Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team


Dr. Harvey Kwiyani

(Executive Director)

Dr. Harvey

Dr. Harvey is a founding partner and serves as the Executive Director for Missio Africanus. He is an African missiologist who has, since 2001, served in missions in several countries in Europe as well as the United States, working mostly amongst locals as a theological educator, missional coach and churchplanter. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary in Minnesota, USA, in 2012, having done his research on the theological implications of the missionary work of Africans in North America. He oversees the work of the Missional Innovations Inc., and teaches African Christianity, cross-cultural missions and leadership at Birmingham Christian College and at Church Mission Society’s Pioneer Training Program in Oxford.

In addition to many scholarly articles published in journals, he is the author of “Sent Forth: African Missionary Work in the West,” (Orbis, 2014).


Joseph Ola


Joseph Ola is a minister in The Apostolic Church, Liverpool (a missionary field branch of The Apostolic Church Nigeria). He holds a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Studies from Life Church College, Bradford and a Masters’ degree in Biblical and Pastoral Theology at Liverpool Hope University. His MA Dissertation research investigated the cross-cultural missionary initiative of African Pioneered Churches in the UK with a dual aim of recognising the factors that limit these pioneers in their British context (in Liverpool) and thus identifying creative possibilities that can give rise to a remapped Christian landscape in Britain whose growth cuts across the entire British fabric and not limited to a minority. He hosts an online mentoring platform (Alive Mentorship Group) for over 300 teenagers and young adults scattered across four continents and has authored a few pieces of Christian literature including #Unaddicted (2017) and #Peaces (2016).

He blogs at www.josephkolawole.org.


Sheila Akomiah

(Director of Research)


Sheila Akomiah is an emerging voice speaking about the experience, faith, and the upbringing of African women in the diaspora. She is a final year PhD student in the Department of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Her research and other interests include Africa’s diaspora Christianity and how its churches develop, Christian women empowerment, migration and development, events management and media and communications.

More specifically, her current research examines church growth in the City of Glasgow, with a particular focus on the emergence of new churches in the last 15 years in the area — most of which are migrant churches. She holds an MSc in International Development from Glasgow Caledonian University, a certificate in Creative and Cultural Business from the same university and an HND in Communication with Media from Cardonald College Glasgow. Her past career experiences have included Journalist, Sub-Editor and Media Officer.


Girma Bishaw


Girma is an ordained minister at the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church in London where he has been pastoring for over seventeen years. He is also the founder and national director of Life Festival Enterprise (LiFE), a charity that endeavours to galvanise local churches, diasporic or otherwise, to respond collectively and creatively to the missional opportunity created by migration in UK and beyond. He currently chairs Churches and Community Response to Youth Violence Forum in Islington, a forum created by Islington Council to tackle youth violence in the borough. He also sits at Cinnamon Network advisory board.

Having done his first degree in theology and Christian ministry at Regents Theological College and Masters degree in Theological Education and Youth Ministry at Kings College London, he is currently undertaking his doctoral studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky, USA.


Bishop Jonathan Ruhumuliza


Bishop Jonathan was born and raised in a Christian family in Rwanda where he had the opportunity to see his parents serve the Lord Jesus Christ their entire lives. He is a teacher and a theologian, having trained in Education and Theology at Butare Theological School and Makumira Lutheran Theological College. He holds an MA in Contextual theology and leadership Development from the University of Birmingham. He has served the church in many capacities from being ordained deacon in 1982, priested in 1983 and consecrated Bishop in 1991. He has also served the Lord in many countries including Rwanda, Tanzania, Canada, Cameroon and the United Kingdom.

I thank God because of the opportunity to join Him in His mission to His people worldwide. He is married to Asnath and they have three adult children: Rolande, Roland and Emmanuel.


Board of Trustees


Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Dean of Mission Education at the Church Mission Society (CMS). He had previously served as a CMS mission partner in Nairobi, where he was Director of the Centre for Urban Mission and taught at Carlile College, a Church Army Training College, and St Paul’s University. He has a doctorate in Missiology from the University of South Africa. Colin is an Anglican priest and prior to working in Kenya Colin served for 10 years in two parishes in inner London.

Jacqui Gitau

Jacqui Gitau

Jacqui is one of the founding directors of an organisation called African Families in the UK (AFIUK). She is also co-pastor with her husband in Access Church in Oxford. She brings to Missio Africanus her passion for the lives of African families in the UK, especially a focus on the development of second generation African migrants growing up in the UK. She holds a BA in Family and Community Services and a Masters in Childhood Studies, both from Oxford Brookes University.