Rev Derek Maxwell
Before joining SGA in 2002, Derek pastored two congregations in Northern Ireland. He first served as Regional Representative in Northern Ireland, until his appointment as Field Director in 2004. In 2009 Derek was appointed as General Director, and he is committed to maintaining the mission’s Biblical ethos and vision of reaching Slavic nations with the Gospel. He also engages in extensive deputation work throughout Northern Ireland and in other parts of the British Isles. He continues to exercise a wider ministry of teaching, preaching and lecturing throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Derek is married to Carole and they have two children.
Pastor John Birnie
Director of Field Ministries
A former secondary school-teacher, John entered ministry with the Association of Irish Baptist Churches in 1974 as an evangelist and church planter. This was followed by some years of pastoral ministry before he became Director of Studies and Lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Missiology at the Irish Baptist College. John joined the staff of SGA in 2007 and currently serves as Director of Field Ministries. He is married to Dorothy and they have four sons and one daughter, all married. To date they have eighteen grandchildren who give them much joy, and much needed exercise!
Pastor Mark Foster
Mark is married to Margaret and they have 3 children, Sarah, Joshua and Joel. After university and a period of working in the construction industry, Mark undertook theological study in preparation for Christian ministry. During this time he worked in a church on the Wirral, and after graduating, was appointed there as pastor. In 2009, after 10 years of pastoral ministry, he joined the staff of SGA. His responsibilities are varied and include overseeing and producing the mission’s publications, preaching and lecturing throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and representing SGA in North West England and North Wales.
Rev Chris Menzfeld
Regional Representative - South West England and South Wales
Chris had a Roman Catholic upbringing owing to the fact that his father was Polish. He travelled to Eastern Europe many times, especially during the early days of communism, and well remembers the border crossings and ‘Cold War’ atmosphere that gripped the east. Conversion came in his late teens, and he was greatly affected by the love of God’s people, as well as the winsome and effective preaching of the Revd. Frank Goodwin.
After training in electrical engineering, he joined the family business in 1982. In the course of time he received a call from the Lord to preach the Word. He trained at the London Theological Seminary, and in 1994 became pastor of Hitcham Free Church. He ministered there until 2009 before joining SGA. Today Chris travels to Eastern Europe to teach, and represents the Mission in the South West of England.
Mr Andrew Coleclough
Regional Representative - Northern England and North Wales
After studying Physics at university, Andrew spent 25 years as a secondary school Science teacher. He has many years’ experience in church leadership, serving as an elder in the church where he lives in Cheshire. Andrew joined the staff of SGA in 2012 and his responsibilities include representing SGA in North England and North Wales with occasional preaching and lecturing in Eastern Europe. He is married to Jan and they have three grown up sons.
Rev Wayne O’Leary
Field Representative - The Midlands and Mid Wales
Wayne was brought up in a Christian home, and found Christ in his student years. During his marine engineering studies he recognised that where there is design there is a designer, that there is clear design in the universe and that science and Christianity are not in conflict. After working in the marine industry for several years, he was called to pastoral work, and in 1990 went to Bible College. Alongside his pastoral ministry he also served as a part time New Testament Tutor in Birmingham. He joined SGA in 2012 as a Field Representative, lecturing in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and carrying out deputation in the Midlands and surrounding areas. Wayne is married to Iris, and they have a son, Joshua and a daughter, Naamah.
Pastor Clive Langston
Regional Representative - South East England
After six months of working on a voluntary basis with London City Mission, Clive studied at Moorlands College for three years, specialising in Pastoral Studies. Following his time at college, he married Margaret, and they now have five children. He has ministered in several churches- in West Sussex, Hertfordshire and North Devon. After 11 years as Pastor in North Devon, Clive joined the ministry of SGA in September 2014 as a Regional Representative for the south east of England. He also lectures in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Mrs Sharon Howard
A former Primary School teacher, Sharon is now responsible for the day to day running and organisation of the SGA office. She deals with the correspondence and paperwork, and is generally the voice at the end of the telephone. She particularly enjoys reading the letters from SGA supporters, which come into the office. Sharon is married to Andy and they have 2 married daughters and 2 Portuguese sons-in-law! When not in the office, Sharon enjoys reading, cooking and working on her allotment.
Mr Martyn Pearson
After many years of working in various roles within Iron & Steel related industries Martyn felt led to join the staff of SGA when the office relocated to Rugby, having served as an SGA voluntary representative [VR] in the West Midlands since 2004. He feels very privileged to be able to serve the Lord in this way. He is married to Amanda and they have 2 grown up children, Amy & Christopher. He continues with his VR duties for SGA alongside leading a small Church fellowship and the SGA prayer group in the area where he lives. He also loves piano, gardening, photography, keeping Koi Carp and reading about the lives of the Puritans when time allows.
John is the newest member of the SGA team. He came to faith in Christ as a young person, while attending the Bible Class at Charlotte Baptist Chapel in Edinburgh. On leaving school he embarked on a career as a professional musician and music teacher, however the Lord had other plans, and John left his job to undertake a period of training with a view to future Christian service. He studied firstly at the Faith Mission Bible College, then at the Free Church College, Edinburgh. On completion of this Theological training he entered into the field of Christian publishing, and enjoys promoting the Lord’s work and spreading the message of the Gospel through Christian books and other printed and digital publications.