Gabriel Stephen, originally from Nigeria, is a youth pastor in a Baptist church in Norway and a researcher at the Norwegian School of Leadership and Theology.
Robert Smith, Jr. teaches Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. He previously he served as an Associate Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, Kentucky, where he received the 1996 Findley B. Edge Award for Teaching Excellence.
Rev. Ngwedla Paul Msiza is a native of South Africa. He was installed on July 25, 2015, as the second African to be President of the Baptist World Alliance. Prior to serving as President, Rev. Msiza was a BWA Vice President and has been actively involved in the worldwide Baptist family since 2000.
Fanyana Peter Mhlophe is a native of South Africa, born during the dark years of the Apartheid government in South Africa.
John Kok serves as Senior Pastor of Kuala Lumpur Baptist Church in the heart of the Golden Triangle commercial district in the capital city of Malaysia.
Karen Kirlew has been a pastor within the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) for 17 years. In 2003, she became pastor of the St. Ann’s Bay Circuit of Baptist Churches – comprising St. Ann’s Bay, Lime Hall and Liberty Baptist Churches – where she continues to serve today.
Elie Haddad is president of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, which serves the Arabic-speaking church throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
Elijah Brown has been serving as the Baptist World Alliance General Secretary since January 2018.
His past service includes roles as BWA Regional Secretary for North America and General Secretary for the North American Baptist Fellowship.