Joel Bubna, pastor of ICF since February 2010
After pastoring an international church in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for 12 years, Joel and Elin arrived in Dakar in the summer of 2009.
If you ask Joel how he’s doing, he will often reply, “By God’s grace, I’m doing well.” Keep talking with him and two things become very clear: his love for God and his love for his wife. During their 25 years of marriage, the Bubnas have lived in five countries. Their daughters Angèle and Nadia are in school here in Dakar.
In addition to his 18 years of pastoral experience, Joel holds a Master’s of Divinity from the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York, and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. When he’s not preparing a sermon or working on his doctorate, Joel can be found playing tennis, reading or enjoying time with his wife and kids.
Pastor Joel is joined by the following members of the leadership team in guiding ICF to be a place where people encounter God and then bless others.
Pat is the director/COP of the USAID-funded Education and Research in Agriculture project and also a Research Faculty at Virginia Tech. Pat and his wife of 25 years Christa relocated to Dakar in 2010. When not enjoying the best dark, hot brew in town at Sweet Coffee, Pat, who was born in Haiti but raised in the US, loves to read, connect with friends, travel with Christa, play tennis and listen to music. Pat’s motto: Praise God for He is Mighty Good!
Jan was born and raised in Utrecht, but he lost his heart in another major city in The Netherlands; Rotterdam, where he pastored an international church. Together with his wife Tabitha – a medical doctor at the mission clinic Këru Yakaar – and children Maria & Simon he settled in Dakar in the spring of 2012. At ICF, he coordinates the efforts to be missional and to extend God’s blessing to the country of Senegal.
Thom serves with the Christian & Missionary Alliance’s Africa Regional Office as a regional bookkeeper. Prior to moving to Dakar in 2009 Thom, his wife Amanda, and twin daughters lived in Bamako, Mali. He loves baseball, photography and baseball photography.
Stan and Gay married while in university and they have three daughters and two son-in-laws. Stan taught high school math and coached for 11 years before God called his family into full-time mission ministry. He has worked with the International Mission Board for the past 14 years, seven plus in Kenya and the rest of the time here in Dakar.
Rafael was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. He and Yorleny have two sons and have lived in Dakar for five years. Rafael works with World Vision in the area of finance and has been involved in music since age 10, always serving at church one way or another as part of worship teams.
Jeana is a teacher and mom. After teaching kindergarten for five years in the U.S., she and her husband moved to Africa to work with a relief and development organization. She loves playing games and taking pictures.
Shinae arrived in Dakar at the end of 2011 with her family from Northern VA, USA. Her husband, John, is a Foreign Service Officer. They have 2 daughters. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Shinae used to work at the British Embassy in Seoul and for VA public schools. She enjoys going to the local markets, taking pictures of the Senegalese scenery, playing novice tennis and having fellowship with international friends.
Kari is a media consultant and writer. After living in France for six years, she and her husband returned to Dakar in 2011. Between publication projects, chasing after their son as he crawls around and blogging about life in Senegal, she stays pretty busy. But no matter where she is, her coffee mug and camera are nearby.
Marvin is a carpenter by trade who now works in administration with SIL. In 2000, he and his wife Edith moved to Togo, a country they love dearly. They lived and worked there until 2008. Three years later, they moved to Dakar with their youngest son, Michael. Their other two sons, two daughters and son-in-law are living and thriving in Canada.
Ed moved to Senegal from Georgia with his wife, Julie, and son, JB. An electrical engineer by training, he has jumped into running the sound board enthusiastically. He enjoys drinking attaya and cafe touba and clear nights when he can use his telescope.