Marc Champagne

Vice President

Marc is the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Mason, Ohio, a church which desires to reflect its city's multi-ethnic population, many of whom are from South and East Asia.  He enthusiastically promotes the work of Partners India and embraces its vision, finding in Ashish and the PI leadership a common passion and executable plan for equipping and empowering indigenous leaders.  


Scott C. Ellsworth, CPA


Scott graduated from Heidelberg University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Computer Science.  He began his career with the CPA firm of Ernst and Young.  Scott has been a CPA for 25 years. He has also served as COO and CFO of numerous companies during his career. Scott is a Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider (ELP).

Brian Ferry


Brian is the Assistant Pastor and Church Musician at New City Presbyterian Church. Brian and his wife Cheryl, as well as their 3 daughters, Meka, Eden, & Quinn moved to Oakley, an urban light neighborhood on the east-side of Cincinnati, at the beginning of 2012 to join New City. Brian grew up in Cincinnati and married Cheryl when she moved to Cincinnati to work at the Kroger office downtown. Brian went to Miami University, graduating with a B.A. in Speech Communication. He's worked as a pastor of student ministry and church musician for about the past 15 years, with a short stint at a camp and retreat center. Brian graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Bible Seminary and was ordained a teaching elder in the PCA in November of 2013.

After seeing the extraordinary work of Partners India and having his heart captured by the unreached people groups, he joined the board. One of the most exciting and remarkable things about Partners India is the emphasis on indigenous leaders training, equipping, and empowering more indigenous leaders who will make a difference throughout the regions. 

Patterson Hicks

Member / Strategic planning team lead

Patterson Hicks is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and currently resides with his wife of 15+ years and four children in Mason, Ohio.  Spending over 10 years in Ohio, he has also lived overseas in China and Singapore serving as both a missionary and business leader.  The majority of his career has been spent helping develop technology solutions for enterprise customers but his true passion is supporting the global mission field.  Having traveling to over 23 countries, Patterson has seen God moving mightily in so many cultures and nations.  He is passionate about serving those who are serving others and is always looking for opportunities to share the gospel through compassion and mercy ministries.  Patterson has been a member of the board since 2014.

Dr. Joseph Paturi


Dr. Joseph Paturi is a frequent speaker in Churches, Christian Conferences and Seminars held across America and around the world. His passion is to reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ and equip the believers for the work of the ministry. He traveled over one million miles by air and covered 70 countries so far bringing the good news of Jesus Christ. He is the Founder-President of TransWorld Ministries, which is an international mission endeavor serving in America and around the globe. He is also the President Emeritus of Temple Baptist College & Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. He serves as Co-Chancellor of Vedanta Vidhyalayam (A Theological Seminary) in Kuwait. He provides leadership to help establish Bible Colleges, Theological Seminaries and Christian Universities in different countries. He chairs several professional teams evaluating institutions of higher education for accreditation. He serves on many national and international boards. He is an author as well. His books include Basic Theology, God’s Design for Marriage, Understanding Heaven, Understanding John Three Sixteen and God’s Word for the Children, besides contributing articles to various magazines. He is in the process of writing more books. He has earned multidisciplinary educational credentials, which prepared him for the work of the ministry. He has about 45 years of combined experience in ministry and higher education fields. He is an international leader and a Christian statesman. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Dr. Shobha.

Caroline Phelps


Caroline Phelps is a Cincinnati native with a love for the Gospel and international development. She has a background in nonprofit fundraising and marketing and is honored to serve the unreached in India. Caroline graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in Spanish and has continued her education through the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Interact for Health. She was blessed to travel to India with Partners India in 2016 and can’t wait to return!

Ashish Pushkaran

Co-founder / President

Both of Ashish’s parents were born in orthodox Hindu families in Kerala, South India. His father accepted Jesus Christ as a teen after reading a gospel pamphlet that he found on the ground. He was persecuted and soon expelled by his family. Ashish’s mother too was driven away by her family after she followed Christ. Ashish accepted Jesus as his God and Savior at age ten and has yearned to serve the Lord since. He moved to the States in 2001, received a degree in theology, and also pursued his wife, Sue. Together, after much prayer and receiving counsel from Godly mentors, they launched Partners India in 2005.

Ashish has an Economics degree from Mahatma Gandhi University, India (1999), and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Temple Baptist Seminary, Cincinnati, OH (2002). He is an ordained Minister of the Gospel through Evangelical Church Alliance, Bradley, IL (2008). Ashish and Sue have two boys and a girl: Chrisdas Ashish (2006), Luke Vivek (2010) and Diya Hope (2013).

Suvarnamala (Sue) Pushkaran

Co-founder / Member

Suvarnamala (Sue), co-founder of Partners India was born in Hyderabad, South India and immigrated to the United States with her family at age 13. Sue is a second generation Christian, growing up with much Christian influence through her family. But she questioned God and His existence early in life when God in His infinite mercy, reached down to revealing Himself to her. From that point on she yearned to serve the Lord as a missionary. In 2002, Sue met Ashish who shared her passion for missions. They got married in 2003.

Sue has a degree in Biology from Kean University, NJ (2000), a Masters degree in Bio-Medical Sciences from University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ (2004) and MSN from University of Cincinnati (2016).  Sue is passionate about reaching people with the love of Christ in simple ways, such as providing education, counseling and addressing health care needs. Sue and Ashish have two boys and a girl: Chrisdas Ashish (2006), Luke Vivek (2010) and Diya Hope (2013).

Daniel Rajaiah


Daniel Rajaiah serves as the Executive Director of the Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati & N. KY.  He has a background in government/politics, previously serving as Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's Director of External Affairs. Daniel has a passion for the people of India, starting from a missions trip he took to the village of Hosur in 2005.  Daniel's ultimate goal in life is to use the networks and talents God has blessed him with to help others -- and he views his role with Partners India as an extension of this life calling.   In 2015, he was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy.

Amy Smith, CFRE


Amy Smith is currently the Administrative Director of Communications and Foundation at St. Aloysius Orphanage in Cincinnati. She has 15 years of experience working in nonprofit development and leadership, always having worked as an advocate for marginalized children. A native of Portland, Oregon, Amy studied nonprofit management at the University of Washington and has considerable experience in nonprofit marketing, philanthropic psychology, and capital campaign strategy and execution. She was raised in a devout Christian family and has remained passionate about faith, family, and community building.

Edward Steitz


Ed is a native of St. Louis, Missouri but has lived in California, Ohio and Florida.  He and his wife, Gale, of 40+ years are retired and currently live in Denver, CO to be closer to their two adult children who live in the West.  His life’s work has been as an educator assisting in opening and expanding Christian Schools in the Midwest.  As a couple, they are both passionate about working in cultures different from their own both locally and internationally to express compassion in the name of Jesus.  In the past several years he was introduced to the work of Partners India through his church and friendship with Ashish and Sue Pushkaran and was greatly blessed in 2013 to be able to see first hand how God is using Partners India to make a difference in many regions.  We are thankful now to contribute in new ways and support to what God is doing through Partners India!

Gale Steitz


Gale is a native of New Jersey, and has also lived in Florida, Missouri and Ohio, and now resides in Colorado. In addition to her 40+ year marriage to her husband Ed, she has spent much of her adult life raising two children and working for non-profit organizations as a social worker, volunteer coordinator, program director and non-profit administrator. Besides traveling to many countries, her work has provided her with many cross-cultural experiences. She hopes to use her gifts writing grants for the ministry as well as acquiring any available resources. Gale also thrives in serving the Lord as expressed through hospitality. She feels very blessed to serve with Partners India and be a small part of serving the Lord in India from Denver, Colorado.

Ramdas Vishalakumar


Ramdas Vishalakumar is a native of Hyderabad, India. He is Sue Pushkaran’s dad. He migrated to the US in 1992 and works as a Home Health Aid in NJ. Ramdas has a heart that beats for the gospel. He is often found praying and encouraging on the bedside of the patients he serve.

Ramdas is married to Maniamma. They make their home in Edison, NJ, with 2 sons John and Joshua Vishalakumar, daughter-in-law Sannuthi and grandchildren Caleb and Shiloh.