Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana
Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister. He is the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a Black Majority multi-cultural multi-ethnic church in south east London. Israel previously pastored 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 Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK, Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe, 20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria and Partnership in Mission: A Black Majority Church Perspective on Mission and Church Unity.
He has spoken in numerous conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic materials and magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches in Britain. He is a member of the Baptist Union Council and also the Global Connections Council. He is happily married to Lucy who works at the Evangelical Alliance as part of their unity for mission team.
Dr Harvey Kwiyani
Dr Harvey Kwiyani is lecturer in African Christianity and Theology at Liverpool Hope University. 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 formerly taught missions, leadership and African studies at Birmingham Christian College and at Church Mission Society (CMS) in Oxford. He is also research fellow at the Cuddesdon Study Centre at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.
Tayo Arikawe is a missionary and Bible teacher. One of his recent 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 Theology at University of Gloucestershire.
Peter Oyugi hails from Kenya and currently works for AIM International as Diaspora Ministry Coordinator, UK. 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 serves on the councils of Global Connections and All Nations Christian College. 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 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.
Dr Samuel Cueva
Dr Samuel Cueva is a Peruvian missiologist whose PhD explored partnership in mission between Western Churches and Latin American Churches. He is the pastor of a Spanish speaking church, Iglesia Misionera Evangelica in north London, and founder and president of Mission for Third Millennium which organises conferences on Global Mission. He is also a member of the Evangelical Alliance One People Commission and Latin American Core Group. He speaks at various national and international conferences and is the author of Mission Partnership in Creative Tension (2015).