Our Church Staff

Our staff are full-time, paid employees of the church, responsible for implementing the elders' vision for ministry. Some, but not all, of the staff are elders.  The staff fill various roles - from counselling to administration to planning children's curriculum - in an effort to enhance the collective ministry of UCCD.

The staff have offices at the Dubai Evangelical Church Centre. Office hours are Sunday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm.


 Meet Our Staff

JOHNJohn Folmar, Senior Pastor

John and his wife Keri moved to Dubai from Washington D.C. in 2005 to serve UCCD as the Senior Pastor.  After graduating from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, John served on the staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC for several years before being called to serve UCCD.  John and Keri have three children: Ruth, Chloe, and Andrew.


John's email:  [email protected]




RICHARD Richard Ngwisha, Associate Pastor

Richard and his wife Catherine moved to Dubai from Zambia in 2009 to serve the church as the Associate Pastor overseeing UCCD's small groups, or Care Life Groups. Richard worked for many years in the private sector - most recently for World Vision, before joining the staff of UCCD. Richard and Catherine have three children: Wezi, Jonathan, and Benjamin.

Richard's email: [email protected]






 John Welkner, Associate Pastor

 John and his wife Lisa moved to Dubai from the US in 2006 to serve the church as the Associate Pastor overseeing Youth and Family ministries.  John graduated from Moody Bible Institute and served for several years at a local church in Chicago before joining the staff at UCCD.  John and Lisa have four children: James, Ben, Luke, and Hannah.


John's email: [email protected]






 Ben Woodward, Associate Pastor

Ben moved from the US to Dubai in 2016 to join UCCD and serve as Associate Pastor overseeing the church's finances and administration, as well as giving pastoral care. Before coming to Dubai, Ben graduated from Southern Seminary, worked in the financial industry, and served as an elder in his local church. Ben is married to Sarah and they have four children: Eli, Norah, Julia, and Sam.


Ben's email: [email protected] 






 Jonny Lim, Youth Ministry Director

Jonny grew up in Dubai.  He first heard the gospel at a youth ministry event at UCCD. He met his wife Anna and worked a youth pastoral internship here. After completing studies in California, he returned to Dubai to take up the challenge of Youth Ministry Director at UCCD.

His vision is to see God glorified through young people coming to Christ and living lives of joyful, faithful obedience to their Lord. He particularly wants to strengthen the discipling of young people within their families. 

Jonny's Email: [email protected]


David Mock, Pastoral Assistant to Children's Ministry

David comes to us from New Zealand. After working in Dubai at a theme park for a year and serving Children's Ministry as a volunteer, David joined UCCD Staff as the Pastoral Assistant to Children's Ministry. He is currently taking part in our Pastoral Internship program.

David's Email: [email protected]


Lina Niyubahwe, Assistant to Children's and Women's Ministries

Lina was born in Burundi, but spent her life travelling and living around East Asia. She married Julien in early 2018 before joining UCCD staff to serve as the Assistant to Children's and Women's Ministries. 

Lina's Email: [email protected]




 Isaac Mangalaram, Office Assistant

Isaac moved to Dubai from India more than twenty years ago.  Since 1998 he has served the UCCD staff as an all-purpose office assistant.