London City Mission is 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 Pamela who has joined the Mission after several years ministering in the United States. She lives in Neasden, West London and worship at New City International Presbyterian Church in Shepherds Bush.
Pamela, you’re relatively new to London. What were you doing before you joined the Mission?
I was born and grew up in Jos, Nigeria, of a Nigerian father and a Northern Irish mother. I went to Ohio in the United States to study my undergraduate degree in sociology, followed by a master’s degree in public health. After this I moved to London for a short while before heading back to the States, to New York City, to pursue a PhD in public health.
Following that, I spent two and a half years in Uganda with World Harvest Mission/Serge, doing HIV prevention work with women.
I then returned to New York and Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where I’d previously been worshipping, in 2008 to become a Community Group Director and then Managing Director of Community Groups for one of their congregations, a role that I fulfilled until the summer of 2016 when I moved to London to be closer to my mum.
What is your vision for this role?
My vision for this role is for the team leaders and their teams in West London to experience God’s love and joy as they share the good news of Jesus. I’m also eager to prayerfully explore new areas in the west where LCM does not yet have a presence among those who are on the margins. I look forward to establishing partnerships to make this happen.
Can you share with us a bit about your interests outside of the Mission?
I love walking, especially in parks, and being outside in the beauty of God’s creation, in all kinds of weather. I’m fond of writing (nonfiction!) and I’m also a passionate tennis player.
Finally, what can we be praying for you in your role as Field Director?
Pray that I would live and serve as a beloved daughter of Christ. I’m all too aware that I can’t give what I don’t have and I desire to love and serve team leaders, missionaries and other staff well, so that they flourish. Pray also for deep humility, grace and courage as I learn this role.