Originally from Zaragoza, Spain, Javier and Gema have provided leadership to Agape Europe since 2006 and have been staff members with Agape since 1981. Javier’s passion is engaging people with the message of Jesus Christ in relevant and culturally suitable ways that help them come to a personal faith decision. He is dedicated to equipping current and future leaders for service in ministry and other areas of society. Javier is actively involved in outreach projects in Burkina Faso through emsimision, a faith-based medical aid organization he helped found. He is an avid swimmer and watercolor artist.
He has been married to Gema, who leads staff care efforts for women within Agape Europe, for 25 years. They have two adult children and currently live outside of Barcelona.
Having joined Agape in 1980, Hans spent 17 years as national director of the Netherlands and has been part of the area leadership team since 1990. Over the years, Hans has developed a passion for serving leadership teams by helping them effectively lead towards fulfilling the mission. Hans and Delja have been married since 1973, with four children and six grandchildren. They are happy that all four children are followers of Jesus. In his spare time, Hans enjoys listening to classical music and spending time with Delja, the children and their families.
Delja loves engaging people of all ages in conversation. She works part-time as a kindergarden teacher, sharing joy with children and supporting co-workers.
Kurt felt a calling to international missions at a young age, and began looking for a place to invest his skills as an engineer after he finished his university studies. He and his wife joined staff in Switzerland in 1992, and Kurt worked in the areas of administration and finance before taking on leadership of the Foreign Missions department in 2010.
A father of four adult children, Kurt now enjoys being able to work more closely with his wife Nathalie, who serves as Prayer Coordinator for Agape Europe. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and finding simple solutions to complex problems.
Horst has worked with Campus für Christus Switzerland since 1986, primarily in administration and fund development. He helped develop History’s Handful Europe, which has underwritten mission and development projects that span the globe, from Russia to Argentina to North Korea. Horst also helped launch CROWN Life, a ministry dedicated to helping people live out biblical financial principles. He is passionate about seeing Christians get involved in Kingdom work as faithful financial stewards.
Horst married his teenage sweetheart, Marianne, in 1984 and they have been blessed with four children. In his spare time, Horst enjoys sailing, hiking, rock music and reading medieval history novels.
John is from Ireland and has served with Agape in many overseas locations. With his wife Ruth, they have served in Malawi, Namibia and presently live in England. He has lived most of his life with five women – one beautiful wife and four daughters! When he is not giving God the best part of his working day, he loves to watch movies, and play golf and football. His passion is to inspire multiplication. He loves to light fires under students so that they can reach their world!
Ruth McNeill is wife to John, who leads the University Student Ministry for Agape Europe; mother to four grown daughters, two of whom are married and grandmother to two girls. It is her greatest delight when all the family come home at the same time! Having been a Home Economics teacher before joining Agape 27 years ago, her hobbies lie in the cooking and sewing departments. Ruth and John served five years with Agape in Malawi, then 10 years in Namibia, where they launched the ministry. Currently she and John live in Birmingham, England.
Helping to lead the work in Namibia enabled Ruth to develop skills related to Leadership Development, HR, Training, Member Care and Strategic Development. She feels God used the time in Namibia to prepare her for directing Staff Care and Development for Agape Europe.
Nathalie’s role with Agape Europe has changed dramatically over the years since joining staff in Switzerland in 1992. As a young mother, her focus was primarily home and family; however, as her children grew her level of involvement also increased. A faithful intercessor, Nathalie has experienced the power of prayer in her life and wants to help motivate others to pray with expectation and growing faith in God. Named European prayer coordinator in 2012, Nathalie serves the area leadership behind the scenes and works in Switzerland to support foreign missions efforts by leading and encouraging people in prayer.
Bailey and Denise give leadership to Agape City, Agape Europe’s initiative to help build 100 integrated city ministries in Europe by 2020. Prior working with Agape City, Bailey served as a city strategy consultant (learning from and working with Agape leaders and partners) in East Europe, Western Europe and East Asia. Denise served in a training and equipping role for city strategies around the world.
Bailey and Denise are both from Alabama in the US and have two grown sons, Wade and Garrett. They now live in London – the most influential city in the world.