I was brought up in Birmingham as the youngest of four girls by 25 minutes as I have a twin sister! I made a personal commitment to Christ in my early 20s on an Oak Hall skiing holiday and have known His faithfulness throughout my life.

After University, working for the NHS as a Health Education Officer gave me some great experience, especially facilitation and training skills and working with young people in schools and on training schemes. I left the NHS after ten years to study Theology at Trinity College Bristol, out of a desire to serve God more fully. Whilst there I went through a national selection process for Accredited Lay Ministry in the Church of England. I have served in pastoral work in parish and University Chaplaincy and two dioceses. I have also worked as a Connexions Personal Adviser, including two years working with young offenders, helping them get into training or work, which I loved, because of the sense of helping people to turn their lives around.

I have always had a heart for mission. In 1990 I went on a Love Europe Outreach with OM to Berlin, which really inspired me. In 2009 I decided to undertake a part-time Masters Degree in Global Leadership in Intercultural Contexts with Redcliffe College, with a view to working for a mission organisation. I was privileged to find a post with United Bible Societies in the Global Partnerships and Communications Team.
I now have this great opportunity to work with TEN as Funding Development Officer. I am excited about this post because this seems to be a key time for Europe and I am keen to encourage support for our wonderful mission partners in 15 countries across Europe.

I love living in Bristol, where I moved back to in 2011. I have been part of a walking group for many years. I enjoy travelling, meeting with friends, swimming, (when I get round to it) and playing my clarinet in my Church music group.

Melanie Griffiths, Funding Development Officer