Staff Profiles

Derek Maxwell
General Director

Before joining SGA in 2002, Derek pastored two congregations in Northern Ireland. He first served as Regional Representative in Northern Ireland, until his appointment as Field Director in 2004. In 2009 Derek was appointed as General Director, and he is committed to maintaining the mission’s Biblical ethos and vision of reaching Slavic nations with the Gospel. He also engages in extensive deputation work throughout Northern Ireland and in other parts of the British Isles. Derek is married to Carole and they have two children.

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Mark Foster
Director of Field Ministries

Mark is married to Margaret and they have 3 children, Sarah, Joshua and Joel. Following university and Bible College studies Mark entered pastoral ministry for 10 years in a church on the Wirral and then joined the staff of SGA in 2009. His responsibilities are varied and include preaching and lecturing throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and representing SGA in North West England and North Wales.

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Chris Menzfeld
Regional Representative (South West England and South Wales)

Following his conversion in his late teens, Chris joined the family electrical engineering business.  Later he felt God’s call to Gospel ministry.  He subsequently studied at the London Theological Seminary, and in 1994 became pastor of Hitcham Free Church. He ministered there until 2009 before joining SGA. Today Chris travels to Eastern Europe to teach, and represents the Mission in the South West of England.

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Andrew Coleclough
Regional Representative (Northern England and North Wales)

After studying Physics at university, Andrew spent 25 years as a secondary school science teacher. He has many years’ experience in church leadership, serving as an elder in his home church. Andrew joined the staff of SGA in 2012 and his responsibilities include representing SGA in North England and North Wales with occasional preaching and lecturing in Eastern Europe. He is married to Jan and they have three grown up sons.

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Wayne O’Leary
Field Representative (The Midlands and Mid Wales)

After working in the marine industry for several years, Wayne commenced studies at Bible College in 1990. Alongside his pastoral ministry he also served as a part-time New Testament tutor in Birmingham. He joined SGA in 2012 as a Field Representative, lecturing in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and carrying out deputation in the Midlands and surrounding areas. Wayne is married to Iris, and they have a son, Joshua and a daughter, Naamah.

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Clive Langston
Regional Representative (South East England)

After working on a voluntary basis with London City Mission, Clive studied at Moorlands College for three years, specialising in Pastoral Studies. Following his time at college, he married Margaret, and they now have five children. After 11 years as pastor in North Devon, Clive joined the ministry of SGA in September 2014 as a Regional Representative for the south east of England. He also lectures in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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John Birnie

A former secondary school-teacher, John entered ministry with the Association of Irish Baptist Churches in 1974 as an evangelist and church planter before he became Director of Studies and Lecturer at the Irish Baptist College. John joined the staff of SGA in 2007 and served as Director of Field Ministries until 2019, when he reduced his role in the Mission to part-time. He is married to Dorothy and they have four sons and one daughter, all married.

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Martyn Pearson
Finance Co-Ordinator Regional Representative (The Midlands)

Martyn has served with SGA since 2004, firstly as a Voluntary Representative in the West Midlands and from 2015 as the Financial Co-ordinator in the Rugby office. He leads the SGA Prayer group that meets in Rowley Regis where he lives. He is married to Amanda and they have 2 grown up children. He also enjoys playing piano, gardening, photography and keeping Koi Carp.

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Sharon Howard
Office Administrator

A former primary school teacher, Sharon now has the responsibility for the management of the SGA Head Office in Rugby. She also co-ordinates the Sponsorship programme, deals with correspondence as well as overseeing the general administrative work. Sharon is married to Andy, and they live in the small rural village outside of Rugby. They have two daughters, married to two Portuguese brothers, and a steadily growing number of grandchildren!

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Lisa Chow
Office Admin Assistant

Lisa is married to Chi Wah, a part-time pastor of a local village church. Although she trained as a secondary school science teacher Lisa has spent the last fourteen years home educating their five children. She loves being involved in the women’s and children’s ministry in her church and in her spare time enjoys going for country walks and reading.

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