Caroline Frohwein, Director

Caroline has been MEM's European Director since 2012. She comes from a business and arts background, and also worked for several years with political asylum seekers from the Middle East. Caroline is responsible for fundraising and developing working partnerships for the organisation in the UK and Europe, as well as leading the team in the UK. Caroline is currently on sabbatical until October 2017, so in the meantime please contact Jolita, our Interim Director, at

Jolita Vadopalaite, Interim Director

Jolita joined MEM as a trustee in 2013 and was chair of the board from 2015 until May 2017, before joining the staff team as Interim Director. She has 9 years of experience working in the world of arts and culture, as a tour & events manager, producer and strategy & research consultant. For the last six years, Jolita worked for a large church in South London, where her role included managing the mission budget & church partnerships. Jolita would love the opportunity to meet with you and share our projects in more detail. If you are interested in knowing more or funding our work, you can contact her directly at

Emily Shurmer, Communications Manager

Emily joined the team in 2015 and is based in Bath, UK. After graduating from the University of Exeter with a BA in International Relations, Emily worked as a freelance writer in the West Bank alongside completing an editorial internship at the Palestine-Israel Journal in East Jerusalem. She has since worked as a technical writer and as Communications Officer at Jubilee Centre, a Christian social reform thinktank in Cambridge. Emily is responsible for our communications such as Prayer & Praise, as well as assisting with fundraising. You can contact her directly at

Christian Frohwein, Development Coordinator

Christian is currently based in Buxton, Derbyshire and also joined the team in 2015. Christian serves as the point of contact for supporters in the North of the UK, and is a dedicated fundraiser. He has a BA in Theology from the University of Chester. Christian has lived in various areas of the Middle East during his early life as well as volunteering in the region as an adult, through which he gained a passion for the culture and the people of the region. If you have any queries regarding gaining information on particular projects or finding out how you can support us, please contact Christian at

Simon Lever, Administrator

Simon joined the team in 2015 and is based in London. A graduate geochemist, he has worked in both business and charity development. More recently, as an administrator, he has worked part-time for a number of charities including a large regional theatre, several law centres in London and was the academic administrator in a theological college. He has also worked with torture victims as a psychodynamic therapist. Outside of work, he keeps sheep and chickens, and is refitting a narrowboat. You can contact him at

European Board of Trustees

Ben Care (Vice-Chair)
David Hodgson
Fiona Holmer
Graeme Johnstone (Chair of Trustees)
Jonathan Morris
Rosemary Summerfield
Brian Taylor
Hannah-Rivkah Martin-Thomas


You can contact our USA team at

Board of Reference

Baroness Caroline Cox, UK
Rev Colin Chapman, UK
Rt Rev Dr Bill Musk, UK
Rev. Frog and Amy Orr-Ewing, UK
Mrs Robyn Claydon, Australia
Dr Edward R Dayton, USA
Bishop Derek L Eaton, New Zealand
Dr Walter Liefeld, USA
Rev Eberhard Troeger, Germany
Dr Dudley Woodberry, USA