Lisa Espineli Chinn is a leadership and ministry coach, a cross-cultural trainer and a missions consultant. For fourteen years (2004-2014) she served as National Director of International Student Ministry of InterVarsity/USA. Lisa shares from her rich and varied background as a former international graduate student at Wheaton College in Illinois (MA in Communications), a campus staff worker with InterVarsity/Philippines, Bible teacher, a pioneer of several ministries in the Philippines and the USA, a world traveler, an author, and speaker at various college events and conferences including Urbana (InterVarsity’s Student Mission Convention).
Lisa has several publications in the area of reentry transition which include Think Home, a reentry guide for Christian international students (translated in several languages), Back Home, a devotional guide for those who have lived and studied abroad, and Coming to America/Returning Home to Your Country. She also developed the only reentry simulation game, Customs and Culture.
Along with her regular responsibilities, she has served on the boards of the Association of Christians Ministering Among Internationals (ACMI); Balikatan, Inc., an organization of Inter-Varsity Philippines alumni in North America; and Hope International, a microfinance ministry granting loans to help the poor in 12 countries. Lisa is on the Advisory Board of The Global Diaspora Network of the Lausanne Movement.
Lisa also coaches young women leaders in navigating the complexity of a diverse work environment and family responsibilities. She is mother to three married children and enjoys investing in the lives of her five young grandchildren.