Rev. Lydia Neshangwe
Rev. Lydia Neshangwe is an ordained minister and the Moderator Designate of the UPCSA, a transnational denomination with churches in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and DRC. She is based in Zimbabwe where she is also currently serving as the minister of St Andrew’s congregation. Lydia is married to Paul, who is also a UPCSA minister. She is the current CWM Moderator and Chair of the Board of Directors.
She engages in the church and the world via her various passions which include:
- A Passion for Wholeness for All: She is a co-founder and director of the Centre for Growth and Wholeness, an organization that assists people to find personal, emotional, spiritual and relational growth and healing through seminars, workshops and support groups.
- Orphan Care: Her passion for the well-being and care of orphans is driven by Matthew 25. She is the country director of Hope’s Promise, an international adoption and orphan care organization serving in 5 countries.
- Leadership Development: She has a passion for the development of good leaders at all levels of the church and society.
- Cross-cultural Affairs: Her passion for building bridges in the cross-cultural arena is a result of having a multi-cultural background: born and bred in Zimbabwe, studied Commerce in South Africa, then trained in theology in Colorado, USA. Currently, she pastors a culturally diverse congregation – where issues of racial and cultural integration are the daily bread and butter. She is also an ecumenist at heart and engages in multiple ecumenical leadership roles.
When she is not doing these things above, she is mostly busy with her family of an adventure-filled husband (Paul), two fun boys (T.C. and Melusi), two active dogs, and a brood of attention-demanding chickens, or you’ll find her reading books from around the world.
Siliga Atiake Kofe
Mr Siliga Atiake Kofe is 71 years old, married to Aoga Tilli Kofe, and blessed with 4 sons, 1 daughter and 12 grandchildren.
He has been a lay preacher and deacon in the Tuvalu Christian Church, Funafuti since 1979. He is also a retiree from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and currently a freelancing economist consultant working in the field of national macroeconomic and strategic planning.
He has several postgraduate qualifications and a Master’s degree in development studies from the Victoria University of Manchester, UK 1985. His work experience spans 35 years as Permanent Secretary then Secretary to Government in Tuvalu, economics lecturer at University of the South Pacific, Chief Economist of the South Pacific Commission (now Pacific Community) and a professional Economic Affairs Officer in the UNESCAP for the last 13 years
His hobbies include reading inspirational books, magazines, and online documents that illuminate the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious mind, thereby affirming truths that the Bible has already revealed. He also reads about international economics and finance. He is currently the Treasurer of CWM and provides oversite to CWM’s financial matters.
Dr Prema Sarojini
I am Prema Sarojini, I am married to Mohan Manoraj, Bishop of Karnataka, Southern Diocese. I am a lecturer with a Post Graduate in arts (M.A) and education (M.Ed). I completed my doctoral studies (PHD) in English Literature and also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies.
Jill-Hailey Harries is an ordained minister with the Union of Welsh Independents. She has four churches in her care – two Welsh Independent churches and two Welsh Presbyterian. She was elected President of the denomination in 2018, the first Ordained woman to undertake this role. Presidents usually preside for two years, but due to the pandemic she stayed in post for three years.
Jill was first involved with CWM in the mid 1980’s when she was the Youth officer for the denomination. Since, she has been involved on a regional, European, and world wide level with CWM.
And she is currently director of the board.
Albertine Ehari Kabaru
I am Albertine Ehari Kabaru from Papua New Guinea. I am married and have 3 children. I learnt about CWM from my Church. I am honored to serve on the Board and it has been a wonderful experience for me. My passion lies in people development and project management. Mi hamamas lon bungim yupla olgeta lon London (I am happy to meet you all in London).
Elder Lim Kar Hor
Elder Lim Kar Hor is the General Secretary of Gereja Presbyterian Malaysia and the Elder of his local church.
Prior to the role of GS, an engineer and consultant by profession and a certified industrial standards auditor, he also responsible for the P&L of a company of about a thousand employees.
In GPM ministry, he is involved in the indigenous ministry to uplift their living standard and education. The collaboration support by CWM further enhances the holistic development of indigenous congregations under the GPM’s Church Without Walls Plan.
He is also holding other portfolios in the ecumenical partners in Seminari Theologi Malaysia (STM) – Council and Exco Member, Honorary Secretary, Board of Trustees and Personnel Committee. Council of Churches Malaysia – Board of Management.
Rev. Giron Samely Lyttan
Rev Giron Samely Lyttan is married to Mrs Pyrtashwa Suchiang, and they are blessed with 9 children (5 girls and 4 boys). He is the senior administrative secretary of Presbyterian Church of India. He was ordained by the PCI (KJP Synod) in 1992. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th); Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.); Master of Arts (Sociology) (MA) and a B & CH (Homoeopathy) (Kolkata).
His experiences include:
(1) President and Adviser, Khasi Jaintia Christian Endeavour Union
(2) Executive Secretary, Shangpung Presbytery
(3) Executive Secretary, KJP Synod
Holding various portfolios i.e. Education, Social and Economic Life Development, Mission and Evangelism, Youth affair, etc.
(4) Senior Executive Secretary, K.J.P. Synod Mihngi,
Holding various portfolios, i.e. Administration, Finance Dept., Social & Economic Life Development, Pastoral Ministry.
(5) Member, Executive Committee, National Council of Churches in India.
(6) Member, Executive Committee, Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society, Bangalore.
(7) Administrative Secretary, Presbyterian Church of India Holding portfolios i.e. Communication, Youth affairs, Mission & Evangelism, Financial Management Administration etc.
(8) CWM Program:
(i) Completed three Colloquium in three countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan) on New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA).
(ii) Attended: “New Model of Evangelism in Engaging the Migrants” from 19th to 23rd June, 2017 at Hongkong.
(iii) Attended: Annual Members Meeting, 2018 at Kolkata, India.
(iv) Attended Annual Members Meeting 2019 at Samoa.
Rev. Kudzani Ndebele
Rev Kudzani Ndebele is an ordained minister in the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA), one church in five countries (Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe). He is currently the General Secretary of the UCCSA, a role he assumed in January 2020. Between 2008-2019, he served as the Executive Director of the Kuruman Moffat Mission (LMS founded in 1816); from 2014-2019 had an added responsibility as the Chief Executive Officer of the Moffat Mission Investments. he brings vast exposure in ecumenical relations, church administration and management, strategic thinking and visionary leadership.
His mission work with the CWM mission work backdates to year 2002. He participated in the CWM Training of Trainers in 2002 (Lilongwe), and 2003 (Johannesburg). Thereafter he has participated at the Africa Region Members Mission Forum, Africa Region NIFEA Colloquium, CWM Assembly in Jeju, CWM AMM in 2017, General Secretaries biennial meeting and etc.
He strives to provide vision and leadership as leader of church and society. Building capacity for doing mission in church and in society in response to sophisticated socio-political and geo-economic contexts. To care, love and be in solidarity with the disadvantaged peoples of our society. Manage Projects and programmes with various stakeholders and other ecumenical bodies with a quest of eradicating life denying forces. He also provides oversight on mission planning and mission development programmes of the UCCSA across all five countries, liaising on missional direction with global ecumenical partners. He is also passionate about economic justice, social transformation and community development.
Sarah Phua Yiran
Sarah grew up in a pastoral family and has been active in church ministries since young. She graduated with a degree in Education, specialising in music and drama. Through her tertiary years, she also studied Directing and Jazz at Boston University. She has been serving in the Elders Deacon Board in church for 4 years.
She is currently a teacher at a local secondary school. She sees this as a Mission field (Missio Dei) where love, care and a listening ear can be given to youths from different backgrounds.
She has attended two CWM conferences as a PCS youth delegate and it has broadened her view on different cultural perspectives and how theology is embedded in it. She hopes to continue listening to the needs of people, reaching out to them through prayer and practical means. All these experiences will in hope be shared with the younger generation through education.
Rev. Ram Thanga
I am Ramthanga. I studied B.Th at Tahan Theological College, Myanmar, and M.Min at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. I am an ordained minister and have served in several parishes of Phai Synod over 20 years. I have been elected Synod Moderator three times in Phai Synod, and General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar during the past four years. Currently I am pastoring Khampat parish of Phai Synod.
Outside of works, I like reading books, listening to music, gardening and watching movies. I attended Members’ Mission Forum (MMF) 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.)
Rozemarijn van’t Einde
My name is Rozemarijn van ‘t Einde, I am a climate activist with Christian Climate Action and Extinction Rebellion, a member of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands and work as a chaplain with Salvation Army and in prison.
When I’m not at work I read, play musical instruments, sing, write poetry and short stories. I also like to do volunteer work and to learn more about societal issues.
Markel Virgo is a member of the United Reformed Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands who is presently based in Kingston, Jamaica.
He is an Attorney-at-Law by profession; and was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in December 2018. He is presently employed as a Legal Officer at the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.
He has long been aware of the work of CWM. Several friends of his (clergy and laity alike) have taken part in CWM activities and he has seen how much they have personally and spiritually benefitted from the programmes and activities CWM has offered.
Outside of work, you can find him binge-watching series, or spending quality time with family and close friends.
Rose Wedderburn is serving as Regional Deputy General Secretary at the United Church In Jamaica & the Cayman Islands. In this administrative role, she provides oversight to the ministry & mission of the congregations in the Region.
She has served CWM as member of the Personnel Advisory Group, Local Coordinator & Member of Assembly Planning Groups, Coordinator of A New Face Programme in Jamaica, and as member of the Board Directors and CWM UK Trustee Body since 2016.
She enjoys reading, baking and vegetable gardening. Rose is married to Stephen since 1993 and they have 2 children.
Rev. Lungile Mpetsheni
Rev. Lungile Mpetsheni is an ordained minister of word and sacrament in the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA), since 1989. He has also served as the General Secretary of the denomination since September 2014 (serving the second term of five years). The UPCSA is in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and is extending to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He has participated in several CWM meetings and processes, including the 2016 Assembly in Jeju Island, Korea; General Secretary’s meetings in Hong Kong 2015, Wales in 2017 and New Zealand in 2019; and Africa CWM Regional process. As the General Secretary, he promotes the CWM programmes in the denomination and facilitate participation in CWM programmes by the UPCSA ministers and members.
His personal attributes include strategic planning and management, visionary leadership, leadership capacity development, scenario planning and communication. His academic qualifications include a PhD (Theology), Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies, Senior Management Programme, National Diploma in Education, Training and Development.
Lindsey Brown belongs to the United Reformed Church, Europe Region. She has been the Mission and Training Officer for the Eastern Synod of the URC since April 2018.
Her first direct involvement with CWM was as a delegate to the Europe Region Members’ Mission Forum in March 2019. She was then the URC’s delegate to the Annual Members’ Meeting, hosted by EFKS’ Malua Theological College in Samoa, in June that year.
Before taking on her current role in the Church, she was a secondary school teacher for 20+ years. Her voluntary work has included destitution support for asylum seekers in the UK and advocacy for human rights lawyers. She was brought up in the URC and have continued to play an active part in local church, becoming an Elder in 2007. Locally she has been involved in organising ecumenical worship and outreach events for many years, and have brought much of that experience, as well as her heart for the marginalised, to her current role. It has also been her joy to have coordinated the Partnership between the Synod and the Presbytery of Zimbabwe since 2015.
She treasures her relationships: with God, with family and with friends. She’s been together with her husband Paul for 30 years, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren. She loves the outdoors, and is privileged to live among fields and forests where she can walk, cycle and run, but she also love getting further afield and climbing mountains or being by the sea, rejoicing in God’s creation.
Rev. Philip King
I have been the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand’s (PCANZ) Global Mission Director since 2012 and I am currently also director of the Mission Resourcing Team which serves the PCANZ’s national mission. As Global Mission Director I have been privileged to enjoy many opportunities to travel extensively and learn from other people and cultures. Last year I served as acting Assembly Executive Secretary for several months, and I am also a trustee on CWM’s Board of Directors. I enjoy good books and movies and my woodturning hobby. I look forward to sharing with CWM’s ecumenical family at the AMM.