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.
Born and raised a proud Yorkshireman, Andy moved down to Coventry in 1996 to study Physiotherapy at university, where two of the most remarkable and wonderful things happened. First and foremost, he came to know God in a personal way and then he met his now wife Gillian. In the 21 years they have been married, God has blessed Andy and Gillian with two wonderful boys. His move to Global Connections comes after working in the NHS for the last 21 years, initially as a physio and, for the last 12 years, in operational management and leadership. In his downtime, Andy enjoys going to the gym, playing bass, reading and spending time at his allotment or just generally being outside and active with his family.
I am a Malawian mission theologian with twenty years of mission and theological education experience in Europe and the United States. My work is built around my two passions. The first is mission in the West. For over twenty years I have wrestled with numerous questions around the subject of re-evangelisation of Europe, especially through the work of world Christians currently living in European countries. I am, thus, engaged in missiological conversations in contemporary Europe and North America, having been part of the missional church conversation in Britain and the United States. At the same time, I have also been involved in a conversation around non-Western missionary movements, especially those working in Europe and North America. My two books, Sent Forth: African Missionary Work in the West (Orbis, 2014), and Multicultural Kingdom (SCM, 2020) are part of my contribution to this conversation.
The second is the story of African Christianity, both in the continent of Africa and in the African Diaspora. I am particularly interested in three conversations connected to African Christianity. First, its history. I am fascinated by the works of Tertullian and Augustine just as much as those of Desmond Tutu and John Mbiti. Second, its connection to African culture and philosophy. I find questions like, “what does it mean to be an African and a Christian at the same time?” and “what does ubuntu have to say to the Christian gospel in Africa?” exciting. And third, its missiology. African Christians are now taking the gospel to the world, and thus, I wonder what is actually happening with African Christianity in the Diaspora (especially in the Western world) and how the African missionary movement will take shape in this century. I edited and published Africa Bears Witness (ATNP/SPCK, 2021) to push this discourse forward.
I obtained my PhD (2012, Luther Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota, USA) following a research project on the missiological (or theological) implications of the presence of African Christians in the United States. For my Masters (2007, University of Wales, United Kingdom), I wrote on congregational transformation for mission in Europe and North America. I got my Bachelor of Education (Mathematics) from the Chancellor College (of the University of Malawi) in 1997. I am currently working on research projects exploring (1) the gifts of African Christians in Britain, (2) the faith of young Christian migrants in Britain and (3) mission theology in African perspectives. I founded and continue to be the general editor of Missio Africanus: The Journal of African Missiology.” I have a teaching role at the Church Mission Society (CMS) in Oxford where I lead a masters’ program focused on African Christianity in Britain.
Sandy is the Vocations Director for Global Connections. She joined the staff team 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 involvement in internal HR, and she is on the Core Group of the International HR Forum. As a member of Myton Church in Warwick she is involved with the Ministry Coordination Team and women’s ministry. Sandy is married to Andrew and they have three adult sons. Sandy loves hill-walking, running, reading, watching films, singing in a local choir, supporting Welsh rugby (even when they lose), and live theatre.
Based in Belfast Tim takes the lead in promoting and developing the work of MAP (Mission Action Partnership), a partnership of mission agencies and churches in Northern Ireland. Before becoming MAP Coordinator Tim worked in local government for 11 years. He has always been passionate about mission and has a background of involvement in mission activities as a member of Emmanuel Church in Lurgan. Tim is married to Andrea and they have three young sons. He enjoys travelling, reading, music, movies and most sports – he is big a Man United fan!
Anne grew up in South-East London and moved to Stratford-upon-Avon after she met and then married her husband, Malcolm, over 20 years ago. She has worked for Lloyds Bank in customer service, volunteered with and then managed the local Christian Bookshop. Most recently she worked for Railway Mission, a member of Global Connections, providing office support to their chaplaincy team. Anne has also volunteered as part of the chaplaincy team at the Shakespeare Hospice and for nine years was on the leadership team at Stratford Baptist Church. She volunteers with the newly formed Stratford Town Centre chaplaincy team. In her spare time, Anne enjoys walking, jigsaws (since lockdown!) and baking with the produce that her husband grows in the garden.
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.
Telene was born in South Africa, had a short stay in the USA and now calls the UK home. After graduating with a degree in theatre she started working in the field of media and promotions, serving a global Christian media organisation in various marketing and communications functions. Following an invitation to move again, this time to a new City, God led her to study digital marketing and Ultimately step into the Global Connections family, supporting Kate as she embarks on maternity leave. Like many of you Christ’s heart for global missions excites her immensely.
Kate spent her teenage years helping out at events for the short-term mission charity that her father ran. Her heart for the developing world grew throughout this time and she signed up to spend part of her gap year working in an orphanage in Uganda. After graduating university, Kate landed her first marketing job working for an international children’s charity. At the same time Kate also worked for her local church and co-presented on a Christian community radio station. Kate has since worked for a global company and it was the marketing experience she gained here that prepared her with the skills she needed for her role at Global Connections, a position she started in September 2019. Outside of work Kate leads the Media Team and is a Key Leader at her local church. She lives with her husband Steve and their cocker spaniel Otis.