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


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


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

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

David Hodgson
Fiona Holmer
(Deputy & Acting Chair)
Jonathan Morris (Honorary Treasurer)
Rosemary Summerfield
Brian Taylor
Hannah-Rivkah Perkin
Maria Corlis
Wayne Larson


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


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

Revd Colin Chapman, UK
Mrs Robyn Claydon, Australia
Baroness Caroline Cox, UK
Dr Edward R Dayton, USA
Rt Revd Derek L Eaton, New Zealand
Dr Walter Liefeld, USA
Rt Revd Dr Bill Musk, UK
Revd Frog and Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, UK
Dr Hugh & Mrs Marion Osgood, UK
Dr Dudley Woodberry, USA