The GDQ Foundation directs the main activities of the school and sets policy for the school. This foundation is comprised of a board of directors, each representing one of the member organisations. Member organisations include BMS World Mission, Christar, Global Missions Pioneers (GMP), Instituti Jeta e Re, and the Lincoln Foundation. In addition, the board may appoint individuals to membership as deemed necessary. The GDQ International Christian School director serves on the board as a non-voting member.
Board of Directors Composition
BMS World Mission – Mr. Matthew Gregory
Mat Gregory is currently vice chair of the GDQ board and serves as the BMS World Mission representative. Mat and his family arrived in Albania in 2014. Focused on establishing ‘Tek Ura’, a NGO working with some of the most vulnerable people in Tirana, Mat serves as one of the directors of this ministry. Mat is a teacher by profession. Prior to moving to Albania, he and his wife Suzanne and their two children lived in Lebanon for 11 years where they were country directors for Kids Alive Lebanon. As a family they enjoy exploring the countryside, camping, and spending time with friends.
Christar — Mr. Peter Bowers
Peter Bowers grew up in Africa as the son of missionaries. He married Melodye and adopted her roots in Virginia. Peter and Melodye have three boys (Christopher, Joshua, and Jonathan), two in high school and one in middle school. All three boys have been students at GDQ since kindergarten. Peter enjoys software development, basketball, good books, good food, and good conversation. He is currently the Affinity Director (similar to a regional director) for Christar personnel in the Balkans, Turkey, and Northern Iraq. He also participates in the leadership team for Eagles Church where he preaches regularly. Peter has been on the board of GDQ since just after the invention of the wheel.
Global Mission Pioneers – Miss Priscilla Park
Priscilla Park serves on the board as the representative of Global Missions Pioneers (GMP). She is currently the field leader of GMP. She first came to Albania with a medical team in 1999 to help Kosovo refugees. She returned in 2000 and has been serving Albanians to know Jesus as their own Savior and Lord through medical service, church planting, and campus ministry. She serves with her team at the “Canaan” center and church where she teaches English and Bible, preaches, and shares her life with kids, teens, and adults. Priscilla has a Master’s of Divinity with a focus on Intercultural Studies from Moody Theological Seminary. In her free time Priscilla enjoys walking in nature, spending solitary time with God, running, sitting at beautiful restaurants, chatting with friends, watching Korean movies, and practicing the flute. She loves living in Albania with Albanians.
Instituti Jeta e Re – Mrs. Nikki Doçi
Nikki Doçi has served with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in Albania and in Kosovo since 1992. She has a heart for partnerships within the body of Christ and the synergy that results. She joined the board of GDQ in 2012. Nikki and her husband Ylli have two children, Aaron and Abigeil, both students at GDQ since kindergarten and now a senior and sophomore, respectively. The Doçi family enjoys opening their home often to other Albanians and internationals, traveling, and taking advantage of the many activities that Albania has to offer.
Lincoln Foundation – Mr. Joshua Miekley (chair)
Josh Miekley is the current chair of the board at GDQ and serves as the Lincoln Foundation representative. Josh has led multiple teams in Albania, Kosovo and the US. He has experience teaching EAL at the K8 level and courses on culture and communication to adults. Josh has a master’s degree in education. He currently works at the Lincoln Centers and trains pastors at SETS, a seminary in Tirana. Josh, his wife Bona, and their three children enjoy flying kites, going out for ice cream, and playing non-electronic games.
Member-at-large – Mrs. Elda Chang
Elda Chang was born and raised in Tirana. In 1995 she traveled to Los Angeles, California, where she pursued a university degree. This is where she came to know Christ. After completing her studies, she attended a two-year Christian training in Bible truth and church service. She served for three years as a full-time staff member working with Christian students at a university campus in Los Angeles. In 2013 Elda returned to Albania with her husband David and their two daughters. Elda and her husband run a English-speaking preschool in Tirana. They open their home throughout the week for Bible study, prayer meeting, and fellowship. Elda enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and exploring Albania.
Mr. Roger Pearce (non-voting)
Roger Pearce is the current director of GDQ, having served in this position since 2003. Prior to taking the role of director, he was a member of the board for five years. He and his wife Nikki have served in Albania since January 1996. They have two children. James is now in his second year at university in Newcastle, U.K, and their daughter Beth is a senior at GDQ. Roger is passionate about GDQ and all it stands for. He also enjoys a bit of free time. When not serving at their local church, Roger and Nikki enjoy walking, running, eating at restaurants, and spending time with friends. Roger also enjoys playing and watching soccer, especially Manchester City FC.