Sadiri Joy Tira is the Lausanne Movement’s Senior Associate for Diasporas, and chairperson for the Global Diaspora Network (GDN). Sadiri, also known as ’Joy’ serves as Vice President for Diaspora Missions for Advancing Indigenous Missions (AIM) and serves as Diaspora Missiology Specialist at the Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives at Ambrose University College and Seminary (AUCS). He received his ministry training from Canadian Theological Seminary (M.Miss), Edmonton Baptist Seminary (M.T.S.), Reformed Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and Western Seminary (D.Miss.). Dr. Tira is a member of the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS) and International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS). He ministered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for over two decades, where he served as founding Senior Pastor of First Filipino Alliance Church until 2006. Before immigrating to Canada, Joy worked as an engineer with Operation Mobilization’s ship M/V Logos. His recent publications include The Human Tidal Wave (LifeChange Publishing Inc, 2013) and Filipino Kingdom Workers: An Ethnographic Study in Diaspora Missiology (William Carey International University Press, 2012).
Joy is a missions practitioner who travels extensively mobilizing Christians in diaspora, particularly the globally scattered Filipinos to help fulfill the Great Commission. Born and raised in the Philippines, Joy and his wife Lulu immigrated to Canada in 1981 and are now naturalized Canadians. They are based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — one of Canada’s top destinations for new immigrants and foreign workers.