How is Christian Mission being lived out in four contrasting ‘Christian’ nations – Brazil, Britain, Kenya and the Philippines? What can we learn from these diverse contexts for our own mission and ministry?
The Revd Dr Ben B. Ngaya-an
Ben Bagsao Ngaya-an is a priest in the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP). He belongs to the Kalinga tribe, a subgroup of a bigger ethnolinguistic group known as Igorots in the interiors of northern Philippines. Married to Floreliz Viado, they have three children, Ben Andrew, 16, Ben Dominic, 13 and Liz Samantha, 11.
Ben began theological training at St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary (SATS) at the age of 20 in 1995 completing an M.Div. in 1998. After graduation he was assigned to one of the remotest part of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP). However he was soon called back to Manila to undertake the faculty development programme at St. Andrew’s. Ben completed an M.A in History in 2007 and PhD in Missiology with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) in 2016.
The Revd Dr David Isiorho
Father David Isiorho was born in Windsor, studied in Liverpool and worked as a Social Worker in London before ordination. He trained for ministry at Westcott House and his curacy at St Mary’s Abbey Nuneaton. He continued to study part-time and complete a master’s degree at Warwick University and a Doctorate at Bradford. Dr Isiorho has just published a moving book ‘Mission Anguish and Defiance’ on his personal experience of being a Black Vicar in the Church of England having served many different parishes from rural to inner-city and a lot of things in-between.
Father David is married to Mother Linda, who is also a priest. When they are not working, the Isiorhos can be found in front of the fire enjoying a glass of wine and animated conversation. They have a cat called Mr Micky Mango Socrates.
The Revd Capt Patience Wanzala
The Revd Capt. Patience Santa Wanzala, lives in Nairobi, Kenya where she is Principal of Carlile College School of Mission and Business Studies, a college of the Church Army Africa. She has held this position since October 2016. Patience holds a Master’s Degree in Theology with specialization in Urban Mission from University of South Africa (UNISA) and she is currently a distance student with the London School of Theology pursuing Post Graduate Studies in Theological Education.
Patience is married to the Rev. Canon Captain Richard W. Mayabi, and they have three children: Joy, Colin and Blessing.
The Revd Inamar Corea de Souza
The Revd Inamar Corrêa de Souza was born in Livramento, studied and was ordained in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
She is the Vicar of St Paul the Apostle Parish in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, since 2018, where she works with social movements, cultural events and the Community Gardens Project.
She represented the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil at the Executive Committee of World Council of Churches from 1998 to 2006. Inamar is currently the President of CONIC-RIO, the churches ecumenical organization in Rio de Janeiro. She serves the Anglican Theological Education Board of Brazil and the Diocesan Center for Theological Education.
She is married to Bishop Eduardo Grillo, Anglican Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, and they have two children: Julia and Léo.
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