Mission-Net Board

Connie Duarte
Chair of Mission-Net e.V.

Connie studied in both the fields of missions and of communication while living in Canada. In 1998, she moved to Portugal to work with university students. After 10 years with GBU Portugal, Connie began working with the Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently she is one of the pastors at the Meeting Point, a Baptist church in Estoril, Portugal. If she’s not there… you might find her around Europe giving conferences and seminars.
Connie loves teaching and preaching, and longs to see more young people using their gifts both in missions and in the local church. She has a passion for integrated mission which is why Mission-Net is so important for her. Mission isn’t something you do, it’s something you live; it’s part of who you are. As Christians, missions, church, unity and community are part of our DNA.
While Connie loves missions, preaching, teaching, and working with church, another very important passion of hers is her husband João and their two boys, Joshua and Caleb. Since June 2015 she is the chair of Mission-Net e.V..

Thomas Bucher
Vice Chair of Mission-Net e.V.

Thomas is passionate about seeing a youth movement and event like Mission-Net thrive in Europe. He has been involved in making this happen since the conception of the idea – initially as a board member of Mission-Net, and more recently also in his role as the General Secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance.
It was during his three year apprenticeship that Thomas met with God. Some young people had the courage to visit and invite him to attend their youth group, where he caught fire for God and his mission.
After getting married to Margrith in his early twenties, he attended Bible College. They joined OM to reach out to Arabs. The family first lived and ministered in London, before moving to Italy and Egypt. Over the years, Thomas has enjoyed a variety of roles within OM and lately with the European Evangelical Alliance, with on-going exposure to people, new situations and projects.

Erion Prendi

Erion lives in Tirana, Albania. He gave his life to Christ at a young age and has been in full time ministry for the last 16 years.

Erion was recently elected Vice General Secretary for the Albania Evangelical Alliance.
He is a member of the founding board of Radio 7, the largest Christian network in Albania and since 2007, he also leads “Words of Hope Albania”, an evangelistic media ministry whose aim is to proclaim Jesus Christ through media and literature.

His passion is to advance God’s Kingdom and to see the church rise up by living a missional life style. This passion has taken him closer to the local church where he is motivating young professionals to put their faith in action. The same passion led Erion to launch “Glocal Connection”, an organization covering strategic areas of ministry such as Evangelism, Discipleship, Leadership Development, Education and Missions.

Erion is married to his wife Elsa, a dental surgeon who leads the Albanian Christian Dental Association. Through their missional efforts, they assist local churches and people in need through dental outreaches. Twice a year, Erion teaches Leadership and Islamic Studies at the International School for Theology and Leadership and holds a degree in electronic engineering and an MA in Global Leadership and business from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX

Jussi Miettinen

Jussi Miettinen lives in the small city of Riihimäki in Finland with his wife, two daughters, a dog, two goats, a hundred gold fish and three mice.

Jussi is an ordained Lutheran pastor, a trained work supervisor, and also has a Masters degree in community building and youth work. Jussi has been involved in youth work for almost 30 years – though he hardly looks 30 years old.

He started his youth work career at the age of 18 when his best friend died suddenly at the school. Jussi and a few others organised a memorial festival as a remembrance for their Christian friend. In seven years this festival grew from one hundred in attendance to 11 000. In the last few years Jussi worked as a festival promoter of this gathering which is now the biggest annual Christian youth festival in Europe. After that he worked as a director of youth ministries in the Finnish Lutheran Mission for 12 years – preaching, mentoring, and organizing youth camps, festivals and outreaches.

Jussi was called to work with the Finnish EEA as a youth inspirer. For the last four years he served as the General Secretary of IFES Finland. Alongside his paid job he has served in the youth commission of World Evangelical Alliance and as an associate worker of EEA. Jussi is now a board member for Mission-Net, as well as for the advisory group of the Veritas Forum, and chairman of the Nordic student organizations (NOSA).

Jussi loves reading, travelling, gardening, running, ice cream and enjoys a cup of black tea whenever possible. In his adventurous life he has visited more than 50 countries.

Hélder Favarin

Hélder Favarin holds degrees in Business Administration and in Theology. He has a Masters degree in Biblical Interpretation from the London School of Theology. He worked for a number of companies, including the HSBC bank and General Motors, before deciding to devote himself to full-time missionary and pastoral ministry. He is currently the director of 180º Global (180global.org) and of Festival 180º (festival180.com), both of which he co-founded with his wife Ana. He is also the founding pastor of the church “Capítulo 29” in Granada (c29.es) and is part of SEPAL/OC.

Hélder speaks regularly in Spain and abroad, and is the author of the book Algo Más (Something Else), as well as of numerous articles. He is a member of the international Board of Mission-Net and a founding member of RedTimoteo (RedTimoteo.org).

Hélder and Ana live in Spain with their two children. Follow him on Twitter (@HelderFavarin), Facebook or Instagram.

Reiner Egeler
Mission-Net Board Member Financials

Reinier studied economics and is passionate about financials. He wants to support the order of our Lord. This led him to Mission-Net just recently. He enjoys the onboarding and serves the organization with his finance and organizational talents.

With his family he was living abroad in Slovakia and Ireland, working for the world’s largest IT solution company. Currently he is building up shared service centers in Eastern Europe dealing with many young people every day. He is passionate about people and loves to bring them together.

Katha von Dessien

As a Third Culture Kid, Katha von Dessien has seen quite a bit of the world. What impressed her most were always the people who challenged her views of God, the world and herself. She enjoys listening to people’s stories and marvels at how God is at work in unexpected places. When she is not busy teaching high schoolers in Stuttgart, Germany, you can often find her writing or spending time with old and new friends.
Since 2013, she is involved in Mission-Net and is looking forward to many great stories from across Europe.