Mette Bjergbæk Klausen
and theological education
Mette is specialized in Old Testament and has a great interest in church dogmatics as well. When she completed her education in 2009 she and her husband, Alex, were employed by Mission Afrika and stationed in the northeastern part of Nigeria, where she was teaching diploma and bachelor students at Brønnum Lutheran Seminary, Yola, Adamawa State. She was part of the team that managed to affiliate the bachelor’s programme to one of the universities in Nigeria. In 2010 Mette was ordained as a Lutheran pastor by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN), as the first Danish woman to be ordained in LCCN. At Brønnum Lutheran Seminary Mette was teaching various topics but was mainly focusing on Old Testament.
After three years in Nigeria she and her husband were transferred to Sierra Leone to work with the Anglican Diocese of Bo. They were in charge of establishing a new project called “Theological First Aid”. Through this project, they were involved with the training of more than 100 lay-readers within three years. In 2016 they both returned to Denmark and were employed by Relay Trust to handle the new projects in West Africa with a similar focus on Christian formation and theological education.
Mette has been employed by Relay Trust since 01.10.2016
Alex Bjergbæk Klausen
and public relations
Alex is specialized in ethics with a special interest in New Testament. He also enjoys studying the early church history. In December 2006, he completed his theological studies and was ordained and employed as pastor January 2007. He served as pastor in the western part of Jutland (Denmark) for a little more than two years, until he and his wife, Mette, were employed as missionaries by Mission Afrika. They travelled to the northeastern part of Nigeria in September 2009, where they were stationed at Brønnum Lutheran Seminary, Yola, Adamawa State. Alex taught at diploma and bachelor’s level and was also partly coordinating the Danish volunteer programme together with Mette.
After three years in Nigeria he and his wife were transferred to Sierra Leone in 2013 to build up a new programme called “Theological First Aid”. Through this programme more than 100 lay-readers were trained in the Anglican Diocese of Bo. This programme became the source of inspiration for new projects in West Africa. In 2016 they returned from Sierra Leone and were employed by Relay Trust to handle similar training projects in West Africa with a specific focus on Christian formation and theological education.
Alex has been employed by Relay Trust since 01.10.2016.
Programmer and IT-specialist
In 1990 he moved to Swaziland with his wife and two children. During their time in Swaziland another two children were born. In Swaziland he worked with TWR Africa (Trans World Radio), which is a worldwide Christian media ministry operating in more than 230 languages. After nine years in Swaziland they moved back to Europe and settled in the outskirts of Vienna, Austria.
Lars continued his work for TWR from Austria, but since 2016 his involvement was reduced to part time, offering him more time to get involved with mobile technology and cooperating with other Christian ministries.
Lars has been employed by Relay Trust since 01.09.2017
Anders has been employed since 01.01.2018.
Media Production/Graphic Designer
In 2012 he started serving as a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Nigeria, where he occupied different leadership positions. There, he found and got married to his wife, Lorreta. The Lord blessed them with twin boys and a lovely girl.
Today Issa and his family live in Cameroon, where they serve with the Academy of the Nations; a ministry they also pioneer. Issa’s dream is to reach the unreached with the message of the gospel using media. That is why he created Go Africa Media, a ministry that trains other people on how to use technology to produce media content to churches.
Issa’s hope is to use Relay’s platform to transform and touch more lives across Africa and beyond.
Issa has been employed since 1st August 2018
Maria has been employed as part time fundraiser in Relay Trust since 1st August 2019.
Fidèle Constance Etjeke
Fidèle has been employed as part time translator in Relay Trust since 1st September 2019.
Instructional designer and curriculum developper
Brian found his professional home in the University at the intersection of teaching and technology .While studying for a post-masters degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Technology from Virginia Tech, Brian worked there as an Educational Technologist and Instructional Designer that trained faculty, created online courses/degrees, and built eLearning software. From there Brian moved to the University of Virginia’s College at Wise where he served as faculty and Chief Information Officer, responsible for all administrative and academic technologies, both on campus and online.
In 2006, Brian and Christy Ward left the world of academia to join Mission Aviation Fellowship in MAF’s Learning Technologies division where Brian became the Manager of the eLearning Team. MAF-LT targeted the needs of isolated Christians, partnering with local ministries and churches to provide these leaders with culturally and educationally appropriate biblical training and resources. While Brian served from MAF’s headquarters in Nampa, Idaho, USA, his involvement in ministry was worldwide with projects on all continents (except Antarctica!) such as online seminaries for the Middle East to digital libraries for mobile phones, delivering training to those who cannot read or write.
In 2015, the Ward family moved to Papua New Guinea (PNG), a rugged and remote place where many people do not read … including pastors and ministry leaders. The Wards addressed this need by guiding a MAF team of national staff to develop culturally appropriate ministry training and resources, many of which could be listened to on mobile phones or solar-powered audio players. The Wards mentored church and ministry leaders, encouraging them and providing consulting and training to strengthen their skills and organizations.
In 2019 the Wards returned to Nampa, Idaho, and many children went off to university. As MAF closed the Learning Technology division, Brian needed to find a new ministry to serve with and God brought him together with Relay Trust. Christy continues to have a heart for sharing the Gospel and does so mostly while she homeschools the three Ward children still at home. Together with them she provides hospitality to traveling missionaries and ministry to international refugees.
The common thread in the stories of Brian and Christy is how much they benefited from people in church and college ministry organizations who took the time to disciple them and show them how to live for God, as singles, a married couple, and as young parents. These examples inspired Brian and Christy to want to disciple others and to dedicate their lives to bringing training in the Christian life to those who do not have it. This thread started as they attended secondary school together and was in college that Brian and Christy’s relationship grew, and they were married soon after Brian started graduate school.
Brian has been employed as full time instructional designer and curriculum developper in Relay Trust since 2019.