Mette Bjergbæk Klausen

International relations and theological education
mbk(at)relaytrust.org

Mette holds a Bachelor and Master degree in theology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. During her time as a student she was very engaged with student politics and both vice-chairman of the board of studies and member of the academic council. She was an active member of the student congregation and part of the parochial church council. While still a student she went to India for 5 months with Danmission to participate in Western Youth, a project on inter-religious dialogue, later she was employed as coordinator of this project.

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

Administrator and public relations
abk(at)relaytrust.org

Alex holds a Bachelor and Master degree in theology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. During his time at Aarhus University he was chairman of Emmaus Summer Seminary, which offered annual summer training courses for theological students, and chairman of Ecumenical Youth in Denmark, which was part of the international ecumenical movement. He was also actively engaged in student politics.

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.

Lars Gunnarsson

Programmer and IT-specialist
lg(at)relaytrust.org

Lars was born in Sweden and finished his education as an engineer in 1984. He moved to Switzerland the same year, the home-country of his wife. The following years he worked in the area of computer technology at an international company in Switzerland.

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

Issa Maguey

Media Production/Graphic Designer
im(at)relaytrust.org

Issa was born in Cameroon in a muslim family and despite all challenges after the loss of his father, Issa was able to complete his secondary education and get professional training in graphic, web and motion designs. His passion has always been web design and video editing, but other people have found him gifted in teaching and knowing how to relay on to others what he knows.

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 Silkjær

Fundraiser
msi(at)relaytrust.org

Maria lives in Denmark and is married to Jens. Together they have three children. She is a trained teacher and animal behaviour therapist and together with her husband she has a dog kennel with doodle puppies. She has a great passion for Africa and is the development consultant in Farming4Life, an agricultural project she started with her husband in 2010. Through her engegement with Farming4Life she has many year of experience with raising funds for development projects.

Maria has been employed as part time fundraiser in Relay Trust since 1st August 2019.

Fidèle Constance Etjeke

Translator
fe(at)relaytrust.org

Fidèle lives in Cameroon and is a trained translator/interpreter. She graduated from the Advanced School of Translators and Interpreters, ASTI, University of Buea, Cameroon, and has worked with translation assignements for many NGO’s and companies. Today she lives in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, but is frequently travelling to manage various freelance translation assignments.

Fidèle has been employed as part time translator in Relay Trust since 1st September 2019.

Brian Ward

Instructional designer and curriculum developper
bw(at)relaytrust.org

Brian feels humbled and blessed that God continues to use Brian’s passion for good training and technology and his many years of experience to bring training for life and ministry to Christian leaders who need it most.

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.

Abdul Rahim Sillah

Relay Trust's Coordinator for Sierra Leone
ars(at)relaytrust.org

Sillah holds a HD in Data processing & Information Technology from the Njala University Freetown Campus. After leaving college Sillah started working in the mining sector (a company which had one of the largest iron ore deposit in Africa) under the Procurement & Logistics department for over six (6) years.

Sillah is experience in Supply Chain activities and Administrative duties. He is an Anglican and holds a senior position in his parish as the Vicar’s Warden and coordinates its administration and assists in other church voluntarily activities.

Because of developing skills in information, organizing, and liability, coming up as a youth, Sillah serves in the positions of General secretary, Financial Secretary and as Youth representative to the parochial church council at the parish of St Thomas Kroo.

Sillah is married to Emma H Sillah and together they have 4 children (2 girls & 2 boys). Sillah lives at the western part of Freetown.

When he was out of official job, Sillah assisted his wife in her small-scale business, especially when she was out to neighbouring African countries to do wholesale purchase on stocks.

Sillah has been employed as Relay Trust’s Coordinator for Sierra Leone since 01.02.2020

Djamina Rabiatour Bouthe A Maguey

Relay Trust's Social Media & Online Training Coordinator in Cameroon
dm(at)relaytrust.org

Born in Cameroon into a Muslim family, I am the last of five children.

After the death of my father, my brothers supervised and guided me until I obtained my baccalaureate in literary series and my registration at the University of Yaoundé 1 in Anthropology.

It was from level 1 that I discovered a passion for cultural facts as well as the traditions that surround me and those elsewhere

Discovering new traditions and finding similarities in the ways of understanding life and religion are my passion and also my challenge.

My entourage qualifies me as a good communicator, unifier and good negotiator.

My goal is to understand socio-cultures as good as possible, in order to use the best method to send them the message that Relay Trust wishes to convey.

Cedric Njoja

Relay Trust's Media Production Assistant in Cameroon
cn(at)relaytrust.org

My name is Cedric Njoja, I am 27 of age, I grew up in a city called Buea in the Southwest region of Cameroon. I am working in the multimedia department in the Academy of the nations. Growing up I loved the computer and will spent most of my time navigating the systems and properties. I dreamed of teaching the computer one day, and now that dream is coming to pass. I am passionate about the things of God and its my dream to impact lives with my skills and the wisdom God imparted me with.

Jennifer Ward

Relay Trust's English Communicator
jw(at)relaytrust.org

Jennifer Ward is a second-year communications student studying at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, United States.

Despite growing up in Idaho, United Sates, Jennifer was surrounded by the world of international missions from a young age, as her family served at the national headquarters of Mission Aviation Fellowship. During high school, she moved overseas with her family to Papua New Guinea. There she first became involved using her communications interest in local opportunities, both writing and editing content for missions and fundraising projects.

Currently, Jennifer is majoring in Strategic Communications with minors in Peace Studies and Philosophy at Whitworth University. Besides her full-time studies, she is involved in a student run public relations project for NGOs in Spokane and works part-time with Relay Trust.