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Our Staff

The church staff maintain offices at the Dubai Evangelical Church Centre from Sun-Thu, 9am - 5pm.

Our staff are full-time, paid employees of the church, responsible for implementing the elders' vision for ministry. Some of the staff are elders.  The staff fill various roles, from counselling to administration to planning the children's curriculum - in an effort to enhance the collective ministry of UCCD.


John Folmar

Our Senior Pastor, John has pastored UCCD since 2005 after moving here from Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Married to Keri, with three children aged 20, 18, and 17.  Graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003.


Richard Ngwisha

Our Associate Pastor, Richard joined the UCCD staff in 2008 and oversees counseling and home groups. From Zambia, Richard was once an elder of Evangel Baptist Church in Lusaka.  He is married to Catherine and the father of three, aged 19, 17, and 15. 


John Welkner

Our Associate Pastor, John joined the UCCD staff in 2006 and oversees the adult education hour (Friday Foundations) as well as the Pastoral Internship program. He is married to Lisa and has children aged 16, 14, 11, and 8. John graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2000.


Ben Woodward

Our Associate Pastor, Ben is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ben came to us from Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky (USA), where he served as an elder.  Ben joined the staff in 2016 and now oversees administration. Ben is married to Sarah and is the father of four, aged 10, 8, 6 and 3. 


Jonathan Lim

Jonny came to faith as a 17-year-old through the UCCD youth ministry. Now, 11 years later, he serves as the Director of our youth group and coordinates our music ministry. Jonny is married to Anna and is the father of two children aged 3 and 1. He graduated from BIOLA University in 2013.


Issac Mangalaram

Our longest-serving staff member, Issac came from Hyderabad, India to UCCD in 1996. Since then, he has been our all-purpose office clerk. Issac is married to Salome and has three grown children and one grandchild.


Jeiel Natunay

At UCCD since she was 10 years old, she now serves the church as administrative secretary.  Jeiel is originally from the Philippines.  She graduated from Middlesex University in Dubai, where she studied journalism and media.



Lina Niyubahwe

Our children’s and women’s ministry assistant, Lina was recruited from Redeemer Church of Dubai (by her now-husband Julien). Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Lina comes from Burundi. She studied communications engineering at the University of Science & Technology in Beijing.