Master of Divinity, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 2009
Clinical Pastoral Education, Unit One, Hospital Chaplaincy, Summer 2007
Master of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, The American University in Cairo, February 2002
Thesis: Effect of Service-Learning on Adolescents’ Social and Academic Performance
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Calvin College, May 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Calvin College, May 1999
Faith & Life Story
I grew up in Cairo, Egypt, in a pastor's home. Since my teen years, I’ve been involved in various teaching and leading ministries. At age 16 I was selected by the Egyptian Government to represent Egypt at Pearson College, an international school in Western Canada dedicated to peace and international understanding worldwide. Two years later I went to Calvin College seeking a liberal arts Christian education to help me integrate my Christian faith and my social justice convictions.
Following my graduation, I moved back to Cairo, where I earned a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the American University in Cairo under the supervision of human rights activist Dr. SaadEddin Ibrahim. During those years, I married Rev. NajiUmran, and together we served at Heliopolis Community Church for 3 years. Then we moved to North America in 2002, where we served churches in Michigan and British Columbia, until God called us back to Egypt in September 2011, nine months after the January 25th Egyptian Revolution.
I worked at Calvin College for 10 years as the Resource Development Specialist for Global and Multi-cultural Worshipat the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. My responsibilities included developing a worship curriculum for the use of college and seminary students studying abroad, organizing global worship conferences, writing and gathering multicultural worship resources for the Ministry Resource Center and the CICW website, and traveling and speaking in 15 countries.
My areas of interest include travel and learning about the different cultural influences on the church worldwide, creating new ministries, mentoring youth, and administration.
I am married to Rev. NajiUmran, a Canadian-Syrian pastor, ordained in the Christian Reformed Church. We are the blessed parents of four sons: Jonathan, Sebastian, Emmanuel, and Alexander.
PUBLICATIONS & PRODUCTIONS
“Shall We Dance? The Nairobi Statement: Fostering Trans-cultural, Contextual, Counter-cultural and Cross-cultural Worship”. Book chapter in Worship and Mission in the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook, William Carey Library, 2012
“Remember Egypt?” Article in Think Christian, a Canadian Magazine, May 2011
Psalms for All Seasons Hymnbook.Translated Arabic hymns into English, Faith Alive Publications, 2011
Global Songs for Worship Hymnbook.Translated Arabic hymns, Faith Alive Publications, 2010
“Remembering The Forgotten Church: Worship resources from the Middle East”. Article in Reformed Worship, Issue 96, Faith Alive, Grand Rapids, MI, June 2010
“Women Ordination in Egypt”Article in Horizons, September/October Issue 2010, Presbyterian Women, Louisville, KY, 2010
“Worshipping the Triune God” – Worship Statement of the World Council of Reformed Churches, produced for first General Assembly, June 2010. Contributor, representing the Middle East on an international team of 10 writers
“Cradle of our Faith” DVD. Contributor to text and recording of Cradle of our Faith, 2009
“A Response from a Middle Eastern Christian: Forum on the War in Iraq”. Article, Office of Social Justice and Hunger Action, Christian Reformed Church, April 2008
“Multicultural Worship . . Why Bother?”Article,APCE Advocate (Association for Presbyterian Church Educators), Winter 2008
“The Secret to Fruitfulness”.NPWL Devotional (Network of Presbyterian Women in Leadership), 2008
“I Was Glad . .” DVD. Co-producer, made for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the CRCNA, 2007
“It’s Not Even My Fight”. Article, The Forum, Calvin Theological Seminary, Fall 2007
“When Our World Looks Different: Experiencing the Global Church”.Author, Reformed Worship, Issue 83, Faith Alive, Grand Rapids, MI, March 2007
“Every Member is a Minister”. Contributor, The Church of All Ages, Alban Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, 2007
“The Communion of Saints: Resources from the Worldwide Church”. Article, Reformed Worship, Issue 76, Faith Alive, Grand Rapids, MI, June 2005
“Worship Abroad Handbook” – A Participant-Observer Guide to Global Worship [Translated into Spanish, French, Korean, German and Arabic]. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, MI, 2003
“Making Copies”.My Heart I Offer, Calvin College Alumni Devotional, 2000
Associations I am affiliated with
Member, Alumni Association of Calvin Theological Seminary, since 2009
Member, Alumni Association of the American University in Cairo, since 2002
Member, PSI-CHI, The National Honor Society of Psychology, since 1999
Member, Alumni Association of Calvin College, since 1999
Member, Alumni Association of United World Colleges, since 1995