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.

The Rev'd Jonny Dyer (co-chair)

Before taking up his role as Associate Rector 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.


Mark Heasman (co-chair)

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.


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. 


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.


Anthony Harris

Following a doctorate in radio astronomy I worked for BT, eventually specialising in the design of data networks. I’ve lived with my family in St Albans for nearly thirty years. We have three children, and seven young grandchildren. Chris and I belong to a local church, where we’ve both been Churchwardens, and I managed site and building issues after taking early retirement. I had been chair of MECO trustees for many years, and was delighted at the merger of MECO and SIM in 2016. I enjoy using my hands, at church as well as home. And sailing my dinghy, but only in the summer!


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.


Yoseph Mengistu

Yoseph is from Ethiopia but now lives and works in the UK. He and his wife Mekdes have a 17-year-old son, Nathan. Yoseph has taught at higher education institutes in Ethipioa and the UK and has extensive ministry experience at local and national church level. He serves as a deacon at Pinner Baptist Church, London, where he also preaches and teaches regularly. He describes himself as an unrepentant Chelsea fan.


Claire Newman

Claire works for Christians in Parliament, where she is involved with pastoral ministry among MPs and staff and also manages the events programme. She was formerly Internal Communications Director at Save The Children and has completed the Cornhill ministry training programme. She serves at Christchurch, Earlsfield, here she leads a home group and chairs the mission committee.


Peter Shelley

Peter is now retired after a career in finance as an actuary. He has been a trustee of Serving In Mission for many years and chairs the board's finance and legal committee. Peter is also an elder in his local church near Bristol, and is also 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