Meet the BTBAB Team

BTBAB is run by a team of Directors, supported by coordinators and covered by a board of advisors known as Trustees. Together, we come from a diverse expression of God’s family but with a common desire to see people experience the love of God in a practical way in the developing world.

PATRONS & BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FEMI ONI

BTBAB PATRON

Born in England to Nigerian parents and having spent most of his life in 3 different cultures, Femi is what many psychologists today would call a Third Culture kid. His exposure to different cultures has been challenging but used by God in a way that now enables him to relate to almost any culture in the world.

An Orthoptist (vision therapist) by profession, he has served the poor with his skills for over 20 years in the developing world (including successfully setting up an internationally recognised community eye health course in the Amazon in Brazil in 2007). He was Director of Operations for BTBAB for 14 years, during which he led 14 short-term mission teams and pioneered the ToolBox training program for BTBAB. Thereafter, he served as the Chair of the organisation for an additional 5 years during which he developed initiatives such as Gap Year Internships and our mentoring program to raise future leaders for the organisation.

Femi has always felt that one of the greatest gift God has given him to the Body of Christ is discipleship. To this end, he (along with Maria) have set-up a discipleship training programme that is now accessible to the Body of Christ (www.disciplersworkshop.com )

Married to Maria (Cidinha), they are blessed with two children and together they make their home in England (in the UK) where they have pioneered a new operational base for BTBAB.

Femi is the founder of BTBAB. He stepped aside from the Board of Trustees in November 2019 and currently serves as the patron of the organisation tasked with advising on the good stewardship of the legacy of BTBAB.

CIDINHA ONI

Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees

Originally from Brazil, Cidinha was called to a life of mission at the age of 18, only a few weeks after giving her life to Jesus. God's call has taken her from the inner city to the Amazon jungle where she met her husband Femi. Together they served in Brazil, New Zealand and Israel before resettling in the UK.

As well as being an advisor on the BTBAB Board of Trustees, Cidinha is pioneering a new work with Femi called Water From The Rock.

She loves people, and, her years of experience on the mission field has enabled her to bring wisdom to her Community Transformation Advisor role.

In November 2019, Cidinha took on the challenge of Chair on the Board of Trustees. Her role is to facilitate and coordinate the advice and oversight that the organisation provides for those involved at operational level. Behind the scenes, she is also involved in mentoring emerging leaders as BTBAB completes his transition of being an organisation operating from a permanent base.

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SHIRLEY COOPER

Trustee for Developing People on the Field

My name is Shirley. I am from Lancashire (England) but I arrived in Liverpool in 1990 after spending two years in South Wales. I came to Liverpool to help establish a team who would encourage people to step out into short/long term mission. I then went out from 1993 till 1999 to North Africa. I returned home in 1999 to pursue a Masters in Primary Health Care (something of a miracle) and then took a break from missions for several years during which I invested in my local church. Then in 2013, I went on my first BTBAB mission (which God used to restore my full passion for missions) and I have never looked back since.

Since joining BTBAB in 2013, I have been part of 8 teams (4 of which I have led). I held the post of Director of the ACI for 2 years helping to identify and sponsor young people into education up to university level, in the developing world. In 2018, the organisation began to experience a shift to developing people on the field (not just at home) and subsequently asked me to step in to champion this cause on the Board of Trustees.

I enjoy cycling and love reading...but most of all, I have a passion for people growing into their call.

New Nomination in Progress

TRUSTEE PASTORAL ADVISOR

Nigel Langford recently stepped down as Pastoral Advisor from the Board of Trustees. During his 4 year tenure, Nigel was instrumental in helping BTBAB nurture people in pastoral care. A new person was recently nominated to this post and will be unveiled in 2020. His nomination, once approved, would bring a fresh face to the work of the organisation - and do so in the manner of the gentle disposition the organisation has enjoyed from those who have filled this role in the past.

JULIE ESSEKU

TRUSTEE TREASURER

An accountant by trade working in the banking industry, Julie is the ideal person to be our treasurer on the Board of Trustees - a position she has held since 2011.

Brought up in a Christian home Julie is of Ghanaian descent but would also call Britain her home. She finds cultures fascinating and over the years has been involved in local community projects – most notably, teaching English to refugees coming into Britain.

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YVONNE TWUM-BARIMA

TRUSTEE PRAYER ADVISOR

Originally from Ghana, Yvonne has lived in the UK since 1978. She works as a Business Intelligence Analyst and has over 20 years experience as well as being fully involved in the life and ministry of her local church, St Saviours in Guildford.

Yvonne is drawn to prayer especiallly for nations and people groups, and as the BTBAB prayer advisor she has seen how God works in mysterious ways and how faithful He is no matter the circumstances or barriers in your way.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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ESTHER PRICE

Base Operational Leader (Currently on the Field)

Esther joined the BTBAB team in 2014 and held the post of Administrator for a numbers of years being offered the opportunity for training into senior leadership. She accepted the challenge and subsequently was instrumental in helping to create an administrative structure for our new base. She is also the first fully trained worker on the field in the history of the organisation.

God called Esther to full-time mission in her early 20's, working with YWAM for 3 years. However, just as she was fully ready to do cross cultural missions, God told her to go back to Hereford. After a long break away, God has drawn her back to missions and she went on her first trip with BTBAB to Peru in 2014. She has since been on a further four trips to Vietnam, Peru, Thailand and India.

Esther is currently in Thailand as a Field worker for BTBAB. She returns in May 2020 to champion the work of the organisation.

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TOM GRIFFIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OCT

Tom has been serving as the Director of OCT (Overseas Community Transformation) since 2012.

Originally from County Kerry, Tom lived in Liverpool for 23 years before his recent return to Ireland in 2015.

A trained psychologist, he managed services in the care sector for many years, but is now in part-time study training to be a Gestalt psychotherapist.

Tom was first introduced to the work of BTBAB in 2007 but became actively involved from 2010. He feels blessed to be part of people with a desire to see people's lives and communities transformed.

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HANNAH SAVAGE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

Hannah joined the BTBAB Team in 2011, first as Administrator and now as the Director of Training & Administration overseeing operational logistics of the organisation as well as ensuring the smooth running of our ToolBox training programme.
Her first trip with BTBAB was to Cambodia in 2010 as a nurse on the team. Since then she has been on several other trips including leading teams to Peru, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Hannah has recently moved onto the BTBAB base to continue her role within the organisation whilst working at the local hospital as a nurse.

COORDINATORS

Tina Falvey

Toolbox Mission Intern

Tina is the new addition to the BTBAB team. She is currently serving as a Mission Intern to take on the role of Toolbox Coordinator from April 2020.
Tina has been part of the BTBAB mission to the Philippines, Thailand and is now leading her first mission to Ethiopia. She comes from Ireland and is a fantastic Mum to her three grown children. Watch out for more about Tina in 2020!

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Cynthia Bosafola

ACI COORDINATOR

Cynthia was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to London when she was 4 years old. She now lives in the best city in England - Liverpool.

After graduating from John Moores University with a degree in Drama and English, Cynthia worked at the BBC as a production coordinator for 3 years, later moving into the business industry and is currently training as a business adviser with 'The Women's Organisation'.

Cynthia's first mission trip with BTBAB was to Vietnam in 2016, where she also met one of the recent ACI recipients and since then she has joined the team as the ACI coordinator.

Cynthia is passionate about education and the power of learning and growing and believes everyone should be given the opportunity to achieve their dream. Cynthia loves sewing, cooking and watching musicals.