We have two primarily Arab teams in the Gulf and North Africa, and support offices in the UK and USA.
Our team in North Africa specialises in 3D animation, filmmaking training and women's work. Our charitable organisation is also based in North Africa.
Renee Cloud, North Africa Director
Renee joined the North African team in 1988 after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She started with administrative work and soon was trained in other areas of the organization, such as TV script-writing, media production, media training, marketing and distribution, business development and fundraising. Renee was the head of MEM's social arm for its first 10 years after it was established in 2005, before becoming director of the North Africa operation. Renee has been married since 1990 and has two daughters and a son, and considers growing up in MEM to be God’s blessing for her life and the life of her family.
Our team in the Gulf was established in 2007 and specialises in empowering believers from a Muslim background. Read more about our Gulf work here.
Leina, Gulf Director
Leina is an Arab follower of Christ. She is passionate about reaching, enabling and resourcing believers from the Gulf to impact their own communities for Christ, creating life-transforming media that reaches the region. She has over 20 years experience in TV, film and radio production with 17 of these in the countries of the Arabian Peninsula. She has co-led the Gulf team since its formation in 2007. Leina is now leading this ministry. Through prayer and holistic team equipping, she sees this ministry transitioning fruitfully to be led by a team of Gulf followers of Christ from a majority background.
If you're interested in communicating with our North Africa or Gulf teams, please get in touch via the UK office - contact information here.
If you would be interested in volunteering with us either in North Africa, the Middle East, or with our international team please download this document to view our current available positions.
UK & Europe
The UK & Europe team exists to support the work of the North Africa and Gulf teams, through fundraising and raising awareness.
Jolita Paton, European Director
As of February 2019 Jolita has been appointed as our European Director having previously been with MEM since 2013 in the capacity of Board Chair and then Operations Director, she is currently based in London. Jolita spent 9 years working in the international culture and arts sector, with responsibility for events in design sector, opera production, touring, management, strategy and research. Jolita is responsible for day to day operations, also working with UK and European Trusts, churches and developing major connections. She would love to have a coffee with you - please drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Baldock, Communications Manager
James joined the team in 2018 and is based in Worcester. He has worked as a communications specialist for several international Christian organisations and is passionate about the mission of the Church. While recently graduating with a Masters Degree in Theology, James focused his dissertation on why effective communication is vital for Christian communicators. He is responsible for communication and is excited to report back on the transformative work of MEM. You can reach James at email@example.com.
Jess Davidson, Team Assistant & Advocates Scheme
Jess has been with us since October 2018. She heads up our advocacy scheme as well as being an assistant to the rest of the team. Jess grew up in the Middle East and went on to study Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS, London. Having previously worked in digital marketing she now works part-time in safeguarding within a sport setting. Jess is hugely passionate about the Middle East and is excited to see the work grow. If you’re interested in volunteering for MEM please do get in touch with Jess as she would love to chat to you or even buy you a piece of baklava! You can contact her through Jess@mem.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
European Board of Trustees
Fiona Holmer (Vice-Chair)
Graeme Johnstone (Chair of Trustees)
Jonathan Morris (Treasurer)
Terry Zimmer, USA Director
Terry is a former teacher and current member of the North Africa/Middle East mission team of her church. Serving on this mission team has enabled her to travel to the region on numerous occasions and has instilled a great love for the people of this beautifully diverse, yet troubled area of the world. She enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, and spending time with her family. Terry joined the Middle East Media team as the US Director in late 2016. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Wayne Larson, International Director
Wayne began his career in TV and radio, before feeling called to help start MEM’s North Africa-based production ministry over 30 years ago. Whilst there he helped with the launch of one of the Middle East’s first Christian satellite television stations, SAT-7. Wayne led the North Africa team until 2004, when he assumed the role of New Venture Director for MEM. After being challenged by Leina, who saw the need for a Gulf-based media ministry to teenagers, the Gulf team was established in 2007. Wayne co-led the Gulf team until 2017, when he became MEM's International Director. He is now based in the USA.
Board of Reference
Rev Colin Chapman, UK
Mrs Robyn Claydon, Australia
Baroness Caroline Cox, UK
Dr Edward R Dayton, USA
Bishop Derek L Eaton, New Zealand
Dr Walter Liefeld, USA
Rt Rev Dr Bill Musk, UK
Rev. Frog and Amy Orr-Ewing, UK
Dr Hugh & Marion Osgood, UK
Dr Dudley Woodberry, USA