Your Instructors for Focus

Stephen Leston, Jeff Christopherson, and Kathy Richards Bhatia finish up our program of courses. All three are deeply passionate about engaging culture with the gospel. You are in for a treat as you interact with them.

Associate Professor of Apologetics

Stephen Leston

Dr. Stephen Leston is the President of To Every Tribe, a mission training and sending agency. Prior to this role, Stephen served as the pastor of Kishwaukee Bible Church in DeKalb Illinois. He has been involved in ministry for over 20 years. He loves preaching, teaching, and equipping the next generation of leaders how to do the same. In addition to being the Author of The Bible in World History, He is also the author of The Illustrated Guide to Bible Battles and has contributed to several volumes of the Layman's Commentary Series. Steve's heart is to see people understand how to read, understand and apply the Christian Bible to their lives.

Assistant Professor of Social Justice

Kathy Richards Bhatia

Kathy’s life objective is to bring the incarnational presence of Christ to people in traumatic or challenging life circumstances. To that end, she has served since 2014 as Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa for She Is Safe, a non-profit ministry working with women and girls at extreme risk of abuse and slavery. She worked for five years as a chaplain at a level one trauma center, and has earned her board certification status. Born and raised in the Middle East, a third-culture kid, a fourth generation minister of the Gospel, and mother of five adult children, she brings extensive intercultural experience and communication skills into her pastoral leadership roles. She is married to Dr. Amit Bhatia, with whom she shares a love for Indian food, international travel and hiking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Associate Professor of Church Planting

Jeff Christopherson

Jeff is Chief Missiologist and Co-Founder of the Send Institute. Author of several books including Kingdom Matrix: Designing a Church for the Kingdom of God, and Kingdom First: Starting Churches that Shape Movements. His weekly column ‘Missio Mondays’ is featured in Christianity Today. Jeff serves as a Co-Vocational pastor of The Sanctuary in Oakville, Ontario. He is married to Laura and has two children.

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