A noted evangelical from the black churches has been appointed by Christian Aid as the head of its new London regional team.
Mark Sturge, who ran his own development consultancy business and worked as General Director of the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance (ACEA) for eight years, will lead on the churches' development agency’s relationship with church and community in the Greater London are.
Mr Sturge declared: "Christian Aid is an exciting organisation, committed to seeing an end to poverty and injustice. I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge and contributing to achieve this ambitious and necessary vision."
He added: "I am also looking forward to leading the team, working closely with churches and leaders, and inspiring and resourcing them to engage and respond to issues of poverty and injustice."
Since leaving ACEA, Mark Sturge has been the Assistant Director (Services) at the Council for Voluntary Service in Lewisham and Chief Operating Officer at The Lokahi Foundation. He also received a scholarship from the Cranfield Trust to pursue a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Cranfield University (School of Management).
Mr Sturge has also delivered strategic events for leaders and youth workers, including 'Faith in the Future', which was attended by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and current Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
The new appointee understands, and has a keen interest in, the diversity of London churches and church audiences, which led him to write his critically acclaimed book, Look what the Lord has done! An exploration of Black Christian Faith in Britain.
He was also a member of Christian Aid’s human rights delegation of church leaders to the Dominican Republic to explore the treatment of Haitians in the late 1990s.
David Pain, Director of Supporter and Community Partnerships at Christian Aid welcomed the appointment. He said: "The London area has a multitude of vibrant and diverse church communities. I am delighted that Mark will play a key role in strengthening our relationships with these communities, through his role as head of our new London regional team."
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