Our UK board of trustees

The UK operation of Serving In Mission is governed by a Board of Trustees. They are driven by the desire to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not yet know it and have a wealth of mission experience.

Gillian Phillips - Chair

Gillian chairs the UK board and sits on the international board of Serving In Mission. She has travelled to many of their locations worldwide. At her church, All Souls in central London, she is a member of the PCC and chairs the mission committee. She also serves on the Board of Langham Partnership UK. Gillian is a widow with four daughters and many grandchildren. She has a background in teaching and market research. For the past 10 years, she has worked voluntarily as a consultant to several mission organisations in developing new forms of governance, conducting assessments of effectiveness and relevance and developing coaching as a tool for mission support. 


Steve Smith - UK Director

Steve took over as the UK director of Serving In Mission in March, 2014. For the previous four years, he had led Grace Church, a growing Co-mission church plant in Worcester Park, south London. Steve and his wife, Gwyn, have experience of world mission, serving in Uganda with Crosslinks. 


Tim Cudmore

Tim has spent much of his working life in church development ministry in southern Africa with Serving In Mission. Tim is married to Lorna and, along with their four children, arrived in Sheffield in 2005. He spends most of his time working as part of the staff team at Christ Church, Fulwood. One day a week he’s a dentist.


Jonny Dyer

Before taking up his role as a Senior Minister at All Souls, Langham Place Jonny studied Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in the US. Prior to that he worked as a solicitor for 11 years. He is married to Naomi and they have two sons, Tom and Ted. His interests include following England in sport and suffering for it, beating his students at table tennis and hanging out with his family. He also enjoys walking, good food and good conversation.


Morag Gillies

Born and brought up in Scotland, Morag first worked as a teacher, then as a trainer and counsellor before moving into international development. She served for varying lengths of time in a number of developing countries. She is part of the fellowship of Duke Street Church, Richmond.


Mark Heasman

Mark is Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Families, a charity which works with vulnerable families in the east of England. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer of Rock UK, a Christian youth charity. He is married to Claire and has five children. They live near Manningtree on the Suffolk-Essex border. 


Alistair Hornal

After nearly 30 years of local church ministry, Alistair now works with independent churches (mainly Brethren background) and is National Co-ordinator with Partnership UK.  He joined the UK board of Serving In Mission in 1998, having previously served on the AEF council.  Alistair lives in Chichester with his wife, Senga; they have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Anja Lijcklama à Nijeholt

Anja is Dutch-American and has been living in the UK since 2013. She has been involved in ministry to international students for a number of years. She is currently studying Theology for Crossing Cultures at Oak Hill College. She has a BA in China Studies, which included studying for a year at Shandong University, and chaired her university Christian Union. After graduating, she served as a missionary intern with OMF in Taiwan and spent two years as a ministry trainee at Christ Church Fulwood in Sheffield.

Peter Shelley

Peter recently retired from a career in finance. He has been a trustee of Serving in Mission for seven years and chairs the finance and legal committee. He is an elder in his local church near Bristol, and is treasurer of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.


Nigel Younge

Nigel is married to Carolyn and they have two grown up children, Hannah and Jonathan. He works as the Director of Training at the Irish Baptist College. The Younges have been involved with Serving In Mission for many years, first through short-term mission work in Kenya and then through long-term work in Niger.



Tim Allan (tim@sim.co.uk) May 25, 2016