Mette Bjergbæk Klausen

International relations and theological education

Mette holds a Bachelor and Master degree in theology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. During her time as a student she was very engaged with student politics and both vice-chairman of the board of studies and member of the academic council. She was an active member of the student congregation and part of the parochial church council. While still a student she went to India for 5 months with Danmission to participate in Western Youth, a project on inter-religious dialogue, later she was employed as coordinator of this project.

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

Administrator and public relations

Alex holds a Bachelor and Master degree in theology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. During his time at Aarhus University he was chairman of Emmaus Summer Seminary, which offered annual summer training courses for theological students, and chairman of Ecumenical Youth in Denmark, which was part of the international ecumenical movement. He was also actively engaged in student politics.

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.

Lars Gunnarsson

Programmer and IT-specialist

Lars was born in Sweden and finished his education as an engineer in 1984. He moved to Switzerland the same year, the home-country of his wife. The following years he worked in the area of computer technology at an international company in Switzerland.

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 Bjørnkjær-Nielsen

Project consultant

Anders is married to Kari-Anne and together they have 3 children; Jakob, Stine and Rasmus. He is a graduate and holds an HD in accounting. He has been interested in Africa since the age of 18, when he travelled across the continent on a lorry. He was supposed to have been in kibbutz, but the plans were suddenly changed, so God must have had a plan. He has lived in Africa with his family, and today they run a small socio-economic company called B4Trees, where they are distributing cosmetic oils such as shea and other oils from Sahel trees. He is also giving consultancy in forestry.

Anders has been employed since 01.01.2018.

Issa Maguey

Media Production/Graphic Designer

Issa was born in Cameroon in a muslim family and despite all challenges after the loss of his father, Issa was able to complete his secondary education and get professional training in graphic, web and motion designs. His passion has always been web design and video editing, but other people have found him gifted in teaching and knowing how to relay on to others what he knows.

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