Bruce A Howell, Ex-Officio Member of the GECDirector of Global Missions
Rev. Bruce Howell is the General Director of Global Missions. He is the former dean of Christian Education at Jackson College of Ministries, was appointed to El Salvador in 1979 and served there for about twenty years, became a Regional Director, and was elected as the general director in October 2001.

Brother Howell emphatically states, “Ministerial education is crucial to the future of the United Pentecostal Church International. The Church marches forward only to the extent that we evangelize the world and educate our converts. GATS is a cutting edge education program that uses the foundation of our past to build for the bright future of taking the Whole Gospel to the Whole World by the Whole Church in the 21st century. I stand firmly behind the work of GATS and the Global Education Committee. I foresee ground-breaking changes in the way we go about Bible school training.”

James G PoitrasDirector of Education & AIM
James Poitras has a BEd from the University of New Brunswick, a BA in Biblical Studies from Indiana Bible College, and a MA in Ministerial Studies (Education Concentration) from Global University. Additionally, he has attended the United Pentecostal Church Bible Institute (now Northeast Christian College). His wife, Linda, is also an educator with a Bachelor’s degree from Troy State University. Both have been extensively involved in missions and Bible School administration for more than thirty-five years.

Brother Poitras served as the President of the African Center for Theological Studies and Director of Christian Education for UPCI Ghana. He coordinated Africa’s regional theological education program for five years until February 2007 when he was asked to serve as the Coordinator of the Global Association of Theological Studies. His website is and He supervises several other websites and web-based projects for Global Missions.

Brother Poitras is the founder of Portable Bible Schools International and has authored its curriculum in four levels entitled Acts: God’s Training Manual for Today’s Church. This two hundred lesson series is widely used and translated into multiple languages. Literally thousands of students have studied under this program. He is a prolific writer, especially in the realm of curriculum and has written about twenty books. Linda has written two Bible College textbooks and multiple manuals for Reaching Africa’s Children.

Brother Poitras talks, breathes, bleeds and lives Bible school education. His personal vision is found in 2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

The Poitrases served as career missionaries in Africa for twenty-eight years before becoming the Director of Education/AIM for Global Missions, UPCI, in January of 2012.