IMSA 13 Contributors

Andy Flannagan – is a singer songwriter from the UK whose new album “Drowning in the Shallow” was described as a “near-perfect album” by Cross Rhythms magazine.

He sings songs that speak of broken things being made whole, calling people to the less comfortable parts of our world. He is also the Director of the Christian Socialist Movement, which is based at Labour Party HQ and Parliament – They exist to be a prophetic voice to left-sided politics and the church, encouraging Christians to see politics as mission. A driving passion is to see a just re-wiring of the global economic system.

Andy lives in the centre of London with his wife Jenny, where they are both working out how to be downwardly mobile.  His proudest moment as an Irishman was captaining England’s Barmy Army during an Ashes series down under.  His worship songs and resources are also available for free from

Jenny Flannagan - is a writer, actress and film-maker. She has worked for Tearfund for the past 8 years, and her particular focus in recent times has been finding ways to capture and share stories of Christians serving their communities in diverse ways all around the world. She counts herself hugely privileged to travel and meet such extraordinary people.

Jenny is also a founding member of the theatre company The Ruby Dolls, described by Time Out Magazine as, “…an elegant, inventive and absorbing fusion of theatre, music, storytelling, dance and puppetry.”

She lives on a council estate in London with her husband Andy, where they’re trying to be downwardly mobile – she blogs about their attempts at They’re part of The Well Community Church & lead a fledgling missional community.

Francis Njoroge – was born, raised and lives in Kenya, where he received a Degree in Education from Kenya Science Teachers’ College, and taught for 8 years, before joining World Vision Kenya in 1981.  In 2007 he received a Masters in International Administration from the School for International Training.  Francis has worked with refugee communities in the Darfur region of Sudan conducting participatory surveys and evaluations for U.S. and Canadian relief organizations, and facilitates an approach to development called the Church and Community Mobilization Process (CCMP) in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan.  This aspect of his work focuses on empowering people to transform their situations of poverty by recognizing and mobilizing local knowledge and resources. Tearfund UK has adopted this process as a successful approach to poverty reduction and transformational development – Tearfund call the process Umoja, which means ‘together’ in Swahili.

Rachel Bowyer - is one of the co-founders of Soul Action South Africa, which is a network of Christians that interact, share ideas, resources and all sorts of needs.  Rachel is an experienced teacher who is qualified to teach adults and children with Specific Learning Difficulties.  She has developed an award winning literacy programme which trains local people how to support teachers and teaches 1,450 children to read and write in English on a day to day basis.  She is has a twelve year old son, Zachary, who is passionate about Liverpool Football Club and Cycling.

Dave Richter – is Missions and Justice Director at Grace Family Church, which involves overseeing Day Missions and registered NGO’s: Grace Aid and The Container Ministry. Before this he spent 15 years as a shipping attorney. Dave is passionate about integral mission, and his hearts desire is to see this worked out in the lives of people. He is married to Debbie and together they have (without showing any bias) two awesome young children. He loves art and flying.

Phil Bowyer –  is one of the Directors at Soul Action South Africa, where he is responsible for leading the team and facilitating opportunities for people who are passionate about integral mission to address various forms of poverty by networking, training and working together.  Phil is the author of several books on integral mission including Express Community, A Different World and The Whole Wide World.  He enjoys food, football, and ‘footwork’ – he is currently (trying) to learn Latin-American and ballroom dancing.

Christine van Straaten – is married to Mark and they have 3 beautiful daughters, a son-in-law and a delightful grandson.  Christine has been in ministry for over 30 years and her main point of serving the church has always been in Worship through Music.  During the last 5 years Christine and a team of leaders have been leading weekly meetings of Contemplative Prayer at Grace Family Church, Umhlanga.  These practices of silence, solitude and “listening” prayer have become an integral part of her spiritual journey and she loves to share the experience with others.

Revd Benjamin Aldous – is the Assistant Minister at St Martins’, Durban North. Ben is passionate about mission and how we can become partakers in the mission of God. He is particularly interested in Fresh Expressions of Church being appropriate church growing strategies here in South Africa. He is a doctoral student at UNISA.

Formerly a cross cultural church planter in rural Cambodia Ben, his wife Sharon, and their three children love rice, Jazz and hanging out together.

Michelle Taylor – is passionate about God’s call on her life. Having spent over 20 years in education, she sees herself as an agent of transformation and change. At present she is the Spiritual Growth pastor at Grace Family Church, overseeing the care and growth of small groups and the running of courses that aim to encourage and equip people in their spiritual growth and life. She is also involved pastoral work and the training of leaders. She is a wife, and a mother to two amazing daughters; “Family is God’s greatest gift to me!”

Dr Wynand Johannes de Kock – is the Principal of Tabor Victoria (Australia) and teaches in the area of Practical Theology.  He is married to Marianne and has two daughters, Carmen and Zoe.  Originally from South Africa, he immigrated to Australia in 2004.  In South Africa Wynand served for 12 years as the Dean at Cornerstone Christian College, the Pastor of Bethany Fellowship in Cape Town, and prior to his move to Melbourne served on the pastoral staff of Friends First Church in Cape Town.  It was during this time that he pioneered Open Seminary as an alternative method of training leaders in the local church.

Wynand is a graduate of the Rand Afrikaans University, University of Pretoria, and the Church of God Theological Seminary and has a Doctorate in Theology from the University of South Africa.  He has taught at Berea Theological College, Chaldo Bible Institute, University of the Western Cape, Church of God Theological Seminary (adjunct professor), University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, Cornerstone Christian College and Tabor Victoria.  He is a regular participant at national and international theological conferences – he will be joining our Consultation via video.  In Australia Wynard has been involved in planting a church that meets in the eastern suburbs.  He has discovered a love for painting, and he and Marianne enjoy exploring the place of art in the Christian life.

Clare Whittaker – moved to South Africa, from England, in January 2012 to join Soul Action South Africa as their Children’s and Family Work Co-ordiantor.  She brings to this role 15yrs experience working with children and families in a number of different contexts and an MA in Children’s and Youth ministry.

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Phil Bowyer is one of the founders of Integral Mission and Soul Action South Africa. He creates space for people who are exploring how to respond to various forms of poverty to connect with one another and God's mission. He is the author of several books on Integral Mission, incl. A Different World, Express Community and The Whole Wide World.