Focused on inspiring churches and people to have a heart for mission both at home in the UK and abroad
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GEM UK Leadership
Reverend Jez Dearing – CEO
Rev Jez Dearing lives with his wife Jo, three sons, and one daughter in Birmingham (though he is not a Brummie). He currently works with GEM UK as the CEO while also in the same role with the OIKOS Collective. Jez’s passion is making disciples, planting churches, and enabling others to be effective in their missional endeavours. Over the past twelve years, he has been involved in planting two churches, starting a business as a mission cafe, and helping to lead the Birmingham collective, a regional church planting movement. He loves almost all sports and supports Tottenham Hotspurs.
Sebastien Brandt – COO
missionary in Scotland with his wife Jess and their three children. He works as the COO (Chief Operating Officer) for GEM UK which includes Human Resources, Communications, Finance, and Training. His passion is for the development and training of missionaries or local workers in preparation for working on the mission field. He also joined the ECMI team to help in the development and continuation of the training side of different ECMI ministries. He holds a degree in Computer Science, Practical Ministry, and an MAiTh in Theology. He has also had the privilege to lecture in a BA programme at Tilsley College in Scotland as their Pastoral Lead. Theological training, discipleship, and mentoring are strong aspects of Sebastien’s ministry.
Jessica Brandt is a binational (French/Italian) missionary. She was 17 years old when she became a follower of Jesus. She has been married to Seb for more than 20 years, and as a couple, they have been blessed with three children. Seb and Jess have been on the UK field as missionaries since 2015, they spent the first six years working with local Christian organizations and being involved in all kinds of ministry and mission teams before joining the ministry of GEM. Jess is the GEM UK Field Leader as well as a Christian podcaster for the worldwide French-speaking audience. She loves chatting about the Kingdom of God, the power of the Gospel, and the relevance of the scripture for our generation. Jess holds a degree in communication, an MSc in City planning, and a diploma of higher education in biblical studies and Christian ministry.
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In 1944 GEM’s founder and US Navy Chaplain Bob Evans was injured by a mine in Southern France. During his recovery, he found the majority of locals did not have a personal relationship with Jesus and found his calling: to bring the Gospel to Europe. A band of passionate missionaries, lay-people, and leaders took to Bob’s vision and saw GEM expand from its evangelistic roots in France to reach across Western and Eastern Europe and even North Africa.
Through this legacy, today GEM partners with scores of ministries across Europe: from Bible-seminaries to 1000-year-old churches, from Christian camps to coffee shops, each impacting the peoples of Europe with the authentic and relevant Word of the Gospel.