Jenny Smyth Appointed CMSI Mission Director

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CMS Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Jenny Smyth as the society’s new Mission Director. Jenny will take over from Ronnie Briggs, who steps down from the post on 6th February as he and his wife, Maggie, prepare to return to Kenya as CMS Ireland Mission Partners.

As she assumes leadership of CMS Ireland, Jenny brings with her a vast and varied experience of global mission and of CMS. She served as a CMS Britain Mission Partner in Uganda for eight years before joining the CMS Ireland family in 1996, when she married Billy. Jenny and Billy then served together as Mission Partners in Uganda (first in Kampala, then in Arua) and in Yei Diocese, South Sudan. They returned to Ireland in 2006, with their children Abigail and Caleb.

Jenny served as a Trustee on the CMS Ireland Board for five years before joining the staff team in November 2013, as Partnership Coordinator for DR Congo, Egypt, South Sudan and Zambia.

Speaking about this latest appointment, Jenny comments:

It is a wonderful privilege to be called to serve in the capacity of Mission Director as we go forward from our bicentenary thanksgiving year. I pray for the Lord’s enabling as the society continues to develop Partnership Links between our Global Partners and churches throughout Ireland. Many of our Global Partners are facing huge new challenges as they seek to share the
good news of Jesus in their communities and demonstrate His transforming love. In CMS Ireland, we will continue to facilitate these links, challenge Christians to step out in service, to share our time, skills and resources as we support one another prayerfully and practically within God’s worldwide family.

Ronnie has been CMS Ireland’s Mission Director since November 2010 and has also been acting as Partnership Coordinator for Kenya and Nepal. He and Maggie are due to return to Kenya at the end of February to begin a new term of Mission Partner service.

Ronnie has this to say about Jenny’s appointment:

I am delighted to be able to welcome Jenny as the new Mission Director. This role requires a clear call from God and I know that Jenny has expressed that call over the whole process. Please uphold Jenny and her family in prayer over the next few weeks and months, as she take CMS Ireland into its next phase of ministry.


alan dunn said Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:28PM
Warmest congratulations Jenny A lady of immense experience in mission and an unfailing commitment to promoting the Gospel both here in Ireland and through CMS Ireland's worldwide family. I wish you God's Blessing in all your new responsibilities.
Mark Harvey said Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:07PM
Thrilled to learn that Jenny has been appointed as Mission Director. She's someone of tremendous ability, integrity and compassion and who commands tremendous respect from the support base and wider church.. A bold move by CMSI. Blessings and prayers to Jenny, Billy and the children.
Aart den Breejen said Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:24PM
Great news, just wishing you Gods Life Giving Strength to continue Building the Kingdom in this new role.
Elizabeth said Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:09PM
Delighted to hear the news last night. Will be praying for you in the days ahead.
Raymond Fox said Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:32PM
Very many congratulations Jenny. You are an insider who will help the C of I look outwards. May the grace I saw so evident in your life in Yei continue to be available to you in abundant measure in this new leadership role. God bless
Matthew Hagan said Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:43PM
Jenny - sincere congratulations on your appointment as CMSI Mission Director from everyone in the Tynan, Aghavilly and Middletown Group of Parishes, Co.Armagh. May God richly bless you in this new role.
Philip Mounstephe said Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:09AM
Very warm greeting on behalf of us all in CMS Britain. We are delighted to hear of Jenny's appointment and look forward to strengthening our partnership in the gospel. (Written in the lobby of Namirembe Guest House, Kampala!)
Paul Thaxter said Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:39PM
Congratulations Jenny on your appointment. We are delighted for CMS Ireland and looking forward to collaborating with you further in the future. We shall also pray for Ronnie and Maggie as they head out again to Kenya! Best wishes from CMS.
Peter Rodgers said Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:04PM
Congratulations Jenny and a warm welcome from CMS Australia. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with you. My God equip you with all you need to do his work. blessings.

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