The leadership of Langham Partnership UK & Ireland.
The ministry of Langham Partnership UK & Ireland is overseen by a board of trustees, with day-to-day management delegated to the executive director.
Members of the Board of Trustees.
Mary Evans (Chair): Mary taught mathematics for two years at a Manchester comprehensive school before studying for four further years at LBC. She then continued on the staff at LBC/LST for the next 30 years becoming vice-principal for the last few years. During that time she had experience as a visiting lecturer for varying lengths of time in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Rumania and Zambia as well as in Canada and Australia. She has also had the opportunity to visit mission work, often involving theological colleges, in Ecuador, Ghana and Niger. Her involvement on the councils of Bible Society, Global Connections, EA, Latin Link and SIM (not all at the same time!) has also been fairly extensive. She is former Academic Dean at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa and currently is a visiting lecturer there teaching Old Testament. Mary has authored several books including the BST commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel.
John Thomas (Treasurer): John Thomas is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. After obtaining a degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and professional training from KPMG, London, he worked for a small firm for six years before setting up his own practice which is now based in Southall. His interest in Charity Finance has seen him in the following roles; Finance Director, Consultant, Independent Examiner and Auditor. He is currently a trustee of 4 charities. John is married and has two sons.
Adelbert Jennings: Having spent his early years in Germany and Northern Ireland, Adelbert studied Economics in Belfast before moving to London as a management trainee. He then moved progressively into financial and directorship roles, having qualified as an accountant in 2005. He now lives in Sevenoaks with his wife and three children, working as a CFO in media. Adelbert accepted Christ as saviour at an early age and entered church fellowship as a teenager. He gradually took on responsibility for youth activities and became a regular lay preacher in Northern Ireland and later “on the mainland”. The Jennings family are now active members of St Nicholas Church in Sevenoaks. In any spare time, Adelbert enjoys exploring God’s Word, reading German literature and making music: among other things teaching his children the violin and trying to teach himself the piano.
David Turner: David Turner is a Circuit Judge dividing his time between the Crown and Family Courts in Chelmsford, Essex, and the Royal Courts of Justice in London where he sits as a deputy High Court Judge. He was called to the bar in 1976, became a QC in 2000, a judge in 2004 and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2016. He is also Chancellor of the Diocese of Chester and sits as an ecclesiastical judge. Since student days at King’s College, London, he has been involved in All Souls Church, Langham Place, where he was Churchwarden from 1983- 2006 and has been Reader from 1981. He is married with two sons and four grandchildren.
Gillian Phillips: Gillian has a background in teaching and market research. For the past ten years she has worked as a consultant to several mission organisations in developing new forms of governance, conducting assessments of effectiveness and relevance and developing coaching as a tool for mission support. She is on the international board of SIM, as well as the board of SIM UK. She is a member of the PCC at All Souls, Langham Place and chairs the mission committee there. She is a widow with four daughters and many grandchildren.
Judith Sawers: Judith and her husband, Will, work with Wycliffe Bible Translators supporting national translation teams in central Africa. Judith’s degree in Biblical Studies and Linguistics and a clear call whilst in her teens to serve God cross-culturally were strong factors in leading them in this direction, although she then spent most of their 12 years in central Africa home-schooling their three children. Now based in the UK, Judith continues to support Bible translation work in the Central African Republic. She is involved in the life of Woodley Baptist Church near Reading, and has recently added playing with a local folk music group to her leisure activities.
Norman Fraser: Norman is an IT entrepreneur who has started a number of successful companies, including the first British venture in the Republic of Moldova. He is currently CEO of a Silicon Valley startup. He is a past Assistant Head of Student Ministries at UCCF, and current Trustee of IVP and Chair of Living Leadership. He was a Trustee of EELAC until it merged with Langham Partnership. Norman has degrees from Edinburgh and London Universities, and was a UK Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist in 2004. He is married to Sarah and is a member of the Leadership Team of Christ Church Ewell.
Ronald Clements: Ronald Clements is a freelance writer and researcher and writes biographies of missionaries in Asia, murder mysteries, and for TV and film. Ronald graduated from King’s College, London, in Civil Engineering and worked as a junior engineer after completing his Ph.D. Between 1986 and 1996 he and his wife lived in Fujian Province, China, where Ronald lectured in Civil Engineering at a Chinese university. Ronald lives in Kent and has three daughters. His wife, Anne, is minister of West Kingsdown Baptist Church. www.ronaldclements.com
Steve Osei-Mensah: Steve is a partner in PWC Operations and Risk Management where he has responsibility for a portfolio of client relationships in operational consulting in the South East of the UK. Prior to PWC he worked for Cap Gemini/ Ernst & Young, Barclays and Legal and General after graduating from University College London and completing his professional Banking exams. He has been involved with a number of different charities. These include UCCF and helping to oversee a number of charitable and operational / organisational changes within IVP, Tyndale and the UCCF Student ministry arm. He is very involved in his local church, St Nicholas, Sevenoaks. Steve grew up in Africa (Ghana and Kenya) and it was in Kenya after the 1974 Lausanne Congress which his father helped organise that he first met “Uncle John”. He is married and has two daughters.
Stephen Mackay: Stephen has lived in Africa, Canada, Hong Kong and across Europe. He served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers before becoming a Civil Engineer designing power stations and skyscrapers. A Theology degree from LBC and an MTh from Liverpool then led to a working partnership with Spanish publishers. OMF and their work in East Asia has also been a lifelong interest. He is married with two adult children and appreciates the rich mix of cultures at All Souls, Langham Place.
Paul Cornelius: Paul is married to Janis with two boys, Luke and Lewis and daughter in-law Abby. He spent a big part of his youth playing rugby when he should have been doing other things! One of Paul’s first memories of life was Sunday School in a mining valley chapel built at the height of the great Welsh revival, now closed. He gave his life to Christ when he was 16, and has had a ‘roller coaster’ journey of faith ever since. Paul committed himself to climbing the corporate ladder at Unilever for 27 years before God called him to serve the poor at Food for the Hungry UK as CEO in 2007. Paul still hankers for that last game of rugby in a Welsh mining valley, but has a more burning desire to see more people know Jesus.
David Ball: David is Director of the Group-based Open Learning Discipleship (GOLD) Project. He also works as a consultant for SEAN International where he links with church-based training organisations across Asia. David was born in Kenya. He studied Biblical Studies at Sheffield University where he met his wife, Angie. Since 1994, David has been involved in training Christians in their context of ministry. He and Angie spent 15 years in India as Crosslinks mission partners before returning to the UK. In India, David worked with several colleagues who had been sponsored by the Langham Partnership and saw at first hand the influence of John Stott’s ministry in equipping leaders for the Indian church. From 2009-2015, David was Director of Open Learning at Trinity College Bristol out of which the GOLD Project has formed. Since he was sixteen, David has been riding motorbikes and is actively involved in the Christian Motorcyclists’ Association. He and Angie are actively involved their local church in Fleet. David believes that the strength of the church’s life and witness depends on the equipping of all God’s people for mission and ministry in the world. He believes that Langham Partnership has a key role to play in this.
Executive Director: John Libby
John joined the Langham Leadership Team in May 2016 as Executive Director for the UK and Ireland.
John is an ordained minister in the Church of England and comes to Langham after many years in Parish Ministry.
His job is to raise the profile, funding and administration, giving maximum support to our three international ministry streams. A place on the international executive team helps define strategy such that those three streams deliver maximum positive global impact. John spent 16 years in international banking with significant experience in senior financial management in the UK and USA. Ordained in the Church of England, he spent 18 years as vicar of St. James, Carlisle. As a Christian entrepreneur John built and fund-raised for charitable enterprises including the Kepplewray Trust, with connections in Africa.
The global leadership of Langham Partnership.
Chris Wright is the International Ministries Director.
His job is to represent and promote the vision and work of Langham around the world through his international travel and speaking and his writing ministry as a Christian scholar and author, and to share in the spiritual and strategic leadership of the organization. An ordained pastor in the Church of England, Chris spent five years teaching the Old Testament in India, and thirteen years as Academic Dean and then Principal of All Nations Christian College, in England.
Mark Hunt is the Executive Director.
His job is to provide international executive leadership to the senior team of ministry directors and national executives, and to facilitate the integration and effective operation of all Langham’s work around the world. Prior to coming to Langham Mark spent nearly 30 years as a publishing executive with Zondervan, during which time he was also a Langham US board member and for several years Chair of the Langham Partnership International Council.
Paul Windsor is the Director of Langham Preaching.
Paul coordinates an international team of national and regional co-ordinators and trainers who facilitate Langham Preaching movements around the world. A New Zealander who currently lives in Bangalore, India, Paul also teaches homiletics at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS). He has served as the Associate Director of Langham Preaching, and has also served as Principal of Carey Baptist College, Auckland, New Zealand.
Riad Kassis is the Director of Langham Scholars.
He is himself a Langham Scholar from Lebanon and is deeply committed to global theological education. Riad has served as Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe for Overseas Council as well as visiting professor of Old Testament at The Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon – which is where he lives. Riad combines this Langham appointment with another role, as the Director of ICETE (the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education).
Pieter Kwant is the Director of Langham Literature.
A Dutchman who has lived in South Africa, he has worked for several Christian publishers, including the one he founded himself, Piquant Editions. Pieter oversees the work of the Langham Literature Warehouse and Service Centre in Carlisle, England.
Mary Evans is Chair of the Langham Partnership International Council.
She is the Acting Academic Dean at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa and is the author of several books including the BST commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel.
For information on Langham staff at national level, select the relevant national partner below.