The five members of the Board are: Dr. Kenneth Horton (Chair), Dr. David denHartog, Mr. Tony McClung, Mr. Don McClard, and Dr. Sukhwant S. Bhatia. SEEK PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL, INC. also has an International Advisory/Reference Board. A brief biographical sketch of the board members is listed under the About Us section of this website. SPI has a full-time staff of 24 in India and operates with its four subsidiary organizations.
Sukhwant S. Bhatia
President & CEO
Sukhwant, in 1981, came to Jesus Christ from a Sikh background after an exhaustive 4+ years of comparative study of other religions with the Bible. He is the first Sikh convert to have graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) with a ThM degree and probably the first in the history of Christianity. Sukhwant has pastored and planted churches since 1984. Coming from a background where number of Christian converts from 40 million followers of Sikhism is in hundreds, challenged Sukhwant to go into full time ministry to take the Gospel to the unreached. Sukhwant earned his PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of North Texas, in collaboration with DTS, to prepare for a lifetime of ministry of "teaching faithful men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Tim. 2:2).
Today, the direct ministry of Rev. Dr. Sukhwant Singh Bhatia is as teacher, preacher, and trainer. Dr. Bhatia’s responsibilities as President & CEO also include teaching at Higher Christian Education Institutions in the least Christian region of the world, providing consultation to various ministry projects, training Bible translators and heading Bible translation projects in Hindi and Punjabi languages, recruiting and developing team leaders sourced both internationally and domestically, and providing consultation and working partnerships to international organizations seeking a large scale ministry in Asia in fulfilling their ministry of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Vinita S. Bhatia
Teacher, Writer & Donor Relations
Vinita’s rich Christian heritage served as a challenge in her early childhood to become a missionary some day. Her father started Back to the Bible Broadcast ministry in India, and Delhi Bible Fellowship, as a church, began in their home. Vinita’s mother hosted a famous children’s talk show over the BTBB radio for many years and has 18 children’s storybooks to her credit. Vinita, other than being a full time wife and mother of two daughters, Priyankaa Anna & Akanksha Sarah, has written study notes for Children’s NIV Study Bible being produced by International Bible Society (Biblica). After earning her MA in Christian Ministry from Briercrest College & Seminary, she teaches at NIITS and for Leadership Matters Courses. In 2014, She completed another MA in English Literature in New Delhi, India.
Don Vikrant Lazarus
Don came to the Lord in 1982 at the age of 10 while growing up in a Christian home. Dr. Bhatia mentored Don from 1992 to 1997 while he was working for him as his personal assistant and attending the church that was pastored by Dr. Bhatia. Don earned his BA in Psychology in 1993 and MA in Organizational Psychology in 1995. Don is pursuing his MBA in Organizational Management which he plans to complete in 2013. For eleven years, Don handled the administration and finance for a large Christian organization in India. As of January 01, 2009, Don serves as the Projects Manager for SPI-India and is a member of the Executive Committee of NIITS where he serves as the CFO & Administrator.
Don is married to Manuela and they have one daughter and two sons and they reside in Chandigarh, Punjab, India.
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