Faculty, Contributors, and Staff


Tony Chimento

Tony Chimento is a head faculty member at ABI. He has been working in full time ministry for over 20 years in various capacities and is currently the executive pastor at a church in Round Rock, TX. He received his Bachelors degree in theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Dixon, Missouri  and a Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Master’s International School of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana. He is currently in the process of earning a doctorate in Biblical Leadership. Tony is married with two grown children. He enjoys mentoring leaders and helping them become better equipped to fulfill God’s great call on their lives.

f1Dr. Kenneth Acha

Dr. Acha is the Provost and Chair of the Department of Orphan Care. He was born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa where he grew up as an underprivileged child after his father died. After coming to the U.S., he trained as a medical doctor at Texas A&M College of Medicine in Texas and also did seminary work in Evangelism and Church Planting. He is a researcher and teacher in poverty alleviation, especially orphan care and management, and has founded and ran an orphan care organization since 2005.

f1Dr. Ed Roller

Dr. Roller is the pastor of a church in Indiana and has been involved in ministry work since the early 70’s. He received two Bachelor degrees, one from Heritage University and the other from Indiana University, where he also received a professional teaching license in psychology, sociology, and government. He did his Masters level study at Butler University and Bible Way Institute of New England. He has finished his formal education at the Open Bible Seminary in Greenville, SC with his Doctorate in Ministry. He considers himself a simple Bible teacher and he loves to read and study God’s Word and share it with others. He has a passion for working with young people and is dedicated to their success in ministry.

f1Rev. Shannon Cockrell

Rev. Shannon Cockrell, an ordained minister, lives in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and two children where he serves as a Stephens’s Minister at his local church. He has a B.A. in Pre-Seminary and Pastoral Theology from Crossroads Bible College where he graduated Magnum Cum Laude and minored in Greek and Expository Preaching. He received his Masters of Divinity in Theological Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary. Shannon has served for 3 years as an associate pastor at a church in Indianapolis and has spoken at multiple seminars about Bible study methods and effective Bible teaching. He is passionate about God’s Word and loves teaching the Bible in fun and effective ways.

f1Matt Green

Matt Green was born and raised in Georgia, but now resides in Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and a Master of Divinity from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, TX. He is married and has three beautiful daughters. Matt has been in full-time ministry for over 10 years serving as a youth pastor and associate pastor. Before that, he served in various ministry roles in a part-time capacity. He has a passion for studying and teaching the Word of God and desires to instill in others the same love for scripture that he possesses.

f1Dr. Todd Bordow

Dr. Bordow is the pastor of a church in Rio Rancho, NM and has been in the gospel ministry for over 25 years. He received his Bachelors from Arizona College of the Bible, his M.DIV from Westminster Seminary in California, and his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He is passionate about helping people understand how all the scriptures point to Jesus Christ and his work for us.

f1Valentine Ahiemua

Valentine is an ordained minister with a Masters degree in Theology from Houston Graduate School of Theology in Houston, Texas. He is also an author and a former columnist with the Christian Herald in Houston, Texas.

f1Brooke Olonde

Brooke works as a social worker and head of the adoption department at Child Welfare Society of Kenya which is a government agency charged care, control and welfare of Kenyan children. He is passionate about orphans and children at risk having been brought up in a similar situation. Brooke considers himself blessed since he got an opportunity to be a part of Compassion International which changed his life as a beneficiary. He received his B.A. in Social Work from the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 2011 and a Masters of Social Work from Baylor University, Texas, USA in 2014. As a practitioner, he is passionate about serving orphan and vulnerable children in Kenya especially in alternative family care.

f1Jennifer Smyer Dickey

Jennifer works as a full-time lecturer and the director of the Global Mission Leadership (GML) Initiative at the Baylor University School of Social Work. She lived in Northern Sudan for several years after her undergraduate graduation, using social work skills within a congregational context. She returned to the US and worked with Antioch Ministries International, the missions arm for Antioch Community Church, for several years as director of team training and oversight to international relief/development work post the Tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004 and the Haitian Earthquake in 2009. After obtaining her Masters in Social Work in 2008 from the Baylor School of Social Work, Dickey became the Director of GML in 2008 and received the first cohort of GML students into the MSW program in 2009. She continues to remain active in local church life, consulting with church congregations who are engaged in responding to the practical needs of persons both domestically and internationally.


Ellen Acha

Ellen was born and raised in a family of five children in Cameroon, Africa. She relocated to the U.S. and currently works as a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and 11 years of nursing experience. She is the wife of ABI provost, Dr. Kenneth Acha, and together they live in California with their 2 wonderful boys. She currently cares for patients full-time in a hospital setting.

f1Stephanie Eitzen

Stephanie works in the admissions office and handles most initial student interactions. She assists new students and potential students as they get started in their studies. She helps enroll students into classes, gives counsel on which classes need to be taken in order to achieve certain academic goals, and provides advice on issues like student housing or financial aid. She also has a huge heart for serving orphans and loves working for an institute that trains and equips others to follow their callings.

f1Pastor Gordon Fry

Pastor Gordon is part of the student admissions team and likes to connect with potential students to find out how we can help them get started on the right track for a life of ministry. He is an ordained minister and is a certified prison chaplain, having helped in various jail ministries in both Illinois and Michigan. He has played drums & percussion for 25 years and has a love for music and most importantly his family and church. He attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College and also studied Interpersonal Communication & Speech at Eastern Michigan University. Pastor Gordon is also the associate & youth Pastor at a church in Michigan.