & Managing Editor

Karen Ann Monsy

Co-Founder & Managing Editor

Karen Ann Monsy is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she works for a leading English daily. A new wife, some of her great loves involve serving youngsters, coordinating music ministries for her local church and reading.

Editorial Team


Garrett Haley

Copy Editor

Garrett Haley

Copy Editor

Garrett Haley is a native Texan and serves as a deacon at his local assembly in Lubbock, TX. He enjoys reading, writing blog posts, leading church discussion groups, and pondering life’s deep questions. Preaching on occasion and organising church get-togethers are a couple of his other favourite areas of service.

Lisa Mattackal

Copy Editor

Lisa Mattackal

Copy Editor

Lisa is a 20-something millennial discovering how to glorify God in all aspects of life. Despite being a “recovering introvert,” she’s always up for coffee and good conversation. She works as a journalist in Bangalore, India.

Anil Abraham

Copy Editor

Anil Abraham

Copy Editor

Based in Dubai with his wife and three sons, Anil Abraham loves teaching children and helping with the local church choir. He is passionate about nurturing young minds and, together with his family, works to build up the kingdom by often reaching out to and supporting struggling families in the community.

Elizabeth Abraham

International Outreach Coordinator

Elizabeth Abraham

International Outreach Coordinator

Elizabeth Abraham — or Elsa, as she is usually known — has lived in the Lone Star State of Texas for most of her life, where she works as a physician assistant. From teaching preschoolers at Sunday school and mentoring younger sisters in Christ to conversing with co-workers and caring for elderly nursing home patients, her desire is to know the Lord and make Him known.

Media and Marketing


Jiby Jose

Social Media Coordinator

Jiby Jose

Social Media Coordinator

An engineering student, Jiby Jose is based in Cochin, Kerala, where he currently serves as Sunday school teacher to a couple of preschoolers at his local church, while also discipling youngsters and leading their youth group Bible study.

Binita Godly

Marketing Coordinator

Binita Godly

Marketing Coordinator

Binita Godly lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is working on her undergraduate studies in marketing. At her college, she helps lead a campus ministry that aims to spread the gospel to university students through weekly Bible discussions. She is also part of the children’s ministry at her church, and on a lazy day, she enjoys lettering and chai.

Sharon Rachel Johns

Social Media Coordinator

Sharon Rachel Johns

Social Media Coordinator

An interior designer by profession, Sharon is passionate about serving and building up people. She is part of the Sunday School ministry in her local assembly in Bangalore, and keen to use social media to spread the love and light of her Saviour.

Halez Paul

Social Media Coordinator

Halez Paul

Social Media Coordinator

Born and raised in the tiny emirate of Fujairah in the UAE, Halez is currently based in Coimbatore, where he is pursuing a discipleship training programme alongside his secular studies. Halez loves going out of his way to start conversations with young people, especially with regard to spirituality, and earnestly desires to help them develop a personal relationship with God.

Sujay Thomas


Sujay sees design as a means to reflect the beauties of Christ. An architect, he enjoys practising design with his wife Soumya, while their daughter Atheera runs after fish, stray dogs and cows. He is very passionate about the Biblical ideas of vocation and the glory of God.

Joanna Cherian

Graphic Designer

Joanna Cherian

Graphic Designer

Dallas resident Joanna Cherian is a youth leader and Sunday school teacher at her local church. As someone who grew up surrounded by melodious singers, she carries that love for worshiping the Lord into her music ministries too. A business analyst with a degree in information technology systems, she loves being creative and applying that creativity to a variety of activities from baking to graphic design.

Elizabeth Jisha

Graphic Designer

Elizabeth Jisha

Graphic Designer

Elizabeth Jisha moved to Ernakulam to pursue her BA in graphic designing after completing her schooling in Abu Dhabi. She is an active member of her assembly youth fellowship, and enjoys assisting at VBS and Sunday School ministries. Singing and reading top her list of things to do and she’s always up for a good conversation.

Jerlin Justus

Newsletter Editor

Jerlin Justus

Newsletter Editor

Jerlin Justus lives with her husband and 12 fishes in Bangalore, India. She loves the ‘swirl and swing of words’ as they tangle with human emotions. She believes there is nothing worse than holding on to the story of the cross without sharing it, and when words fail, music always speaks.

Contributors


Dr. Barry Creamer


Barry Creamer serves as president of Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. A trained philosopher and historian, he holds an M.Div. from Criswell College, and a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington. His writing has been featured on numerous print and electronic platforms.

Dr. Danny L. Akin


Danny L Akin currently serves as the President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina and is a professor of preaching and theology. He is well known for his heart for missions, and is the author of several books, including Engaging Exposition and Ten Who Changed the World.

Dr. Scott Shiffer


Dr. Scott Shiffer has a Ph.D. in Christian Theology from the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and has been teaching religion classes since 2006. He leads Faith and Culture Now, an organization to help believers think biblically about culture in America. Scott has given numerous presentations, including one at Oxford. He has spoken at church retreats, youth retreats, conferences, and has taught discipleship classes for many years. Scott is married and has four children. He has a heart for helping believers draw closer to God and for aiding them as they are faced with new challenges every day.

Dr. David Brooks


David Brooks is a senior professor of Hebrew & Old Testament at Criswell College, Dallas, where he lives with his wife and four children. Having been raised with an emphasis on international missions, he often accepts international teaching assignments while also teaching adjunctively at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. John Sypert


John Sypert completed his M.Div and Th.M from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently serves as pastor at Preston Highlands Baptist Church, Dallas, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Thomson B Thomas


Thomson B Thomas is an evangelist and Bible teacher based in Mumbai, India. He has authored many books (mostly Christo-centric) and contributes regularly to Christian periodicals. He holds a Masters degree in philosophy and religion, and is keenly involved in ministering at conferences and churches, both in India and abroad.

George Mattackal


George Mattackal currently serves as an elder at Calvary Bible Fellowship in Bangalore, India. He previously served on the board of Gospel Missions of India, USA for more than 20 years. He has a keen interest in supporting ministry work in India, which he does through teaching and financial support.

Revanth T


Based in Bangalore, India, Revanth T is Executive Director of Truth and Life Academy, a non-formal Christian theological institute, and a regular preacher and teacher at his local assembly. His passions include expository preaching, theology and hermeneutics. He is married to Angela and they have a son, Asher Abraham

Sam K John


Based out of Bangalore, India, Sam K John heads Emmaus Academy of Biblical Studies (EABS), a correspondence Bible school catering to assembly believers across India and the Gulf. He is married to Jiji, and they have two children together.

Charles Mathew


Charles Mathew is an elder at his church in Bangalore. Along with his secular profession as a technology marketeer, he is involved in teaching in small groups and encouraging individuals personally. He is particularly passionate about Biblical history and how God’s plan of salvation for mankind has been orchestrated through the ages. A dad of two, he has been married to his wife Deema for the last 15 years.

Tom Horvat


Tom Horvat completed his BA in education and theology at Washington Bible College. He pastored a house church for 15 years and served as a volunteer chaplain in a local prison for 20 years. He is employed by the Department of Defense in the US, and works at a military installation in Maryland. He is passionate about ecology, and is a soon-to-be-published author. Tom has seven children and 12 grandchildren with his wife of over 40 years.

Premilla Jacob


Based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Premilla Jacob is a happy homemaker who seeks to find God’s glory in her daily life. When her three boys aren’t keeping her busy with diapers and homework, she takes the opportunity to encourage others in her community and share Christ through her writings.

Rebecca Moore


A wife, mother and Dallas native, Rebecca Moore is a passionate follower of Christ, who loves ministering to her peers through friendships and the written word. You can find more of her writing at rebeccarheamoore.wordpress.com and Instagram at @rebeccarheamoore.

Bethany Horvat


A paralegal by trade, Bethany is passionate about human rights and environmentalism. She is always free to chat (over coffee, ideally) about the making of a better world, and even more so, about heaven, where our deepest hopes for redemption are surpassed in the presence of the King. Though a resident of Northern Virginia, her heart is home in the Appalachian hills.

Rufus Simon Varghese


Born and raised in Dubai, UAE, Rufus completed his Masters in Theology at Asian Christian Academy in Hosur, India. He has since been involved in personal outreach ministries and teaching youngsters Scripture. Currently based in Ernakulam, India, he is teaching at a Bible school as well as ministering to the Hindi-speaking immigrant working population in Kerala.

Winston Hottman


A Ph.D. student in theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Winston Hottman is also co-founder of the Center for Baptist Renewal. Currently, he serves as Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Ethan Merck


Ethan is a cross-cultural consultant who has lived in a number of major cities across Asia. He has served on staff at three churches, including one he helped plant. Some of his hobbies are reading, hiking, ultimate Frisbee, drawing, and exploring the gospel in all of life. Find him on Instagram at @insidethegospel.

Guest Contributors


Dr. John Kurian


John Kurian had the privilege of being brought up in a godly home. He was commended to the work of the Lord in 1986, and since then has been travelling extensively within India and around the globe to fulfill his call as an itinerant preacher. He has a special burden for the youth, and helps with the teaching ministry of Bible colleges in India. John makes his home in Kerala with his wife Betty, with whom he shares four daughters and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Alexander Kurian


Alexander Kurian has been committed to the proclamation of the gospel for over 40 years. He has a passion to be conservative in guarding God’s revelation and radical in our application of it in a postmodern world. To that end, he is currently involved in a global ministry of teaching, training and equipping.

Dr. Kevin Warstler


Kevin Warstler received his Th.M. in New Testament Studies and Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, where he also serves as the Program Director for the B.A. in Biblical Studies.

Dr. Steve Hunter


Dr. Steve Hunter is currently serving as Professor of Psychology and Counseling and the Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling at Criswell College. He also works part-time as a Counselor at Christian Counseling Associates at the Hope Center in Plano, Texas. He has had a vast array of experience serving as pastor in Northeast Texas, missionary to the former Soviet Union with the International Mission Board, and Dean of Students at Criswell College. He lives in what he calls “organised chaos” with his wife of 28 years and seven kids (five girls and two boys, ages 22 down to 10).

Jobin John Mathew


Jobin John Mathew serves as a deacon at his church in Bangalore. He enjoys talking about Jesus to all age groups, preaching through the book of James, and listening to gospel-centric sermons. He is married to Ruby and dad to little Judah. The family shares their home with many pets, including three turtles.

Luke McMeans


A Dallas native with a pastoral family heritage, Luke McMeans bears a deep love for teaching and preaching. His ultimate desire is to ignite passion for, and submission to, the Bible that others might grow into shepherds who proclaim its message with conviction. 

Preston S. Byrd


Preston is a Texas native who is interested in topics of theology, culture, ethics, and literature. When not working with people in his community, he enjoys drinking coffee, sports, and reading books.

Dania Lovin Thomas


Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Dania Lovin Thomas currently resides in Bangalore, India, with her husband Ben and their two children, Lyra and Isaiah. She works as a doctor and loves looking for ways to share the gospel through her profession. A self-described classic extrovert, she enjoys fellowship and is passionate about the deep study of His Word.

Reeba James


Reeba is from New Jersey and currently working as an accountant for Believers Stewardship Services. She is passionate about her relationships with people, especially the young girls from her local church. Ultimately, she lives to know Christ and make Him known.

Joanne Sam


Born and brought up in Kuwait, Joanne Sam is currently doing her Bachelors in Media and Communication in Manipal, India. In the past few years, she has been involved in the Children’s Evangelical Fellowship ministry, alongside her parents. She loves to sing with her musician brother, Jonathan. Her passion is to teach and encourage young minds to grow in Christ.

Sherry Thomas


Sherry Thomas describes herself as a late bloomer when it comes to being a child of God. She knew Jesus as her Saviour from a young age, but didn’t develop a passion for Him or His Word until well into adulthood. She is grateful for her husband with whom she shares five children, whom she homeschools. Sherry is active in women’s and children’s ministries at both her church and Bible Study Fellowship.

Ryan Rives


Ryan Rives serves as Pastor of Students and Worship Ministries at Plano Bible Chapel in Plano, Texas. His hope is to faithfully serve Christ, reach students and their families with the Gospel, and watch people come to know and follow Jesus by His grace.

Aaron Helm


Aaron Helm received his degree in Church Planting & Revitalization from Criswell College in Dallas. His heart lies in the mission of church planting and raising up biblically qualified leaders who will passionately share the gospel to all nations.

Kendall Lyons


Kendall Lyons is an author, minister and the communications director for Criswell College in Dallas. cartoonist. Married to his wife and best friend Rachel, he is also an ordained preacher, author of a couple of books and the creator of a webcomic called “By and By”.

Darren Stanly


 
Born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Darren Stanly is currently pursuing an engineering degree in Sydney, Australia. He enjoys one-on-one hangouts with people, getting to know their stories and reading with them. Other interests include church history and impromptu ‘situational singing’.

Rohan Verghis


Rohan Verghis lives in the United Arab Emirates. He loves the interplay between music and words, and serves on the worship team at his local church. His heart’s desire is for people from every tribe and tongue, known and unknown, to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord.

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