Rev Dr Israel Oluwole Olofinjana
Rev Dr Israel Oluwole Olofinjana (PhD) is the Director of One People Commission of the Evangelical Alliance. He is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister. He previously pastored Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a Black Majority multi-cultural multi-ethnic church in south east London (2014-February 2021), Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background, and holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and an MTh from Carolina University of Theology.
Israel is the editor of World Christianity in Western Europe: Diasporic Identities, Narratives and Missiology (2020), African Voices: Towards African British Theologies (2017), Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK (2013), and author of Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe (2010), 20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria (2011), Partnership in Mission: A Black Majority Church Perspective on Mission and Church Unity (2015) and Discipleship, Suffering and Racial Justice: Mission in a Pandemic World (2021).
Israel’s research thesis through his publications has been to develop African British Theology exploring African identity through Intercultural Missiology and Public Theology.
He is a Honorary Research Fellow at Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. He is on the Christian Aid Steering Group of Black Majority Church leaders exploring concerns around Racial Justice and Climate Justice and on the Advisory Group on Race and Theology of Society for the Study of Theology (SST). Israel is a consultant to the Executive Team of Lausanne Europe advising them on matters related to diaspora ministries in Europe. He is a member of Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Commission for Mission. He is happily married to Lucy who works at Churches Together in England as Senior Media and Communications Officer. They are blessed with one son Iyanuoluwa (Miracle of God).
Dr Harvey Kwiyani
Dr Harvey Kwiyani is the CEO of Global Connections and combines this with a teaching role at Church Mission Society (CMS) where he leads a master’s programme focusing on African Christianity in Britain. He has spent over ten years working as both a scholar and a practitioner in missions in Europe and North America. He graduated with a PhD from Luther Seminary in 2012, having researched the theological implications of the missionary work of Africans in North America. Harvey has now published some of his research findings in his book, Sent Forth: African Missionary Work in the West (2014, Orbis Books). He is also the author of Multicultural Kingdom (2020) and Roots and Wings: Equipping and Empowering young Diaspora Africans for Life and Mission (2018). He formerly taught missions, leadership and African studies at Birmingham Christian College and African Christianity at Liverpool Hope University.
Brenda Ouma is a Missionary and a church planter from Kenya. She currently serves in the capacity of a Community and Youth volunteer in Gloucester town, England. Her hope is to be part of a multicultural church plant in the Gloucestershire area.
Brenda has served as a missionary with Nairobi Chapel Church since 2014. The first two years she worked under the Youth Ministry as the Creative Service Co-ordinator while undergoing leadership training geared towards church planting and pastoral ministry. Prior to this, in 2011 she served in the Nairobi Youth Diocese, in the Anglican Church of Kenya. Her involvement was in missions to secondary and university students.
In 2016, Brenda, together with a team of 7 others, planted a church in the south of Nairobi- Nairobi Chapel South Church. She was tasked with starting a children’s ministry, which she did excellently, having raised and nurtured a team of leaders to continue the work. She came to the UK in September of 2016 and continued serving as a missionary at St. Luke’s Church Earls Court. In September 2017 she pioneered the Youth Ministry at St. Luke’s Church- Earls Court. In 2018 she took on more responsibilities and spearheaded the Women’s Ministry at St. Luke’s Church. She served in this position until August 2020, after which the mission field took her to Gloucester. Brenda also serves in the Lausanne Europe Process Team as the Prayer Coordinator.
Brenda holds a BA in Interior Design from the University of Nairobi and a Masters in Christian Leadership, with a focus on theology and Spirituality, from St. Mellitus College in London. She desires to be used by God to draw people across all cultures to Jesus, and share in the joy of salvation. Her passions revolve around people, leadership and the creative arts. When she is not with people, she enjoys hiking and having quiet walks in nature.
Tayo Arikawe is the International Director of Langham Partnership. He was previously the Director of Ministries at London City Mission (LCM). He is an ordained minister, a missionary and Bible teacher. One of his interests is reverse/inverse mission, with a view to building multicultural churches that will reach out to the lost in the continent of Europe. He is the International Director of Grace Evangelistic Ministries Europe (GEM), a non-denominational Bible teaching missionary organisation whose first priority is to take the gospel of grace to a lost and dying world. The ministry operates in over sixty countries of the world. Tayo completed an MTh from the University of Chester via Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He also holds BSc in Geology and Mineral Science from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. On a good day, he is at the gym doing bodily exercise. He is married to Calista and they are blessed with one son Mekus. Tayo is currently working on a PhD in Biblical Studies at University of Gloucestershire
Peter Oyugi is the European coordinator for Movement of African National Initiatives (MANI). He is also on the leadership of Majority World Christian Leaders Conversation (MWCLC). He hails from Kenya and previously served African Inland Mission (AIM), UK in different mission capacity. He also served on the Lausanne Europe Executive Team advising in matters related to diaspora ministries. He previously served as the pastor of a church in London, and before that as a student worker among university and college students in both Kenya and the UK. After initially studying Electrical and Communications Engineering in Kenya, Peter later graduated with an MA in Missions from Redcliffe College (University of Gloucestershire) and an MBA (Leadership) from the University of Liverpool. He regularly teaches the Bible at IFES conferences in English-speaking Africa. He also served on the councils of Global Connections and vice chair of All Nations Christian College council. Peter has a passion for cross-cultural mission that has grown out of being exposed to different cultures from childhood. His father is Kenyan and mother Finnish. He is an avid sports lover and takes a keen interest in African politics. Peter is married to Cecilia and they have two daughters.
Usha Reifsnider is a Co-Regional Director for Lausanne Europe. She is British Gujarati, from the West Midlands. She and her husband Matt have served as missionaries with Go To Nations since 1988. They spent 10 years in a Muslim country ministering to refugees and migrant workers, and also served as mission strategists with the International Learning Center, an English language school and church-planting programme for international communities in the USA. Usha holds an M.A. from The University of Chester, and is currently studying for a Ph.D. at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, researching diaspora mission through an anthropological lens. She has previously worked with South Asian Forum (SAF) of the Evangelical Alliance and South Asian Concern (SAC).
Dr Samuel Cueva
Dr Samuel Cueva (PhD), is a Peruvian missiologist, writer and mission consultant promoting two-way mission bridges to every continent for the fulfilment of God’s mission, and an expert on mission theology of reciprocal collaboration. He holds a BT in Theology from the Facultad de Teología – Barcelona (IBTE), Certificate in Religious Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, MA from University of Birmingham (UK), and a PhD from Trinity Saint David, University of Wales (UK).
He is an ordained minister of the Iglesia Misionera Evangélica (IME), a mission consultant an expert in reciprocal collaboration mission theology, and founder and president of Mission for Third Millennium which organises conferences for Christian leadership on Global Mission. Samuel’s PhD explored reciprocal collaboration in mission between Western Churches and Latin American Churches, proposing a relational mission theology with a qualitative approach on reciprocal collaboration mission theology. He is also a composer on Canto Creativo – Creative Singing (YouTube), and produces ‘Pensamiento que Inspira’ (Thought that Inspires), a weekly Spanish theological reflection designed for WhatsApp.
Samuel is the editor of articles both in English and in Spanish, between them: ‘Indigenous Churches: Ethnic and Multicultural Churches’ (The Church in Mission 2016), ‘Partnership’ in Dictionary of Mission Theology (2007), Al Cumplimiento de la Missio Dei (2007), En las Manos del Alfarero (2021), and author of La Iglesia Local en Mision Transcultural (1992), Mission Partnership in Creative Tension (2015).
He is a member of the Latin American Theological Fraternity, and a council member of the Evangelical Alliance (UK); advisory member of One People Commission (Evangelical Alliance UK); board member of the steering committee of the Equip7: Learning Community (Asian initiative). He has been a Visiting Lecturer in Missiology at the University of Roehampton (UK), and speaks at various national and international conferences. He currently lives in London.
Trizenia September is from South Africa and served with Operation Mobilisation (OM) for twelve years. Four and a half of those were on the OM ships in North, East and South Africa; the Middle East; South and East Asia and the Pacific. After her time on the OM Ships, Trizenia returned to South Africa, where she continued serving with OM working on various projects. She then joined the OM South Africa Missions Discipleship Training (MDT) leadership team, equipping and discipling students from around the world in a cross-cultural setting. She ended her time at MDT serving as Associate Director for two years. Trizenia is currently studying at All Nations Christian College, completing her BA in Biblical and Intercultural Studies.