Who we are
English Teaching and Outreach Forum is run annually by two:nineteen. The English Teaching and Outreach Forum chairing committee is made up of members of Christian organisations and churches with experience in English teaching and outreach.
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, 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!
Natasha lives with her husband Pete and three kids in Croydon, South London. Natasha has always loved travelling and spent six months on a kibbutz before going to university to study French and Spanish. After getting married, she worked with the mission organisation SIM before moving to Boston, USA, for two years with Pete’s job. Whilst they were there, Natasha taught as an ESOL teacher. On their return, they lived in a little North Yorkshire village before going to work with SIM in Ethiopia in 2008 for three years, where Natasha worked as a French teacher. On their return, Natasha set up English classes for women which are based at and supported by her church, Emmanuel Church in South Croydon. Natasha loves reading, cooking, partying, writing, and doing cultural stuff!
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 has been involved at Bridges Language Classes, Reading for the past 5 years where she has been 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.
Song TsaiSong was born in Taiwan, but later emigrated with his family to the UK at the age of 11. After becoming a Christian at the age of twenty-one, Song began volunteering in international student outreach in Sheffield where he lived at the time. Song later married a fellow volunteer (who mistook him for an international student at first meeting). In 2012, Julia (his wife) and he moved back to Taiwan for two years and were involved with student ministry there. Since being back in the UK, Song has been involved in various international student outreach ministries and is currently studying for an MA in Theology at Oak Hill College.In his spare time, Song enjoys wrestling with his 3 and 1 year old boys (because at the moment victory is still guaranteed) as well as reading, climbing and going to the gym.
Marina was brought up in sub-tropical, colourful Durban, South Africa. She moved to the UK with her husband Grant in 1998. Their 3 sons were born in London where they lived for 11 years before moving to Reading. They loved the cultural mix of London – languages and foods – and thought they would lose that in a smaller town but not in Reading! Marina has a rich Jewish-Greek heritage and has lived and worked on four continents, mostly in Spanish-speaking countries. She taught English and Spanish for many years and joined the Bridges English team in Reading in 2013. She now works with 2:19 on ESL provision and development. Marina also loves the arts, reading and baking for the boys. Her best is coffee with her husband Grant and family walks in the countryside.
Kirsten works for Friends International in South East London and is involved in helping local churches reach out to international students. She helps run an English conversation group for students at the local university and is also part of a local church team who reach out to the local community through teaching English as a second Language. She loves meeting people from all over the world, eating their food and introducing them to Jesus.