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Meet Roshan Mendis

APBAid Head Of Operations

Having his foundations in faith through the ministry of Youth for Christ, Roshan answered the call of God as a young man of twenty, deciding to serve in rural villages rather than continue in the line of family business in the hospitality industry. So, he joined as a staff member in rural mission of Campus Crusade for Christ, Sri Lanka. 

Since then he has served within the Church and in Christian Organizations; in teaching and in administrative roles; in both pioneering and pastoral contexts; in 'hands-on' grass-root and management environments and has a deep passion for communities and Integral Mission arising from his training and ministry experiences. He holds a Master's Degree in Divinity from the Asia Graduate School of Theology; Bangalore, India. 

Roshan joined the ministry of LEADS as the Executive in January 2000 at a time requiring crisis management, and organizational change. He continues as the Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Board of Directors. He has contributed his governance skills and experience to boards of many organizations. He was a founder Board Member of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) until 2007 and in 2005 also served as the sole NGO representative member of the Development Committee - Secretariat for Coordinating Peace Process (SCOPP), Government of Sri Lanka.
 
He was one among three to receive Government recognition and was awarded a Presidential certificate of appreciation for his initiative, dedication and contribution for Tsunami rehabilitation work and in recognition of his contributions to reconciliation efforts was also appointed as a Justice of Peace. During post conflict years, LEADS under his leadership had the unique privilege of being the only non-governmental agency with access to certain areas in post-conflict Sri Lanka and to the rehabilitation camps for ex-combatants and child conscripts. 

Being committed to developing capacity and working in partnership; He was instrumental in founding of the Evangelism & Mission Training College in 1992 and was its founder Principal as well. He also contributes his time as part of the adjunct teaching faculty of the Colombo Theological Seminary (CTS); where he serves on the Academic Affairs Council and also served as its Acting Principal (2003 July - 2004 December), concurrently to his responsibilities at LEADS. 

Extending his contribution to ministry in the South Asia region too, Roshan is a sought after preacher and teacher as well as a resource person for Development practice and particularly in the area of Integral Mission and Advocacy. He is an active member of the Micah Network International and served as Asia Chair as well as on its International Board till 2015 and was recalled to support its Asia Regional Coordinating Group. Roshan also functioned as Member - Board of Trustees - United Mission Nepal (UMN) Nepal until May 2011. He was till 2017 on the Board of Trustees of International Assistance Mission (1AM), Afghanistan. He also functioned concurrently from 2012 -2017 as the Regional Team Leader Central & South Asia for BMS World Mission UK, overseeing personnel and covering work in India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. 

Although generally a quiet and unassuming personality, he is known to be forthright and articulate. He was the keynote voice for advocacy in Canberra addressing the Australian parliament in the 2010 Advocacy campaign to keep the pledges made for the Millennium Development Goals. In that same year he was one of the audio contributors to the MDG Global Christmas wish to end poverty to the UK PM David Cameron. He was also the southern voice, speaking at the close of the Micah Challenge initiative on MDGs at the UN side event in New York in December 2015. 

He is married to Priyangani, and they are both actively involved within their local church. Experiencing the sudden death of their only daughter at age 6, the trauma and grief has helped them empathize with the common story of loss in the context of Sri Lanka. Their personal grief has left an indelible mark on all of them. Roshan gives direction to the both the pastoral & youth ministries as well as the team of worship. Priyangani, volunteers as a student befriender and gives her time to the boarding school for girls on a weekly basis. They have one son Navneth, who after having served 2 years with Operation Mobilization on Logos Hope, completed an honors degree in Clinical Psychology and serves as a counsellor at a leading Boys school and volunteers with child survivors of sexual abuse (CSOA) and is on the leadership team for teens in the ministry of Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka.