Director of international mission

Paul Thaxter

Born in London, bred in Blackpool, and reborn in London, Paul was an economist in the City in the early 1980s, then a church planter in south-east London in the mid-1980s, before helping lead a drug rehabilitation project in the 1990s in Karachi, Pakistan. 

Since 2001, he has worked for Church Mission Society, encouraging mission worldwide – from everywhere to everywhere – including emerging mission in Britain and wider Europe with an emphasis on biblical and cross-cultural training. He is a believer in the importance of living and sharing Christ, and motivated by the transformation that this can bring about. 

Paul is a trustee of ISAAC UK and part of the leadership of ISAAC (the International Substance Abuse and Addiction Network), as well as world mission adviser to Winchester diocese. He continues to enjoy adventurously seeking out people who haven’t heard the gospel, and tries to find ways to do this on a day-to-day basis; as he remarked about his personal approach to mission, “I like taking risks and seeing what happens.” 

Paul has been married to Helen since 1985. They have three grown-up children.

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