14 November 2021 | Windsor, England [Gavin Anthony]
Executive Committee members at the Trans-European Division (TED) Year End Meetings voted three more people to join the TED team.
The team building journey started in May 2021, at the TED Spring Meetings, with plans to complete the team selection by the end of this year.
Ian Sweeney, current British Union Conference (BUC) president, was voted as a Division Field Secretary. Ian joins the TED from the division’s largest union, with a wealth of experience and wise insight. Responding to his appointment, Ian shared, “I am very honoured and surprised to have been asked to serve as Field Secretary -although I am somewhat conflicted, as I had recently been appointed to serve a third term at the BUC. However, I believe in God’s leading and both I and my wife Jennifer have always committed ourselves to respond positively whenever a call is made. So, to this end, I am keen and looking forward to this new challenge and engagement with my colleagues across the TED.”
David Neal, current Stanborough Press and Messenger Magazine editor, in the British Union, becomes Communication and Media director. David was previously TED Stewardship director and, before that, Irish Mission president. David stated, “I would very much like to continue and build on the excellent work of my predecessor, Victor Hulbert, in strengthening the network of gifted communicators throughout the division and using existing and new platforms to share Christ. Creative thinking and innovation in this era are key.”
As part of an initiative stemming from the recently voted TED Strategic Framework to modernise communication with special emphasis on media, social media, and digitisation, David will be joined by Vanesa Laura Pizzuto who will become Associate Director for Communication and Media. Vanesa has worked as journalist, broadcaster, author, and digital networker. On her appointment, Vanesa expressed her delight at the possibilities ahead, “I want to see Christian influencers and digital evangelists taking centre place in our evangelism strategy!”
The Health Ministries portfolio remains vacant. The TED is currently in discussions with Loma Linda and partners to establish a health facility based at Newbold College. The Health Ministries director will be appointed once plans for this programme are at a more advanced stage, in order to provide a coherent vision and synergy with the Loma Linda led initiative as part of a division-wide health project across the division’s 22 countries.
Reflecting on the work of the Nominating Committee, Raafat Kamal, TED Division president remarked, “I thank God for the work of the Nominating Committee and the decision of the Executive Committee. I strongly believe that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our ministry of disciple-making and our mandate to make God known to our friends and neighbours will be strengthened. The I will Go plan has been wholeheartedly adopted by the Trans-European Division, we follow the Great Commission humbly and prayerfully giving praise and glory to our Almighty loving God.”
Anthony WagenerSmith and Kayle De Waal, recently appointed coordinators for Mission, Evangelism and Disciple-Making respectively are expected to arrive in the UK to join the TED team in January 2022.
tedNEWS Staff: Victor Hulbert, editor; Vanesa Pizzuto, associate editor
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