Mr. Joshua Rathnam
Joshua Rathnam is a layman from India. He studied in the Prestigious Wesley School & College of Hyderabad. He was a member of the Wesley Church Secunderabad in the famous Medak Diocese built by Charles Walker Posnett of the English Wesleyan Methodist order. During his college days, he entered politics as student leader and was also actively involved in Youth for Christ Ministry where he served as the President and the National Board member. He chaired a Mission organization Grace Outreach Ministries.
As a social and political activist, he is involved in many issues concerning minority communities at the state and National level. He served as the Secretary of The Minority Department of the ruling Political party at the State level and is currently serving as the Special Executive Officer Government of Maharashtra. He runs an Education Institute as the Director and currently serves on the Board of Converge South Asia and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association India Board. He was elected to the Strategic Planning Committee in Sydney Australia and to the Nomination Committee in Chile and an officer in Durban South Africa.
Standing Committee Chairs
Ms. Lissa Belle Ramos Brown
Ms. Brown is the Vice Chairperson for the Youth of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and serves as General Secretary for the Ecumenical Youth Council. She also served as Youth Representative to the IEMELIF Consistory of Elders and has held various roles in IEMELIF groups at the Local and District levels.
Rev. Kim Reisman
Kimberly Reisman is Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism, a ministry that brings the global Methodist/Wesleyan family of Christians together around the work of multiplying witnesses for Jesus Christ. An author, pastor, teacher and theologian, Kim is a frequent speaker, focusing on evangelism, spiritual formation, women’s ministries, leadership development and the intersection between faith and culture. She is an elder in the United Methodist Church and has written numerous books, most recently, The Christ-Centered Woman: Finding Balance in a World of Extremes (2013, Abingdon Press).
You can read Kim’s blogs here on Mondays and Wednesdays and can find a variety of her work both here and at the World Methodist Evangelism website.
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Kim lived in California, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Connecticut before moving to Indiana in 1993. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in theology from Durham University in the United Kingdom.
Kim serves on the World Methodist Council Steering Committee, is a senior Harry Denman fellow, and an Adjunct Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Kim lives with her husband, John, in West Lafayette, Indiana. They have three adult children, Nathan, Maggie and Hannah.