The Latest News from Al Amana Centre

The Latest News From Al Amana Centre

Al Amana Centre Newsletters are back after a long hiatus. Since Covid-19 it has been a challenging time with staff transitions, uncertainty about what the world would look like post-Covid, and new opportunities presented for Al Amana Centre to pursue. Over the next few newsletters, we will be sharing stories of the last two years, what Al Amana Centre is currently doing, and what we think lays ahead in the immediate and long term future.

With all the staff transitions, we would like to introduce our current staff:

 

Executive Director – Rev. Justin Meyers

Justin is starting his 11th year with Al Amana Centre. He transitioned into the role of Executive Director early in 2021, previously he has served as Associate Director and Interim Director. He has an M.A. in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation and is slowly working on his PhD in Christian and Muslim Theologies of Reconciliation. He resides in Oman with his wife Stephanie and their two sons.

Director of Operations and Ecumenical Affairs – Rev. Joshua Bode

Josh served as Pastor of the Protestant Church in Oman from 2017-2022 before moving over to Al Amana Centre in fall of 2022. He still consults with the Protestant Church as they work to reshape structures and practices to better serve the church and protestant churches, in general, in Oman. Josh brings extensive experience in Church Order and systems, Clinical Pastoral Education, and thoughtful theological reflection. He resides in Oman with his wife Erica and their three children.

Assistant to the Director and Program Manager – Mr. Mohammed Al Shuaili

Mohammed has contracted with Al Amana Centre in various roles over the last 10 years. He is an Arabic teacher and has helped Al Amana Centre to organize cultural experiences for Al Amana Centre guests in the past. He has worked full time for Al Amana Centre from January 2023 and his main roles are to connect Al Amana Centre to Omani society, coordinate programs from both Omanis and foreign guests of Al Amana, and to help the Executive Director in many aspects of Al Amana Centre’s work in Oman.

Business Manager – Mr. Ali Al Mukhaini 

Ali is a graduate of the College of Tourism here in Oman. Before coming to Al Amana Centre he worked in hotel management. Ali provides day to day operational and business admin support to Al Amana Centre, as well as a liaison to governmental agencies for the purposes of Al Amana Centre business.

Comptroller – Mrs. Catherine Armstrong

Catherine is a long-time resident of Oman. Before coming to Al Amana Centre she worked in hotel business administration. She is an active member of the Protestant Church in Oman and lives in Muscat with her husband and children.

Program Coordinator – Mrs. Melissa Bos

Melissa has a long career of working overseas. Before coming to Oman she lived and worked in Bangladesh for 15 years. She has a degree in Social Work and focuses on programs with women, Trauma Healing, and migrants. She is also active in charity work with the local church. She lives in Oman with her daughters.

Manager of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Data – Mrs. Stephanie Meyers

Stephanie has lived in Oman for over 10 years with her family, but started working for Al Amana Centre in the fall of 2022. She brings organizational skills and determined follow through to Al Amana Centre to help us evaluate our programs, tell our stories, and keep our sprawling online file organized and accessible.

Facilities Manager – Mr. Asok Kumar

Asok comes to Al Amana Centre from Kerala and is a man of many talents. He works to clean and maintain our facilities, while also driving guests on programs and helping with many other day-to-day activities to keep the Centre running. He lives in Oman with his wife.

Al Amana Centre also has various volunteers and students who work with us:

Newsletters and Communication –Dr. Hilary Hull

Hilary used to work for Al Amana Centre but has since relocated back to the UK where her family runs a farm with holiday rentals. She still likes to support the Centre from afar and has agreed to help us publish our newsletters.

Seminary Student – Ben Van Haitsma

Ben is a student at Princeton Theological Seminary and will be doing a field placement for the program year at Al Amana Centre. He will be involved in most of the Centre’s activities to learn about our work, participate in the life of the Centre, and to theologically reflect on what he is learning through this experience.

Looking to the Future: Al Amana Centre is searching for a Director of Programs to oversee and direct the programmatic life of Al Amana Centre. This person will work closely with the Executive Director to both develop the programs of AAC, but also ensure the programs are of high quality and are making an impact in the lives of the participants.

 

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