ABOUT FRIENDS OF FORMAN

Who We Are

Friends of Forman Christian College is an independent U.S. based 501(c)(3) founded in 2003. Our single mission is to provide support to Forman Christian College (FCC) in Lahore, Pakistan. We partner with foundations, churches and individuals to secure funding for much-needed student scholarships, capital projects and missionary support.

At the core of our mission is the understanding that education can be an agent for change. Christians comprise 1.5% of the population of Pakistan, and have long felt the sting of prejudice in education, housing, employment and religious freedom. By supporting FCC, we sustain an environment where Christians and Muslims are allowed to live and study side-by-side, many for the first time.  By extending the umbrella of God’s grace to all who come onto campus, students come to know each other as individuals, and old misconceptions fall away. Forman Christian College educates all who meet the academic requirements, whether they are Christian or Muslim, male or female. In doing so, awareness and acceptance are expanded, literacy rates are increased, and individuals and families are elevated. Our hope is that this will help guide the way to a more peaceful future in Pakistan.

(Chart Shows Grants Provided by Friends of Forman for Forman Christian College in 2017-18)

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FCC Leadership

Dr. Jim Tebbe

Rector
jimtebbe@fccollege.edu.pk

Cheryl Burke

Chief Student Services Officer & Head of Academic Advising Center
cherylburke@fccollege.edu.pk

Friends of Forman Board of Directors

Chair

Mrs. Gaylen Kemp Baxter

Attorney (Retired)
Community Volunteer

Mrs. Gaylen Kemp Baxter

Chair

Attorney (Retired)
Community Volunteer

Gaylen Baxter, a retired attorney who practiced corporate, finance and securities law, is active in a variety of community organizations, serving on numerous nonprofit boards. Gaylen currently serves on the Board of St. Joseph’s Health System. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, and earlier was Chair of St. Joseph’s Mercy Foundation, and is currently an emeritus board member. Gaylen is deeply involved in her church, Peachtree Presbyterian, having served as Vice Chair of the Peachtree Presbyterian Trust Board and Chair of its Grants Committee for four years, three terms as Elder, was Clerk of Session and chaired the Elder Nominating Committee in 2006.  She also serves as a Trustee of the Church. She has traveled with Peachtree on numerous international mission trips, including visits to Forman Christian College in 2011 and  2019. Gaylen has a passion for mentoring younger women. She has served as a Mentor Mom for Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) since 2010 and also is involved in Women Mentoring Women. She coordinated a Thursday morning Women’s Bible study at Peachtree for 12 years. Gaylen served on the Board of American Intercontinental University from 1996 to 2010 and has been a member of the Board of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society since 1989. She and husband, Jeffrey, have three adult daughters and one grandchild.

Vice Chair

Mr. Stephen F. Rasmussen

Lead Financial Sector Specialist
CGAP, World Bank Group

Mr. Stephen F. Rasmussen

Vice Chair

Lead Financial Sector Specialist
CGAP, World Bank Group

Stephen Rasmussen is the Lead Financial Sector Specialist for CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor). CGAP is an independent resource center housed in the World Bank and is dedicated to working on financial inclusion for poor people. Since 2006, he leads a team working on building digital financial systems for poor people in parts of Asia, Africa and the Arab countries. In 2014-2015 Stephen established and was the first CEO of Karandaaz Pakistan, a start-up company focused on small business finance, digital financial inclusion and innovation in the financial sector. Prior, Stephen was CEO of the Pakistan Microfinance Network (2001 to 2008) and CEO of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (1994-2003), a large rural development program in northern Pakistan. Here he also helped establish First MicroFinanceBank. Stephen and his wife Zeba are the founders and patrons of a not-for-profit organization in northern Pakistan that works with children with disabilities.

Secretary

Mrs. Sherry Chaudhry

Owner/Operator
Comfort Suites San Antonio

Mrs. Sherry Chaudhry

Secretary

Owner/Operator
Comfort Suites San Antonio

Sherry Chaudhry studied Art in college but has been in the hotel business for 37 years; there she met her husband, a Forman Christian College alumni. In 1985 they became partners in several hotels with the Westmont Hospitality Group. Today, they own and operate the Comfort Suites in downtown San Antonio, Texas, a hotel Sherry designed and built. She has held Board positions on the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Board as well as the City Transportation Board. Currently she is in her 6th year serving on the Choice Hotel Owners Council and her fourth year on the Friends of Forman Christian College Board, now serving as the Board Secretary. 

Her visits to Pakistan and the Forman Christian College campus have had a profound effect. There Sherry saw the disparity between boys and girls in Pakistan and the opportunities given to them. Understanding how important the opportunity was for an education, especially for girls, she and her husband, Mohammad, gave the seed money for an endowment fund for women’s scholarships at FCC. Sherry and Mohammad have three sons and one daughter, all adults; their focus in life was to give them the best education opportunities.

Dr. Jonathan Addleton

US Ambassador (Retired)
Former Mission Director USAID

Dr. Jonathan Addleton

US Ambassador (Retired)
Former Mission Director USAID

A five-time USAID Mission Director (India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Mongolia and Central Asia), Jonathan Addleton also served as US Ambassador to Mongolia, USAID Representative to the European Union in Brussels and Senior Civilian Representative to southern Afghanistan in Kandahar. He retired after a 32-year Foreign Service career in January 2017 and now teaches International Relations at Mercer University in Macon, GA while also serving as Executive Director of the American Center for Mongolian Studies. He has a Ph.D. from Tufts University and a B.S. from Northwestern University. His books include Some Far and Distant Place, The Dust of Kandahar, and Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History. The son of Baptist missionary parents from rural Georgia, he was born and raised in Pakistan. He is married to the former Fiona Mary Riach from Kilmarnock, Scotland and has three adult children.

Dr. James Appleton

President Emeritus
University of Redlands

Dr. James Appleton

President Emeritus
University of Redlands

Jim Appleton is president emeritus of the University of Redlands, having served as president and university professor for over twenty years.  Previously, he was vice-president and a faculty member at the University of Southern California from 1972 to 1987.  Jim completed his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Michigan State.  He has served as a director on several university and foundation boards, is a mentor for new college and university presidents, and conducts retreats to assist boards of trustees in developing best practices.  Among his other professional activities, he has served as chair of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a member of the President’s Commission of the NCAA, a member of an UNESCO Roundtable, a faculty member at the Salzburg Seminar, and on the board of the Redlands Symphony. He is married to his artist wife, Carol, has three adult children and six grandchildren. In a previous edition, he was an accomplished vocalist, and in his mind is a terrific golfer, but alas, carries an index of 16.5.

Rev. Charles R. Hasty Jr.

Senior Pastor
Grace Presbyterian Church

Rev. Charles R. Hasty Jr.

Senior Pastor
Grace Presbyterian Church

Rev. Charles Hasty is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia; prior churches include First Presbyterian, also in Columbus. Chuck’s international experience has taken him to places as varied as Tokyo Union Church, and a year teaching high school in Kenya. His love of mission work includes trips to more than 25 countries. Chuck currently serves on the board of the Presbyterian Homes of Georgia and has served with interests as varied as the Chattahoochee Valley Jail Ministry and Habitat for Humanity Morgan County Board of Directors. A graduate of Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary, Chuck loves to run and has completed eight marathons to date. He is married and has two daughters.

Mr. John Marr

Managing Director
Greystone & Co.

Mr. John Marr

Managing Director
Greystone & Co.

John Marr is a Managing Director with Greystone, a leading national provider of multifamily and healthcare mortgage loans. Included in his thirty-year career in finance and corporate lending were positions with Alliant/ACRE Capital LLC, PaineWebber, and Citibank. John is a member of Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut. He serves as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for Friends of Forman Christian College.

Dr. Michael Murphy

Telecom Executive (retired)
Forman Faculty Member

Dr. Michael Murphy

Telecom Executive (retired)
Forman Faculty Member

Now retired from the corporate world, Michael Murphy completed a twenty-five-year career in telecommunications having worked for ATT as Director of Pricing and Competitive Assessment, Qwest as VP Marketing/VP International Business Development, and Wytec as President and CEO. In 2006, Mike returned to his first career, teaching, when he joined the Business and Economics faculty of Forman Christian College, in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1974.

Mr. Steve Shabet

Managing Member
Sunny Meadow Farm, LLC

Mr. Steve Shabet

Managing Member
Sunny Meadow Farm, LLC

Since 2012, Steve Shabet has owned and managed Sunny Meadow Farm in Litchfield County, Connecticut. This land has been used for farming since the 1700s; Sunny Meadow uses organic methods to grow fruits, vegetables, grasses and grains. Prior to this, Steve worked in New York City, most recently as COO/CCO for Colony Investment Management from 2005 to 2012, where he built and managed a registered investment adviser business investing in global real estate related securities for Colony Capital. From 2003 to 2005, Steve was the Managing Director for the Akul Group LLC and a Vice President at Goldman Sachs from 1987 to 2003.

Dr. Scott W. Sunquist

President
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. Scott W. Sunquist

President
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Scott William Sunquist joined Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in July 2019 as President and Professor of Missiology after previously serving as Dean and Professor of World Christianity of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Earlier he taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for 17 years as Professor of World Christianity. Sunquist and his wife, Nancy, also served through the Presbyterian Church (USA) as missionaries in the Republic of Singapore, where he was a lecturer in Church history, ecumenics, and Asian Christianity at Trinity Theological College (1987–1995). In Singapore he also served as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church. Prior to this he was a campus staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in both Virginia and Massachusetts.

Dr. Sunquist’s main interests lie in the areas of Christian mission and world Christian history. He has taught in these areas with a special focus on Asian Christianity and Christian mission.

Most recently Sunquist has authored Why Church: A Basic Introduction (IVP, 2019) and Explorations in Asian Christianity: History, Theology, and Mission (2017).

Sunquist is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He and his wife, Nancy, have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.

Dr. James Tebbe

Rector
Forman Christian College

Dr. James Tebbe

Rector
Forman Christian College

Dr. James Tebbe became the Rector of Forman Christian College in 2012. From 2010 to 2012, Jim was the President of the US-based NGO Friends of Forman Christian College. Prior to these positions, Jim served for eight years with InterVarsity as Vice-President of Missions and the Director of the 20,000-strong student missions convention, Urbana. He also spent twenty-five years with Interserve, his last ten years as the International Director. His tenure with Interserve meant moving his family to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, and Cyprus. Jim was born in Pakistan, the son of Presbyterian missionary parents. He has a BA in Psychology from Indiana University, a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, a MA in Modern Islamic Institutions (Near Eastern Studies) from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies focusing on Scriptural issues in Christianity and Islam from St. John’s Nottingham/Open University in England. He has published articles on a variety of subjects including Islam, the Islamization of the higher educational system in Pakistan, Bible Translation, Tent-making, Missions, Partnerships and Business as Mission. He is married to Beth and has four grown children.

Staff

Rev. Samuel Schreiner III

Executive Director

Office: (866) 460-6313 x102
Direct: (203) 984-3415

Reverend Samuel Schreiner joined Friends of Forman as Executive Director in October of 2016. Since 2009, Sam has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Gordon College, Wenham, MA, where he has served on the Presidential Search and Advancement Committees. Recently, he was the Senior Minister of Noroton Presbyterian Church, Darien, Connecticut, from 2004 to 2016. Prior to this, Sam was a lecturer at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the pastor of two churches in New Hampshire.  Sam’s churches have always been active in missions, aiding partners in the inner city as well as overseas in Africa, Asia and Central America. Volunteer mission trips and speaking opportunities took him to Taiwan, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Ethiopia, Jordan and Pakistan. Sam has a love of Scripture, especially the history and the cultural background of the New Testament, and has led multiple pilgrimages to Biblical sites in Israel, Turkey and Greece. Mission work runs in his family; Sam’s grandfather and grandmother were United Presbyterian missionaries to India from 1915-1940. His grandfather, Dr. John C. Heinrich, taught as part of the extension program of Forman Christian College and the chapel at Taxila Hospital is dedicated to him. Sam and Deb Schreiner have been married since 1977 and have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Sandy O'Meara

Chief Financial Officer

Office: (866) 460-6313 x104
Email: someara@FriendsOfForman.org

Gail Blumberg

Accounting Associate

EMAIL: GBlumberg@FRIENDSOFFORMAN.ORG

Susan Mann

Development Associate

Office: (866) 460-6313 x103
Email: smann@FriendsOfForman.org

Cathy Thorgerson

Exec Assistant to the Director

EMAIL: cthorgerson@FriendsOfForman.org

Pamela Rath

Mktg/Communications Associate
prath@friendsofforman.org

Pamela Rath

Mktg/Communications Associate

Email: PRath@FriendsOfForman.org

2017-18 Financials

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Friends of Forman Christian College supports Forman Christian College through the provision of grants and leadership support.  Financial information is reported for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018. Full audited financial reports are available upon request at:
info@friendsofforman.org.

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