Staff

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The CMSI staff team is a group of passionate, mission-minded Christians who love God and who long to see His Kingdom come, on earth, as it is heaven. We share a commitment to working in partnership with the global church, as represented by our Global Partners

At present we have nine office-based staff based in Ireland.

To contact any of our staff please click here.

Mission Director – Jenny Smyth
Jenny joined the CMSI staff team in October 2013 as the Partnership Coordinator for DR Congo, Egypt, South Sudan and Zambia. She was appointed to the Mission Director role in February 2015. Having served as a CMS Britain Mission Partner for 8 years, Jenny then joined the ranks of CMS Ireland in 1996 when she married Billy and the two returned to Uganda as joint CMSB/CMSI Mission Partners, working first in Kampala, then Arua (after Abigail was born) before moving to Yei Diocese in Sudan (after Caleb was born). The Smyths returned to Ireland in 2006 and shortly afterwards, Jenny was elected to the Board of Trustees, with whom she served until 2012.

Personnel Manager – Gillian Maganda
Based in CMSI’s Belfast office, Gillian is responsible for looking after our long-term Mission Partners and short-term volunteers as well as overseeing our Mission Experience Teams Abroad. She also provides HR support for the staff team. Having previously worked as a CMSI Mission Partner in Egypt for 6 years, Gillian is well positioned to help guide those engaging in cross-cultural mission through CMSI. She is the first point of contact for many people exploring the possibility of mission service.

Finance Assistant – Anne Buckley
Anne is the longest serving member of staff, having joined the CMSI team in 1986. Over the years, she has worked in the Youth Department, the General Admin team and the Communications Department. More recently, Anne has been responsible for the Society’s bookkeeping and financial records.

Administration Coordinator – Jenny Christie
Formerly known as the ‘Singing Welder’, Jenny joined the CMSI team in 2012 and is responsible for the administration function of the society. She’s often the first port of call for those who contact the offices and she provides significant support to Jenny Smyth and to the other members of the staff team.

Mission Resource Manager – Roger Cooke
Previously Partnership Coordinator for South East Asia and Europe, Roger now heads up CMSI’s Mission Resource Team, which helps to resource the Church in Ireland. His responsibilities are generally in the areas of communications and resources. He oversees this website and coordinates the sharing of news and stories. He’s also responsible for the development and delivery of Discover and the inMission magazine.

Mission Resource Coordinator – Rachel Brittain
Rachel is part of the Mission Resource Team that is responsible for helping the Society to resource the Church in Ireland. Her role includes responsibility for the Marketplace initiative and oversight of CMSI’s Children’s Resource. She also helps coordinate our events in Ireland and our engagement with individual members and supporters.

Partnership Coordinator – Kelly Yates
Since November 2012, Kelly has been the Partnership Coordinator for Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. This means that she has responsibility for the Partnership Links between parishes in Ireland and our Global Partners in these countries. Kelly is the Society’s main point of contact with these Global Partners and she is in regular communication with them. She also works with Link Parishes in Ireland to help them develop stronger, more fruitful relationships with their Global Partners.

Partnership Coordinator – Linda Abwa
Linda joined the CMSI staff team in September 2015 as Partnership Coordinator for DR Congo, Egypt and South Sudan. Prior to this, Linda served for 12 years in Nigeria with Mission Africa, where she led an HIV programme and where she met her husband, Billy. Linda is responsible for developing the ‘partnership links’ between Link Parishes in Ireland and the eight Global Partners in her countries.

Partnership Coordinator – Roger Thompson
Roger joined the CMSI staff team in September 2015 as Partnership Coordinator for Kenya, Nepal and Zambia. Originally hailing from the Peterborough area of England, Roger served as a CMS Britain Mission Partner in Tanzania in the late-1980s. It was there that he met a CMSI Mission Partner, Fiona Kelly, to whom he is now married. More recently, Roger served, for 11 years, as Rector of Cairncastle and Craigyhill (Connor). Roger is responsible for developing the Partnership Links between the five Global Partners in his countries and their Link Parishes throughout Ireland.