Board of Directors

Tony Anthony / CEO, Executive Director of Global Operations

Tony Anthony is a Christian evangelist, bestselling author, international speaker and mission leader who seeks to boldly challenge countless numbers of people all over the world to respond to God’s boundless love.  He has a burning concern for the proclamation and spread of the Gospel, coupled with a contagious passion to equip others to do the same.

Tony addresses many thousands of people every year, speaking wherever he is given the opportunity – including in prisons, schools, universities, concerts, indoor and outdoor rallies, radio and television broadcasts. He has gone on to write other books, as well as develop an extensive teaching curriculum designed to equip people to reach out to the lost, helpless, hurting and oppressed. Tony and his wife Sara live in South East England and they have two sons.

Eric Reverence / Executive Director of Media & Communications

Eric Reverence is a Ghanaian born international Christian Worship Leader, award winning song writer, and passionate evangelist. He is dedicated to bringing cross-cultural worship leadership development to the Body of Christ to help individuals get to know who Jesus is, and to make Him known to the world.

He has a burning passion for evangelism and to equip and mobilise others to serve God. Eric and his wife Saskia live in the South East of London and they have two children.

Rev John Sephton / Executive Director of Spiritual Care

John Sephton retired in 2008 after serving for 10 years in Her Majesty’s Prison Service as a Prison Chaplain. Since giving his life to Christ in 1961, John has felt a fervent desire to serve God as much as possible.

In his retirement, John has worked closely with his local church as a Church of England Minister.

He has also been involved in evangelistic ministries that seek to tackle the underlying causes of re-offending through training local community. John and his wife Janette live in North West England.

Neil Obbard / Executive Director of Operations

Neil Obbard is an engaging keynote speaker, who shares his gripping life-changing story with a wide range of audiences across the world. Staff Sergeant Neil Obbard of the Adjutant General’s Corps had an extraordinary military career, having been deployed to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. Neil became an expert sniper who was engaged in special operations combat missions. He served a vital and enduring role on the battlefield, in terms of intelligence-gathering, target identification and eliminating high-value targets. He was also attached to the SAS in a supporting role for combat missions at various times. It was during his time in the armed forces that Neil gave is life to Christ.

Today, Neil’s ministry focus is on sharing the Gospel and equipping Christians to share their faith. Neil and his wife live in the East Midlands, and they have two sons.

Sidney Shepherd / Executive Director of Media & Communications

Sidney Shepherd is a highly talented and diverse music-artist born in Zimbabwe and raised in the UK. Born into a Christian family, Sidney accepted Christ into his life from a young age, and outside of his professional career has served churches in a leadership capacity.

Sidney is passionate about evangelism and is dedicated to cross-cultural music collaboration that seeks to communicate the Gospel.

Sidney and his wife Cheche live in South East England and they have two children.

Martin Maze / Executive Director of Fundraising

Despite being raised in a Christian family that taught him the Gospel, Martin remembers from a young age having a disposition against Christianity. The culture of hatred and violence in Belfast in the 70’s, coupled with being taught evolution at school made the Christian message of “love and kindness” seem weak and unappealing. Martin greatly enjoyed the adulation and respect earned from his achievements in sport, leaving him to feel ashamed of his familial association with Christianity. One Sunday evening, Martin attended a Gospel Service in order to appease his parents, and it was here where Martin was powerfully convicted of sin, righteousness and judgement, Martin literally cried out to God for forgiveness.

Ever since that moment Martin has loved hearing and spreading the Gospel, and supporting others in doing the same. Martin and his wife Jane live in Northern Ireland, and they have 3 children.

Anthony Mackenzie / Executive Director of Finance

Anthony Mackenzie is a highly numerate, qualified Chartered Accountant (FCS) with a track record of excellence in the implementation and introduction of change and financial controls in several countries and in a number of different and complex business environments.

Wide experience in the design, development and implementation of computer based systems and in operating and working at International, Board and Shareholder levels from sole traders, self employed, contractors, small/medium sized ‘owner managed’ businesses to multi nationals. Anthony has a strong Christian faith, and is well versed in the Bible. Anthony and his wife Caroline live on the South East coast of England, and they have two sons.



Ian Bruce / Co-Founder / Honorary Director

Ian Bruce gave his life to Christ in 1960, and later went on to study at the ‘Bible Training Institute’ in Glasgow. Over more than four decades of service, he has held a variety of positions, in a variety of sectors from banking to being a representative with the National Children’s Home and supporting the disabled. Ian has been widowed since 2008 after being married for 44 years, and has a son and a married daughter.

Ian has a great passion for the word of God, and has a great burden in his heart to see the great commission fulfilled. With a great love for music together with his family, Ian has ministered to congregations for many years.

Laura Barnett / Co-Founder

Laura Barnett is co-founder of the Great Commission Society in the United Kingdom. Raised in a Christian home, Laura was fortunate enough to give her life to Christ at an early age.   She has been blessed to know the sustaining power of God all through her life and is passionate to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread to every ‘tongue, tribe and nation.’ She lives in Scotland where she works for a major Social Care charity.

Laura has been involved in music ever since she was a little girl, and has ministered in song at a variety of music festivals, conferences, churches and other venues for many years. Laura is married to Trevor.