Al Bridges (wife Linda)
TOPIC Global Facilitator
Al & Linda have been missionaries since 1978 with a focus on training pastors and church leaders in closed or restricted countries.
They have ministered to pastors in approximately 50 countries They are both excited about serving the Church through TOPIC. Al & Linda have been married for 49 years. They have four wonderful children and nine grandchildren.
Ozeas Dias Gomes da Silva
Executive Secretary - TOPIC Brazil
Pastor Ozeas: Ozeas Dias Gomes da Silva is Pastor of Monte Verde Baptist Church, Praia Grande, Mage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gil P. Balignasay (wife Emily)
National Coordinator for TOPIC Philippines
PERSONAL/FAMILY – I was converted at the age of 18 through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ on April 23, 1978.
EDUCATION – Finished Advanced Leadership Training at Haggai Institute in Singapore. -Graduated Bachelor in Theology (Bth) at the Higher Ground Bible College – Manila -Graduated Master of Divinity (MDiv) at International Graduate School of Leadership (IGSL) formerly ISOT-Asia. -Doctor of Ministry (DMin candidate) MINISTRY EXPERIENCES -Pastor for thirty years in three churches -Twenty Years involved in ministry of Walk thru the Bible in the Philippines as the National Training Director -He is the national director of World Teach Philippines. -National Coordinator of PCEC’s Church Health & Pastoral Training Commission(Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches is the largest evangelical organization in Asia, with a membership of 74 various denominations)
Otto Kladensky (wife Guiselle)
TOPIC Coordinator for the Americas
The Kladenskys come from different backgrounds. Otto was born in Ecuador of Czech emigrants. Guiselle was born in Costa Rica, her father is half Chinese and her mother has Spanish ancestry.
This is why they say that culturally their adult children, Josely and Otto Josue, are “Chinese checkers.” Both Otto and Guiselle have great qualifications for ministry, at both an interdenominational and international level. Otto had his first short-term foreign missionary experience at age 18 in Peru and Chile after several summers as a camp staffer and counselor in Campamento Nueva Vida. Guiselle on the other hand, at age 16 was already contributing to an evangelistic radio and TV ministry in Costa Rica. This couple met while studying in seminary wer married in 1976. Since 1992 they have been involved with Vineyard Christian Fellowship helping ministry teams in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador. They have pastored and helped to plant churches through Vina del Este until 2000. Now they continue to train leaders. As missionaries seconded by Christ For the City, since March 2000 the Kladenskys are serving TOPIC. Otto is Director of International projects. The family is based in Costa Rica.
J. Paul Landrey (wife Carol)
J. Paul Landrey is the International Ambassador for Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC), a global coalition of pastoral training agencies. He served as International Director of TOPIC from its founding in 1999 until 2010.
Landrey enables TOPIC to connect pastors who lack training – with effective pastoral educational programs, coordinate strategies so that large numbers of pastoral leaders are equipped, conduct training events – particularly to upgrade pastoral trainers and recommend grassroots pastoral training ministries, curricula, and trainers.
Honorary Chaplain, (Pastor to Pastors) with TOPIC Brazil
Lowell helped pioneer theological education by extension in Brazil. He and his wife Kathy have served with WorldTeam in Brazil for over 25 years.
TOPIC Board of Directors
– Craig Parro – Leadership Resources International
– Ramesh Richard – RREACH, Dallas Theological Seminary
– J. Paul Landrey –TOPIC, International Ambassador
– Al Bridges – TOPIC, Global