Peace be with you!
I came to Oman in 2013 to serve as the Associate Director at Al Amana Centre. Before coming to Oman, I served as a pastor of churches in Schenectady, NY and Queens, NYC for ten years in the Reformed Church in America. Now I have the privilege of being the Executive Director and to continue the work that brought be here many years ago. There have been many changes over the years, both in Oman and within our Centre, but one thing has remained the same: our commitment to peace, reconciliation, and the value of each human being.
As I begin my new role of Executive Director, I am eager to work with our current and expanding team of staff, consultants, and volunteers to creatively work for understanding, justice, reconciliation, and peace between people of different faith traditions, and within faith traditions.
Academically, I am currently a PhD student at University of Winchester, where I am working on a thesis on Muslim and Christian theologies of reconciliation. I also earned an MA in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation from Winchester in 2018.
My family and I live in Muscat, Oman but we try to visit the U.S. each summer to connect with supporting churches, institutions, and donors. When I get the chance, I like to run, read, and SCUBA dive.
My family and I came to Oman in 2018. For four years I served the Christian community here as a senior pastor in the Protestant Church in Oman before shifting to serve in the Al Amana Centre. I am an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America. In my role now, I am continuing to find ways to support the Christian community in Oman and the region while also supporting the Al Amana Centre in its work toward reconciled peace with justice, and true understanding among peoples of different faiths.
At this point in my life, I am especially and increasingly interested in learning to see the world and our lives in terms of systems (social, organizational, emotional, material, etc). I have a passion for engaging systems in ways that promote humane outcomes, increasing righteousness, and the kinds of peace that our sacred writings describe as peace.
My wife Erica and I grew up in the U.S. state of Michigan, and our three children grew up in the state of New York, where I was pastoring before we came to Oman.
I am an Omani Arabic teacher with more than 13 years of experience in teaching Arabic for non native speakers. I have worked with different students from all over the world. I teach both Omani dialect and MSA and I have been working with AAC for more than 10 years.
I also run cultural programs allowing people to explore the cultural aspects of Omani culture and I consult with Al Amana staff on various projects.
My name is Ali Al Mukhaini. I am from Sur, but currently living in Muscat. I have completed my secondary and higher education in Oman. I graduated from the Oman Tourism College, and I also studied in Anglo European School of English in Bournemouth U.K in 2014.
Before joining Al Amana Centre, I worked for two years as acting duty manager for the front office in a five stars hotel (InterContinental Muscat). This gave me the opportunity to meet different nationalities, engage with different cultures, and experience in dealing with many personalities. I joined Al Amana Centre in 2021 as Business Administrator.
I am happy to be working with Al Amana Centre. I look forward to learning from my experience here and to help the Centre to develop further. I traveled to the U.S many years ago, were I visited New York City, Richmond Virginia, and Charlotte North Carolina, and I hope I will have the opportunity to go there again. Until then, I look forward to greeting guests here at Al Amana Centre from around the world.
I am Catherine Armstrong. I am from the southern part of India I have been living in Oman since 1994. My husband, Armstrong works with Majan University College, as head of the post graduate centre. We have two boys Joshua (13 years) and Andrew (9 years).
After a fifteen year stint with Oman Hotels and Tourism Company as a finance and accounting professional, I had taken a sabbatical. Since January 2017 I have resumed my career as Controller at the Al Amana Centre. I have a Bachelors degree in Commerce and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
I am thrilled to join Al Amana Centre in work that promotes diverse peoples learning to live together and love each other. I am passionate about social development that integrates and promotes ecumenical and interfaith collaborations.
I moved to Oman with my family in 2018. Previously we lived in Bangladesh for 15 years, where 2 of our 3 children were born.
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Development. Before we moved to Bangladesh I worked with people who struggle with homelessness and mental health issues in Grand Rapids, MI, USA. While living in the capital city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, I volunteered for schools, development organizations, libraries, and the Church.
From our first visit in 2016, Oman intrigued me for the diverse cultures present. Oman is a natural playground that I enjoy exploring with Jeff, my husband, and our children. I especially enjoy hiking the rugged mountains and wadis, and snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kite-boarding in the ocean.
I was born, raised, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the U.S. state of Michigan. I lived several years in New York where my two sons were born. My husband, Justin Meyers, and our family moved to Oman in 2013. Since arriving, I’ve supported Al Amana Centre in various roles and have contributed my time as a library assistant and student support for the American International School of Muscat. I officially joined Al Amana Centre staff in early 2023 as Manager of Data, Monitoring and Evaluation.
I am thankful to be a part of the future of Al Amana Centre!
I enjoy walking, baking, reading and creative projects.
I worked at Al Amana Centre between 2014 and 2017 where we used to joke that I was the only member of staff who actually had a PhD (in Chemistry). From there I moved to Vietnam where I joined a volunteer led church which has a mixture of Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox members. I enjoyed sharing and learning about different traditions and continue to be part of a virtual apologetics book club.
During my time in Oman, I produced and circulated the Al Amana Newsletter and have continued that task ever since. I’m now back in the UK, living in the North East of England very close to the North York Moors National Park, the North Sea and a lot of sheep.
I like walking, yoga, cooking and upcycling.
Rev. Dr. Jeff Japinga, Board Chair, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Ms. Martine Miller, Board Vice Chair, USA
Mrs. Bridget Ganguly, Treasurer, India
Ms. Rachel Renihan, Protestant Church in Oman
Rev. Anne Futcher, Anglican Communion
Mr. Phil Tanis, Reformed Church in America
Rev. Juha Rintamaki, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
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