Host Bios

Karam Bahnam

Co-founder of ECRC

Karam Bahnam is a co-founder of the Eastern Catholic Re-evangelization Center (ECRC) in West Bloomfield Michigan. He is majoring in philosophy at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He is an entrepreneur with businesses in Michigan.  He and his wife Reem have four children.

Bashar Kirma

Cast Member

Bashar Kirma is an engineer and long-time youth leader at ECRC and local parishes.  He founded Silent Saints weekly ministry. His passion for ministry comes from his favorite quote is “you may be the only Bible someone will ever read.”  He and his wife Angela have two children and reside in Michigan.

Louay Mansour

Cast Member

Louay Mansour, DDS graduated from the Advanced Standing Dental Program at University of Detroit Mercy with a Dental Degree in 2000. Dr. Mansour has an active dental practice in Roseville, Michigan since 2002. He also attended Baghdad University achieving another Dental Degree in 1995. Dr. Mansour and his wife Najlaa have three sons, Joseph, Simon and Emmanuel. He takes extensive continuing education classes expanding knowledge in all areas of dentistry and enjoys teaching theology and bible study at different Catholic Church’s and retreat centres.  Dr. Mansour is an active sports enthusiast and his favourite team is the Detroit Pistons. He enjoys playing Ping-Pong, soccer, volley-ball and basketball when he gets a break from his busy dental schedule.

Vanessa Denha Garmo

Cast Member

Vanessa Denha Garmo is founder of Denha Media Group, a strategic communications agency.  She has a master’s degree in communications. She is professional speaker, media coach and producer of Mar Toma Productions. She is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Chaldean News. She is a regular fill-in host on Ave Maria Catholic Radio and producer of Christ-Centered Communication Messages heard on Ave Maria Radio AM 990. She and her husband Ron have a daughter.

Tom Naemi

Cast Member

Tom Naemi had a life-changing experience serving a life sentence in prison. This conversation resulted in many charisms, including the gift of healing. In addition to running his wholesale business, he has dedicated his life to ministering to the sick. He has four children and resides in Michigan.

Fr. Niaz Toma

Cast Member

Fr. Niaz Toma is the pastor of St. Thomas Chaldean Parish in Hamilton, St. Peter’s in Oakville and Burlington, Ontario, Canada. He holds B. Sc. And M. Sc. in Architecture as well as a High Diploma in Music in addition to a Master’s degree in Divinity from Western Ontario University. He worked for Caritas Iraq and founded the Department of Media and Public Relations. He was ordained in 2010 by H. E. Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim, is the co-founder of Al-Mukhales Satellite Channel, and serves a community of 1200 families.

Fr. Pierre Konja

Cast Member

Fr. Pierre Konja is the associate pastor of Mother of God Cathedral. He was ordained in 2011 and is the Vocation Director of St. Thomas Chaldean Diocese.

Spencer Sandiha

Cast Member

Spencer Sandiha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and currently sits as an ECRC board member. During his service, Spencer had found that many young Catholics are consistently struggling with Moral Relativism, both at the High School and at University level, due to the misinformation from a variety of cultural influences. As such, Spencer has spent much of his Pastoral Ministry focusing on the youth in his community, through Church youth organizations and Retreats. This is why he created And Now You Know, as a go-to source for those who want to understand better why the Catholic Church believes what it believes.