ACU Board Members
We thank God our Father from whom all blessings flow for raising up these servants of Jesus and equipping them for the leadership and direction of African Christian University for His purpose and to His glory.
May He grant divine wisdom as the Board seeks to obey His Word in all things.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: … whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
(1 Pet 4:10-11)
ACU-ZAM Board Members in Zambia
Amos Banda, Ph.D. in Biostatistics, married to Maureen with two children, is a member of Lusaka Baptist Church (LBC) and a member of the Board of Directors of Lubu Road School (a primary school run as a ministry of LBC). Dr. Banda is a Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Zambia. With experience of education at all levels in Zambia, Dr. Banda consults the ACU Board in all areas of education, accreditation and university relations.
Ivor Chilufya, ACCA (equivalent to CPA in the USA), married to Tiwonge with two children, is a Deacon of finances at Kabwata Baptist Church (KBC) and former Chairman of the Board for Eagles Nest School ( a primary school run as a ministry of KBC). Mr. Chilufya is the Finance Manager for Zambeef Products PLC of Zambia. Mr Chilufya is well-equipped to consult the ACU Board in areas of education, finance, general business and land development issues.
John Chundu, B.S. in Finances, married to Mika with three children, is a Deacon of property at Kabwata Baptist Church and serves in the broadcasting ministry for the Reformed Baptist Churches of Zambia. Mr. Chundu works for Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Operational Risk for its retail business. With Mr. Chundu’s passion for Christ-centered education and years of banking and business experience, he serves the ACU Board as the Chairman.
Sandie Kandolo, B.Eng, Msc, married to Barbara Kandolo with 5 children,is currently working as a development consultant after a lengthy career in Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited which spanned more than 20 years. He is a member of Mount Makulu Baptist Church based in Chilanga and has been a board member of ACU since 2013.
Gladys Chongo Mposha, B.A Economics, MBA, widowed with two children, is a member of Kabwata Baptist Church (KBC) and serves in the Ladies Ministry of the Church. She is the Director of the Bank Supervision Department at the Central Bank of Zambia and also serves on the board of the Pensions and Insurance Authority. Ms Mposha brings to the ACU Board a wealth of experience from the financial sector, organisational, leadership and project management skills. She is currently coordinating the ACU Board fundraising function.
Ernest Mwansa, LLB Law, Maters in Law, married to Carol Mwansa with three Children,is a member of Lusaka Baptist Church(LBC) and serves in the Disciples class and the Men’s Fellowship. He is currently working at his law Firm Phiri & Partners and has served as Deputy Minister for 15 years. Mr Mwansa brings his vast experience in Constitutional development and financial management to ACU.
Ronald Mukuka Nsofu, MSc in Global Human Resource Management(GHRM), Liverpool, (UK) 2013 and a Post graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at Phillip Institute of Technology, Australia. Mr. Nsofu is a Deacon at Evangel Baptist Church, and is married to Roydah, with seven (7) grandchildren. Mr. Nsofu is currently working at World Vision Zambia, and has worked in various organizations in HR capacities from Staff Development Officer, Senior Staff Development Officer, and Senior Industrial Relations Officer to Human Resource Manager. Mr. Nsofu brings his vast experience of HR work to the ACU board.
Moses Phiri, Gen., LL.B., AHCZ (Advocate of the High Court of Zambia), married to Veronica with four children, is Chairman of the Deacon Board at Lusaka Baptist Church. Gen. Phiri is the Director of Legal Services for the Zambia Air Force. He is also a Senior State Advocate in the Attorney General’s Chambers at the Ministry of Justice. Gen. Phiri is a Board Member on the National Committee on International Humanitarian Law, a member of the National Constitutional Conference and is a Secretary of the Board for Ndeke Agricultural Company. Gen. Phiri brings his extensive leadership and organizational skills to the ACU Board, assisting in government and public relations and providing direction for ACU’s development and implementation of purpose.
Wilson Tembo, M.A Ed, married to Dorothy with four children two of whom are married. Member of the ZIHRM and trained leader with the Haggai Institute in Maui, Lecturer with the Australian Institute of Business and Technology, First Zambian Principal of Mpelembe Secondary School and Head of Management Development (ZCCM). Served as the first Human Resources and Training Manager of Christian Enterprise Trust of Zambian (CETZAM) and was Superintendent Lake Road PTA School. Currently, ACU Dean of Students, Chairman of the Academic Committee, and Board Member.
Kenneth D. Turnbull, Ph.D., Rev., married to Lisa with five children, was originally sent out as a missionary from Fellowship Bible Church of Springdale, Arkansas (FBC) to do church planting work in Mozambique with New Tribes Mission. While still closely affiliated with FBC, Dr. Turnbull is now a member of Christ Fellowship of Kansas City, serving with ACU in Zambia, South Africa and the USA. Dr. Turnbull is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas. As Vice Chancellor of ACU, he promotes and represents ACU, oversees operations, and is an ex officio member of the ACU Board where he reports and gives input on the vision, implementation of purpose, operations and academic programs.
ACU-USA Board Members in the United States
Ken Bennett, CPA, is married to Carrie, the father of five children and is a member of Fellowship Bible Church of Springdale, Arkansas. Mr. Bennett is the Director of Insurance for Harps Food Stores, a regional grocery store chain, and is responsible for all of their self funded insurance programs. Mr. Bennett’s past experience in public and private accounting equips him well to assist ACU-USA as the Board Treasurer in developing and implementing sound financial accounting policies.
TIM TOMLINSON, Ph.D., has been involved in Christian higher education for over 30 years—first as a professor and then in recent years as an administrator. Dr. Tomlinson currently serves as the President of Bethlehem College and Seminary. In addition, he also serves as an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has developed and facilitated educational exchange programs between North American institutions of higher learning and institutions in both Europe and South America—including establishing a branch campus in Quito, Ecuador. Dr. Tomlinson has presented papers dealing with Christian communication at conferences around the world and has more recently become an international speaker and consultant to mission and ministry leaders addressing the biblical principles of leadership. He has served as president of the Association of Christian Continuing Education Schools and Seminaries, as chairman of the board of The Bethlehem Institute, on the board of HCJB Global, and as an advisor to several other ministries.
Dan Pentimone, BA, married to Heather with seven children, is the pastor of Christ Covenant Church of Kansas City. In addition to his responsibilities with his family and the church, Dan is also a Real Estate Agent and an investor. He pastored churches in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Kansas before moving to Kansas City. Dan enjoys mentoring other men and has a passionate love for the church. Dan is Chairman of the ACU-USA Board.
Ron Thomas, M.Div. is married to Renee, the father of 3 adult children and is a member of Believers Bible Church in Lithopolis, Ohio. Having pastored previously, Mr. Thomas has been a residential mortgage banker and commercial developer for over 25 years. Mr. Thomas is the ACU-USA Director of Development responsible for developing financial and material resources for ACU. He also is expanding awareness of ACU through the various media venues, as well as conferences and other presentation opportunities.
Kenneth D. Turnbull, Ph.D., Rev., married to Lisa with five children, was originally sent out as a missionary from Fellowship Bible Church of Springdale, Arkansas (FBC) to do church planting work in Mozambique with New Tribes Mission. While still closely affiliated with FBC, Dr. Turnbull is now a member of Christ Fellowship of Kansas City, serving with ACU in Zambia, South Africa and the USA. Dr. Turnbull is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas. He is a member of the ACU-USA Board, leading in the promotion, public relations, recruiting and development of funding for ACU.
ACU-RSA Board Members in South Africa
Irving Steggles, MA (Oxon), Pastor of Birchleigh Baptist Church, Kempton Park, South Africa, Chairman of the Board of the London Theological Seminary, and Director of African Pastors Conferences. Irving trained as a mathematician, graduating from Oxford University. He taught mathematics for many years and was a housemaster at Monkton Combe School, a well-known evangelical Christian boarding school in the UK. For 8 years he was Chairman of Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) in the UK, a curriculum development body with a major publishing and examining role, at the school / university / industry interface. After 10 years of pastoring in the UK he came to South Africa in 2004. Pastor Steggles passion for the ACU vision, his wealth of teaching and leadership skills, his service to the church and highly respected reputation all make him an invaluable friend, consultant and leader as the Chairman of the ACU-RSA Board.
Mike Stolk, BS Accounting, is married to Hilda with three adult children and three adorable grandchildren. Mike served for many years as an elder at Antipas Reformed Baptist Church in Pretoria, serves as Director of the Malawi Bible School Board, the Nuni De Board, and is Director of Benede Oranje Mission. Mike is a multi-talented contractor and administrator with a wealth of experience who has faithfully served in the church mission much of his life. Mike is a rich resource for all aspects of the logistics, construction, recruiting and leadership needs of ACU-RSA.
Heinrich F. Strauss, DSc, MBL, THED, married to Ellen with two adult children, is a member of Antipas Reformed Baptist Church in Pretoria and serves as the coordinator of Sola 5, an association of God-centred evangelicals in southern Africa. He is currently technical advisor for a small radon gas monitoring business. Dr. Strauss’s previous experience as associate professor of chemistry at the University of Pretoria, head of the Forensic Science Laboratory of the South African Police, and research manager at Sasol, contribute greatly to his service in the areas of recruiting, support coordination and academic consultation as the Secretary for ACU-RSA.
Trevor Thompson, married to Frances, with three adult children. Since 1995, He and wife Fran have been members of the Constantia Park Baptist Church, in Pretoria, RSA, where they learned of the goals and vision of ACU. Trevor immediately began seeking the Lord’s counsel regarding a possible call to assist in the development of the business and student labor program. He is the Operations Manager of the Surface Training Center for an international mining firm in Pretoria and is a registered Assessor with the Agricultural SETA (Skills Education & Training Authority) in South Africa. His specialty is practical hands on training of on-the-job interventions in the fields of agriculture (cut flower and vegetation), wildlife management, tourism and mining, making him a valuable contributor in recruiting and promoting the ACU vision through ACU-RSA.
Kenneth D. Turnbull, Ph.D., Rev., married to Lisa with five children, was originally sent out as a missionary from Fellowship Bible Church of Springdale, Arkansas (FBC) to do church planting work in Mozambique with New Tribes Mission. While still closely affiliated with FBC, Dr. Turnbull is now a member of Christ Fellowship of Kansas City, serving with ACU in Zambia, South Africa and the USA. Dr. Turnbull is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas. He is a member of the ACU-RSA Board, leading in the promotion, public relations, recruiting and development of funding for ACU.