Sending Church: Magdalen Road Church, Oxford, UK
Ministry Start Date: 1985; joined YES in 2008
Duration: Richard – Full Time; Catherine – Part Time
For the past 28 years Richard and Catherine Weston have been involved with ministry among international students first with the Kairos Trust (Cambridge) and then, since 1989, with Friends International (formerly ISCS). Richard has served as National Director (CEO) of Friends International 1999-2008. www.friendsinternational.org.uk. In June 2009 they moved into a new phase of international student ministry as independent workers while remaining Friends International Associate Staff. Their vision and gifting is to pioneer and nurture international student ministry in new places both in the UK and internationally. They have two grown sons, Matthew, in Graduate recruitment for a large Accountancy firm, and David, who is writing computer applications for language learning and hoping to serve God in China.
International education is now a global phenomenon ensuring that bright, aspiring students are on the move everywhere. Churches worldwide have an opportunity to offer the gospel to these future leaders while they are studying away from home. They are serving the Lausanne movement in developing international student ministry in countries where it is most needed. Working closely with Y.E.S missionary Leiton Chinn they are researching needs and following up openings and invitations to set vision and offer training. Their current primary focus is continental Europe and South Africa. They are also involved in personal ministry among international students in their home and church in Oxford and give some time to helping Friends International in the UK.
“In his many trips to the US during his time as CEO of Friends International Richard has warmly appreciated the support and affirmation of many new Christian friends. Now that we are independent of any organisation and continue to need to raise 100% support, we are grateful for the opportunity, via Y.E.S Ministries, to have a channel for tax efficient giving from US sources. Do get in touch with us, using contact details below.”
Richard & Catherine Weston
72 Divinity Road
Home/Office: 00 +44 1865 433741
Cell: 00 +44 7940308699