Professor at Freed-Hardeman University appointed Executive Director of French African Christian Education (FACE)

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Dr Richard England

It is a great honor to have been chosen as Executive Director of French African Christian Education. My wife and I, along with other members of our family, have been fortunate enough to make several short-term missionary trips to various countries.

French African Christian Education (FACE) has announced the hiring of Dr Richard England, Henderson, Tennessee, as the new Executive Director. For the past 26 years, he and his wife, Dr Barbara England, have been faculty members at Freed-Hardeman University. He will retire from his job as an education and music teacher at the end of the current semester. She is an art teacher at the FHU.

Prior to joining FHU faculty, Richard worked in education in a variety of capacities including as a teacher and school administrator and at the State Department level in higher education. He has served congregations for over 45 years as a Bible teacher, minister, deacon, and elder. The Englands have carried out short-term missions to several countries, including Haiti, Scotland, Belgium, Poland and the Republic of Mauritius.

Richard and Barbara are alumni of Freed-Hardeman University. He holds a BA in Music from Union University, an MA in Music from Memphis State University, and a Doctorate in Education, also from Memphis State University. He has completed post-doctoral studies at Austin Peay State University, University of Memphis and Berklee College of Music, as well as continuing education studies at the University of Oxford.

“It is a great honor to have been chosen as Executive Director of French African Christian Education. My wife and I, along with other members of our family, have been fortunate enough to make several short-term mission trips to various countries, ”said England. “We see this as an opportunity to continue our work with the church around the world. “

FACE, whose motto is “French Africans evangelizing French Africa”, has managed the Biblical Training Center (CTB) in Zinvie, Benin, since 1995. Currently, 29 students are enrolled in the regional preaching school of three years. A total of 177 have graduated since its inception.

England expect to visit existing and potential FACE supporters and visit Benin as restrictions are lifted and international travel becomes more possible. “Perhaps the most exciting challenge but the biggest part of my job will be to move towards accreditation of the Bible Training Center as a university. Initial efforts have started to move forward with the accreditation process, which will be a three to five year project, ”said England. “Once obtained, graduates will graduate to a higher level, which will lead to more missionaries of the gospel to Africa from Africa who understand the culture, customs and language and who are at a higher standard. self-sufficiency. “

Francophone countries in Africa include: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Congo Kinshasa, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti , Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea (konakry), Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo and Tunisia. Students from 11 of these countries have graduated from the Bible Training Center.

Individuals can find out more about FACE at FrenchAfricanMissions.com.

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