St. John's is committed to spreading God's word through mission. We have a number of mission partners who we support as a church; their work reaches right across the globe. Some are short-term workers choosing to serve for a year or two, whilst others have committed many years to serving God in different ways and different places.
UFM - Kip and Rachel Chelashaw
Kip’ is originally from Kenya and served as assistant minister at East Dean Church, near Eastbourne.
Having spent half his life in the UK, he felt called to return to Nairobi.
In 2017, he and Rachel moved to Nairobi together with their 4 children (Elijah, Ezra, Susanna and Bethany) to lead a church plant there.
Rachel was born in South Africa to missionary parents, has worked as a nurse and served as a missionary and now looks after the children.
You can read more on the UFM website.
Western Kenya - Robert Matati
Canon Robert Matati is an Anglican minister in Butere, Western Kenya. He is Area Dean administering five parishes, the Diocesan Education Secretary coordinating programmes in 61 primary and 35 secondary Anglican Sponsored schools and he is also Chaplain for Lunza secondary school.
Robert is married to Mary and they have three sons, a nephew at University in Nairobi, and Roberts’ ageing parents all to look after.
“My three roles dictate that I have to travel from office to schools, to Diocesan Education office from home and at times travel to conduct burials in the deanery or where the diocesan staff are affected. I LOVE serving my God. I love visiting schools encouraging teachers and students. I love pastoral care in parish”.
UFM - Johnny and Ann McClean
Working with UFM in Bangkok, Johnny and Ann McClean are currently involved with student groups that have been started in three universities.
Each group has between 3-15 students who are all believers and mostly from Christian families. The groups meet once a week for fellowship and bible study.
UFM Ljubjana - Olivia Rigby
She aims to establish an international student ministry where students can be impacted by the gospel and challenged to consider who Jesus is. Olivia will be supporting Slovene Christians in their faith, and helping them consider ways they can share the gospel among their peers in a country where the true gospel is not known by most.
You can read more about Olivia on the UFM website.
Barnabas Ministries - Pastor working in Uganda
We support a Pastor working in Uganda, who is working to share the Gospel with Muslims and provide holistic care for converts from Islam. Our support for the charity, called Barnabas Ministries, is facilitated via the Church of Uganda.
As well as supporting individual Mission Partners, St John's also supports a number of Partner Organisations.
St Catherine's Tranmere - Charlotte Kirkham
One of our partner organisations is St Catherine's Tranmere, where we help support Charlotte Kirkham, their youth worker. Charlotte writes:
"I am 24 years old and I am from Leeds. I started working for my home church in January 2017 and worked there for 18 months before coming to Tranmere. I have a degree in animal behaviour and welfare and have worked on various working farms.
The Lord brought me to ministry when I was made redundant from a petting farm due to lack of funds. The pastor of my home church, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Leeds, invited me to become their Church trainee and that is when the Lord started to guide me into a job in full time ministry. I am enjoying my work at St Cath's and everyone is very welcoming and willing to help in any way".
Other Partner Organisations
Other partner organisations we support include:
- Bible Encounter Trust – Story Trails, such as the Easter Story Trail, and schools work, run by Julie Fraser
- Good News For Everyone (formerly Gideons UK) – Bible distribution in local schools