Tilahun Beyene is the coordinator of the International Missions Association, affiliated with Eastern Mennonite Mission. He was born in Deder, Ethiopia, and received his high school education at the Mennonite-run Bible Academy in Nazareth, Ethiopia. In the late 1960s he studied business administration at the Haile Selassie I University in Addis Ababa. He received other administrative training during his 28 years in management of Ethiopian Airlines. A key leader in Ethiopia's Meserete Kristos Church in the 1970's, 1980s and 1990s, he authored I Will Build My Church, the Amharic language history of the growth of the MKC. He then served as prayer minister and church relations consultant at Eastern Mennonite Missions from 2001 to 2011. He and his wife Hiewet Tsegay live in Columbia, Maryland, and attend the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Baltimore. They have three adult daughters.