2017 Board Nominations – Ihab Khalil

Mr. Ihab Khalil


Ihab Khalil is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Manager at a large public sector organization. He has significant experience in board work having been a previous member on municipal, community, and Coptic studies boards. Ihab and his family have been members of SMSV for the last eight years. He has been involved in several ministries – including the Small Groups Ministry and has been a guest speaker at the Men’s ministry and C.R.E.W.

Vision Statement:

1. How will you contribute to the mission and vision of SMSV by your service on the Church Board?

St. Paul wrote: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” (Romans12:6) I wholeheartedly believe in the vision and mission of SMSV – in our Church’s focus on unity in diversity: in love, integration and outreach. My contribution to the mission and vision of SMSV is that I will serve and represent the SMSV community by looking at every decision of the board through this lens.

In terms of my specific skills – I have expertise in most areas of board responsibility, including governance, strategy and policy, and all areas of finance. I believe that my specific skills would benefit the board, the church and the broader community.

In terms of my personal approach – I take a more collaborative, open approach to decision-making – preferring to hear different perspectives on challenges or issues.,

2. What new ideas/suggestions would you like to introduce to the Church Board?

My ideas or suggestions will be in response to the needs of our priest(s), the SMSV community and our Church’s vision and mission. These needs may differ form time to time – and I would suggest we need to look after the needs of our community (Philipians 2:4) in an effective and timely way.

One suggestion I do have is that as we fulfill our mission, we strengthen the biblical and Coptic knowledge of our SMSV community. We have already started this by the popular New Testament 101 course.

I would suggest continuing to strengthen our biblical foundations; and eventually going further and looking at Coptic tradition – the Church fathers, the desert fathers and mothers, as well as the modern Coptic developments. This would balance our outreach missionary nature and the anchor that is our Coptic faith.