Who We Are

2:19 is part of Serving in Mission and is run by David and Maura Baldwin, under the direction of an advisory committee.

  • David Baldwin

    Director

    David was born and brought up in the sleepy Berkshire countryside but soon discovered that there was a bigger world out there, which quickly got into his system. The assorted results of this, more or less in order, were a passion for China, a GAP year in Ethiopia, finding and marrying mission-minded Maura, Bible College training in Belfast and 11 years of ministry in Ethiopia with SIM. Since our family needs brought us back to the UK, we have served as International Workers at Carey Baptist Church, Reading, and David has been lecturing in mission at Oak Hill College, London, where we now live. When re-charging, David can often be found with his headphones on, in tatty old clothes, listening to the radio, alone with his thoughts down in the shed with the family dogs round his feet.

  • Maura Baldwin

    Co director

    Maura, together with her children and her husband David, worked in Ethiopia with Serving In Mission for 11 years. On their return to Reading in 2007 they had the privilege of setting up an international outreach project from Carey Baptist Church with the aim of serving the local community.
    They rejoined Serving in Mission in 2012 to develop two:nineteen, a project supporting and equipping local churches to meet the needs of their international communities while also looking at cultural/biblical issues within the church.
    They love the diversity and richness that multicultural Reading offers and the opportunities they have to share their faith.

    Maura loves family holidays, fast cars and hot tubs in the snow!

  • Emma Croft

    Emma Scott

    Lead Specialist - Midlands and North

    Emma joined the 2:19 team in September 2018, having just completed a Masters in TESOL at Reading University. She is based in Birmingham and is the Lead Specialist for the Midlands and North area, working with local churches to develop and support conversational ESL classes and iCaf initiatives. Her love of languages and all things linguistics-related developed at a young age, and lead to her studying Spanish for her degree and living in Barcelona for a period of time. She has a passion for teaching and befriending internationals, and was involved at Bridges Language Classes, Reading for  5 years where she was able to make friends from all over the world. In her spare time, Emma loves catching up with friends, watching documentaries with a good cup of tea, and throwing herself into a new adventure.

  • Katie Oliver

    Administrator

    Katie joined the team in November 2019 as the administrator for 2:19 and she is based in Rochester, Kent. She manages enquiries that come into 2:19 and supports the work of the team. Katie first started to get involved with international work at university, during a summer trip to China in 2012 she realised she really enjoyed teaching English and sharing the gospel with international people. She loved how open her international friends were in finding out about Christianity and has slowly seen some come to have a relationship with Christ.  She moved to Reading in September 2013 and became an international worker at Argyle Community Church which included teaching at Bridges. Katie now lives in Rochester with her husband and daughter and enjoys sharing meals with friends and family in her spare time.

  • Marina Swainston-Harrison

    Lead Specialist - South

    Marina joined the 2:19 team in April 2017. She is based near Reading with her husband Grant and their 3 sons. Marina is our Lead Specialist for church-based ESL provision and is responsible for co-ordination, support and development of ESL conversation classes and iCaf initiatives run out of UK local churches. Originally from South Africa with a culturally mixed heritage, she brings with her a deep love for foreign languages and peoples as well as her experience in teaching English and Spanish. She believes that as we build relationships, people will be drawn to Jesus in us. Marina teaches at and helps manage one of 2:19’s Bridges English classes as well as the International café where all her men help out too! She loves reading, baking, walking with the family and most of all having coffee with her husband.