Global Ministry in a Pandemic, 3 Examples: The Philippines, South Africa and India

In this episode, Darrell Bock discusses global ministry with Neil Ty in the Philippines, Michael Van Andel in South Africa and Timothy Muthyala in India, focusing on the impact of the pandemic on the church.

About the Contributors

Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) from 2000–2001, served as a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

Michael van Andel

An investor by training, Michael has over a decade of experience in the institutional asset management field. He is also a co-founder of Truthwalk – a South African ministry committed to Biblical Discipleship and Leadership training. Michael interacts with entrepreneurial ventures and has an interest in biblical languages, exegesis and theology.   

Truthwalk strives to teach people that following Christ faithfully involves being a student/learner of the Bible and living out [walking] what we learn. In terms of particular focus areas, Truthwalk runs training events with visiting scholars, helps to facilitate bible reading groups at workplaces, and also seeks to encourage and help fund training for leaders in township areas. 


Neil Ty

Born, raised, and grew up in the Philippines, Neil Ty heeded God’s call for ministry and served for a decade as a youth pastor, college outreach minister, youth organization founder, church planter, senior pastor, pastoral trainer, Christian organization board member, and Bible School professor. He earned his Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Neil and his family returned to the Philippines in 2019 to serve as Executive Director of the Institute for Biblical Linguistics Exploration (iBible), Regional Supervisor of Chinese Christian Fellowship Philippines, and adjunct faculty of several seminaries in the Philippines and Nepal. Neil and Aileen are blessed to be married and have two beautiful children, Naomi Hannah and Noah Aaron. The Ty Family currently resides in the countryside of Cainta, Rizal, and they enjoy the view of the Metro Manila skyline from their balcony. 

Timothy Muthyala

Tim Muthyala is born and raised up in India. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.  Convinced by a sense of ministry calling, he studied Master of Theology at  Dallas Theological Seminary. After graduating from Dallas Seminary, while working as an adjunct faculty at a seminary, he and his team are working on producing pastoral resources in native Indian languages. Currently, they are developing a website for pastoral training and written resources.  

Tim is the founder of Christian Basket India and Kurios India Foundation.