Since its inception, Bethlehem Bible College has been governed by a local board of trustees. Seven trustees oversee the work of the College, with other local leaders serving the board by election as needed. The trustees represent various professions and denominations from a range of church backgrounds to reflect the interdenominational nature of BethBC. They possess various skills, reflecting experience in a range of areas including theological, academic, peacemaking/reconciliation, financial, human resources, pastoral, legal, and management.
Dr. Tanas Alqassis
Regional Trans-cultural Manager for the Church Mission Society for Europe and the Middle East and North Africa
Tanas Alqassis is the Regional Manager for the Church Mission Society for Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Tanas have a vision to change the way the West views the Middle East and the way the Middle East views the West, he has a passion for education and media and the firm belief that the only solution for the Middle East is Jesus Christ. He worked for World Vision in Jerusalem for nine years as the Finance/Administration Manager, and has also worked in Romania as a the Grant Manager for World Vision Romania. Tanas has also been very involved with Musalaha, serving both on the Board, and as a leader of Desert Encounters and other forms of training. He served as the Chairman of the Arab Vision Board, a trustee of Embrace the Middle East, and Middle East Concern, and has also served with ACTdev Tunisia and Middle East Media. Tanas began his accounting career with BethBC and was a part of the BethBC choir for many years, as well as an integral part in preparing for BethBC’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. He is committed to doing all he can to help the Body of Christ reconcile and work together, for the sake the Lord Jesus Christ and His testimony in us. Tanas is in the process of finishing his Doctorate in Ministry degree concentrating on Practional Leadership.
Executive Director of the Holy Land Trust
Sami Awad is the Executive Director of the Holy Land Trust, a leading Palestinian organization committed to the pursuit of equality and justice through nonviolence. Sami holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, specializing in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University in Washington D.C. and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. Prior to founding the Holy Land Trust, Sami worked with the Palestinian Bible Society in establishing a Biblical Museum in Bethlehem and was responsible for the activities of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem. The Center offered seminars and workshops in Conflict Resolution and Democracy and Nonviolence. Sami is also one of the founders and partners of Radio Bethlehem 2000, one of the first radio stations to be launched in Palestine. Today, Sami’s work continues to be focused on nonviolence as the catalyst to end all forms of conflict and establish an enduring and comprehensive peace in the Holy Land.
Private Sector Development Advisor in Palestine
Nassim Nour is currently the Executive Director of Sharakat for Small and Medium Size Investments.
A seasoned development professional and entrepreneur with over 27 years of diverse experience with international organizations across Africa, Australia, and Palestine. Prior to his work with Sharakat, he was seconded by the UK government as advisor to Quartet Representative Tony Blair and to lead on tourism and light manufacturing portfolio within the $10 billion Initiative for the Palestinian Economy. He also held several senior positions with the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) for over ten years, including as policy lead for its multilateral support and head of private sector development division. Nassim also held several senior positions across Africa and Australia as part of his tenure with World Vision International.
Born and raised in Bethlehem, Palestine, Nassim is a Fulbright scholar with an MBA from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and accounting from Bethlehem University.
Task Manager of Governance and Democracy at the Office of the European Union Representative in West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Mona Ishaq is currently working at the Delegation of the European for West-Bank and Gaza managing governance and democracy projects. She has a B.A. in Accounting and a Master in International Relations and Development. Mona started her career in accounting working as a finance manager in a number of organizations; a textile company, Anglican International School, Bethlehem Peace Center, and UNICEF. After around 10 years, she moved to internal audit and institutional development primarily at the Applied Research Institute ARIJ where she also worked as the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Department and later on as Good Governance Programme Manager. In addition to her university education, Mona obtained a number of diplomas and training certificates covering a wide range of topics including project management, good governance, gender, advocacy, human rights based approach, participatory governance, preaching, and monitoring public policies. In return, Mona facilitated a number of training workshops and town hall meetings. Her gained experience was also utilized in various reports and studies mainly in the fields of local governance and social capital.
Dr. Jonathan Kuttab
Leading human rights lawyer in Israel and Palestine
Jonathan Kuttab is a leading human rights lawyer in Israel and Palestine. He was born in West Jerusalem, but his family moved to the United States after the Six Day War. After practicing with a Wall Street law firm for several years, he returned home to co-found the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence with his cousin Mubarak Awad. He co-founded and plays a leading role in numerous organizations, including in Al-Haq (lawyers and others who assist with human rights issues), the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners, and the Palestinian Center for the Study of Non- Violence and the Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS). He was the Head of the Legal Committee, negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO and has been active in peace and justice issues for many years. He is a recognized authority on international law, human rights and Palestinian and Israeli affairs.
Jonathan has taught Law at Palestinian universities and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Palestine. He has received substantial recognition for his work, including the “Rothko Chapel Award for Commitment to Truth and Freedom” in 1986. He is licensed to practice law in Palestine, Israel and New York.
Executive Director of PTEE (Program for Theological Education by Extension)
Born in Jordan, Jiries Habash has been involved with numerous evangelical organizations during his lifetime. As the Executive Director of PTEE (Program for Theological Education by Extension), his goal is to make theological education available to people wherever they live. He has served with PTEE for many years as a tutor, as Academic Dean for Jordan, and as chairman of the PTEE Executive Committee. He is a former director of the Evangelical Council of Churches in Jordan, a former director of the Bible Society in Jordan, an elder with the Free Evangelical Church in Jordan, and a member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. In addition to his work in the evangelical world, he also served as the Chief Director of Housing Strategies and Policies for the Housing and Urban Development Corporation in Jordan.
Director of the Athletics Department at Bethlehem University
Samar is the director of the Athletics Department and a lecturer at Bethlehem University. Samar serves as the General Secretary of the Palestinian Tennis Federation and is a former member of the Palestinian Olympic Committee. Currently, she is the president of the Sports Federation of the Palestinian Institutions of Higher Education.
Samar has dedicated her life to promoting women’s sports in a country under occupation as well as putting women’s football on the map in a male-dominated society.
She joined the University of Jordan to study sports in an attempt to prove that women have the same qualifications as men for any career they choose. She graduated first in her class.
After graduation, Samar received her first post as a Sports Education teacher at Bethlehem University. Due to the political situation faced daily and the social attitudes against women’s rights, she insisted on founding the first women’s national football team in Palestine.
Lecturer of Accounting at Birzeit University
Mirabo Shammas is currently working as a lecturer at Birzeit University/Accounting Department. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Accounting.
Mirabo started his career as an academic assistant at Birzeit University. He later joined the Accounting Department as a lecturer. During his career at Birzeit University, he was appointed as the Chair of the Accounting Department, and later as the Chief Financial Officer. He also worked as the Director of Internal Audit at the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. In addition to his university education, Mirabo earned a number of international professional certificates in the fields of Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Management including: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified in Financial Management (CFM), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (CIPSAS), Certified Risk Professional (CRP), Certified Business Manager (CBM). In addition, Mirabo is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Palestine.
Mirabo’s previous experience includes working as a Senior Auditor with EL-Yousef & Co., a representative firm of KPMG (one of the Big Four international auditing firms). He also worked as a Financial Consultant for a number of international and local organizations including: The World Bank, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ramallah Municipality, Municipal Development and Lending Fund, National Team on preparing the National Strategy and the Executive Program for Palestinian Local Governments. He also developed and delivered a number of training programs for public and private organizations. Mirabo is a member of a number of professional organizations including: The Association of Palestinian Internal Auditors (co-founder and board member) and The Palestinian Association of Certified Public Accountants.