Darren and Susan are Executive Directors of Missionary Ventures Great Britain. They plan to raise the profile of Missionary Ventures in the UK through church partnerships, networks and conferences. With a passion and calling for lives to be impacted and transformed by the love and message of Christ, Darren and Susan have a vision to reach and impact the UK and Europe.
Prior to their appointment they have led a children’s ministry and are part of their local church leadership team in Northwest England. With Darren’s experience of owning a business, coupled with Susan’s financial and management background, they are leading the MVGB ministry. They have been married for 24 years and have one daughter, Emelia, age 13.
Rev. Luther Meier is the Vice President of Missionary Ventures International, overseeing and facilitating mission work worldwide.
Luther & Sandy Meier are Americans living in Britain since 1976. When God dramatically called them into ministry in 1975, Luther left behind his university teaching and performing career in music. They sold their home and joined an evangelistic music team taking them to 20 countries over 6 years. They witnessed thousands of Eastern and Western Europeans coming to Christ.
The Meiers came in contact with Missionary Ventures in the early 90’s and were ministry associates until 1995, when they joined full time and founded Missionary Ventures Europe. They pioneered ministry primarily in Uganda, India and Russia where they established leadership training colleges that flourished along with short term teams and various projects. In 2005, Luther was appointed as vice president at large of Missionary Ventures International.
During 40 years in foreign missions, they have ministered in 36 countries. Sandy has sung in 15 different languages for evangelistic events and worship settings, as well as joining Luther by speaking in conferences and Bible colleges. With primary responsibilities of spiritual oversight for MVI, Luther and Sandy continue ministering the Word of God.
Viv & Jean Penfold are based in Stockport, Cheshire in the UK. They have three daughters and four grandchildren. Both Viv & Jean come from a background in education but have been in full time Christian ministry for over 25 years. They are part of the leadership team of Missionary Ventures Great Britain and Europe and of 360 Life Church, Stockport.
Jean was the pioneer manager of the Stockport debt counselling centre run in conjunction with UK charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), and Viv’s ministry has mostly been in missions, evangelism, church planting and leadership development. (The first church plant was in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria where they pastored together for almost 10 years. During this time churches were planted out from there in Millom and Lancaster). Viv also served as the Director of Church Planting for Assemblies of God (AOG) North West Region for 10 years and later as the Regional Superintendent. Throughout the whole of this time Viv & Jean were heavily involved in overseas missions, especially in India, Africa, Europe and North & Central America under their ministry banner ‘No Limits’.
Viv & Jean have been associated with Missionary Ventures for over 15 years and during that time the major thrust of the work has been concentrated in India, mostly in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Viv worked with D.B. Abraham for almost 20 years and in that time they saw over 700 churches planted.
Together with Missionary Ventures the New Life Bible College was established in Hyderabad and over 100 pastors and church planters were trained. Two Ministry Training Centres (Visakhapatnam and Tirupathi) have prepared young people for church planting and evangelism — especially amongst unreached tribal groupssuch as the Konda Dora and Yanadi. Eighty five churches have been planted by graduates of these Ministry Training Centres.
Viv & Jean now serve Missionary Ventures with responsibility for Ministry and Field Development. Recently the Lord has burdened them with the desperate spiritual needs of Europe, and together with Luther & Sandy Meier and Rob & Erika Carter a team has been launched with a vision for multiplying disciples and planting churches there – “Mission Europe.”