The small staff team (assisted by some key volunteers) help to facilitate the activities of the network. However network members are actively involved in planning of most events and forums.
Sandy joined the staff of Global Connections in January 2009, having returned from five years at St. Andrew's School, Turi in Kenya. Prior to this she worked in the voluntary sector in the UK - with special interest in good practice in the management of volunteers - and was on the administrative staff of IFES and churches in Exeter and Warwick. Sandy's role at Global Connections is to coordinate much of the vocational activities, resources and services of Christian Vocations, as well as overseeing HR, and involvement with the International HR, TCK, and Member Care Forums. As a member of Myton Church in Warwick she is involved with mission support, young adults, and women’s ministry. Sandy is married to Andrew and they have three fast-growing sons. Sandy loves walking, reading, watching films, singing in a local choir, and live performances of Shakespeare plays.
David joined the Global Connections team in January 2001. Formerly from London, David moved to the Midlands to be close to the GC offices in 2010. Besides his main role as Business Manager for GC, David also administers the registration of UK vacancies on the Christian Vocations website within jobfile, as database work is part of his valuable skill set! He enjoys listening to all kinds of music, and compering the regular film nights in the village where he lives. At his local church he is on the prayer ministry and PA teams, and is a member of the Southam Deanery Mission committee. He is married to Sue, has two adult sons from his previous marriage, and three grandsons.
After an encounter with God at the age of 16, Annie later went on to study a degree in Theology at The University of Nottingham, where she also became involved in The Women’s Network, social action teams and leadership of student mission projects. Annie joined Global Connections as Evan’s PA in November 2014 after her return from India, where she opened a ballet school for young people from various faiths and social backgrounds. She loves to travel, inhales more music than oxygen and has a heart for reaching young people through the arts.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Evan came to personal faith in Jesus at an early age, largely through the influence of his parents. From the beginning of their relationship, he and his wife Clare began to sense God’s call on their lives into cross-cultural mission work - this eventually led them to join the staff of Agapé to work in Malawi and South Africa for 10 years where he had teaching, training and administration responsibilities (not all at the same time!). In 1996 they began working in Agapé’s national office in Birmingham and were involved in a variety of operational and field ministry activities for the next 11 years. Evan joined the GC staff team in November 2007 and as Operations Director is responsible for overseeing delivery of our strategic objectives. He facilitates the CEO, Trustees and Europe Forums and as Company Secretary services the Board and Council. He is a trustee of Agapé and a deacon in Shirley Baptist Church. Evan and Clare have two adult children, Anna and Daniel.
Ann is responsible for forums concerned with mission to and within the UK including the traditional areas of work amongst those of other faiths (Faith to Faith Forum). Much of this work is concerned with collecting resource suggestions to develop the Faith to Faith Resources Centre. She is involved in supporting two organisations, who are looking at how best to enable missionaries to the UK from overseas, to do the task to which God has called them in a place with different traditions and expectations. Ann also facilitates CRIB, Hope for Muslims, the Central Asia Forum and the Muslim World Forum. Ann has a background of involvement in mission activities through her local church, as well as in local and national support of the Church Mission Society.
Paul joined Global Connections in 2007 as an intern having graduated from Warwick University the previous summer. As a member of Myton Church, Paul helps to lead a youth group for 14-19 year olds and is part of the Mission Support Team. In addition to his keen interest in films and photography Paul enjoys following and (occasionally) playing a wide range of sports. In his role as Communications and Marketing Manager Paul has responsibility for developing the Global Connections and Christian Vocations websites as well as for producing printed communications such as Sphere and World Prayer News. He facilitates the Communication Officers Forum.
Originally from Belfast, Jo has worked among the Maasai in Kenya and in London with AIM International as their Youth & Student worker. She now lives in Birmingham and is a member of St. John’s Church, Harborne. She has been happily married to Mark since September 2006 and has become a student of football and cricket as a result. Both Jo and Mark enjoy keeping fit and eating out and are also closely involved with Isubilo, an HIV & AIDS ministry based in Zambia. They also run City Pastors in Birmingham, an inter-church project serving the night-time economy. Jo is responsible for production of CV’s major publications, involvement in some of the major UK Christian events and supporting joint mission agency initiatives including GOfest, which she Chairs. She is also Chair of the Short-Term Mission Forum and ECM Britain (from Dec 14) and is a governor of Redcliffe College.
Nicoleta is originally from Romania and in 2008 she came to study in the UK. In 2012 she joined another two Romanian families and moved to Birmingham to help plant Emmaus Church, a ministry that initially aimed to reach East Europeans in the West Midlands. She joined Global Connections in November 2014 as part time PA to the Executive Director. Nicoleta is married to Chris, and together with their son Isaac, they now serve in Myton Church in Leamington Spa.
Jill is originally from Scotland but has lived in Northern Ireland for the past 20 years. She spent 8 years working as a partner in mission with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa in Kenya, teaching, running a library and providing hospitality. She is married to Uel and has three children, born in Kenya, and one grandchild. Jill has spent the last 12 years working for EMBRACE NI, encouraging local churches to engage with migrant people. She is interested in exploring new expressions of mission and in her free time enjoys family, fresh air, conversations over coffee, reading and creative writing.