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Dr. Alvin Low
President, ACTS International

Dr. Low has spoken in conferences and taught in seminaries in more than 40 countries, and is the author of 16 books, which have been translated into various languages for the training of indigenous missionaries for effective ministry and church-planting among the unreached peoples of Asia.

Dr. Low graduated as the top student in the Business Department, and the overall most outstanding graduate from his college in Singapore.  He abandoned a lucrative career in the business world to pursue theological training at Dallas Theological Seminary where he received his Master’s degree in Theology (Th.M.), and his Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) degree.  Gifted in preaching, Dallas Seminary awarded Dr. Low the H.A. Ironside Award for the most outstanding preacher of the year in 1982, the first Asian to receive the award in the history of the seminary.  He received the second Ph.D. degree from Trinity Theological Seminary.

Dr. Low has previously served as Vice-President for Field Ministries with International Students’ Inc., Pastor of the Bible Church (Singapore), Lecturer at Singapore Bible College, Associate International Director and Chief Operating Officer with the AD 2000 & Beyond Movement, and Adjunct Professor for Preaching and Missions at Dallas Seminary and Denver Seminary.  He founded ACTS International in 1991 and is currently its President. The mission of ACTS is to plant churches among the unreached peoples of Asia through equipping indigenous missionaries.  

Dr. Low, and his wife Susan have three children: Michelle (married to Jim Wright), Maisie (married to Luke Knowles), Nathan, and two grand-daughters (Izzy & JoJo). 

Chinese Profile for Dr. Low

Howard Rudolph
Senior Associate

Howard has a tender spot in his heart for orphans since his own mother was orphaned at a very early age (3-4 years) when an accident killed her parents. Howard’s mother died when he was fifteen years old.
Howard attended Philadelphia College of the Bible.  He pastored the Greenhill Chapel, and later the Gethsemane Chapel in West Grove, PA.

Howard and his wife Doris have been actively involved in missions. Howard has taken mission trips to Africa, South Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, and China.

Howard and Doris are currently members of Journey of Faith Bible Church, Myerstown, PA.

Phil Shober
Vice President – Digital Media

Phil received his B.A. from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and his M.A. from Azusa Pacific University.  He has also studied in finance, management, estate planning and Christian stewardship. He brings a background with over 30 years of business, ministry, and management experience.  He has also served in cross cultural ministry in Ecuador where he oversaw various ministries including television, evangelism and communication training. 

He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Jan, who leads Briargate Media, a division of Focus on the Family.  Phil has three adult children. Arnie, his oldest son, is an Associate Professor of government at Lawrence University.  His daughter Alicia is a web designer and web master with the Navigators and also does video production work. Charles, his youngest is a senior music student at Northern Colorado University.

Marli Kennell
Marli graduated from Talbot Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Systematic Theology. She has ministered to international students and provided Bible training in the United States, the Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe. She has helped establish and direct ministry training programs for internationals as well as for the churches in her own city. Her passion is teaching the Word of God.

Doug Shake
Ancillary Ministry Assistant

Doug W. Shake served with the US Navy, and  was chosen for the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP) which assigned him to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.  He graduated with a BSEE and was commissioned an Ensign.  His 'Officer' tours consisted of Tartar Missile Officer, Underway OOD, USS Barney DDG-6; Terrier Missile Officer, Special Sea and Anchor Detail OOD, Vietnam War Zone OOD, USS America CVA-66; Operational Test Director for Missile Systems – Operational Test and Evaluation Force [ComOpTevFor];   Weapons Officer and Senior Watch Officer USS Connole DE-1056; Surface Warfare Training Officer, General Quarters and Special Sea and Anchor Detail OOD, USS Eisenhower CVN-69. 

Lieutenant Commander Doug W. Shake left the Naval Service in 1979 and has served with The Navigators as Facilities Manager and Telecommunications Engineer.

He is an avid hiker, having climbed  half (27) of Colorado's 14 thousand ft. high mountains. He and his wife Frankie, have two daughters.

Overseas Staff
Harihar Tharu 
Director, ACTS Training Center, Kolholpur, Mid-West Nepal 
Ram Thapa 
ACTS Senior Trainer, Karkarvitta, East Nepal 
Deepak Lepcha 
Director, ACTS Bihar, India 
Royal Lepcha
ACTS Senior Trainer, Bhutan

Mosez Zabiak 
Director, ACTS Center, Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar

Director, ACTS Children's Home, Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar

Dean, ACTS Training Center, Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar

Moujic Baatar
ACTS Coordinator, Mongolia

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Luis Bush, International Facilitator, Transform World Connections.
  • Dr. Paul Cedar, President, Evangelical Free Church of Amercia.
  • Dr. Wendell Johnston, President, Lone Pine Ministries.
  • Dr. Peter Kuzmič, President, Evangelical Theological Seminary, Osijek, Croatia.
  • Dr. Ramesh Richard, President, Ramesh Richard Evangelical And Church Helps International.
  • Dr. Haddon W. Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Seminary.
  • Dr. Jerry White, President Emeritus, Chairman of the U.S. Board of Directors, The Navigators.
Executive Board
  • Board members:
  • Alvin Low, President, ACTS International
  • Doug Shake, Manager of Facilities, Navigators.
  • Catherine Fischer, Co-Owner, Fischer Design Homes.
  • Susan Low, CEO, AnSLow Enterprise LLC.
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