CTS Faculty

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Ivor Poobalan
Principal
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
FCCA, BTh, MA, PhD
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.
Jason Selvaraj
BTh
Senior Pastor of the Assembly of God, Kaithady. Jason is a member of the national coordination team of Simply Mobilizing Sri Lanka, and an active member of the NGO Council of the Jaffna District, a civil rights organisation.
Jei Suthagar Nesharajah
BTh, MDiv
A graduate of CTS and Tyndale University College and Seminary (Canada). A former radio-journalist by profession, Jei is a member of Jesus with Us Prayer Ministries and serves in the areas of preaching, youth ministry, disciplemaking, and guiding young pastors and leaders.
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
BTh
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.
Cameron Davey
BSc, BTeach, MDiv
A graduate of Ridley College in Melbourne. He has taught for many years in Christian schools, and, along with his wife, has ministered to children through school holiday camps in Australia. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at CTS, he serves as Librarian.
Johnson Sandrasegar
BTh
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.
Bernard Costa
BTh, MDiv, STM
A graduate of the COTR Theological Seminary (India) and the International Graduate School of Leadership (Philippines), Bernard formerly served as the Academic Dean of the Lanka Bible College Centre for Graduate Studies. He is passionate about building up church leadership at various levels. He worships at Calvary Church.
Julian Devadasaon
BTh, MDiv
A graduate of ACTS-South Korea. He is a Ministry Associate of Ambassadors for Christ International. A member of St James' Church, Chilaw, Julian is also a Haggai National Facilitator and a member of the Board of Christian Education Executive Committee - Colombo Diocese, Church of Ceylon.

Adjunct/Visiting Faculty

Dileeni Abraham
BSc, MA
MA 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 has included training and mentoring lay counsellors, teaching counselling, leading trauma healing equipping sessions, and leading women’s retreats. A member of St Luke’s Church Borella.
Mona P Bias
PhD
Holds a doctoral degree in Old Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is an author and teaches in the Biblical Studies department of the International Graduate School of Leadership in the Philippines
Antony Billington
BA, MA
Senior Pastor of the Beacon Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield, UK. Also serves as Theology Advisor at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC). Previously, he was Head of Theology at LICC for 11 years, having taught Hermeneutics and Biblical Theology at the London School of Theology for 16 years. He is an associate lecturer at Union School of Theology and the Irish Bible Institute. He co-wrote Whole Life, Whole Bible, and is the author of several guides to biblical books in LICC’s ‘Gateway 7’ series.
David A deSilva
BA, MDiv, PhD
Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary (USA). Graduate of Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary (USA). He has written over thirty five books, including An Introduction to the New Testament, Sacramental Life, Introducing the Apocrypha, Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity, and Discovering Revelation, as well as commentries on Galatians, Hebrews, Jude, and 4 Maccabees. He has published two books with CTS: Reading Paul Through Asian Eyes: A Sri Lankan Commentary on Galatians and Reading Revelation: From Ancient Asia Minor to Modern South Asia
Duleep Fernando
BSc (Eng), BD, ThM
A Methodist Minister (retired). Graduate of the University of Peradeniya, London School of Theology (UK), and Fuller Theological Seminary (USA). With a professional background in Engineering, he lectured at the College of Higher Technology, Katubedda (later, the University of Moratuwa). He is a former President of the Methodist Church, Sri Lanka.
David C Goodwin
Cert IV in AWT, Dip Couns, Grad Dip Min, MMin, DMin
International Director of Kidsreach Inc. He has been a pastor and a counsellor for more than 45 years. He was the founding Principal of the Layman's Bible Institute in Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), and has worked with troubled youth for 12 years under the Department of Social Welfare in Napier. He was the founding Director of Camp David Trust, a ministry to children and youth in Hawkes Bay (NZ). He has written more than 60 books and manuals including Kids in Crisis, Child Abuse in the Church, Empowering Children, Strategies to Deal with Bullying, At the Foot of the Cross, Parables for Counselling, and Lost in Transition – or Not? David is an ordained pastor with the CRC International Church.
Roger Koelmeyer
BA, MDiv
Graduate of Central Bible College (USA) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (USA). He has been the Senior Pastor of the Colombo Gospel Tabernacle since 1988. His contagious high energy coupled with his genuine love for God and people—is the benchmark of his ministry. His passion--worship, his heart--a shepherd, and his unique capacity and spirited personality enable him to equip others to love God, live for Jesus, and reach the lost.
Nina Kurlberg
MA, PhD (candidate)
Works part-time for Tearfund in the UK as Theology Development Officer, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. She is in the final year of a PhD at the University of Edinburgh's Schools of Divinity and Business, having completed an MA in Intercultural Studies at CTS in 2015. She is co-editor of Theologies and Practices of Inclusion (SCM Press, forthcoming 2021).
Soh Choon Lee
BSc, MA, EdD
Clinical counsellor, supervisor, and adjunct lecturer in the School of Counselling at the Singapore Bible College. Her previous career was in real estate and she went on to earn an MA in Counselling and EdD in Christian Counselling from the Asia Graduate School of Theology (Philippines). She serves in the teaching ministry in her home church.
Manjula Mathews
CCS, FCMA, MBA
She is a practicing counsellor and is trained in EMDR (Levels I and II), Single-Session Therapy, and REBT. She worked for several years in the corporate sector and currently serves as a director of Janashakthi Ltd and as President of Habitat for Humanity (Sri Lanka), an organisation serving the housing needs of marginalised communities. She worships at People’s Church Assembly of God.
Mitchelle Peiris
BTh, MA
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 has served as a visiting lecturer teaching courses on practical theology and history at Bible colleges in Sri Lanka.
Reupah Philips
PhD
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
BSc, BA, MA
Graduate of Harvest Bible College (Australia) and Lanka Bible College & Seminary. Holds an MA in Organisational Leadership. 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 Extension in the Rajarata. Currently involved in teaching and discipling believers. A member of People’s Church Assembly of God.
Denisa Poobalan
BTh, MA
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 is married to Ivor and together they serve at the Kollupitiya Methodist Church.
Noeline Prins
BSc (Eng Hons), MA, PhD
A graduate of CTS. She holds a BSc from the University of Moratuwa (Mechanical Engineering) and University of Miami (USA). Her MA thesis at CTS was ‘Ministering in an Age of Neuroscience: Personhood, Consciousness and Free-will’. She currently works at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, as a senior lecturer teaching machine learning, biomedical engineering, analogue electronics, and digital electronics, among others. Her research work focuses on electrical engineering solutions to nervous system disorders.
Sharlini Rodrigo
BA (Psychology), MA (candidate)
Graduate of Houghton College New York (USA). Along with her husband she was instrumental in pioneering the Wesleyan Church in Sri Lanka. She currently heads the Wesleyan Bible Academy, a Bible Study programme that caters to those who cannot attend formal academic institutions.
Chuck Romig
BS, MA, PhD
Served on the faculty of the Counselor Education graduate programme at John Brown University for 12 years until his retirement in 2020. Prior to joining JBU he served as a faculty member in the Counselor Education programme at Wichita State University for 23 years, where he attained the rank of tenured professor. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Texas, and a registered play therapist. He has published articles on forgiveness, adolescent identity development, and the use of moral foundations theory in counselling. He has played a role in training over 1000 master’s level mental health professionals over the course of his career.
Ted Rubesh
BA, MA, DMiss
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.
G P V Somaratna
BA, MA (Missiology), MA (Theology), PgDip (Demography), PhD
A prolific researcher and author of books and academic articles. He was Professor of Modern History at the University of Colombo, and has been Visiting Professor at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University (Jerusalem), Lee University (USA), and Fuller Theological Seminary (USA). Author of the seven-volumed Bible Encyclopedia in Sinhala.
Terri Watson
PsyD, ABPP
Dean and Professor of the School of Psychology, Counselling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois (USA). She is 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, published by Intervarsity Press in 2018

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