Professional profile

  • Established Ministry and Communications professional with wide experience gained internationally and in many disciplines and areas
  • Pastoral work in an international and intergenerational congregation
  • International Keynote speaker at Communication conferences and Religious events
  • Mentioning and counselling individuals and groups
  • Leadership skills with the ability to motivate staff and cultivate an atmosphere for successful team working

Work History

Lead Pastor  St Albans & Hemel Hempstead Seventh-day Adventist Church UK (December 2015-present)

Pastoral work: Pastoral care, Counselling, mentoring, preaching, visioning, organisation of church programs, personal support, teaching pre-teens, teens, youth and adults. Conducting weddings, funerals, baby dedications, chairing committees and board, liaison with community groups.

Communication & Media Director for the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventist (September 2011- September 2015)

  • Developed communication and media strategy for organisation with 22.000+ members, 210 local churches and 4 schools
  • Developed and produced 72 half hour TV shows
  • Strategy and implementation of online and social media presence
    • The Adventist.org.uk website platform, of which SEC is part of, receives 8,636 new visits every month ( +47.8%) and a further 9,428 returning visitors (+52.2%)
  • Increase news reporting for district with 30%
  • Increased global feature of news coverage
  • Planned and organised two Global Adventist Internet Network conferences in the UK with 20 presenters from USA, Canada, Spain, and Netherlands. 120 participants
  • Trained 2000+ members in social media and communication
  • Supervised media team of 20 employees and volunteers, On location Live coverage of events
  • Strategic Communication and Media consultation for local churches
  • Preaching and teaching local and global events
  • Board member of Womens Resource Centre 2010 to present
  • Regular news writing and photography of events
  • Published 4 Annual “Communicator” organisation yearly report
  • Published 2 yearly Calendar
  • Published new pictorial workers directory annually
  • Published “Live streaming as a ministry” booklet
  • Established email addresses for employee

Pastor Seventh Day Adventist Church UK (March 06 to September 2011)

  • Churches:
    • Newbold College Church
    • Basingstoke Church
    • Central London Church
  • Pastoral work: Pastoral care, Counselling, mentoring, preaching, visioning, organisation of church programs, personal support, teaching preteens, teens, youth and adults. Conducting weddings, funerals, baby dedications, charing committees and board, liaison with community groups. ~40 baptism in a post Christian culture with 1/3 from non-Christian background
  • Organising events
    • Annual Charity Concert
    • Teens and Youth weekly events (outreach and focus]
    • Youth leadership training including international training
    • Monthly teaching seminars
    • Monthly discussion programs Moor Close Talks
  • Started and oversaw new groups
    • Pastoral Sponsor for Polish SDA group UK (2008-present)
    • Pastoral sponsor for Thames Valley youth federation summer (2006 -2010)
    • Toddler group – still running successfully
    • Women’s groups- still growing (still mentoring leaders)
    • Teen’s Church
    • Monthly teaching seminars
    • Senior Lunch club changed from seminars to lunch club- still going
    • Podcasting of church sermons merging into video streaming

PR/Communication Officer, ADRA Tsunami Response Indonesia (Jan – Apr 2005)

  • Communication and PR for ADRA in the Emergency and Relief stage, securing ADRA coverage on Danish National TV and writing monthly reflections for an Adventist magazine
  • Liaison with the UN, Government and other NGO’s in the Relief stage, ensuring ADRA’s position as a top NGO was maintained and negotiated on issues related to ADRA’s work
  • Operated flexibly at all levels of ADRA’s work, from logistics to managing visa/legal documents, to making practical arrangements for expatriates as well as conducting debriefing sessions and ensuring the flow of information at every stage
  • Various administrative work included logistical planning, acting as cashier, secretary and organising travel.
  • Maintaining an overview and a cool head in hectic surroundings while keeping the staff motivated provided an enjoyable challenge

Guest Lecture in Media Writing, Newbold College, UK (Sept – Dec 2004)

Executive Producer Global English Language, AWR, England (2002-2004)

  • Executive Producer of Global Christian News programs for AWR (Network 7 News), including regular features on religious news, health, socio/economic and women issues with a particular focus on developing countries

Radio Station Director/manager and producer, Tyrifjord, Norway (2000- 2002)

  • Local radio-fm program content, host, training and overseeing teens and volunteers. Teaching a media class to 15-18 year olds

Graphic Designer, Norwegian Publishing House (2000- 2002)

  • In house design and layout of magazine and ad hoc projects
  • Design and layout of youth paper and ad hoc layout projects
  • Elected Staff Representative and Spokesperson,Norwegian Publishing House, Norway (2001-2002)

Private Consultancy, Denmark (1997-2000)

  • Freelance Communication/ PR Strategist, Copenhagen, Denmark (1999-2000)
    • Published writer in several church magazines
    • Managing the process of creating new marketing material
  • Pressroom Manager,Volunteer at Adventist Church World Convention, Toronto (June & July 2000)
  • PR Leader,Volunteer for a new church in Copenhagen, Denmark (1998-2000)
    • Developed and implemented PR strategies for new church
    • Were featured at the SEEDS conference 1999 and presented at GC session in Toronto 2000
  • Youth pastoring consultant to local churches resulting in 2 baptisms (1998-2000)
  • Assistant on Local TV ProductionsVolunteerÅrhus, Denmark (1997-1998)

Communications worker, Adventist Church Denmark (1994-1997)

Communications Graduate Assistant, teaching Public Speaking, Andrews University, USA (1993-1994)

Research Librarians Assistant, Andrews University, USA (1992-1994)

English Teacher, Ekebyholm, Sweden (1991-1992)

Education

M.AIn Communications and Religion, Andrews University. USA 1994

Women and Ministry in Inner-City, Loyola University Chicago USA 1993

B.A. In Religion, and Communications, Newbold College, England 1991

Highschool/Jr College, A –level equivalent in Music and Languages, Denmark 1987

Graphic design and desk top publishing course, Denmark (1999- 2000)

Other Details

Multilingual: Fluent in: English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, working knowledge of German, and studies in French and classical Latin. Language and cultural Studies in Te Reo Maori  level 2  (Te W?nanga o Aotearoa)

Interests: Modern literature, news and current affairs, human rights and women’s issues particularly in the developing world. Nordic Noir film/ TV productions, photography, travelling, food experiences, social gatherings and good conversations