Leadership and Staff

  • Lead Pastor, Charlie Mackenzie

     Charlie MacKenzie

    Born in the beautiful city of Inverness, Charlie was brought up by loving parents who taught him biblical truth and godly manners. He was saved in Leeds on the 13th October 1983, it was a dramatic conversion, as instantly he became a new creation in Christ. After being part of Leeds City Mission outreach team for a year, Charlie returned to his native Scotland and spent two years at an international mission bible college. (and later at a theological college in Manchester) before pastoring an Edinburgh City Mission centre in the city’s notorious Craigmillar housing scheme.
    Edinburgh had just been named the AIDS capital of Europe, and many of his congregation were treated for the illness, Charlie lost many close friends including the wife of his youth director and those he had witnessed to. It was here that Charlie’s counselling skills were born, as he spent many nights with dying friends and grieving relatives. He also ran a mixed football team for under 11’s the parents of these amazing children were either in prison, in rehab or had died. Both the skills of counselling and reaching out to young people through sport were to play a major part in his ministry in years to come.
    Charlie went on to pastor churches in the North East, South Yorkshire, and again in Scotland. In South Yorkshire, Charlie founded the Oasis Centre, a 4-storey youth enterprise funded by local Christian businessmen and churches. He also coached the Barnsley Royals and Barnsley Monarchs which were football teams for street kids which he started with a grant from the Prince of Wales Trust. He was also Club Chaplain to Barnsley FC and through this was able to witness to many football professionals including Kevin Keegan, Sir Alex Ferguson and Viv Anderson. He also met with Chelsea’s Gavin Peacock, who is now an associate pastor in Canada. During this time, Charlie was also Chaplain to South Yorkshire Police force and a regular speaker at school assemblies.
    After his parents died within two years of each other in the late 1990’s, Charlie obeyed the call of the Holy Spirit to go to the far east and be a missionary. As one could not go simply as a pastor, Charlie went as a teacher. Before beginning his new vocation, he gained a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate and a further TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) this added to the Master’s degree in Education he already possessed.

    He began his missionary work in Thailand before moving to Tanzania where he was promoted to school principal after only a year. Whilst in Tanzania, Charlie also founded Tanga International Church, the Tanga fraternal of international headmasters, and preached regularly at both Lutheran, Elim Pentecostal and independent charismatic churches. He also managed Coastal Union FC, who played in the Tanzanian Premiership and at one point was even asked to consider joining the ‘Taifa Stars’ (The Tanzanian National Team) From Tanzania, he moved to Shanghai where he ministered at an international school in the city and met his wife Jasmine who was just beginning her career as a teacher. In 2013, Charlie graduated with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology.
    Charlie and Jasmine spent 6 years in Vietnam where among other things, he founded All Nations International Church, was founding principal of Gateway International School, (now 800+ students) and was appointed staff trainer, international news editor and cultural narrator to Vietnam Television (VTV) in Hanoi.
    Jasmine gave birth to their daughter Holly (now 5) while in Hanoi in 2015.
    The family visited the UK in 2018 where Charlie taught scripture at HMP Berwyn which is the UK’s largest Category B prison, co-founded an interdenominational weekly prayer meeting for the political leaders of the UK, and worked to help establish football chaplaincy in the Welsh football League.
    Charlie and Jasmine returned to Vietnam and established the nation’s first ‘All School’ Christian Counselling Service, while heading up a Cambridge International School in Hanoi. He has a British Diploma in Counselling and is a fully certified CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) practitioner. Jasmine has an honours degree in Environmental Engineering, a qualification in WEB Design, a TCSOL, (which qualifies her to teach Chinese to non-Chinese children and adults) and a Cambridge teaching certificate. (TKT)
    Today, Charlie is leader of Life Ministries International, a YouTube bible teaching channel that reaches out to over 20 countries worldwide including China, Tanzania, Uganda, and India. In his spare time, Charlie likes to write, (his first book ‘Scot-Free’ is available on Amazon Kindle) paint with oils, spend time with his awesomely pretty wife, and play with his 5-year old superstar.

  • Elders

    Charlie MacKenzie

    Charlie Mackenzie:


    Pastor Charlie Mackenzie

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    Clive Minnican:

    Clive has had a career background in teaching and latterly he was Headmaster at a well known faith orientated school in Ipswich. He has travelled extensively to the Far East and China where he developed and led leadership motivational programmes. He and his wife Sally are greatly loved and appreciated for their ministries at River of Life.

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    Sally Verow:

    Sally is co-leader of our Prayer Ministry Team and is a very charismatic member of River of Life Church. She has also for many years been the co-leader of our Samaritans Purse Annual Shoeboxes Appeal where thousands of underprivileged children receive shoebox gifts at Christmas time every year.

    Sally Verow
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    Terry & Juanita Baker:

    Terry and Juanita founded the church in 2002 and continue to serve as emeritus pastors. They have a dynamic faith led and healing ministry and have seen  people from many parts of  the world come to know the Lord through their ministry.

    Terry Baker
    Emeritus Pastor

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    Juanita Baker
    Emeritus Pastor





  • Deacons and Trustees 


    Julie Harvey: Worship Team Leader
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    Andrew & Hazel Berry: Church Membership Course Leaders
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    Brian & Del Oakley: Younger Church Leaders
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    Ray Harvey: Events Co-ordinator
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     Jacqueline Hopkins: Women’s Ministry Leader

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    Derek Wynn: Welcome Team Leader
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    Linda Tuffs: Toddler Group Team Co-ordinator
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    Catering & Cafe Co-ordinator

    Position Vacant


    Charlie MacKenzie Charlie Mackenzie:
    Pastor Charlie Mackenzie



    Anita Chenery SH 200px IMG2482 Anita Chenery:

    Anita comes from a financial services background and was for a number of years employed by one of the UK’s major building societies. Her present role is Church Administrator which involves heading up the Church Office, dealing with incoming mail and phone calls, maintaining the pastors’ diaries and work programme along with a host of publishing and printing initiatives to promote the extensive church programme of events and activities. Anita runs the “engine room”and ensures everything operates smoothly and happily.

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    Ray Harvey 200x200 Ray Harvey:
    Ray has his own business which he combines with his work as the Custodian/Caretaker of River of Life Church. His expertise and long experience in property maintenance and management is second to none and he ensures that everything to do with the physical building structure and grounds of the church are maintained to an extremely high standard. His role as a Trustee synergises perfectly with his work as Custodian/Caretaker. When anything goes wrong in the building, Ray is always the first port of call!
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    Derek Wynn Derek Wynn:
    Derek moved to Felixstowe from St Albans in Hertfordshire during July, 2019. He is now retired but his most recent employment was with Ambala, an Asian sweet company, as a delivery driver. Derek also serves as 'Welcome Team Leader' at the church .
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  • Staff 

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    Anita Chenery, Administrator

    Anita is our full time Administrator at River of Life and deals with the running of the office, handling enquiries on a day-to-day basis, secretarial services, and assisting the pastors in the efficient running of the church.

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    Ray Harvey, Custodian

    Ray has special responsibility at River of Life for the maintenance and care of the Church Centre complex and its grounds. His work in ensuring the Building is maintained to an excellent standard is greatly appreciated at River of Life.

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    David Roberts, Cleaner

    David manages the cleaning of the church centre and ensuring that everything is clean and hygienic for church members and visitors. His work is invaluable and he and his wife, Beth, are greatly loved by our congregation.