Dr. Gendy is the President of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo since 2000. He also serves as the professor of New Testament at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC).
Dr. Gendy grew up in Assyout in a Christian Presbyterian family. He served among the high school students for several years and then became an elder in his local church, the second Presbyterian Church in Assyot.
Atef worked as a civil engineer from 1982-1984, then served for over eight years (1984–1992) as director of a training center in the south of Egypt to help equip lay leaders for the ministry in village churches (especially in churches that had no pastors). He studies theology at ETSC and graduated in 1992 and was chosen same year to join the faculty of ETSC as an instructor in New Testament,
Dr. Gendy has earned his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he studied under I. Howard Marshall and wrote his thesis on "The Parables of Jesus or the Parables of Mathew? A question of the Authenticity of the Parables in the First Gospel." He has written study notes to the book of Acts for the Bible Society of Egypt and he has an Arabic book in print about: The Interpretation of the Parables of Jesus with Dar Al-Thaqafa Publishing House.
Currently Dr. Gendy is serving as a translation consultant for the Revised Arabic Bible Translation (Van Dyke) and is serving in a similar capacity in a committee formed by WEA to evaluate some recent bible translations. He also serves on the editorial committee for an ongoing project: The Arabic Contemporary Commentary and is participating as an author in this series by writing a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.