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 Imtiaz. Originally from Pakistan, Imtiaz has been with London City Mission since 2005, when he joined as a missionary based in Ilford.
Imtiaz, you’ve been in London City Mission for over 10 years, what have you been doing most recently?
I have continued to minister in Ilford, where I particularly reach out to the Pakistani community, most of whom are from a Muslim background. One of the things I love about LCM is its commitment to reaching into communities. I have built great relationships within the communities, in particular with Imams and Muslim friends who attend our monthly Christian-Muslim Discussion evenings, when we explore together claims of the Christian and Islamic faith.
Most recently I have been Team Leader for the Mission’s ministry in Newham, a borough of London with a high population of people from a Muslim background. I have also been working with the training department to manage and deliver London City Mission’s Muslim Engagement Training to churches across the city.
What is your vision for this role?
We’re living in a pluralistic society, where we’re expected to accept and tolerate each other’s beliefs. It is true that we should respect and tolerate each other’s beliefs, but the question is: can we disagree with each other and yet still maintain good and friendly relationships? Jesus made exclusive claims about himself, such as: “I’m the way and the truth and life”. Can we as Christians hold on to assert an absolute truth about Jesus, while we’re living in a pluralistic society? My vision is to encourage churches to find that balance: How can we love our neighbours and yet at the same time fervently and passionately assert that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)?
I am looking forward to being able to work with both the wider London City Mission team and churches in the east of London. I am passionate about enabling churches to partner together to share the gospel with all sorts of people in their communities in this area of our city.
I am looking forward to taking the things the Lord has taught me as a missionary and seeing how he’ll use them in this context as I work with a bigger team across the diverse communities of east London.
Please can you share with us something about yourself outside of your ministry?
I was born in Pakistan and came over to live in the UK in 2001. I studied at Redcliff and Cornhill before joining the Mission in 2005. I enjoy travelling, music and reading, I live in Ilford with my wife Marta and seven year old son Levi, together we worship at Jubilee Church Ilford.
Finally, what can we be praying for you as you take on this new role?
- That the Lord would enable me to stay focused on the things he’s put on my heart to achieve
- Wisdom, so that I can look at the bigger picture and get a sense of direction from the Lord
- On practical level, that I would adjust into this role quickly and smoothly, as I get to know to staff
Thank you for praying for me.