Meet our team

Administration

Finn Kier-Hansen

Administrator

fkh@relaytrust.org

Finn Kier-Hansen is an administrative part-time assistant in the administration department. He holds a Master’s degree in The Science of Religion with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Finn is an ordained pastor within the Evangelical Free Church of Denmark, where he has been serving as a pastor for the past 23 years, in Tylstrup, Denmark.

Ichthus Training

Mette Bjergbæk Klausen

Director of Content​

mbk@relaytrust.org

Mette Bjergbaek Klausen is the Director of Content of DECIBEL. She holds a Master of Theology, is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church, and served as a missionary in West Africa from 2009 to 2016. Since 2016, she has been involved in setting up DECIBEL as an organization and has been responsible for the development of the training method used. Mette lives in Oxford frequently travels frequently travels to Africa.

Gabriela Kishi Cristofani

Senior Course Designer

gkc@relaytrust.org

Gabriela Cristofani is the Senior Course Designer at DECIBEL. In addition to designing courses, she also coordinates the translation process with our in-house and external translators. She has a degree in Portuguese language and literature and a PGDip in Translation and Simultaneous Translation studies. Gabriela is from São Paulo – Brazil, but she lives in London.

Shumi Kupara

Assistant Course Designer

sk@relaytrust.org

Shumi Kupara lives in Oxford and assists with course design in the Content Team, she is a lawyer turned theologian with a background in legal literacy, specialising in constitutional law. Her passion for social justice is evident, with ten years of experience in the NGO industry working with marginalised and disadvantaged groups in Southern Africa. She has vast experience in creating literacy content for rural communities, specifically reading and teaching materials used as educational resources, workshop manuals and informational guides for traditionally complex subjects but presented in an engaging and easily understood way.

Martin Charlesworth

Course Designer

mc@relaytrust.org

Martin Charlesworth lives in the UK and studied History at Oxford University (MA) and Theology at Gloucestershire University (BA). He has worked over the years as a teacher, in business, as a church pastor, in leadership training and, more recently, with a variety of Christian charities. During the last few years Martin has been developing “Word Online”, a web-based platform for biblical teaching, specifically designed to equip church leaders and trainers using English as a secondary language. “Word Online” became part of DECIBEL in 2022.

Solveig Dret

French translator, proof-reader and theological consultant

sd@relaytrust.org

Solveig Dret-Vincent works as a French-speaking back translator, proof-reader, and consultant in theology. She holds a degree from the Institut Biblique de Bruxelles and a Bachelor’s in Science of Religion from the Université Catholique de Louvain, both in Belgium, where she lives.

Fidèle Constance Etjeke

French Translator

fe@relaytrust.org

Fidèle Constance Etjeke is a translator/Interpreter. She holds a Master’s degree in Translation and a Master’s degree in Conference Interpretation from the University of Buea, Cameroon. She has been working as the English to French translator in the team since September 2019. Fidèle lives in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Maria Silkjær

Production Team Coordinator

ms@relaytrust.org

Maria Silkjaer is the Production Team Coordinator. She is a teacher by profession and an animal behaviour therapist. She is the co-founder of Farming 4 Life in Uganda and Togo, and she has been working evangelism and development since 2009. She has been involved in setting up the production line and Design. Maria lives in Denmark.

Issa Maguey

Media Production/
Graphic Designer

im@relaytrust.org

Issa Maguey is the Coordinator/Media Producer in Cameroon for DECIBEL. Issa is a certified international coach from the Global Entrepreneurship Institute. He also holds a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and a couple certificates in Video production, graphic design, and web applications. Issa has worked with several Christian organisations in Africa and has been involved in missions since 2009. He is happily married and blessed with four children.

Philippa Nash​

Graphic Designer

pn@relaytrust.org

Philippa Nash is Graphic Designer for DECIBEL, and sits in the production team. She works on the branding and website for the organisation and produces audio visual teaching materials alongside her colleagues in the Content Department. She holds a first class degree in Graphic Design and has worked for global publishers and charities before joining the Relay Trust. Philippa is from the UK and lives in London.

Djamina Maguey

Coordinator for the Distribution Team and Anthropological Consultant

dm@relaytrust.org

Djamina Maguey is the coordinator of the distribution team which is part of the Ichthus Department. She holds a bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology and uses her skills in course design and production as well. Djamina lives in Yaoundé Cameroon and she is single with a 5 years old daughter. Djamina conducts course tests and user surveys to improve courses. and operates the Facebook page.

Istifanus Bala Bahago

Training Facilitator

ibb@relaytrust.org

Istifanus Bala Bahago is the TLT training facilitator in Sierra Leone. He holds a Master’s degree in Theology, is an ordained minister with the Christian Reformed Church in Nigeria, and has served as a missionary in Sierra Leone for nine years. He has been involved in the TLT training for church leaders since 2013. He now lives in Abuja Nigeria but also serves DECIBEL in Facilitating TLT training for the clerics of the Anglican church in Sierra Leone.

Moses Lincoln

Training Coordinator

ml@relaytrust.org

Moses Lincoln is a Training Coordinator. He lives in Freetown, Sierra Leone, with his family. He has a Masters of Arts in Leadership, accepted Christ in 1981, and was called into full time Christian service in 1982. Moses is an ordained minister of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. His main passion is to train leaders. His life verse is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”

TheWell Systems

Alex Bjergbæk Klausen

Director of Systems

abk@relaytrust.org

Alex Bjergbaek Klausen is the Director of Systems. He holds a Master of Theology, is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church, and served as a missionary in West Africa from 2009 to 2016. Since 2016, he has been involved in setting up DECIBEL as an organization and has been responsible for the development of TheWell training system. Alex lives in Oxford but frequently travels to Africa.

Ben Grist

Systems team member

bg@relaytrust.org

Ben Grist works in the Systems Department primarily focused on loading training material for TheWell. He studied Mathematics at Southampton University, and Theology at Oxford University and is currently training for Ordination in the Church of England. Ben has a passion for seeing Biblical teaching and training made accessible to all, particularly through the use of digital media.

Tim Strauss

Project Manager

Tim Strauss works as the Executive Director of Kolo Group, a small technology focused mission whose purpose is to innovatively merge business and technology expertise with missions for transformation of the least reached. For 30 years, he served with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Lesotho, Albania, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. His ministry and leadership roles have included aviation, IT tools and services, team building, strategic planning, identifying organizational culture issues, and impacting lives in a varied range of circumstances and settings. He holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and is currently working on his Doctorate in Intercultural Studies with Fuller Seminary.

Developers

TheWell is using different programmers to solve different parts of the software and hardware development. Developers are called in to solve specific tasks and normally work on short term contracts.