New director and team members for Jubilee Centre
Posted: 23 January 2012
A message from Sarah Snyder, chair of the trustees:
I am deeply encouraged to announce news of our growing staff team at the Jubilee Centre, despite difficult financial times.
Jonathan Tame joins us as Acting Director, having spent the last two years working closely with Michael Schluter at Relationships Global developing international courses and training in Relational Thinking - a subject very close to Jubilee Centre's heart!
Previously, Jonathan worked for DFID, the British government's development agency, in Cameroon before leading YWAM's relief and development services team based in Lausanne. He and his wife Helene then moved to Romania for 11 years, where their work with YWAM included setting up a worldview café and a crisis pregnancy counselling centre and maternity home.
In 2006 the family moved to Switzerland, where Jonathan set up a small institute to introduce Geneva's Christian heritage to the city's Anglophone community. Jonathan, Helene and their five children have been in Cambridge since 2009.
Also joining us part-time is Merry Kirk, who brings greatly needed organisational and administrative skills to the team. She was born in Zambia, grew up in South Africa, has been a secondary school teacher and department head in England, a church mission leader in USA and an NHS team administrator in Scotland! Merry will help to develop the Jubilee Centre's international training programme.
Our gifted freelance researcher and writer, Guy Brandon, now joins the staff team part-time, and Alan White continues as our Projects Manager, theological adviser and general counsellor(!) I am especially grateful to him and Guy for the wisdom and energy they gave the Jubilee Centre after the departure of our former Director, John Hayward. John and his family are hoping to move closer to family in the United States so our prayers continue for them all.
Meanwhile, Michael Schluter and his longstanding PA, Marilyn Collins, re-join the Jubilee Centre team part-time, in particular to serve our international constituency and undertake speaking engagements.
Finally, we are immensely grateful for the administrative support of Maureen Millar and Sarah Bull, who with Steve Welch and Chris Dixon in accounts are an essential part of the Jubilee team.
Equally, I cannot express how grateful I am for the dedication of our trustees - Andy McWilliam, Caroline Eade, Leila Ong and Jonathan Burnside - whose prayer, wisdom and enormous gift of time make all the difference to the work of the Jubilee Centre. In so many ways last year God reminded us of our total dependence on him. We are indeed so conscious of the need to commit every day of 2012 to his purposes, and are genuinely excited about his plans for the Jubilee Centre this year.
More than ever, we can only continue with your support. THANK YOU for all you do to ensure the continuation of the Jubilee Centre, prayerfully, practically and financially.