Lisa Espineli Chinn is a leadership and ministry coach, a cross-cultural trainer and a missions consultant.
She served as National Director of International Student Ministry of InterVarsity/USA for 14 years (2000-2014). 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 Christian Fellowship-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.
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.
Lisa was a long-time member and missionary of Truro Anglican Church where she, together with her husband, Leiton, founded TIPS: Truro International Programs and Services, now a 32-year old ministry among internationals in the greater DC area. They also began a small Bible study group in Centreville, Va. which became the nucleus of a church plant, Christ the Redeemer Church. Lisa has been a plenary speaker and workshop presenter at several New Wineskins Conferences. She has also spoken at numerous campus events and church missions conferences. Lisa was the Bible expositor at Urbana 03 and a featured speaker at Urbana 06 (InterVarsity’s Student Mission Convention) respectively. Lisa worships at All Saints Anglican Church in Weddington, NC.
Along with her regular responsibilities, she also 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 3 married children and enjoys investing in the lives of her 4 young grandchildren, Kai, Leila, Kade and Penny.