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Yemi Adedeji

Yemi Adedeji

Director, One People Commission

Yemi Adedeji

Director, One People Commission

Yemi Adedeji is part of the One People Commission, a group of key national church leaders across ethnic backgrounds which celebrates diversity while promoting unity. He is associate director for HOPE, a global ambassador for Compassion UK and strategic adviser for many church leaders across UK. Yemi is also closely involved with Jesus House London, a dynamic and entrepreneurial church/social enterprise charity operating locally in north London and part of the worldwide network of Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Cassie Shields

Cassie Shields

Personal assistant to Steve Clifford

Cassie Shields

Personal assistant to Steve Clifford

Cassie joined the Evangelical Alliance in 2015, after a successful period as service manager at a charity that supports vulnerable young people and families. The graduate in arts management, who is in the leadership team at her church, provides administrative support for the general director, and other members of the leadership team, as they grapple with issues that affect evangelical Christians around the UK. Cassie counts it a privilege to serve colleagues across the Evangelical Alliance, as well as the charity’s diverse membership.

Sarah Riseley

Sarah Riseley

Personal assistant to Gavin Calver

Sarah Riseley

Personal assistant to Gavin Calver

Sarah is a shy show-off, keen on living the most authentic and spiritual life there is on offer. She has a penchant for velvet, talking to strangers, chillies, zombies, psychedelic folk and rock music, middle-earth like pubs with good stout, doesn’t like Disney films, and is known for walking out of musicals. If you’d like to find her, she is often found strolling around Soho in vintage garb and looks like / is a gal who refuses to have her hair cut by a professional.

Rachael Heffer

Rachael Heffer

Unity programmes manager (maternity cover)

Rachael Heffer

Unity programmes manager (maternity cover)

Rachael worked for British Youth for Christ for 13 years, most latterly as corporate director within the leadership team before working for four years with the Diocese of Ely as youth adviser – developing training, resources, and strategy for equipping churches in their outreach to young people. Rachael is married to Darren and lives in Ely, Cambs with her two sons, Jacob and Isaac. She is passionate about evangelism, mission, and church unity, and is very involved in her local church – overseeing the youth work and ministry to teenage girls in particular. She is a trained coach and mentor, loves travel, languages, shoes, and is a reluctant soccer-mum!

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