Cheryl Doss, PhD | Director
Cheryl’s mission experience began as an MK (missionary kid) living in South Africa. Later, with her husband Gorden (also an MK and now a teacher of mission at Andrews University), she served for sixteen years in the country of Malawi.
During her years in Malawi, Cheryl directed rural clinics, developed training programs for pastors’ wives, facilitated women’s ministries programs, and helped start Shepherdess Clubs. She also home schooled her two children, Kristi and Richard, and taught classes in the ministerial training program at Lakeview Seminary. As a nurse she lectured on health and, along with her husband, initiated annual family life training seminars for pastors and their wives. Their book, Christian Marriage, was published in Malawi in 1995.
Combining her mission background and educational training with her passion for family growth, Cheryl’s research and writing has largely focused on families in cross-cultural transition. Besides teaching and administrative duties, her specific responsibilities at the Institute of World Mission are developing curriculum and resources for mission training, and the support and education of missionary families through newsletters and re-entry programs.
Since leaving Africa in 1997, Cheryl and Gorden have made their home at Andrews University and are blessed to have Cheryl's mother living nearby. Kristi and her family are on the faculty of Burman University, Alberta. Richard and his family have recently returned from Nile Union Academy in Egypt to further their studies in the US.
Oscar Osindo, PhD | Assocate Director
Oscar is from a non-Adventist, non-missionary background. He embraced the Adventist faith as a teenager of 18 years and embarked on soul winning and church planting. Oscar married Elizabeth, a third generation Adventist, and their missionary experience began in the early 1990s among Muslim peoples in various parts of Kenya, their native country. The Osindos are blessed with three children.
Oscar, an ordained minister, has served in district and departmental work and as a teacher. He has initiated numerous ministry models in the Muslim context in various parts of the world. His cross cultural experience is enriched by the time he spent in the United Kingdom where he pioneered work among Muslims, in Cyprus where he served the Global Centre for Adventist Muslim Relations (GC AMR) and in his academic teaching for various Adventist institutions around the world.
Since leaving Cyprus, Oscar has taught across Africa for the Adventist University of Africa, in addition to his global duties for the world Church.
Ronald Kuhn, MSA | Associate Director
Ron’s missionary journey started when he interrupted his studies at the Seminary in 1985/1986 and adventured to Africa as a volunteer student missionary, serving at the Adventist University in Rwanda and as project director for ADRA Sudan during the famine that affected the horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan). After one year in Sudan, Ron went back to Brazil to finish his studies at UNASP. There he met Jacqueline, who would eventually follow him to some of the most difficult places on the planet.
Two weeks after their graduation in 1988, Ron and Jackie left for Africa where they first served in Mozambique and then were asked to start the work of ADRA in Angola. There they witnessed the first peace agreement after many years of a devastating civil war in Angola. Ron was out of the country when the rebels lost the election and the war started again. Jackie had to be evacuated after three days of sleeping under the stairs because of the heavy bombing around their home. That circumstance resulted in a call to return to Sudan for the second time. While waiting for the visa to enter Sudan, they helped with the crisis in Somalia for a few months. After Sudan they moved to Bolivia, Peru, ADRA South American Division in Brazil, ADRA Asia Regional Office in Thailand (where Ron was regional director during the devastating tsunami of 2004) and, ADRA Canada. During his term in Brazil, Ron also served as the Global Mission Coordinator for the South American Division.
Ron is an ordained pastor. Jackie works in the IPRS at the General Conference, supporting missionaries. They have two daughters, Caroline and Daniele.
Enid Harris BS, RN | Assistant Director
Enid developed a great interest and love for missions during her childhood years in Cape Town. She dreamed of someday becoming a real missionary. In 1969, while working at the former Good Hope Conference office God fulfilled that dream when she was invited to serve as a cross-cultural missionary in Blantyre, Malawi where she served as receptionist/office manager at the Malamulo-Blantyre Clinic (now the Adventist Health Centre) for seven years.
Following her work in Malawi, Enid studied at Andrews University where she met her husband, Mike. It was while pastoring in the Central California Conference that the family accepted an invitation to serve at Bethel College in the former Transkei, South Africa. There Enid multi-tasked as campus nurse, taught nutrition to theology students and health education in the Secondary Teacher Diploma program. Apart from her regular job she home schooled their two sons, Matthew and Joel, along with four other missionary kids. Later she served as registrar for the Griggs University/Bethel College Campus program.
Church life has always been a major feature in Enid’s life. She served in various departments such as Children’s Sabbath School, Pathfinders, Adventurers and Women’s Ministries.
Enid joined the Institute of World Mission in October 2000 where she is currently working as assistant director and coordinator for the children’s programs. She enjoys interacting with missionaries and their children.
Karen Glassford | Education & Communication Coordinator
Karen is a third-generation missionary and has lived in six different countries. Having grown up as a TCK (Third Culture Kid), she has a personal understanding of mission and culture, and a deep love for evangelism. Prior to accepting the position of communication and education coordinator for the Institute of World Mission, she worked as the short-term missions coordinator for Southern Adventist University. Additionally, she has worked in the youth department, and as the missions coordinator for the Arizona Conference. She has also taught on the elementary and high school levels.
Karen and her husband, Duane, a nurse and business manager, have served in South Korea and Guatemala. They have two adult sons studying at Southern Adventist University. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, and anything outdoors, reading, music, and interacting with people of all ages, especially young people and other “third culture kids”.
L. Ann Hamel, PhD, DMin | Psychologist
Ann’s mission experience began immediately after graduating from Southern in 1979 as she and her husband accepted a call to Bujumbura, Burundi. After serving in Burundi for three years, the couple accepted a call to Rwanda where the church was building a university to serve French speaking students of Africa and the Indian Ocean. In July 1990 her family had a head-on collision with a truck as they traveled the narrow, winding roads of Rwanda. Adrian was killed instantly and Ann and their youngest son, Andrew, were hospitalized for a month.
On return to the states with her three young sons, she began studying psychology at Andrews initially to help her with her own grief, but eventually in order to help others. In 1995, she remarried and became the wife of Dr. Loren Hamel and the stepmother of his three sons and daughter. In the mean time, she continued studies toward a doctorate in counseling psychology which she completed in 1997.
In the years since Ann has worked extensively with missionaries, both here in the US and abroad. In her work both as a missionary and with missionaries Ann has experienced first-hand the challenges of being on the front lines of the enemy’s territory. As a result, she felt a need for additional training to deal with the unique emotional and spiritual issues that missionaries face. Ann completed her D.Min with a dissertation on Formational Prayer as a Theosomatic Approach to the Treatment of Trauma in Missionaries.