Andy grew up in Chile and started working life as a solicitor. He then spent 3 years as a missionary in Bolivia with his family until they returned to the UK where he embarked on MA degree in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission. He joined the faculty of Redcliffe College in Gloucester in 2008 as Lecturer in Justice & Mission and developed a new MA programme on justice issues in contemporary mission with his wife, Carol, which started in 2012. He joined the staff of ForMission in 2015 as Programme Director to spearhead the newly validated MA programme. He is co-founder, with Carol, of the jusTice initiative and they both write a blog viewable at Justice, Advocacy & Mission. Andy contributed to and co-edited the book Carnival Kingdom: Biblical justice for global communities, has co-written a newly-published training programme on biblical justice with International Justice Mission and contributed to a new Justice Bible being published in 2016. He and Carol have 4 children.
Andrew has an MA in Philosophy and Politics from Oxford University and successfully completed the previous MA in Missional Leadership course in 2011 since when he has been a tutor on the programme. His professional career was spent in management consultancy where he worked for many blue-chip organisations and major government departments. He was Senior Pastor at Solihull Christian Fellowship for 15 years and is currently leading a church plant in a new residential development on the edge of Birmingham.
David has been pastoring Baptist Churches in London for around 35 years. He has particular experience in the development of multi-ethnic church communities. He has been a part-time member of the Faculty at ForMission College since 2011, gradually taking on more responsibilities. He holds an MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation which focussed on the way that people from different ethnicities interpret text. David is married with three grown up children who are also married, and he has four grandchildren.
Sam Ewell is a U.S. national and permanent resident of Brazil, where he lived from 2003-2010 with his wife (Rosalee) and three children (James, Isabella, and Katharine). Since 2010, the Ewells have resided in Birmingham, UK, where Sam has recently completed his doctoral research on Christian mission from the perspective of Ivan Illich. Sam’s teaching role in the MA flows out of his role as a community minister with the Newbigin House based in the Winson Green parish, where he combines community ministry with regenerative urban agriculture to cultivate discipleship, community resilience, and neighbourhood transformation.
Mary is managing editor of Journal of Missional Practice, an international journal which responds to Newbigin’s challenging question: ‘Can the West be converted?’ She has been based in hospitals for most of her working life. Her work as medical librarian involved helping clinicians to find and understand clinical research. She was involved in some research herself in this context, exploring ways to bridge the gap between established clinical practice and innovation. She has served as an elder at Pavilion Christian Community for more than twenty years and has completed the MA in Missional Leadership. Mary is a companion of the Northumbria Community.
Harvey’s expertise is in missional leadership in Western contexts. He comes from Malawi, but has worked both as a mission practitioner and scholar in several Western countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United States, and Britain the past 15 years. His experience in mission in Europe and North America has enabled him to teach fellow Africans and other foreign missionaries about missional effectiveness in the West. He is passionate about African theology and philosophy. His research interests include African missionary movements, missiological implications of the African philosophy of ubuntu, and African Christianity in the Diaspora. He received his Ph.D. from Luther Seminary in the United States following his research on theological and missiological implications of African immigrant Christianity in the United States. He is author of Sent Forth: African Missionary Work in the West and has written numerous journal articles in Africa, Britain, and the US. He is the Founding Editor of Missio Africanus: The Journal of African Missiology.
David Lawrence is currently the Teaching Pastor at Thornbury Baptist Church. His ministry background includes church planting, church leadership, and leadership consultancy. He was formerly the Director of Studies for the ForMission MA programme and has recently helped to establish the ‘Inspire’ discipleship project for the national Methodist Church.David holds Masters Degrees in Applied Theology (MTh), Consultancy for Mission and Ministry (MA) and in Ministerial & Theological Research (MA).His publications include ‘Winning Ways’ – Creating a Culture of Outreach in Your Church (jointly with Philip Jinadu), and a book about the new heavens and new earth entitled, ‘Heaven: It’s not the end of the world’. David is married with three grown-up children, who are also married with children. His interests include watching football, woodworking and walking.
Emma has a PhD in Linguistics and has taught at universities in the UK, the US and Canada, publishing a textbook with Cambridge University Press. She also spent many years in various roles with Wycliffe Bible Translators, focusing on training. She recently spent nine years living in Canada where, in addition to teaching and becoming a dual citizen, she studied Restorative Justice and gained a ThM in Theology from the Vancouver School of Theology, with a thesis on solitude, community and Trinitarian theology. She also volunteered with A Rocha Canada and was a member of a Mennonite Church Canada congregation where she served in pastoral roles and assisted with leading services, preaching and music. She loves creative pursuits of all kinds and is interested in the intersection of creativity, theopoetics, hospitality and discernment.