Steve Clifford, general director
Steve has been general director of the Evangelical Alliance since April 2009. He is chair of HOPE Together and has previously been international chair of March for Jesus and chair of the leadership team for Soul Survivor. Steve continues to give advice and support to churches and has worked in a variety of church roles, including many among the Pioneer network of churches. Currently, he is a member of the leadership team at his local church.
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Helen Calder, executive director, finance and services
Helen is a business graduate who worked in the glass and brewing industries for 12 years, rising to senior management level. Following a call to use her management skills in the Christian sector, she spent a year studying theology at St John's College Nottingham before being appointed as director of administration for All Souls Church, Langham Place. She has been a trustee of a number of other Christian charities and has worked for the Alliance since 1999.
Dave Landrum, director of advocacy
Dr Dave Landrum has been our director of advocacy since June 2011, when he joined the Evangelical Alliance from his previous role as parliamentary officer for the Bible Society. He has a first-class degree in contemporary politics and urban policy studies and a doctorate in politics and policy process in education. Well-respected in parliament, Dave's passion is to see Christianity making an impact on society by being at the centre of political, cultural and economic life.
Krish Kandiah, executive director: churches in mission and England
Dr Krish Kandiah joined the Alliance in 2007. Prior to this he was the director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, tutor in mission and evangelism at Wycliffe Hall, and a member of the Oxford University Theology faculty. He worked with students in the UK with Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship, and in Albania with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, before becoming pastor of a multi-cultural church in Harrow. In addition to all this, he has published many books and is college and associate research fellow at London School of Theology. Krish is a regular speaker at university missions, and has wide experience in evangelism and cross cultural mission. He is passionate about helping the Church relate relevantly and faithfully to contemporary culture and about global, multi-cultural and church-based mission.
Fred Drummond, director of prayer and supporters and Scotland
Fred has been an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland for 20 years. He has led both traditional and new churches and has a postgraduate degree in missional leadership and diploma in pastoral theology. Fred is passionate about storytelling, the power of prayer, the gospel and unity for extending the Kingdom of God. He is an author and writer and has led conferences on new church in various countries. Fred seeks to give focus to the prayer support that is so vital to the work of the Alliance.
Peter Lynas, Director of Northern Ireland
Peter qualified as a lawyer and practiced as a barrister in Northern Ireland for five years before completing his masters in divinity at Regent College, Vancouver. He worked for a public policy think tank in Cambridge advising the government on family and social policy. He also led the faith@work initiative at Belfast Bible College, helping people work out their faith in the workplace. Peter combines this post with his role as operations director for Causeway Coast Vineyard Church in Coleraine. He speaks regularly on faith, politics, work, justice and ethics.
Elfed Godding, director of coalitions and Wales
Elfed has served as the national director for Evangelical Alliance Wales since 1999. A graduate of Moorlands Christian College and the Nazarene Theological College, Elfed pastored two churches over 18 years in Bournemouth and Oswestry. As part of his current role he leads Alliance coalitions, including Gweini, the Cymru Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and Wales' New Generation Leaders. He is also a vice-president of Tearfund. Elfed has travelled extensively throughout Wales communicating the vision and mission of the Welsh Alliance.
Don Horrocks, head of public affairs
Dr Don Horrocks has been head of public affairs for the Evangelical Alliance since 2001. He also oversees the Alliance's Theology and Public Policy Advisory Commission. For 25 years Don held senior positions in banking and finance, political lobbying and management consultancy. He subsequently took a theological BA at the London School of Theology/Brunel University followed by a doctorate in systematic and historical theology. His book on the development of soteriological thought in the 19th century was published in 2004 and he has edited books for the Alliance on transsexuality and GM crops and foods, as well as the Alliance's report 'Faith and Nation'. Don is a Baptist minister and research associate at the London School of Theology.
Charis Gibson, head of communications
Charis joined the Alliance in 2006. She has a degree in media studies from the University of Ulster and a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism from De Montfort University. She previously worked as a reporter on the Coleraine Chronicle, Basingstoke Gazette and Daily Echo, Bournemouth, with a variety of experience from crime reporting to campaigns and features. Charis loves playing with language and sharing great stories - and is delighted that she gets to do both in her role managing the Alliance's communications.
Manoj Raithatha, national coordinator, South Asian Forum
Manoj began his career as a teacher before turning to writing, including a Bafta award-winning children's TV series My Life as a Popat. In 2003, Manoj turned his hand to business and set up a property company. But ultimately it was the ill health of Manoj’s two year old son in 2008 which was to prove the biggest turning point in his life. Christian friends set up a prayer vigil, his son was healed and within days Manoj, a born and raised Hindu, gave his life to serve Jesus. Today, Manoj heads up the South Asian Forum (SAF), a grouping within the Evangelical Alliance set up to provide a forum for South Asian Christians in the UK to encourage, support and equip each other for mission, and to represent their concerns to government, media and the wider Church.
Danny Webster, advocacy programme manager
Danny joined the advocacy team in 2008 and works on a wide range of political and social issues. Before working for the Alliance he worked in parliament for an MP and has degrees in politics and political philosophy. Through his work Danny has strong links with a wide variety of politicians and government departments. He is passionate about encouraging and enabling Christians to see politics as part of their mission. He frequently provides comment on current political issues, both in Alliance publications and to the press.
David Smyth, public policy officer, Northern Ireland
David Smyth is public policy officer at the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland. Prior to taking up his post in December 2011, David trained as a solicitor in Portadown and practised in Newry. He has a keen interest in current affairs, politics and recent local history. David is passionate about how biblical values can better shape society for the wellbeing of everyone and seeing the church lead in the transformation of relationships in Northern Ireland.
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Jim Stewart, National Assembly liaison officer, Wales
Jim joined the Wales team in 2005. Prior to joining Evangelical Alliance Wales, he was with the BBC Wales Political Unit as journalist and researcher and has also worked extensively in teaching, care and youth work. As part of his work at the Alliance, Jim is keen to see the Church take its place in society and to be well represented.
Chine Mbubaegbu, head of media
Chine joined the Alliance as editor in November 2010 from her previous roles as editor at the Crown Prosecution Service and reporter at the Reading Evening Post. She read theology at Cambridge University, where she was also news editor of the university newspaper Varsity. Since then, she has written for several regional and national newspapers and magazines. She has a passion for reporting religion’s impact on society and is an Associate at Lapido Media.
Phil Green, programmes manager
This is the third time Phil has worked for the Evangelical Alliance. Over the past six years, when he hasn’t been working for the Alliance, he has been a freelance editor and writer for Scripture Union, gained a masters degree in globalisation and international development, and spent a year in Uganda training church leaders and community development entrepreneurs. He enjoys working on the Alliance’s initiatives to help the Church recapture confidence in the gospel and to engage people in their 20s/30s.
Rano Xavier, membership officer
Rano is responsible for providing membership care in writing, over the phone and as part of the team at events. She also encourages churches and new members and supporters to join the Alliance. Rano studied business, economics and banking and finance at Durham University and has previously worked in this field. In 2003, having met Jesus, she grew to realise that taking care of people, leadership, administration and music ministry were her real passions. Joining the Alliance staff team in 2005 allowed her to pursue all of these.