Alliance Graduate School of Mission Faculty
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda got her Law degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (1994); and her Master degrees in International Peace Studies (1996), and Government and International Studies (1997), as well as her Ph.D. in Political Science (2008) at the University of Notre Dame.
Nina’s calling is to educate and motivate Christians to integrate their faith into their academic disciplines and careers, in order to promote overarching values of God’s kingdom, such as personal integrity and solidarity, justice and human rights, and peace and reconciliation in their respective communities, countries, and the international arena. Nina is the founder of the Christian Legal Society of Peru (2000) and the Latin American Christian Lawyers Network (2001), which currently links Christian lawyers in 19 countries of Latin America. Besides her teaching responsibilities, Nina serves as global coordinator for the Advocates International Task Force on Human Rights and Justice for the Poor, and as international advisor to Peacemaker Ministries. Nina is married to Roberto W. Chia and Roberto Alfredo is their son.
Steve Nehlsen is professor of Christian Witness and Intercultural Studies. He and his wife, Amy, have served with the Christian and Missionary Alliance for 22 years in West Africa in Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. They have 3 children Abby, Kari and Peter (23, 20 and 16).
Steve has a Bachelor in Missions and a MA in Cross-Cultural Communications. He is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Missiology program at Western Seminary. Steve was born in Africa and grew up speaking 3 languages. His work in Africa has been involved in training leaders, evangelism and was field leader for 5 years.
His passion for developing strong, global Christian leaders and seeing the Word of God communicated contextually cross-culturally comes across in his classroom teaching
Amy Nehlsen M.Ed. is the Coordinator of Alliance Graduate School of Missions. Amy brings a deep desire to see students fulfill God’s calling on their lives. Her role as coordinator for the department enables her to assist in mentoring and advising students, as well as overseeing all departmental activities. Her heart for the Alliance Graduate School of Missions is to build an authentic community where students learn from each other, and grow in their walk with Christ as they prepare to serve God around the world.
Steve and Amy enjoy frequent trips back to Burkina Faso, West Africa where they still are active Board Members of Dorcas House and are involved in Biblical training of men and women in French and Jula