Tom Albinson

Ambassador for Refugees and Displaced People

Thomas (Tom) Albinson has served refugees full-time since 1981. He founded International Association for Refugees (IAFR) in 2009, where he serves as President. Prior to his work with IAFR, Albinson served with Slavic Gospel Association (1981 – 1992) and with International Teams (1992 – 2009). He has pioneered several refugee ministry initiatives and has supervised refugee ministries in Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

In 2001, Albinson helped establish the Refugee Highway Partnership, a WEA Global Partner and growing international network of Christians serving forcibly displaced people.

Albinson received a B.A. in Social Work from Taylor University (Upland, IN) and has since studied some theology at Wheaton College Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). He is quick to add, “I have learned most from the forcibly displaced people with whom I have worked over the years.”

Albinson met his wife, Donna, while serving in Austria (1981 – 2003). They married in 1985 and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.