CTS Faculty

Ivor Poobalan
BA (Hons), ThM, PhD
Principal of CTS. Graduate of the London School of Theology (UK); Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA, ThM in Old Testament and Semitic Languages); and, the University of Cape Town (South Africa, PhD in Religious Studies). A leader at the Kollupitiya Methodist Church, Ivor ministers primarily through preaching, youth-guidance, and teaching 13-17 year olds in Sunday School. He serves as Co-Chair of the Theology Working Group of the Lausanne Movement.
Ravin Caldera
Academic Dean
DipAgri, BTh, BA, MA
Academic Dean at CTS. A Graduate of CTS and the Open University of Sri Lanka. He holds a masters degree in Biblical Studies from the Dallas Theological Seminary and has many years of experience in the pioneer ministry. Due to his understanding of the Ancient Middle East and biblical geography, he has been a key resource person for maps in publications in Sri Lanka. He is an ordained minister of the Living Christ Church.
Mano Emmanuel
Head of Academic Advancement
Head of Academic Advancement at CTS. Graduate of the London School of Theology (UK). She was awarded a PhD in Peace Studies from the Asia Graduate School of Theology (Philippines). A Local Preacher of the Methodist Church. Author of To Faith Add Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine. Formerly, Academic Dean at CTS. Her previous career was as an accountant in London’s West End.
Julian Devadason
BTh, MDiv
Assistant Academic Dean at CTS. He is also engaged in various international ministerial fields and mission works. At the same time, he is a member of “Ambassadors for Christ International” as well as a member of “Abortion Survivors Network” and its international speaker for pro-Life. He is a member of St. James Church, Chillaw and has been engaged in the Lord’s ministry for the last two decades.
Einsteen Fernando
HND (Counselling), BTh, PgDip (BAPC)
A graduate of CTS, Einsteen served many years as an assistant pastor and pastor of the Kochchikade branch church of Kithu Sevana Ministries. He also served as a teacher, coordinator, and vice principal at the Kithu Sevana Discipleship Training Centre. Involved in the counselling ministry he earned his Higher National Diploma in Counselling from the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
Sanath Athukorala
BSc, BTh, MA, PhD
Spiritual Formation Coordinator at CTS. A graduate of CTS, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, an MA in Christian Education (2007) and a PhD in Education (2020) from the Torch Trinity Graduate University (South Korea). He has over 20 years of experience in ministry and teaching and is a member of All Nations Church Sri Lanka.
Dilip Gunaweera
A graduate of CTS, Dilip is the Coordinator of CTS' Study Centre in the North Central Province. He formerly served as an Assistant Pastor of the Hanwella branch of the Calvary Church and Pastor-in-charge of the Sinhala Division of the Moratuwa branch. He is currently a lay preacher and leader at the Ceylon Church in Anuradhapura.
Johnson Sandrasegar
A graduate of CTS, Johnson has served for many years as an adjunct faculty member and has taught widely in CTS’ Tamil-medium Extensions. The Senior Pastor at the Tabernacle of Mount Zion for over twenty years, Johnson holds a Certificate of Old Testament and New Testament Christianity from the International College of Theology, Korea. Johnson also serves as the the Secretary General of the Christian Ministers Fellowship of North Colombo.
Rajaram Hariharan
BTh, MMin
Extensions Manager at CTS. A graduate of Trinity Theological College (Singapore), Hariharan has served long years in youth ministry, and brings with him the rich experience of living in the Northern province throughout the civil war and working within the trilingual ministry of YFC.
Nathanael Somanathan
BEng, MA
A graduate of Wheaton College (USA) with a Masters in Historical Theology, Nathan serves as Associate Pastor at Christian Revival Crusade Church, Dehiwala. His goal is to train and equip church leaders for effective ministry and to facilitate theological discussions and symposiums. Currently engaged in earning a PhD from the University of Birmingham.
Vanaja Rajkumar
Assistant Librarian at CTS in Kohuwela and Coordinator at CTS' Study Centre in North Colombo. Besides being involved in women's and children's ministries and she is a trained 'Master Facilitator in Healing the Wounds of Trauma (Children)' and a Senior Facilitator of 'Mother Design'. She has worked for four years as the Administrative Coordinator of the Tamil Division of Sathiya Vasanam (Back to the Bible). She is a member of St.Thomas’ Church, Ginthupitiya.
Christnie Edirisinghe
BTh, MA (candidate)
Coordinator: Children’s Ministry at CTS. A graduate of CTS. She has worked as a Sunday school and pre-school teacher for nearly twenty years and then as the director of the Moratuwa branch of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). She is working on her Master’s degree dissertation in Holistic Child Development at the Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS), Philippines.

Adjunct/Visiting Faculty

Dileeni Abraham
Course Leader: Counselling at CTS. A graduate of the University of Peradeniya and Alliance Biblical Seminary (Philippines). Holds an MA in Christian Counselling, with many years of professional counselling experience. She is certified as a Master Facilitator by the Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society. Her ministry includes training and mentoring lay counsellors, teaching counselling, leading trauma healing equipping sessions, and leading women’s retreats. She worships at Kollupitiya Methodist Church.
Lohan Bibile
MDiv, DMin
Serves as Senior Pastor of Calvary Center AG in Ja Ela. His vast ministry experience includes training and mentoring pastors, serving in youth ministry and worship ministry and serving in the mission field for 16 years in Galle. He began his theological studies at CTS, then pursued an MDiv at LBC before earning a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Tabea Binder
MDiv, MTh, PhD
She had her basic theology training in Germany and Belgium, and completed her doctoral studies from Colombia International University (US). Has served as a theological educator in various Asian countries, including as a full-time faculty member and MA Programme Coordinator at CTS. Currently, she leads a Christian Adult Education programme in Berlin, (Germany), and teaches at various Bible colleges in Europe. She specialises in Christian Education, Church History, Biblical Studies, and Christian Spirituality.
Heather Davediuk Gingrich
A counsellor, scholar, teacher, and former missionary. Serves as Program Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Trauma Therapy, is on the graduate counselling faculty at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, and maintains a counselling practice with complex trauma survivors. The author of Restoring the Shattered Self; co-author of Skills for Effective Counselling; and co-editor/contributor to Treating Trauma in Christian Counselling. Her scholarly work focuses on understanding and working with those who have histories of child abuse and other forms of relational trauma, particularly as they relate to issues of Christian faith and spirituality.
David C Goodwin
Cert IV in AWT, Dip Couns, Grad Dip Min, MMin, DMin
International Director of Kidsreach. Is passionate about children’s, youth and family ministries. Has been working as a pastor, trainer and counsellor for more than 50 years. Based in Sydney, Australia, David has been ministering in Sri Lanka since 1994. Has written more than 70 books and manuals on ministry and counselling. Is an ordained pastor with the CRC church and travels extensively training in ministry and counselling.
Manjula Mathews
CCS, FCMA, MBA, MA (candidate)
She is a practising counsellor and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as EMDR. She has extensive work experience in the corporate sector both in Sri Lanka and the UK. Her current responsibilities include serving as a director of First Capital Holdings PLC in Sri Lanka, and Habitat for Humanity International. She worships at People’s Church Assembly of God.
Mitchelle Peiris
A Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God of Ceylon, she has been involved in developing curricula for youth ministry at a national level. A graduate of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary and Southern Asia Bible College. She serves as a visiting lecturer teaching courses on practical theology and history at Bible colleges in Sri Lanka.
Reupah Philips
A Counselling Psychologist in Bangalore (India) with experience of over 15 years in teaching and training, counselling and supervision, marriage and family therapy, She received a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands (USA). She is the founder of Meadows of Hope, a centre for emotional wellness, in India, that offers counselling, supervision, coaching, training, and research in the field of emotional and mental healthcare.
Nishika Perera
Graduate of Harvest Bible College (Australia), Lanka Bible College & Seminary, and CTS. Holds an MA in Organisational Leadership and an MA in Biblical Studies. Taught Physics to Advanced Level students for over twenty years. Served on the full-time faculty of CTS for several years, and developed the CTS Provincial Study Centre in the Rajarata. Currently involved in teaching and discipling believers. A credentialed Minister of the Assemblies of God of Ceylon.
Denisa Poobalan
Graduate of CTS (BTh; MA in Biblical Studies). Having begun her career as a lecturer in computer studies, she moved on to serve as a stay-at-home mum to her two daughters. She worships and serves at the Kollupitiya Methodist Church.
Ted Rubesh
BA, MA, DMiss
Chairman of the CTS Academic Affairs Standing Committee. Graduate of Multnomah University, Portland Oregon USA (BA in Biblical Literature), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA (MA in Missiology), and Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, USA (Doctor of Intercultural Studies). The co-founder of Kandy Bible Fellowship Church, he served as its pastor for many years.
Terri Watson
Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychology, Counselling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College (USA), and served as its Dean until 2022. A board-certified clinical psychologist and an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her scholarship focuses on the integration of clinical practice with Christian faith commitments and includes Developing Clinicians of Character: A Christian Integrative Approach to Clinical Supervision.
Jonathan Willoughby
BA, MDiv
An ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC). After pastoring in Canada, he and his wife have ministered in Ukraine, China and South East Asia, teaching in Bible Schools, training church leaders, and coordinating humanitarian outreach. He also helps provide member care for PAOC workers across Asia.
Earnest Nadeem
BTh, MDiv, ThM
Graduate of CTS (BTh), and the International School of Theology‒Asia (Philippines). He has served as a full-time faculty member and MA Programme Coordinator at CTS. He is an ordained clergyman in the Anglican Church.
Choon Lee Soh
BSc, MA, EdD
A psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer, and also an adjunct faculty of the School of Counselling at the Singapore Bible College. Holds an MA in Counselling and EdD in Christian Counselling from the Asia Graduate School of Theology (Philippines), and specialises in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and trauma counselling.
Danny Moses
Former Director of LBC Centre for Graduate Studies. Holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Wycliffe Hall/Westminster College Oxford (UK). A graduate of Union Biblical Seminary (India) and London Bible College (UK). Has taught in theological colleges and institutions in Australia, Canada, USA, and Sri Lanka. He is passionate about theological education and training leaders for the work of the ministry.
Debbie Kramlich
Originally from the US, has lived more than half her life in Peru, Sweden, Germany, and now Thailand. Holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the European School of Culture and Theology in Kandern (Germany), and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Studies. She has been engaged in research that focuses on transformative listening, and the role of the educator in creating a culture of belonging in the multicultural classroom.
Navneth Mendis
BSc (Hons), MPhil
A practicing psychologist with a special interest in working with survivors of trauma, youth and young adults. A trained psychological first-aid provider and trainer. Serves as the President of the Sri Lanka EMDR Association. He also provides voluntary services at the National Institute of Mental Health Angoda. A member of Mt Lavinia Methodist Church.
Asiri Fernando
BSc (Hons), MDiv
A graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA), where he completed his Master of Divinity. He has been serving with Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka, for over a decade, and is currently leading the work in the Up Country. Asiri has a growing ministry as an international Bible expositor and is the author of Unstoppable: Total Devotion to the Gospel (A Study of Philippians) published by Discovery House, Singapore.
Stephen Bailey
Associate Professor of Mission and Development Studies in the E Stanley Jones School of Mission and Ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Also serves as Program Officer for the Institute for Global Engagement. Holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary (USA). In 2016 he founded SANTI Corporation, which promotes interfaith dialogue, peace building and religious freedom in SE Asia.
Julie Woods
A freelance Old Testament lecturer who concentrates on the majority world, though she also teaches in the UK. This includes an ongoing commitment in the summer term with the Guildford Diocese. Her research interests centre mainly around the prophets, and also animals.
Tammy Schultz
A Professor, Trauma Certificate Coordinator, and Clinical Training Coordinator in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Wheaton College (USA), where she counsels part-time at its counseling Centre. Her scholarship is focused on adults healing from childhood sexual abuse, women in an alternative court programme exiting prostitution, and trauma healing around the globe. Co-author of Transformed in His Presence: The Need for Prayer in Counseling.
Eckhard Schnabel
The Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (USA). Has been involved in cross-cultural missions in Latin America, Europe and Asia for over 20 years, in preaching and teaching ministries, and has taught at theological schools in seven foreign countries. Has authored numerous books, including The Book of Acts (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary), Mark (Tyndale NT Commentary); Jesus in Jerusalem: The Last Days, and New Testament Theology.
Willem A VanGemeren
Born in the Netherlands, he immigrated to the US for further education to serve the Lord. Served as the Director of the PhD in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Illinois (USA). Upon his retirement the Board of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School awarded him emeritus status. His areas of expertise include Old Testament theology, poetical and prophetical books, and the books of Psalms, Proverbs, and Isaiah. He has authored many books and articles.
Chuck Romig
Served on the faculty of the Counselor Education graduate programme at John Brown University, and as a faculty member in the Counselor Education programme at Wichita State University. A licensed marriage and family therapist in Texas (USA). Has published articles on forgiveness, adolescent identity development, and the use of moral foundations theory in counselling; and, been involved in training over 1000 master’s level mental health professionals over the course of his career.
Yohan Abeynaike
PgDipM (CIM), BSc, MA
A member of the CTS Academic Affairs Standing Committee. A graduate of CTS, who served for many years in university ministry with the Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS). He is currently the Scripture Engagement Lead at the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students – South Asia. He worships at the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Mt Lavinia.

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