In 2015, Emad and Almess Botros joined CBM to serve at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Lebanon, where they first met and studied.
Emad serves as a lecturer in Old Testament and Islamic studies at ABTS. He desires to equip and empower students with tools to develop their understanding of the Old Testament, learning how to apply it in their Middle Eastern and North Africa setting. Emad is also developing resources and models for ministry in that context. While both Emad and Almess are involved in mentoring students in ministry and leadership, Almess also works with Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Emad was born in Egypt, where he was a high school teacher, then a pastor. Almess was born in Iraq, where she earned her B.A. in accounting. After immigrating to Canada in 2005, Emad worked as a support worker and Almess as an interpreter. Together, they served among the Arab immigrant community around Waterloo, Ontario. They have two boys Timothy and Nathaniel.