The retirement has been announced of Jean Wilson, as a Trustee and Company Secretary of African Enterprise UK.
In heartfelt recognition of what AE UK Chairman Olave Snelling called "over thirty years of dedicated and extraordinary service to the AE Ministry across Africa", the Board has appointed her a "Life Fellow of African Enterprise UK".
AE Founder Michael Cassidy, speaking from Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, said "Jean has played a key role in the development of African Enterprise and has been an inspirational and core member of the AE Leadership Team since 1978. It is not for nothing that she was known throughout the work as 'Queen Jean'! Her dedicated service to God's work in Africa for over three decades has been pivotal to the development of our Prayer and Financial Support in the United Kingdom. We love her and will miss her greatly".
The Reverend Prebendary Richard Bewes, past Rector of All Souls Church Langham Place and a former Chairman of AE UK, said "We have all been encouraged and inspired by Jean for many years. She is a wonderful person and we look forward to keeping in close fellowship with her".
Jean Wilson has been a distinguished evangelical leader in the United Kingdom since 1959, when she began working with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in London. She became head of Billy Graham's London Office and remains on the Board of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse - now led by Franklin Graham.
Alongside these responsibilities, Jean Wilson has been a Trustee and Company Secretary for African Enterprise UK since its incorporation in 1978 and remains an Emeritus member of the International Partnership Board, which strategises for and guides AE's work in ten African countries.
African Enterprise was founded in 1961 by South African, Michael Cassidy. It is a Christian interdenominational, multicultural ministry, working with Local Churches across Africa in four main areas:
- EVANGELISM (Equipping and mobilising Local Churches and ensuring effective follow-up by Local Churches);
- RECONCILIATION AND JUSTICE (Action to bring about Peace and Reconciliation across nations, communities and families, highlighting injustice and lobbying for legislative change);
- AID AND DEVELOPMENT (HIV/Aids, Poverty, Welfare, Community cohesion and development);
- TRAINING (Leadership, Community development and Practical Pastoral skills).
Jean Wilson honoured on retirement from African Enterprise
Appointed 'Life Fellow' of African Enterprise UK
Saturday, 27 June 2009, 9:53 (EST)
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