Africa: AEA Appoints a New General Secretary

General June 1, 2009

The Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Aiah Forday-Khabenje as its next General Secretary.  The decision was taken after an extensive search process which was mandated by the General Council and acted upon by the Executive Board. Mr Forday-Khabenje, a Sierra Leonean national, comes to AEA with years of service in Christian ministry and experience in leadership at a senior level.  His immediate past involvement was with the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone (EFSL) where he served as the General Secretary for nearly ten (10) consecutive years.  He also held a position of Director of Vocational Training Institute of EFSL. He is a qualified optician and holds MA in Christian Studies and MBA specialising in Human Resource Management.  He is married to Almonda and they are blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. 

In welcoming this appointment, AEA President, Rev Ndaba Mazabane said, “The appointment of our brother Aiah comes at a critical, but also at the right time in the history of our movement.  The last two years have been challenging and stretching to the staff and the whole organisation.  We embarked on a process of repositioning AEA for the future and decided to put an interim leadership in place led by Dr Judy Mbugua, head of PACWA.  I think it is appropriate to thank her for holding the fort so ably. Her sacrifice, service and contribution will not be forgotten.”  Acknowledging that there is still more work to be done, the AEA President then urged “all members, partners, staff and friends of AEA to support Mr Forday-Khabenje and pray for him and his family as they make adjustments to this new role.”  In his response, Forday-Khabenje said, “I look forward to working with the team in place and serving the Evangelical family in Africa.   I join AEA at the time when recession is gripping the globe and affecting all of us.  I am deeply conscious that I cannot do this work alone; I therefore turn to God for help and to you for support and encouragement. I plan to connect with leaders of national alliances and look at ways we can assist in strengthening and building their capacity.  I really believe that together we can make a difference in Africa.”
Mr Forday-Khabenje will commence his term of office as from June 2009. 

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Issued by Ndaba Mazabane (AEA President)
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