The work of Evangelical Alliance Ireland could not take place without the committment of a dedicated team of part-time staff and volunteers, along with a Board of Directors and Council of Reference with members drawn from the wider church community in Ireland.

Staff

EAI is staffed by a combination of part-time Executive Directors and volunteers, with additional volunteers occasionally coming on board for specific projects.

Nick Park is Executive Director - Voice and Advocacy, effectively the public face and voice of EAI. Amongst other roles, he co-ordinates our Voice group which considers how EAI should engage in issues  in the public sphere. Nick was the principal author and driving force behind a number of EAI publications such as the books on migrants and marriage. Nick is senior pastor of Solid Rock Church, a lively multi-cultural congregation in Dundalk.

Tony O’Connor is Executive Director – Operations, and oversees the administration and management of all EAI activities.  With a background in the business world, Tony is also a lecturer in related topics at Dublin Institute of Technology. Tony is actively involved in a variety of roles within the Methodist church.

Caroline Fudge is our office administrator, a role she volunteers for 2 days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays).  She assists Tony in the day to day running of our operations including database management, general office administration and bookkeeping. Originally from Indiana, U.S.A., she and her husband served with Dublin City Mission until 2014 and continue to minister to many families in the Dublin area.

 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides oversight and direction to EAI and assists the Executive Directors in determining strategy and areas of focus. In addition to active involvement in their local churches, most also have some experience of service and/or leadership in a diverse range of other Christian, charitable and non-profit organisations.

The board meets approximately 6 times per annum, with the Executive Directors also in attendance. In between meetings individual board members will often hold additional meetings with each other and the Executive Directors on specific issues.

The current board consists of:

Joe Kelly chairs the Board and has been actively involved in EAI since its foundation. In addition to managing his own business in the I.T. sector Joe has served, and continues to serve, on the boards of numerous Christian organisations including, Wycliff Bible Translators, Team Hope and Irish Bible Institute in addition to active involvement with the Assemblies of God network of churches.

Pastor Adekunle Daniel is originally from Ibadan, Nigeria and spent 10 years in the UK before relocating to Ireland to help with the development of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Ireland. In addition to his leadership role within this denomination, he pastors a congregation on the north side of Dublin.

Ruth Garvey Williams has a background in journalism, Ruth Garvey Williams, now serves as Editor of Vox Magazine a role which connects her with Christians throughout the nation.  Along with her husband, Andrew, she is involved in ministry in their adopted homeland of Donegal and share a particular passion for working with young people and creative artists.

Brendan Healy is a retired Irish Army officer now living in Mullingar where he is actively involved in leadership with MCF Community Church.

Emma Lynch also lives in Mullingar and also serves with MCF Community Church. Having sent many years serving in Nepal, she now works as Church and Supporter Relations Coordinator with Tearfund Ireland which connects her with Christians throughout Ireland.

Pat O’Sullivan is originally from Cork but has lived in Dublin for many years and pastors New Life Community Church in Clondalkin. Pat’s contribution to EAI predates its existence as he was heavily involved in the pre-launch stage networking and gathering support from believers around the country.

Richard Phillips is the Programme Development Manager at Tivoli Training Centre which empowers ex-offenders to make positive life changes. He has previously served with a number of charitable and non-profit organisations as well as having worked in the I.T. sector. He is also a Board member of Tearfund Ireland.

Sharan Kelly is the newest member of the board, She is the C.E.O. of Tearfund Ireland.

Mark Walsh is the Company Secretary. He serves as part of the leadership community of Dublin Vineyard Church and works in the financial services industry. 

 

Council of Reference

Although EAI has always sought to maintain relationships with the broader Christian church in Ireland, this has taken a more formal structure with the establishment of a Council of Reference in 2014, which consists of representatives of a diverse range of churches, both independent and denominational, throughout Ireland. The Board of Directors along with the Executive Directors meets twice annually with the council, with occasional less formal communication in between official meetings.

The purpose of the Council is threefold:-

i)   To ensure that EAI is well connected to the broadest expressions of the evangelical Christian Church as possible.

ii)  To ensure that EAI is accountable from spiritual and operational perspectives.

iii) To help set direction for EAI that aligns to how God is speaking to and leading His Church.

The current Council of Reference consists of

P.J. Booth

Assemblies of God

Tom Burke

Grace Community Church, Cork

Christine Hand

Dublin Vineyard Church

Gary Hill

Mullingar Christian Fellowship

Trevor Hill Plumbline Ministries

Rev. Lorraine Kennedy Ritchie

Presbyterian Church

Johnny McEvoy

Elim Pentecostal Church

Pastor Emmanuel Might

Solid Rock Church of God

Sean Mullan

Third Space

Nigel Reid

Mountain View Community Church

Fergus Ryan

Co-Founder - Trinity Church