Shirley Roels

Executive Director

Dr. Shirley Roels is IAPCHE's Executive Director. A longtime member IAPCHE, she began formal leadership of IAPCHE on September 1, 2017. Dr. Roels previously served as the U.S. national director for the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). This group of over 200 colleges and universities in the United States was supported by the Council of Independent Colleges to enhance and promote the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. 

A graduate of Calvin College, Dr. Roels earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. degree in university administration from Michigan State University.  Her first appointment in Christian higher education was with the University of Detroit-Mercy, where she became director of cost and financial analysis.  Then she came to Calvin College to teach in the economics and business program, which she eventually chaired.  During her career of more than three decades at Calvin, Dr. Roels served in a great variety of capacities: directing adult degree programs, leading as Dean of Academic Administration and then as Dean of Research and Scholarship. She then directed the college’s comprehensive vocation initiatives as well as the Van Lunen Center for the Executive Management of Christian Schools.

As a longtime member of IAPCHE, Dr. Roels has been a pioneer in developing Christian approaches and perspectives in the field of business and management. She has co-edited or co-authored several book-length studies, most notably Business through the Eyes of Faith (Harper and Row, 1990); On Moral Business, Classical and Contemporary Resources on Business Ethics (Eerdmans, 1995), and Organization Man, Organization Woman: Calling, Leadership and Culture (Abingdon, 1997). Her work includes the editing of a spring 2015 issue of the Journal of Markets & Morality focusing on business life in the light of God's grace. Most recently she published an article in the journal Christian Higher Education that began as a presentation during IAPCHE's April 2016 European conference.


H. Fernando Bullón,

Latin America Regional Director

Dr. Bullón is currently professor of theology and development with the Latin American Doctoral Program (PRODOLA), and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Universidad Evangélica de las Americas (UNELA) as well as at the Seminario Nazareno de las Americas (SENDAS), both in Costa Rica. He is a member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship (LATF). Dr. Bullón has interdisciplinary formation in fields of agro-industrial engineering (B.Sc. & Lic. Eng.), anthropology (Dip.), economics (MSc), educational administration (MA), development studies (Ph.D.) and Latin American studies (D.Phil). He received his Ph.D. in economic and social studies at the University of Manchester and did specialized studies in theology and development at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS), both in the U.K.

Dr. Bullón has served many roles in his career including as: a pastor, general secretary (student & professional org.), executive director (development programs), academic dean, professor, author, and board member in various organizations and projects around Central and South America as well as with IAPCHE. He has authored several books and other publications on the topics of mission, ethics, and Latin American and development studies.


Isaac Mutua, 

Africa Regional Director 

Rev. Mutua is the Executive Director and founding member of the Centre for Promotion of Christian Higher Education in Africa (CPCHEA). He holds an M.A. in philosophy from North-West University- Potchefstroom in South Africa and a B. Th. from Scott Christian University in Kenya. He continues to pursue advanced study at North-West University. Rev. Mutua advises Christian education movements across Sub-Saharan Africa and has supported leadership and program developments.


J. Dinakarlal,

Asia-Oceania Regional Director

Dr. Dinakarlal was trained in Christian leadership at Haggai Institute in Singapore. He taught English for 34 years and  also served as Dean of Scott Christian College (Autonomous) in Nagercoil, India. Dr. Dinakarlal conducted national training programs at All India Association for Christian Higher Education and also served as consultant to program on alcohol, drug, AIDS, and tobacco. He is affiliated with Student Christian Movement of India and the YMCA.