"Committed to working for Truth, Justice, Mercy and Hope."
"Committed to working for Truth, Justice, Mercy and Hope."
Rev. Peter Tibi, Executive Director - Bachelor of Divinity from Bethany Divinity College in Dotham, Alabama; B.A. from the University of Gloucestershire, UK; Masters in Theological Studies, Bethany Divinity College and Theological Seminary. Rev. Tibi has served as the Principal at Imatong Bible College in Juba, Sudan. He served as an administrator and Assistant Executive Secretary for Africa Inland Church-Sudan, and worked within AIC for 13 years. He moved on to the New Sudan Council of Churches, where he served as the Deputy Executive Secretary; then in the Sudan Council of Churches as Acting Executive Secretary and General Secretary, all over a span of five years. He has served as the Executive Director of RECONCILE since November, 2009.
Milcah Lalam, Programs Manager - has served in RECONCILE since August 2004. She holds an MA in Development Studies and Theatre from University of Leeds, B.A in Drama from Makerere University, and specialized certificates in Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Transformation, Theatre and Peace building from Eastern Mennonite University-USA. Previously she taught at Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. She is a trauma healing trainer with special expertise in drama therapy and theatre for development.
Ms. Lillian Matingi, Finance and Administration Coordinator – Certified Public Accountant. Trained at Strathmore College Nairobi, Kenya. Has served on the RECONICLE staff since March, 2004. Previously served 14 years as the accountant of the press department of the All Africa Council of Churches based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Rev. John Khamis, Coordinator for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program - worked with the Yei Diocese of the Episcopal Church of Sudan as the Diocesan Administrator/Secretary for 15 years. In 2003 he worked for his diploma in Social Work and Social Administration at Uganda Christian University. After completion of the coursework, he worked as the Diocesan Programs Director for three months. He joined RECONCILE in October of 2005, where he served as base manager and a trauma awareness officer before his latest position.
Lucy Awate, Psychosocial Counselor- Lucy is actively involved in counseling persons with psychosocial needs at all levels in the community and is currently helping to train Peer Counselors from throughout the neighboring payams and counties. Her background includes counseling hospital patients, children on the street and women who are survivors of gender-based violence. Lucy previously worked for four years as a counselor with Trans-Psychosocial Organization (TPO) based in South Sudan. Lucy joined RECONCILE in February 2007.
Rev. Shelvis Smith-Mather, RPI Principal- Shelvis is an emerging scholar and practical theologian whose passion for social justice and reconciliation drives his work in the United States and African continent. While pursuing two graduate degrees at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, he worked extensively to address racial, gender, and socio-economic inequity through the Presbyterian Church USA, National Black Presbyterian Caucus and National Council of Churches (USA). An ordained minister and acclaimed preacher, Shelvis speaks widely about the significant role of the church in reconciling communities in places of conflict. Before joining RECONCILE, Shelvis coordinated theological peace initiatives through the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA). With FECCLAHA, he worked in partnership with the National Council of Churches of nine countries as they engage in the region’s political, gender, ethnic, religious and land conflicts. Shelvis and his wife Nancy are serving with RECONCILE through both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Reformed Church in American and joined RECONCILE in December 2011.
Rev. Nancy Smith-Mather, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer - Before moving to East Africa in 2008, Nancy coordinated a refugee resettlement ministry in Atlanta, Georgia. In Nairobi, Nancy worked with Church World Service as Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. She also facilitated a community development program with churches in Jonglei State, South Sudan through Across. Nancy earned a Master of Divinity at Emory University and a B.A in Religion and Sociology from Furman University. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA and a published writer. Nancy and her husband Shelvis are serving with RECONCILE through both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Reformed Church in America and joined RECONCILE in December 2011.
Emmanuel Dele, Training Centre and Logistics Manager - has served RECONCILE since August, 2006. Previously, Dele served as the Logistics and Base Manager for the New Sudan Council of Churches in Loki, Kenya and Koboko, Uganda for 12 years. Dele holds a diploma in Marketing from the Makerere College of Commerce. He also holds specialized certificates in Conflict Transformation, Identity & Conflict Transformation, and Trauma Awareness & Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA as a Winston Fellow 2008.
Raphael Sabun, Coordinator for Leadership and Governance Program - Raphael received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Alexandria University in 1990. He has also received his diploma in Transitional Justice Fellowship Program sponsored by International Institute for Transitional Justice and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa, 2007. He began as a teacher in English in Egypt at St. Mark College in Alexandria. He previously worked for World Relief International as the Education Coordinator and later seconded to World Concern as an Assistant Program Manager dealing with microfinance. He also worked with Community Development Association (CDA) as a Field Coordinator based in Narus, South Sudan. He is currently a member of the Civil Society Forum for the Constitutional Review Process in South Sudan. Raphael joined RECONCILE in May 2007.
Sebit Nicholas , Peacebuilding Program Officer
- studied at St. Joseph's College in Uganda and attended Civic
Education Training in Maridi with NSEA (Needs Services Education
Agency). Nicholas also worked as a Civic Educator for Yei Payam with
NSEA, as a Field Officer for Rubeke Resource Center and a Project
Officer for War Child Holland from April 2008 until joining RECONCILE in
Othow Okoti Abich, Jonglei Field Coordinator -
Abugo Cosmas , Administrative Assistant- Cosmas received a diploma certification in Peace-building and Conflict Transformation from The Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia. Cosmas worked as a volunteer teacher and community mobilizer in Yei town before joining RECONCILE in November 2007.
Jillian Foerster, Administrative Associate - Jillian has been working for RECONCILE since December 2011. She recieved her BA in International Relations from Roanoke College in Virginia, USA in May 2011. She will be with RECONCILE for two years as a volunteer through BVS (Brethren Volunteer Service) with Church of the Brethren.