Leadership

Com. Christine MacMillan, Director of Public Engagement

Commissioner Christine MacMillan is WEA's Senior Advisor for Social Justice as well as the Chair of the Global Human Trafficking Task Force. Christine has over 30 years of experience in addressing social justice issues on three continents and also served as the first director of the International Social Justice Commission of the Salvation Army. With her many years of experience of engaging with the United Nations, Christine leads the WEA UN Team by helping them prioritize and further coordinate their work.


Michael Mutzner, WEA Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva

Michael Mutzner is Swiss and French. He has a master degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. After working as an Advocacy and Training Officer at the Franciscans International in connection with the UN in Geneva, he joined the Swiss Evangelical Alliance as one of their Secretary General in 2010. Since 2012, he also serves as the WEA Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva.


Albert Hengelaar, WEA UN Geneva Advocacy Officer

Albert Hengelaar (1952) from the Netherlands spent his professional career until 2009 as a CEO of a Christian charity in the Netherlands, pioneering high degrees of partner project ownership. This concerned mainly evangelical church denominations in Africa and Asia. All of this triggered his interest in the value of churches for society. He serves as advocacy officer to the UN in Geneva.


Arie de Pater, Commissioner, WEA Religious Liberty Commission

Arie de Pater has served the WEA as a member of the Religious Liberty Commission since 2008. He has been appointed as their representative in both Geneva and New York and he actively engages UN Permanent Missions and Special Procedures advocating for Freedom of Religion or Belief. Previously, Arie joined Open Doors International, a worldwide ministry serving persecuted Christians, where he still serves as International Advocacy Director.


Rev. Godfrey Yogarajah, Executive Director, WEA Religious Liberty Commission

Godfrey Yogarajah is the Executive Director of the WEA Religious Liberty Commission, Chairman of the International Institute for Religious Freedom and also the General Secretary of the Sri Lankan Evangelical Alliance. A graduate of the Union Biblical Seminary in Pune, India, Godfrey was honored with the Good Samaritan’s Award by Advocates International in 2004 and the Pro Fide Award by the Friends of the Martyrs in 2005 for his contribution to religious freedom and minority rights.


Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Ambassador for Human Rights

Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, DD is President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights and Ambassador for Human Rights of the World Evangelical Alliance, chair of its theological commission, and director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo), the largest research network for religious freedom and against persecution of Christians and others.


Tom Albinson, Ambassador for Refugees and Displaced People

Tom has been serving refugees full-time since 1981. In 2009, he founded International Association for Refugees and in 2013, Tom was appointed by the WEA to serve as Ambassador for Refugees, Displaced and Stateless People. Over the years, Tom has provided leadership and ministry support to ministries among forcibly displaced people in many parts of the world. He is an active founding member of the Refugee Highway Partnership, a growing international network of churches and Christian agencies serving refugees and forcibly displaced people.


Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Chair, WEA Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, based out of Toronto, represents the WEA on issues of nuclear security and disarmament. Prior to joining the WEA, he founded the Two Futures Project, a ministry engaging evangelicals on nuclear issue. Tyler is also the author of Brand Jesus, Fighting For Peace, and the award-winning The World Is Not Ours To Save. He holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Yale Divinity School and is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto.