Scotland Area Representatives
United Free Church of Scotland
Martin, Jennifer and Sophia Paterson
We knew God was leading us toward full time ministry from very early on in our relationship. We had become believers in our late teens and married in our early twenties. The first year that we were married Martin attended Highland Theological College as part of his training for pastoral ministry. However, during this time we both became more aware of God’s global mission and especially the needs of East Asians. In order to explore this calling further and find out how best to serve the Church, we went to Asia in 2014 for six months, which had a huge impact on us.
When we returned to the UK we took on the care of a small rural church in Lanarkshire, where Martin is the part-time minister. However, we still knew God’s leading to explore our place in his global mission and began to think through how we may serve the peoples of East Asia while in the UK. It is our privilege to now be serving with OMF as a part of the team of Area Representatives, sharing the needs in East Asia with many churches and individuals across the country.
Our vision is to see many people actively engaged with the peoples of East Asia in prayer and partnership as well as seeing more going long-term to serve the lost.
Assistant Director for Mobilisation
Windsor Baptist, Belfast
My interest in mission began by praying for the persecuted church when I was about 16. Around this time I also read Roger Steer’s biography of Hudson Taylor, A Man in Christ, never thinking I would end up working for OMF. I was also interested in the Soviet Union. In 1993, while studying Chemistry at university in Belfast, God called me to Russia. I had a battle with God over support-raising which was a new concept for me. God spoke to me in a dream that I needed to step out in faith, which I did for one year and then stayed for 11! I worked with Operation Mobilisation, focusing mainly on evangelism and discipleship ministries but I was also short-term mission coordinator for five years. I taught in a Bible college for two years and was the Field Director in Russia for my last three years there. I even taught Third Culture Kids chemistry, part-time, for four years.
I left Russia in 2010 and moved from Northern Ireland to England to work with OMF, starting the Bridge Asia volunteer mobilisation teams. I joined OMF as a member in July 2016.
I want to encourage UK Christians that they can have the privilege of being involved in God’s mission whether they stay in the UK
or go to Asia.