To be with those on the edges/margins, who do not yet know their worth but who have everything to teach us about God’s love and justice; to be who God has shown us we can be in order for others to grasp who they can be; to be a co-conspirator in bringing about the kingdom of God
To listen and learn, to agitate and irritate, to discern, imagine and create; to support indi-viduals, people groups and the local church to connect with each other and God
Chris was born on Jersey. He spent 16 years working as a butcher, several years drinking and drug-taking and five years as a biker. At age 26 he became a Christian, not long after his father died. After four years of volunteering with youth and then training at Oxford Youth Works, in 1997 he started working as team leader with YFC in Hull. From 2015 we have both shared responsibility for the community development arm of Hull YFC.
Anna was born in India, into a Syrian Orthodox family. She spent her childhood at boarding schools in various parts of Europe, Africa and South East Asia. She did a degree in theology, followed by a diploma in youth ministry. In 1993 she began working for Oxford Youth Works and joined Church Mission Society. We got married in 1999, and have two teenage children, Elijah and Kavita.
We feel we get CMS and they get us. We share CMS’s passion for mission; we are grateful to work with an organisation that is about people and about Jesus; we feel freed to live out our calling because CMS trusts us enough to allow us to imagine and pioneer where we sense the Spirit.