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.

Jonny Dyer

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

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

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.  You can contact Steve at

Yoseph Mengistu

Yoseph Mengistu

Yoseph is from Ethiopia but now lives and works in the UK with his wife Mekdes and their son, Nathan. Yoseph has taught at higher education institutes in Ethiopia 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 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, where she leads a home group and chairs the mission committee.

Nigel Younge

Nigel Younge

Nigel works as the Director of Training at the Irish Baptist College. He and his family (Carolyn, and grown up children Hannah and Jonathan) have been involved with Serving In Mission for many years, first through short-term mission work in Kenya and then long-term service in Niger.

Bennett Chandran

Bennett Chandran

Born to missionary parents in south India, Bennett moved to the UK after his biotechnology doctorate. Previously a research scientist in medical diagnostics for 7 years, he studied a theology MA and currently teaches Applied Science in higher education and occasionally theology in Irish Baptist College. He is married to Anitha and with their children, Rachel and Zach, they serve at Windsor Baptist Church, Belfast.

David Thompson

David Thompson

David is a Chartered Accountant, having worked with many global public sector and charitable organisations in the UK, Europe, Middle East and the Caribbean, specialising on strengthening financial capability and corporate governance. David is married to Linda, has two sons and serves with his local Baptist church in Bangor, Northern Ireland. He has been involved with Serving In Mission for several years, and assisted in finance related matters at the UK, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Niger offices.