Pastoral Team

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Mark Loney. Born in Northern Ireland but brought up however in the Amazon region of Brazil, where his parents were missionaries until he was 11 years old. After returning to Northern Ireland where he completed his secondary education, Mark studied horticulture and worked with the Belfast Parks Department until he felt the call of God on his life to be a Missionary himself. After two years in South America with Operation Mobilisation aboard the MV LOGOS and on a land team travelling all over Argentina he returned to Northern Ireland to study Theology at the Belfast Bible College where he met his wife Judith. During his time at Belfast Bible College Mark felt the call of God to serve as a missionary to Portugal where he initially spent two years teaching English as a means of reaching young people for Christ. In 1985 after Judith had completed her theological training, Mark and Judith married and moved to Portugal as a married couple. After one year of language study at Coimbra University in central Portugal, Mark and Judith moved to the Alentejo region of Portugal where they worked for 13 years as missionaries with the Evangelical Church of Vila Nova de Milfontes; a small village situated on the west coast of southern Portugal. While living in Milfontes they had two daughters Klara and Laura who have lived all their lives in Portugal and are fluent in both Portuguese and English. In 2008 Mark and Judith were invited to take over the work of the International Evangelical Church of the Algarve from the founding pastors and missionaries, Peter and Marianne Sluimer. Today Mark and Judith are responsible primarily for the English speaking congregation and continue to lead up the work of the International Evangelical Church of the Algarve. 

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Barry was born in the Republic of Ireland, but has lived in Portugal for 24 years. He met his wife, Raquel, while she was part of a student exchange program at the university of Limerick, and attended the same church as Barry. 

Both are graduates in the field of education and have exercised in this profession until recently. After 17 years of attending and serving the Evangelical Church of Seixal, they accepted the challenge of moving to the Algarve in order to develop the Portuguese-speaking ministry of the Evangelical International Church of the Algarve. At this time, the local church has weekly services, prayer meetings, Bible studies, and ministries for mothers, children and music. Barry is also part of the direction of the new Bible school, ITLC, which is linked to the International Evangelical Church of the Algarve.

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Glenn Bowden. Living in Portugal over the past 7 years as a missionary in partnership with Acre International Gospel Mission, originally from Belfast N.Ireland Worked as a youth pastor for 12 years at Newtownbreda Baptist. Now working for the international Church of the Algarve in charge of their youth program, running events, camp Sonshine, and now Itlc Portugal a new bible college initiative here in the Algarve.

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Isabel Text

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Judith Text

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Matthew McCartney Originally from Northern Ireland I came out to Portugal in 2016 to help with Campsonshine in the summer. After a brief return home I decided to stay working at the church on a voluntary basis to assist in some of the large building projects being undertaken at the site. With a background in tree surgery I was able to help Mark in the construction of the biblical garden too. I enjoyed the work and the ability to get involved in various ministries within the  church.

With the site expanding and the churches practical needs growing with that, I was able to take on a full time role in April 2019 as site manager.