Welcoming the Reverend Dr. Andrea Zaki
Shadyside Presbyterian Church welcomes the Reverend Dr. Andrea Zaki, President of the Protestant Churches in Egypt and Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), as our guest preacher during worship on Sunday, February 4, at 11:00 a.m. Prior to the service, Dr. Zaki will participate in a question/answer session in the Chapel beginning at 9:45 a.m. Please join us in welcoming him to Shadyside.
View a video highlighting Dr. Zaki’s ministry with CEOSS as a Langham Scholar, and read more about him and his work below.
About Dr. Zaki
The Reverend Dr. Andrea Zaki is the President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt and General Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS). He also serves as the President of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches and is a lecturer at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Zaki’s educational background includes a Ph.D. in religions and politics from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (2003); and a Master of Arts in theological studies from Eastern University in West Chester, Pennsylvania (1994). He also earned a diploma in social development from Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia (1988); and a Bachelor of Theology from Cairo Evangelical Seminary (1983).
Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS) forges lasting partnerships between Americans and Egyptians in order to increase intercultural understanding and support Egyptians in their efforts to raise the quality of life for the most under-served members of their society. To these ends, HANDS facilitates cultural exchange programs and partners with organizations on the ground to empower disadvantaged Egyptians to raise themselves out of poverty.
HANDS was founded in 1989, by the Reverend Dr. Samuel Habib and some American friends with the primary purpose of supporting development work in Egypt. HANDS’ roots are in the Presbyterian communities of Egypt and the United States, which maintain a long history of partnership in raising the quality of life for Egyptians of all ages, genders, and religions.
One of HANDS’ major partnerships in Egypt is with the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS). This organization, which started as organized literacy classes, now reaches over two million people in 150 communities each year through its comprehensive village development programs and interfaith dialogue efforts. HANDS also has begun partnerships with almost thirty other organizations in Egypt, including clinics, an orphanage, and a job skills training center for women.