Who is MANNA in the UK? - Manna
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Who is MANNA in the UK?

Organising Secretary  Elizabeth Thomas


Elizabeth lives in Oxfordshire with her family. She has been involved with Christian development work in Mozambique since 1995, running  another small charity Maninga and visiting many times. She loves her local thriving Anglican church and is involved in lots of kids and family work. She began working for MANNA in Oct ’14 and is constantly inspired by all it has done over the past 100 years and all it continues to do.


Accounts Administrator  Jenny Warwick


Jenny also lives in Oxfordshire with her accountant husband Ed and their 2 children. She is keen on numbers – having worked as a Pensions Actuary before having children – and now helps keep the books for a couple of local churches. She has been involved with MANNA since October ’14 and is very happy to be able to support the excellent work it undertakes in conjunction with the churches in Mozambique and Angola.

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The Trustees

John Tasker 


John is a licensed lay minister in the Diocese of London and has been the Bishop of Angola’s Commissary in the UK and a trustee of MANNA since 2009.  John lives in London with his wife Anne, who is a housing manager.  They both visited Angola with their parish in 2005 and John returned with a passion for developing mutually-supportive relationships within the world church.  He encourages parishes & schools to link through the ALMA partnership between the Anglican Churches in Angola, London & Mozambique, for which he is the ALMA Twinning Officer.  John has visited Angola eight times and has been the Patron of the Welwitschia Legal Advice Centre since 2010. 


Chairman: Venerable Christopher Cunliffe

After six years of Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford, Christopher Cunliffe migrated to Cambridge to read Theology and train for ordination. After job-sharing a curacy with his wife, Helen, in Chesterfield, he returned to Oxford as Chaplain of Lincoln (1985-9). This was followed by another chaplaincy in London before becoming an ecclesiastical civil servant, working for the national church in the area of clergy recruitment and selection and then Director of Ministry in the Diocese of London. After an interlude as a Bishop’s Chaplain, he became Archdeacon of Derby in 2006. He has tried to keep up with academic interests during this time, and through chairing MANNA (Mozambique and Angola Anglican Association) has a strong interest in the church in those countries, acting as a Commissary for the Bishop of Angola. He has visited Mozambique once, and Angola three times. In his spare time Christopher enjoys music, reading (especially fiction and poetry), walking, African history and culture, particularly Angola and Mozambique, and fly-fishing.


John Doble OBE


John (b. 1941) served in the Army 1959-69. He was in the Diplomatic Service 1969-99, during which time he had extensive experience of Africa, including postings in Mozambique 1978-81 (when he had considerable dealings with the Anglican churches in southern Mozambique and at Messumba, Niassa), Johannesburg (Consul General) 1990-94 and Swaziland (High Commissioner) 1996-99. In retirement he continues close involvement with Africa, serving five other charities there as well as MANNA.

Canon Rev. Philippa Boardman

Philippa was amongst the first group of women to be ordained in the Diocese of London 20 years earlier in 1994.  Here she is pictured with the first women to be ordained in Mozambique on a visit in 2014.  Her involvement with Mozambique goes back to 2002, while Vicar of St Paul, Old Ford in Tower Hamlets, Philippa’s church was amongst the first in the Diocese of London to be twinned with a parish in Mozambique, Bairro Popular in Lichinga. This deprived parish in London’s East End, made a significant contribution through an annual pledge, to the building of the Town Centre church in Lichinga opened amidst much rejoicing in 2015. It was named St Paul’s!

Today Philippa works as the Vicar at St Mary Magdalene, Wandsworth Common. 


Rev. Carla Vicencio Prior

Carla is Portuguese but has lived in the UK for 30 years. She lives in Derby with her family and was ordained in 2015. She is currently enjoying her curacy in Kirk Hallam. Carla has a background in business and marketing and has just completed a Master in Theology, with her dissertation looking particularly at the theological foundations for interfaith work. She has travelled extensively in Europe, South America and Eastern Africa and has lived in 6 different countries over the years. She met her husband in Tanzania. As a Christian she has a passion for social justice. She also loves reading, learning new languages and food. 


Rev Canon Dr. Helen Van Koevering

Helen has a rich & long-standing history with Mozambique. She first went to Mozambique in 1985 on a mission trip and later met her husband Mark in Maputo and they married at St Stephens & St Lawrence, Maputo by the then Fr. Carlos Matsinhe (who is now Bishop of Lebombo). They moved to Lichinga, northern Mozambique to begin the project that was to become Kuchijinji and later became the centre of the Diocese of Niassa and their 3 children were born there. In 1997, Helen & Mark attended Trinity College, Bristol and then were both ordained as priests & during this time Helen became secretary for MANNA. In 2003 they returned to Niassa and Helen became Director of Ministry amongst many other things and Mark was the Bishop. The Diocese grew and thrived in so many ways. In 2015, Helen & Mark moved back to West Virginia, USA but Helen’s love & commitment to Mozambique remains steadfast.


Rev. Joe Moffatt

Joe read History & Theology at Cambridge University and after time in Tanzania on a USPG placement and working in London, he began his ministry in Wolverhampton in 1999 as an assistant Curate. Today he is the Vicar of the Parish of St Mary with St Alban, Teddington and is the Area Dean of the Hampton Deanery. Joe has travelled around Mozambique and was also a trustee of another Mozambican charity. His parish in Teddington has an ALMA link church in Chimoio, Mozambique.  He loves playing cricket for the Diocese of London, singing in choirs and playing the tuba and holidaying with his wife and 2 children.

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