The Evangelical Alliance has appointed a new General Director.
Steve Clifford, currently chair of the Hope 08 initiative and youth organisation Soul Survivor, replaces outgoing director Joel Edwards.
Clifford, 54, with a background in the new churches, rather than traditional Church denominations, has been behind a range of church campaigns in the past decade. He will take over the running of the Evangelical organisations in early April.
Already a long-serving Evangelical Alliance board member, Clifford says he is inspired by the direction the Alliance is taking and ‘honoured’ to be following in the footsteps of the previous General Director.
“The Church is alive and kicking in the UK and evangelicals are often at the forefront of local initiatives,” he said.
Mike Talbot, the Alliance’s Chair of Board, said: “We are delighted to make this appointment.
“Steve has a real passion for the local church and developing young people, which has given him a strong sense for the issues that matter to Christians and non-Christians alike.
“He is a leader of leaders, gifted at enabling and mobilising teams and individuals into action, with a real ability to build partnerships with people from across the Christian spectrum. He is a visionary and I am excited to see how his vision has consistently centred around mission and evangelism.
“These qualities leave us in no doubt that he is the right person to take forward the Alliance, which exists to unite evangelicals in transforming society.”
Clifford has chaired Hope 08, a national initiative which last year supported the Church across the UK representing thousands of churches as they got involved in their communities.
Clifford has been chair of the leadership team of Soul Survivor, an international youth ministry running festivals attended by over 25,000 young people in the UK.
Clifford worked as a teacher in the 1980s before leaving to work with the Church in 1985.
He currently attends a West London church, which is a member of the Pioneer network.