Meet the international team

Our international team includes people from all over the world to serve the Logos and Cosmos Initiative in Latin America and Francophone Africa.

Ross McKenzie, Leader of the Logos and Cosmos Initiative, is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Queensland, Australia. He was an undergraduate at the Australian National University and received a PhD from Princeton University, USA.

Ross is married to Robin, whom he met in an Intervarsity USA group for graduate students, and has two adult children, both of whom were involved with AFES as undergraduates. Ross helped facilitate the Big Issues in the University Projec (2017-18), and over the years, he has interacted with IFES student groups in the USA, Australia, South Asia, Serbia, Slovenia and Sweden. He is a member of the Simeon Network (AFES) of Christian academics in Australia. 

Ross enjoys writing two blogs: Soli Deo Gloria: Thoughts on theology, science and culture, and a blog related to his scientific research, Condensed Concepts.

Sophie van Houtryve works as Operations Manager for the Logos and Cosmos Initiative and is based at the IFES International Services in Oxford, UK. She holds a Masters in Translation (Dutch, English, French and Spanish) and a BA in Biblical & Intercultural Studies.

Sophie became a Christian through the IFES movement in Flanders, Belgium (Ichtus) and has worked in a variety of roles in IFES as well as the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. As a freelance translator and editor, she’s been involved in a number of publications over the years.

Sophie lives with her husband Tim and their three children in a village near Oxford.

As Curriculum Manager for the LCI, Stephen Ney coordinates mentoring and online training for catalysts and advocates.

Formerly a lecturer in English & African literatures at the University of Sierra Leone, he continues to live in Freetown with his family. His postgraduate degrees are in Biblical Studies and West African literary history. But his first degree was in Maths & Computer Science, and he is grateful that the LCI has allowed him to reactivate some of the interests he had as an undergraduate.

Stephen has enjoyed participating in the conferences of IFES national movements in the Gambia, the Philippines, and Nigeria, as well as his native land Canada, where his father was on Inter-Varsity staff many years ago. 

Cayley Weaver has a degree in Theology from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa where she specialised in pastoral studies and completed specialised research on psychological factors used in improving ministry models.

She moved from South Africa to the UK in 2015 and has been living in Liverpool with her husband, Wilson. They are both very involved in their local church and run the youth ministry team.

Cayley first worked for IFES as an assistant in the lead-up to the 2019 World Assembly and was also part of the Logos and Cosmos Initiative application team.  

Timothée Joset is married and lives in French-speaking Switzerland, were he works with the local IFES movement. He is responsible for the Faith & Studies ministry which trains students to integrate their faith and their studies. Having experienced Christian engagement with the University first hand, he wants to share his passion with others. Formerly student member of the IFES International Board, he’s currently doing a PhD which explores the rich past of IFES from historical, theological and missiological perspectives.

Timothée is a bookworm and serves as the LCI librarian.  

Penny Vinden is a freelance writer whose current focus is on content editing for the IFES e-learning program. She has been involved with IFES on and off since she served on the executive of her university’s IFES group in Canada. Her long and varied academic history has taken her from undergraduate studies in English literature and Philosophy through Theology to Education and Psychology. Time as a literary consultant with Wycliffe Bible Translators, her PhD research and university teaching have taken her to Peru, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon and the wilds of several US cities. She still loves learning about different cultural expressions of who we are as God’s creation.

Yadira Colin was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She studied in a private French school but the social unrest in the country forced them to move to Paris where she studied an LEA Spanish/English degree and then moved to Granada (Spain) to a Translation and Interpreting Masters. Yadira became involved with IFES that year and started a study group for her flatmates. She has been part of interpretation team during World Assembly in 2015 and 2019 and is excited to now be part of the LCI team.

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Elaine Bible is a freelance Communications Consultant for the LCI. She has worked in public relations and communications for a variety of organizations including the international development organization Oxfam, Oxford University, San Francisco State University and IFES. 

She studied Geography at the University of Oxford where she was involved with OIICU, the IFES student group. Following graduation, she went onto work for IFES in a communications role, which marked the start of her 20- year career. 

She lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.