Agus Susanto Leadership Profile (ACSI Indonesia)September 25, 2023
Dr. Agus Susanto, the director of ACSI Indonesia, grew up in a non-Christian home but attended a Christian school. He providentially became a believer after his older brother, who was attending a Catholic school near their home, became a Christian and passed his faith along to him. Later, Agus successfully petitioned his parents to attend Elkana Christian School.
From the age of 12, Agus wanted to become a teacher. His father told him that to be a man he would need lots of money, so Agus studied civil engineering instead. His heart and passion were always for teaching, though, and after a few years in engineering, he felt God calling him into the education field. He applied to work in procurement at Petra Christian University, his alma mater. Two years later, he became a science and math teacher at Pelangi Kristus Christian School.
During his second year teaching at PKCS, Agus participated in the ACSI Indonesia Christian Educator Certification (CEC) program. The next year, he applied to study at Kosin University’s graduate school in South Korea as a Christian education major. He earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Education during his time there.
In 2015, Agus met ACSI Global Department’s Mike Epp and David Wilcox at the International Christian Educator’s Conference (ICEC) in Korea. With them was the late ACSI Director of Indonesia, Ishak Suhonggo Wonohadidjojo, who asked Agus to join ACSI. Agus initially declined, but after praying about the offer for a year, he decided to join ACSI Indonesia in 2017 as its Associate Director. He became the National Director in February 2020.
Agus learned from his mentor, Ishak, that ACSI Indonesia is like a “one-stop shop” for Christian educators. Agus explained that accreditation is not a rigid finality, but rather like a flexible, ongoing process. Teachers start in the Christian Educator Certification program, receive formal certification, and move forward in the learning process by earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Then, they will hopefully continue their studies by obtaining master’s and doctoral degrees in Christian education. The desired outcome is for teachers to become lifelong learners and flourish in their roles as they disciple students through a Christ-centered education.
Agus oversees 93 member schools in Indonesia. He has created a growing database that includes information for the 5,118 teachers in ACSI’s network. 52,878 students attend these member schools and are impacted by ACSI’s outreach in the region.
In addition to leading ACSI Indonesia, Agus now serves as a representative for the Asia Pacific division of ACSI. Please pray for the ACSI Indonesia office as they seek more staff members and an office location.
Finally, Agus continues the legacy begun by the late Ishak Suhonggo Wonohadidjojo, the first director of ACSI Indonesia when the office opened in 2003, who recently passed away on August 28, 2023. ACSI honors Ishak’s many years of service and dedication to global Christian education. Please pray for those who knew and loved Ishak.