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Mr. Mark Bartels

Executive Director 

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We are pleased to introduce Mark Bartels, Uganda Partner’s newly elected Executive Director. In 2004, Mark and Abby Bartels moved from California to Uganda to start the Uganda Studies Program, a study abroad program offered in partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and Uganda Christian University. Since its beginning in 2004, the Uganda Studies Program has received more than 600 students from more than 90 different universities. During his time directing the Uganda Studies Program, Mark has enjoyed teaching and mentoring Christian college students, but also orienting and guiding them through cross-cultural immersion. This role has also included extensive study and travel around Uganda and Rwanda.

During his ten years at Uganda Christian University, Mark also became integrated into different aspects of the University community. As director of the Uganda Studies Program, he served on the University Senate. In addition, served on Physical Infrastructure and Preservation Committee and as the Chairman of the Honours College Committee. Mark has seen the University grow and develop in significant ways over the last ten years and is excited to join Uganda Christian University Partners to continue its work of supporting and raising awareness for UCU. While in Uganda, Mark and Abby have also seen their family grow from a young married couple to a family of five, one ten year old boy and two daughters, six and five years old.

Mark graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in political science and Christian education. He immediately sought and earned an M.A. in Educational Ministries. Throughout his time at Wheaton, both his coursework and free time often focused on experiential education in the wilderness setting. He has used these degrees in various capacities including leading a class on community and spiritual disciplines class that culminated in hiking Mt. Elgon.



Mrs. Laura Corley

Administrative Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator

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