Mount Meru Education Society of Canada has been formed to assist Mount Meru University in Arusha, Tanzania, to equip students with Christian ministerial and professional skills to improve their quality of life and that of their communities, nations and the world.
Mount Meru Education Society of Canada – Canadian Board Members
(From L-R): John Potts, Harrison Olang, Sharon Mkisi, Summer Robertson, Jim Robertson
Dr. John Potts - President
MMESC President, Dr. John Potts was first in East Africa in 1981 when he and his family worked in Kenya as overseas partners with the United Church of Canada.
Since then he has spent a total of twelve years in Kenya, working as a missionary doctor in three different hospitals. Since 2005 he has been home in Ladysmith BC, Canada, working part time in Family Practice as well as doing short term mission work in various places in the world.
On four occasions he has been part of a mission team to Liberia, West Africa.
He has worked with Samaritan's Purse and is part of their Disaster Advanced Response team, working in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and working in the Philippines after the typhoon in 2013, he has been a board member of several different charitable organizations and has been a part of MMESC since its inception.
He has a passion for seeing young people in Africa trained to serve their own people, and disciplined in their Christian walk to be mature leaders of integrity for their communities.
Dr. Potts is married with two children and four grandchildren.
Sharon Mkisi - Vice President and Secretary
MMESC Vice President and Secretary, Sharon Mkisi, is a senior health care professional who has a background in nursing, social work and administration.
Over the years, she has been instrumental in developing and leading programs at both the municipal and provincial levels within the Canadian healthcare system as well as the non-profit sector.
In 1999, Sharon started volunteering with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in East Africa. She worked with a local HIV organization in Tanzania as the Advisor to the Director and the Training Coordinator.
Sharon established strong relationships during her years in Tanzania and partnered with a local community to build a school which has supported the development of many young people in that area.
Sharon also partnered with local leaders to found a non profit organization which offered a variety of programs supporting orphans and seniors in that community as well as numerous other initiatives.
With a masters degree in leadership, Sharon's passion is program and leadership development.
She has mentored and coached many leaders over the years.
Jim Robertson - Treasurer
Several of the directors of the Board of MMESC have significant experience in Eastern Africa. With family history in East Africa, and born in Zanzibar, Society founding President and now Treasurer, Jim Robertson served for ten years on the Canadian board of Daystar University in Nairobi and Athi River, Kenya.
He served for five years as a member of Daystar's governing Council.
He has served for two years in a similar position at Mount Meru University, attending Council meetings and graduation ceremonies in 2012 and 2013.
In addition, on both visits to MMU, Jim presented lectures and seminars on "Recognizing and Treating the Family Disease of Addiction."
Harrison Olang - Director at Large
Harrison Gudu Olan’g was born and raised in the northern part of Tanzania. He holds a PhD degree from Brunel University/LST (UK), M.Div. from the Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology (Kenya), BA from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor (USA) in Religion/Business Management, and Diploma of Theology from International Baptist Theological Seminary East Africa (IBTSEA)
He serves as senior pastor of the Arusha International Baptist Church in Arusha, Tanzania.
He has also served as General Secretary of All Africa Baptist Fellowship, Associate General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.
He is also the founder and President of MMUUSA Inc. a non-profit organization based in the United States of America.
Harrison joined IBTSEA, now Mount Meru University in 1991, as Lecturer cum Registrar, and became Principal in 1994 prior to becoming the Vice Chancellor in 2002 to date.
Mark Buchanan - Director at Large
Mark Buchanan and his wife Cheryl live in Calgary, Alberta, where Mark is associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose Seminary.
They have three young adult children. Educated at UBC and Regent College, Mark is a pastor, teacher, speaker, and the author of seven books as well as the forthcoming novel, David.
He has also written numerous articles for Christianity Today, Faith Today, Leadership Journal, Discipleship Journal, and several other magazines.
He enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and motorcycles.