London City Mission are strengthening the leadership of their ministries with the appoint of four new members to the team.
Reverend Tayo Arikawe and Caroline Millar will be joining the 182 year old mission over the summer. They follow Pamela Brown-Peterside, who joined in April as Field Director for West London, and Imtiaz Khan who became Field Director for East London in June 2017, having been with the Mission for nearly 12 years.
Here I introduce you to Caroline, who joins the Mission from All Souls, Langham Place, where she’s been working with Rico Tice on evangelism, and with the 20s and 30s community.
Caroline, would you call yourself a Londoner?
Yes, I am passionate about this city and am very much a Londoner, having been born and raised in North London and now living in Mile End in the east of the city with my husband Iain. My parents are Chinese-Malaysian and moved to the UK in the 1970s as students and also still live in London.
What kind of experience have you had to prepare you for those roles?
At All Souls, I worked as an Evangelism Assistant with Rico Tice and this has fuelled my passion to see churches better equipped and empowered to reach out to the least reached people in their communities – people who are often difficult to get alongside and share the love of God with.
I love meeting new people and have had the opportunity to connect with a range of church networks and leaders across the city. I am part of the Evangelical Alliance’s One People Commission Young Adult Ministry Forum, which has given me an awareness of how churches can unite to work together as one body of Christ whilst committed to celebrating the diversity of the different ethnic groups and their different contexts. It has been a privilege to meet with, learn from and pray together with church leaders in this Forum.
Before joining All Souls, I worked as Commercial Partnership Manager for the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, at City Hall. I was involved with building partnerships between the public and private sector.
What’s your heart for this important role?
I have a passion to see the whole church of London joined together as one for this mission in reaching the least reached in London. I want to build on the wealth of 182 years of gospel mission and the generosity of London City Mission, to help enable the church to work together, bringing different gifts and strengths, both individually and corporately, for the kingdom and for greater gospel impact.
What do you love most about London?
London is the greatest city in the world! I love that there is always something new and exciting happening, places and neighbourhoods to discover, the diversity of people, the green spaces and the fact that it is home.
I really enjoy being outside and being active, and I love to try new things. London is great for that – I’ve taken a flying trapeze course as well as more regular things like netball!
Finally, what can we be praying for you as you transition out of All Souls and into London City Mission?
Thank you very much for praying. It would be great if you could please pray about the following things:
- For the transition from being on staff at All Souls. I will continue to worship there after I join London City Mission and so I want to hand things over well, but also get the balance right in terms of what to get involved in (and what not).
- For me to see God’s vision for this role as I come into it. There are lots of churches across London and I’d value prayers for discernment as to how we start and to see what God’s already doing so we can build on that, rather than going down my own path.