International Training Team
Dr. Véroni Krüger
International President and Postgraduate Programme Director
Véroni Krüger is passionate about empowering indigenous individuals and organisations for Bible translation, and to assume leadership in all aspects of mission, including Bible translation.
Véroni studied for his doctorate in Greek and Linguistics with Johannes P. Louw at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, graduating in 1982. He studied Missiology under the guidance of David Bosch at the University of South Africa, for which he was awarded a BTh (Hons).
Véroni founded TWFTW in 1981, and has been involved in training Bible translators and Bible translation consultants ever since. He and his wife Martie are permanent residents of the USA, but spend much time in the Western Cape, South Africa, from where they travel extensively for the work of Bible translation.
Dr. Manie van den Heever
International Director of Translation Services and Bible Translation Consultant Trainer
Manie is enthusiastic about Bible translation and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with Bible translators from different cultures and countries. He has been involved in Bible translation since 2002, when he started working with the Bible Society of South Africa. In 2008, he joined TWFTW, where he serves as International Director of Translation Services and trainer of Bible translation consultants.
Manie studied African, Modern European and Ancient languages, Biblical Studies, and Theology at undergraduate level. After obtaining an MA in Applied Language Studies, he focused on biblical languages and was awarded a BTh Honours (Biblical Languages) from Potchesfstroom University in 2002 and a PhD (Biblical Hebrew) from Stellenbosch University in 2013.
Manie lives in South Africa with his wife and six children.
Dr. Regine Koroma
International Training Director and Undergraduate Programme Director
Regine is passionate about training Bible translators and has been involved in this field since 1983, first in Europe and since 2005 in Africa and Asia. She has served as TWFTW's International Director of Training since 2008.
Regine studied Linguistics, African Studies and Cultural Anthropology in Cologne, Germany, and was awarded a PhD in 1994. She also completed a MA in Contemporary Mission Studies at All Nations Christian College, Ware (UK) in 2014.
She lives in London and has two adult children.
Dr. Franklin S. Jabini
Director of Curriculum Development
Franklin is the Director of Curriculum Development for TWFTW. He studied Biblical Studies (Caribbean College of the Bible, BA/M.Min), Bible Translation (Free University, PG certificate) and Missiology (University of Zululand, D.Th). He published various books and articles in the field of Biblical Studies, Bible Translation and Missiology, with a special interest for Christianity in Suriname.
He and his wife Irene served in full-time Christian ministry since 1988. They have been involved in church-planting, church revitalization and Bible teaching in more than 20 countries.
Franklin is burdened by the lack of theological training among evangelical leaders. He is passionate about training the next generation of leaders for the ministry, that is grounded in a relationship with the Living Christ and a solid understanding of the Word of God.
Dr. Barry Funnell
Director United Kingdom and Bible Translation Consultant Trainer
Barry trained as a dentist but changed his career to Bible Translation in 1991. He has a 3 year Licentiate in Christian ministries specialising in Bible Translation at Africa School of Missions in South Africa and obtained a MA in Sociolinguistcs from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Barry is a Bible translation consultant and trainer of Bible translation consultants. He has worked with 40 languages in Africa and SE Asia. He is passionate about the Bible and producing quality translations. He has been substantially involved in the completion of the Sena Bible (Malawi) which was published in 2006 and started translation projects in 10 Tanzanian languages. The New Testament was published in these 10 languages in 2016.
Barry lives in Bedford, UK and has been the Director of TWFTW UK since 2009. He is married to Julia and has three children; Lisa, Tim and Daniel.
Pierre van Vuuren (BSc)
Pierre, Lisa, Elise and Samuel make their home in Sol, Slovakia. Pierre has been a missionary in Slovakia since 1997, where he is involved in church planting among the Roma. He has been TWFTW's Bible translation coordinator and director for Slovakia since 2004. He leads a team that has published the New Testament in Eastern Slovak Romany in 2014.
Pierre holds a BSc and a Higher Education Diploma from the Free State University as well as a three year Licentiate in Christian ministries from Africa School of Missions. He also studied Biblical Hebrew and Greek and has been serving as lecturer for TWFTW in Biblical Exegesis, Principles of Bible Translation and Cultural Anthropology since 2009. Pierre is married and has two children. In his free time he loves to read on Creation Science.
Training Team Horn of Africa
Tessema Forsido Gechera (MTh)
Training Director and Bible Translation Consultant, Ethiopia
Tessema is a Bible Translation Consultant and the Training Director for The Word for the World Ethiopia. Previously, he has overseen five Bible Translation projects.
He holds a BTh in Biblical Studies from the Evangelical Theological College and a MTh in the same field from the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology where he won awards for academic excellence.
Tessema is passionate about teaching and consulting. He has almost twenty years of teaching experience at different theological institutes and colleges. He enjoys teaching Biblical courses, Biblical Exegesis, Theology and Biblical Greek.
He is married and has three children.
Tesfaye Bekema (MBA)
Regional Director, North Africa and National Director, Ethiopia
Tesfaye was awarded the Diploma in Bible Translation in 2003. He and his colleagues translated the New Testament into his language Guji (published 2008). He has been involved in exegetical checking of draft translations. As Translation Programme Director he has also overseen the management of 15 translation projects before becoming the TWFTW's National Director of Ethiopia in 2014. Since 2015, Tesfaye also oversees the Northern Africa region.
In 2015 he completed a Master in Business Administration () and is currently studying for an MTh in Bible Translation Consultation at the South African Theological College.
He is a faculty member of the training team for Ethiopia and has taught a wide variety of subjects (Christian Leadership, Process of Bible Translation, Sociolinguistics, Theory of Translation).
Tesfaye is married and has 5 children.
Tamene Lale Gego (BTh)
Scripture and Evangelism Engagement Director, Ethiopia
Tamene translated the complete Bible into his mother tongue Maale. He has more than three years of experience in exegetical checking and advising translation teams. He currently serves as Project Coordinator and Scripture and Evangelism Engagement Director of Ethiopia.
He received the Diploma in Bible Translation in 2003 and graduated in 2012 from Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa with a BTh. He currently pursues an MA in Bible Tranlsation Consultation at the South African distance institution SATS. In addition, he undergoes practical training as consultant-in-training.
Tamene is passionate about teaching. He has taught Principles of Bible Translation, Process of Bible Translation, Bible Translation and Mission and Literacy.
He is married and has five children; two sons and three daughters.
Hamesso Yaicob Wayu (BTh)
Exegete and Consultant-in-Training, Ethiopia
Hamesso Yaicob graduated from Dilla Bible College in 1995 and subsequently was the director of Leku Bible School from 1996-1997. He graduated with a BTh from Evangelical Theological College in 2011. From 1998-2014 he translated the Bible into his language Sidama (published 2015).
Yaicob currently works as exegete and coordinator of five translation projects with TWFTW and is a Consultant-in-Training. He also pursues an MA in Biblical Studies at Ethiopian Graduates School of Theology in Addis Ababa.
Yaicob is passionate about teaching the Basic Principles of the Bible Translation and related courses in this field.
Hamesso Yaicob is married and has four children.
Simon Zekewos (BTh)
Capacity Building Director and Projects Coordinator
Simon translated the complete Bible into his mother tongue Gofa. He is a team leader and has been involved in many aspects of translation work for the last 14 years - from exegetical work, assisting consultants, manuscript checking to coordinate literacy projects and working as IT support officer. He currently serves as Project Coordinator and in capacity building and is a Consultant-in-Training.
He holds a Diploma in Biblical Studies, a Diploma in Bible Translation and earned a B.Th. from the South African Theological College in 2011. He currently pursues an MTh in Bible Translation Consultation by distance through SATS.
Simon loves teaching and has taught a wide variety of subjects (Bible Translation Principles, Cultural Anthropology, Discourse and Translation, Basic Computer Skills, and Software for Translators). He has also translated some training materials into Amharic, the working language of Ethiopia.
Simon is mission-minded and loves working with people. He is married and has five children; four boys, and one daughter.
More details to follow soon.
Training Team Southern Africa
Dr. Davies Malembeka
Regional Director Southern Africa
Davies is a pastor, strategist, leadership consultant, and a training solutionist. He is the founder of Global Dominion Ministries Zambia and USA, and the co-founder of Yasanta Consultancy. Through these organisations he facilitates leadership development and strategic planning.
Davies' passion is to transform followers into leaders through forward and strategic thinking. Among others, Davies has undergone Leadership Coaching training with Legacy Leadership Institute, USA. He also holds a doctorate degree in divinity from Miracle Institute, USA.
Davies is married to Chomba and together they have a beautiful daughter Yasanta Chibwe Malembeka.
Raymond Seka Bigwa (BTh Hons)
Assistant National Director Tanzania
Raymond holds a BTh Honours from South African Theological Seminary and a Diploma in Bible Translation from The Word for the World. He currently pursues MTh studies towards a MA in Bible Translation Consultation.
He has been involved with TWFTW since 2004, first as administrator dealing with church relations and recruiting people setting up Bible translation projects, then as an exegete and later as Projects Coordinator. He now serves as Assistant National Director and Consultant-in-Training. He is a gifted teacher and passionate about facilitating Bible Translation.
Raymond is married to Elizabeth. God has blessed them with four children and six grandchildren. In his spare time, Raymond loves to preach and teach the word of God, especially to young people.
Eshinee Veith (MA)
Eshinee is the training coordinator for Lutheran Bible Translators. From 2007-2017 she worked for the Bible Society of Botswana in partnership with Lutheran Bible Translators as project coordinator and exegete for the Wayeyi Bible translation project in Maun, Botswana.
Eshinee obtained a BA in Linguistics from Trinity Western University in 2001 and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in 2010. She has been a guest lecturer at translator trainings in Zambia with TWFTW since 2012.
She and her husband Robert (ethnomusicologist and vernacular media specialist) live in Washington state, USA.
More details to follow soon.
Training Team South Asia
Jacques van As (MA)
Regional Director South Asia
Jacques loves the diversity that is found in the numerous cultures and languages of the world and is passionate about their preservation and perpetuation for future generations. He enjoys the outdoors and takes pleasure in rugby and cricket. He is also fond of reading good literature, a game of chess and fishing.
Jacques has a Licentiate in Christian Ministries, a Diploma in BT and a MA in Sociolinguistics from UNISA.
Jacques is married with four sons and currently resides in SEA. He is currently the regional director for TWFTW-Asia.
Jeanette van As (Dip ABET, Dip Chr Min)
Jeanette is passionate about communities. She has been working with teams to help them develop reading and writing materials to be used in mother tongue literacy programmes, first in Ethiopia and then in South Asia.
Jeanette has a Diploma in Christian Ministries, a Diploma in Adult Basic Education and Training from UNISA, South Africa and is TESOL qualified. She has been working with TWFTW since 1994.
Jeanette home schooled her four sons and currently lives in South Asia.
More details to follow soon.