Mark Bartels, Director

M.A. Educational Ministries, Wheaton College 2000
B.A. Political Science, Christian Education, Wheaton College 1999

Mark’s graduate school studies focused on experiential education in the wilderness setting, with many of his courses completed at Wheaton College’s north woods HoneyRock campus in northern Wisconsin. After two years of teaching high school, he returned to his experiential education interest, moving to Uganda with his wife, Abby, to start the Uganda Studies Program at Uganda Christian University. His goal is to use the cross-cultural context of Uganda to explore with students issues of faith, culture, and identity.

Rachel Robinson, Coordinator

M.A. Community Art, Maryland Institute College of Art 2006
B.A. Visual Art, Gordon College 2003

Much of Rachel’s life has been spent in East Africa; she was born and grew up in Kenya and now lives and works in Uganda. While studying for her BA in Visual Arts from Gordon College, she studied abroad on Best Semester's Middle East Studies Program. MESP affirmed a deep belief in the transformative value of cross-cultural living and learning as part of a college education. Rachel earned her masters in Community Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art--a program that incorporates art and the creative process to bring about community development, empowerment and social justice. She then directed community art programs at Baltimore Clayworks, a ceramic arts non-profit organization, before returning to East Africa to work with USP. Engaging students in their journeys as they navigate and process their semester in Uganda is what Rachel loves most about being a coordinator at USP.

Lisa Tokpa, Social Work Coordinator

M.S.W. Washington University 2002
B.A. Psychology, Business Administration, William Jewell College 2000

After studying abroad her last semester of college at Daystar University in Kenya, Lisa pursued her MSW, specializing in children, youth and families.  She has since been a caseworker at a Christian child placement agency in Denver, the Director of Aftercare at International Justice Mission, Kenya and the coordinator of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program at Samaritan’s Purse, Liberia.  Upon returning to the US she worked at The Adoption Exchange as the Director of the Colorado Post-Adoption Resource Center.  Lisa now uses her experience in both domestic and international social work within her role as the Social Work Coordinator with the Uganda Studies Program.

Uganda Christian University Staff

Margaret Opol, Administrator; Home Stay Coordinator

M.M.S. Financial Management, Uganda Management Institute, 2012
PGD Financial Management, Uganda Management Institute 2006
B.A. Business Administration, Uganda Christian University 2002

Mujuni Vincent, Driver

Cert. Defensive Driving, Uganda Driving School (UCU) 2011
License, Chazio Driving School 1996
Cert. Agricultural Engineering and Mechanics, Kabira Technical Institute 1993

Ahabwe Jones, Administrative Assistant

B.A. Law, Uganda Christian University 2009

Koma Lydia, Cleaner

Cert. Catering, Jimmy Sekaisi School of Catering 2000

Hannah Groves, Program Assistant(American Intern)

B.A. Urban/Cross Cultural Ministry, Greenville College 2013
USP Alumna Spring 2012

Ashton Davey, Program Assistant (American Intern)

B.S.W. Social Work, Olivet Nazarene University 2013
USP Alumna Spring 2012

Innocent Martha Atimango, Program Assistant (Ugandan Intern)

B.S.W. Administration, Uganda Christian University 2012