Mr. Khoury is the founder and president of Eastwood College, a leading academic institution since 1973, with two campuses in Mansourieh and Kfarshima. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the American University of Beirut. He also holds a diploma in Theology and Philosophy from Cambridge University, UK. Married to Queen Sayegh and the father of two adult children, Mr. Khoury is an active member of the community and an ecumenical persona. He has served as chairman of the Advisory Board of World Vision Lebanon for over 20 years, and has served on the Board of the Bible Society for many years as Treasurer, and as Chairman since 2004. Mr. Khoury’s close ties with all the main church leaders strongly embodies the mission of the Bible Society, where the Bible is considered as a unifying building block amongst the Church.
Father Chehwan is a monk and priest of the Lebanese Maronite Order. He holds degrees in philosophy and theology from the Holy Spirit University, Kaslik (USEK) and in biblical studies from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and a doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He also masters the following languages: Arabic, French, English, Italian, German, Hebrew, Greek, and Syriac. Father Chehwan held several positions, including General Secretary, head of History Faculty at USEK, and founder and manager of the USEK museum. Currently, he is a professor of Biblical Studies at USEK and other universities. Father Chehwan is the chief editor, writer, and researcher of Biblia journal; doctoral committee chairman in the Theological College and Liturgical Faculty; Coordinator of the Middle East Chapter of the Biblical Federation; and General Administrator in the Lebanese Maronite Order and overseer of the education and schools sectors.
Dr. Bassous joined the Bible Society in Lebanon [also responsible for the work in Syria and Iraq] in 1999, and was appointed General Secretary in 2004. He was elected as Chairman of the United Bible Societies (UBS) Europe Middle East Area Board in 2009 and Vice Chairman of the UBS Global Board in 2011. He is also a member of SAT-7’s International Council, representing UBS. Prior to the Bible Society, Dr. Bassous worked in various business, executive, and entrepreneurial leadership positions for 12 years. He currently holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership degree from the University of Phoenix, a Diploma in Theological Studies from the Near East School of Theology, an MBA from the American University of Beirut, and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Long Island University, New York. An Adjunct Professor at Taylor University (USA), Sagesse University, LAU, and NDU (Lebanon), he has also published several articles and researches, Christian and secular, focusing particularly on the areas of nonprofit organizations, Mideast issues, and Church relations.
Mr. Samir Constantine, holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the American University in Beirut in 1982, and a master's degree in business administration from Samford University in the United States in 1984. He also attended academic and university programs in education and information in the eighties and nineties of the last century. He worked for six years in an American network television and ten years at the Lebanese American University LAU he filled the following positions: Director of Admissions, Director of Public Relations, and Dean of Students. He also gave over a period time courses in Management and Marketing.
He founded in 2001, “Wazanat" institution for Educational Consulting services, it is currently a consultant for 125 institutions, including 103 schools, hospitals non-governmental organizations and commercial companies. “Wazanat” is marked by "talents" in the two fields of human resource training for the institutions and in helping to institutionalize the work of the organization, as well as developing and implementing academic and vocational program for guidance in schools. “Wazanat” is also active in the youth life skills training through scout movements, clubs and rural parishes. Mr. Constantine attended also / 18 / trainings in the United States, Britain and Denmark about the Institutions, the Educational Departments fields, fundraising and media. And organized different training workshops in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Cyprus, Morocco, Sudan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
Father Elias Chatawi was born on August 15th, 1965, he is married with two children. He studied Theology at St Paul institute – Harissa, and graduated from Saint Joseph University (U.S.J.) – Beirut with a BA in business administration.
He was oradined a priest at the Greek Catholic Church. He was selected as Pastor of the Greek Catholic parish in Raboueh, Mtayleb and Bayyada, and Principal of the “Collège Patriarcal” at Raboueh, then Secretary of the liturgical commission in the Greek Catholic church and was designated General Patriarchal Steward (2001-2015). Father Chatawi is a member of the Charismatic renewal movement in Lebanon, and he is elected Board member of the Cross Talk society and Diakonia society.
Rev. Haidostian is the president of Haigazian University. He holds a BA in Psychology from Haigazian College, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Near East School of Theology, a Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ. In addition to his local and international responsibilities in academic, ecumenical and educational organizations, he teaches, lectures, and writes in Armenian, Arabic, and English on a wide variety of topics on the church, ecumenism, youth, and social issues. Rev. Haidostian is also the Chair of the Central Committee of the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East. Being a Bible Society Board member is for him a constant reminder of being people of the Word, together with others, and together for the glory of God.
Is the pastor of the First Armenian Evangelical Church of Beirut since October 2011.He served as the director of the Armenian Evangelical Secondary School in Bourj Hammoud (2000 – 2011) and as chaplain of the four Armenian Evangelical High-Schools in Lebanon (1997 - 2000.)He has received his MDiv degree from the Near East School of Theology and his BA in Education from Haigaizian University.He has been a member in the Christian Education Committee of the FMEEC and Youth Committee of the MECC. In 2014, he was appointed as president of the Armenian Evangelical Tribunal of the First Instance.
Father Professor Porphyrios is the representative of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in the Board of the Bible Society. He serves as a Deacon at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George in Beirut since 2010 and is an Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Saint John of Damascus Institute of Theology at the University of Balamand since 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in Dogmatic Theology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is a visiting professor at many Faculties of Theology in Romania and Greece. He has published numerous academic articles in various international journals and periodicals. He is also the editor and co-editor of different academic books. His monograph The Resurrection and Life: the Eschatology of Saint Gregory Palamas was published in Greek in 2010 in Thessaloniki and appointed by the Faculty of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as a required textbook in the undergraduate programs of Studies of Theology.
Dr. Dunya was born in Zahle, Lebanon, in 1956. After finishing his education at the Syriac Orthodox School in Mouseitbeh, Beirut, he joined the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1973 and completed his Medical Doctor degree in 1980. This was followed by Residency training at AUB in Urology and a Fellowship in Pediatric Urology from Wayne State University, USA. For many years, Dr. Dunya was a practicing urologist in several hospitals in Metn and Kesrwan areas in Lebanon. In 2008, he was called to be part of the Lebanese American University School of Medicine (LAUSOM) staff. After spending some time at the University of Iowa, USA, he came back and established and is still coordinating the anatomy discipline in LAUSOM. Married with four children, Dr. Dunya is active in many Christian movements, heading for several years the “Beth Tarbito” group in the Syriac Orthodox Church all over Lebanon. He is also a member of the “Renewal in the Holy Spirit” movement and an active member of the Bible Society Board and General Assembly.
Mrs. Faisal was born in Ain Zhalta. She graduated from the American University in Beirut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She is married to a successful engineer, Ralph, and have two lovely children. Mrs. Faisal is very much involved in ministry both on a personal basis and in the church, and serves the community in several capacities. She volunteers her time and talent to several organizations, including the Bible Society, where she was recently elected as a Board member.
Born in 1955 in Ain Zhalta, Chouf, and married to Esther Krenz with three boys and a girl, Mr. Müller holds a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He is the chairman of Müller Industries SARL, a bricks and roof tiles manufacturing firm. As an elder at the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Rabieh, he is currently the Chairman of the Property and Finance Committee at the National Evangelical Synod for Syria and Lebanon and Member of the Lebanese American University (LAU) Board of Trustees. Mr. Müller is currently the President of the Association of North Maten Industrialists. He is also a member of the Administrative Board of the Lebanese Unitary Scouts Organization. Mr. Müller is a new member on the Bible Society Board, although he has supported the work for many years.
Archbishop Paul Sayah is presently Vicar General to the Maronite Patriarch. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Divinity from Holy Cross College, Dublin Ireland, and the Lateran University in Rome, (1967). He was ordained priest in 1967. He earned an MA in Bible studies from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, (1968) and an MA in Counseling and Guidance from the American University of Beirut, (1970) and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, Boston, USA (1973). He served as Rector of Saint Joseph School, Cornet Chahwan, (1975-84). He was associate Dean at the Lebanese American University, the Louaize Campus, (1985-90), and professor of Psychology at the Lebanese American University, Beirut (1990-1996). He was appointed by Pope John Paul II consultant at the Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Vatican, (2000-2010), and member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (1994-present). He has been serving on the Joint International Committee of Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches since 2005. He was elected Associate General Secretary to the Middle East Council of Churches (1992-2000). In 1996 he was elected and consecrated Archbishop of “Haifa and the Holy Land,” and appointed Patriarchal Vicar General in Jerusalem, Palestine and Jordan (1996-2011). In 2011, he was appointed Vicar General to the Maronite Patriarch, and representative on the Board of the Bible Society in 2014.
V. Rev. Archimandrite Housig Mardirossian was born in Byblos, Lebanon. He is a member of the Brotherhood of the Armenian Orthodox Church of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, in Antelias, Lebanon and represents the Armenian Orthodox Church. He is a graduate (1998) of the Armenian Theological Seminary, in Bikfaya, Lebanon, and was ordained celibate priest the same year. He was elevated to the ranks of the Archimandrite in 2013. His past and recent experiences include the secretary of His Holiness Aram I from 2001-2006. In 2006, he was appointed as the pastor of the Armenian St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Vancouver, Canada, where he served until September 2012. During this period, he continued his theological studies at St. Mark’s College and obtained a Master Degree in Theology, in 2013. From 2012-2014 he was the Assistant Dean at the Armenian Theological Seminary in Bikfaya. He was appointed the Dean of the Seminary of academic year of 2013-2014 by His Holiness, where he continues to teach Church History and Armenian Church History. In 2014 he was appointed as the Ecumenical Officer of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia. He has recently joined the Bible Society Board.