Mette Bjergbæk Klausen
and theological education
Mette is specialized in Old Testament and has a great interest in church dogmatics as well. When she completed her education in 2009 she and her husband, Alex, were employed by Mission Afrika and stationed in the northeastern part of Nigeria, where she was teaching diploma and bachelor students at Brønnum Lutheran Seminary, Yola, Adamawa State. She was part of the team that managed to affiliate the bachelor’s programme to one of the universities in Nigeria. In 2010 Mette was ordained as a Lutheran pastor by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN), as the first Danish woman to be ordained in LCCN. At Brønnum Lutheran Seminary Mette was teaching various topics but was mainly focusing on Old Testament.
After three years in Nigeria she and her husband were transferred to Sierra Leone to work with the Anglican Diocese of Bo. They were in charge of establishing a new project called “Theological First Aid”. Through this project, they were involved with the training of more than 100 lay-readers within three years. In 2016 they both returned to Denmark and were employed by Relay Trust to handle the new projects in West Africa with a similar focus on Christian formation and theological education.
Mette has been employed by Relay Trust since 01.10.2016
Alex Bjergbæk Klausen
and public relations
Alex is specialized in ethics with a special interest in New Testament. He also enjoys studying the early church history. In December 2006, he completed his theological studies and was ordained and employed as pastor January 2007. He served as pastor in the western part of Jutland (Denmark) for a little more than two years, until he and his wife, Mette, were employed as missionaries by Mission Afrika. They travelled to the northeastern part of Nigeria in September 2009, where they were stationed at Brønnum Lutheran Seminary, Yola, Adamawa State. Alex taught at diploma and bachelor’s level and was also partly coordinating the Danish volunteer programme together with Mette.
After three years in Nigeria he and his wife were transferred to Sierra Leone in 2013 to build up a new programme called “Theological First Aid”. Through this programme more than 100 lay-readers were trained in the Anglican Diocese of Bo. This programme became the source of inspiration for new projects in West Africa. In 2016 they returned from Sierra Leone and were employed by Relay Trust to handle similar training projects in West Africa with a specific focus on Christian formation and theological education.
Alex has been employed by Relay Trust since 01.10.2016.
Programmer and IT-specialist
In 1990 he moved to Swaziland with his wife and two children. During their time in Swaziland another two children were born. In Swaziland he worked with TWR Africa (Trans World Radio), which is a worldwide Christian media ministry operating in more than 230 languages. After nine years in Swaziland they moved back to Europe and settled in the outskirts of Vienna, Austria.
Lars continued his work for TWR from Austria, but since 2016 his involvement was reduced to part time, offering him more time to get involved with mobile technology and cooperating with other Christian ministries.
Lars has been employed by Relay Trust since 01.09.2017
Anders has been employed since 01.01.2018.
Media Production/Graphic Designer
In 2012 he started serving as a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Nigeria, where he occupied different leadership positions. There, he found and got married to his wife, Lorreta. The Lord blessed them with twin boys and a lovely girl.
Today Issa and his family live in Cameroon, where they serve with the Academy of the Nations; a ministry they also pioneer. Issa’s dream is to reach the unreached with the message of the gospel using media. That is why he created Go Africa Media, a ministry that trains other people on how to use technology to produce media content to churches.
Issa’s hope is to use Relay’s platform to transform and touch more lives across Africa and beyond.
Issa has been employed since 1st August 2018