The six members of the Board are Dr. Kenneth Horton (Chair), Dr. Charlie Bing, Mr. Tony McClung, Mr. Paul Thompson, Mr. Don McClard, and Dr. Sukhwant S. Bhatia. SEEK PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL, INC. also has an International Advisory/Reference Board. A brief biographical sketch of the board members is listed under the About Us section of this website. SPI has a full-time staff of 24 in India and operates with its four subsidiary organizations.
Sukhwant S. Bhatia
President & CEO
Sukhwant, in 1981, came to the Lord Jesus Christ from a Sikh background after an exhaustive 4+ years of comparative study of other religions with the Bible. He is the first Sikh to have graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) with a ThM degree and probably the first in the history of Christianity. Sukhwant has pastored and planted churches since 1984. Coming from a religious background where the number of followers of the Lord Jesus Christ from 40+ million is in hundreds, challenged Sukhwant to go into full-time ministry to take the Gospel of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ to the unreached. Sukhwant earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of North Texas, in collaboration with DTS, to prepare for a lifetime of ministry of “teaching faithful men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Tim. 2:2).
Vinita S. Bhatia
Teacher, Write & Donor Relations
Vinita’s rich Christian heritage served as a challenge in her early childhood to become a missionary someday. Her father, a retired bank manager, started Back to the Bible Broadcast ministry in India, and Delhi Bible Fellowship, as a church, began in their home. Vinita’s mother hosted a famous children’s talk show over the BTBB radio for many years and has 18 children’s storybooks to her credit. Vinita, other than being a full-time wife and mother of two daughters, Priyankaa Anna & Akanksha Sarah, has written study notes for Children’s NIV Study Bible being produced by International Bible Society (Biblica). After earning her MA in Christian Ministry from Briercrest College & Seminary, she teaches at NIITS and for Leadership Matters Courses. In 2014, She completed another MA in English Literature in New Delhi, India.
Don Vikrant Lazarus
Don came to the Lord in 1982 at the age of 10 while growing up in a Christian home. Dr. Bhatia mentored Don from 1992 to 1997 while he was working for him as his personal assistant and attending the church that was pastored by Dr. Bhatia. Don earned his BA in Psychology in 1993 and MA in Organizational Psychology in 1995. Further, he earned his MBA in Projects Management in 2013. Don is pursuing his MDiv which he plans to complete in 2020. For eleven years, Don handled the administration and finance for a large Christian organization in India. As of January 01, 2009, Don serves as the Projects Manager for SPI-India and is a member of the Executive Committee of NIITS where he serves as the CFO & Administrator. Don is married to Manuela and they have one daughter and two sons and they reside in Chandigarh, Punjab, India.