Dr. Brian H. Bowen, President
Brian Bowen has been the SAVE President since 2008. He was a member of faculty at the University of Sierra Leone from 1974 to 1986 (supported by an U.K. educational aid program). During these 12 exciting years he served on various committees of the Sierra Leone Fellowship of Evangelical Students (SLEFES) and Scripture Union Sierra Leone (SUSL). It was at an SU sponsored Bible Study Group on the University campus that he met his wife BLynn. Their eldest daughter Jessica was born in Freetown (capital of Sierra Leone). It was a great blessing for him to serve in Sierra Leone and it was there that he came to know what Christian discipleship really meant.
Born in England he trained in engineering and resigned from his company in 1971 in order to volunteer with the British Volunteer Program. The Program sent him to teach for two years at the new University of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Since this time he has continued to work in academic institutions. He completed his graduate studies at Purdue University (Indiana, PhD in Industrial Engineering). Having taught at universities in Mauritius, Sierra Leone, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and the United States he is now serving at the American University in Kosovo in South-eastern Europe.
When Brian and BLynn’s two daughters had completed their university studies and had left home they felt the call to serve again overseas (after living 15 good years in Indiana). They have been serving in Kosovo since 2009. Brian is an elder at the Messiah Evangelical Church in Prishtina (capital of Kosovo), and volunteers with Scripture Union Kosova (chairman of SU Board) while continuing to teach at the American University.
Dr. Musa, Executive Director
Dr David Musa (Executive Director) was born in Mano, Sierra Leone. He came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior through the ministry of Scripture Union of Sierra Leone (SUSL) and when a college student he was a dynamic leader in the college Christian Union. On completion of his degree from the University of Sierra Leone (Fourah Bay College, Freetown) he ministered for two years full-time with the Scripture Union.
After working with SUSL he pioneered the ministry of the Sierra Leone Fellowship of Evangelical Students (SLEFES, Sierra Leone’s equivalent of Inter- Varsity, USA) and was its first full-time national worker. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington. Currently, David is adjunct Prof. teaching J-term African classes for Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin and also teaches as an adjunct at the Fuller Theological Seminary (Fuller North West – Seattle, WA). He is married to Ndidi (also from Sierra Leone). with two sons, Ndiloma and Ukejeh, and a daughter Ngozi, and they attend Shoreline Community Church in Seattle.
Dr. Emeric Palmer, Vice President
Emeric is a practicing physician who grew up in Sierra Leone and has lived in the United States for over 20 years. Emeric has been a member of SAVE since 2009 and is a part of its healthcare advisory team. In 2011 and 2013, he served as the medical leader of short term medical missions, sponsored by SAVE, to Sierra Leone, as part of its “Adopt a village” program. As a high school then a university student, Emeric was a member of SAVE’s partner student organizations in Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Fellowship of Evangelical Students (SLEFES) and the Scripture Union Sierra Leone.
Emeric is board certified in Internal Medicine, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He holds additional certification in Healthcare Information Technology. Currently, he works predominantly as a Healthcare consultant, supporting collaboration between Healthcare Organizations and their Physicians around industry changes. He maintains clinical activity in advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Previously held academic positions, include Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, with Advocate Christ Medical Center. Emeric completed his Residency training at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center/University of Illinois, in Chicago.
He also serves with other groups and organizations, based in the United States, fostering support for development and self-sufficiency in Sierra Leone. He is a casual soccer fan and finds his greatest pleasure in spending time with his family. He’s married to Sylvia and they have two children. They are members at Grace Covenant Church, in Chantilly, Virginia, and serve with its youth “180” Ministry
Larry Moran, Treasurer
Larry is a Certified Public Accountant familiar with the vision of SAVE from its birth in 1998, eventually joining the Board in 2008. He spent 10 years in public accounting, and 7 years in administration of professional firms. He was the CFO of an Indianapolis-based manufacturer and marketer of haircare products for 14 years until it was sold in 2007.
Larry has been active on several non-profit boards, ranging from an international music competition to a small inner-city church. He has been the worship band leader at his church, Zionsville Fellowship (Zionsville, IN) for over 20 years. Larry has travelled to Sierra Leone in 2010 and 2012 to see both the beauty and the challenges we face, along with the incredibly gifted and committed partners with whom we have the privilege of working in the country. Larry is married to Diane and has two sons and a daughter-in-law, and resides in Carmel, IN.
Rebecca Davies-Venn, Secretary
Rebecca was born and raised in Freetown Sierra Leone, attending Fourah Bay College, graduating with a B. Sc. in Honors Zoology degree. She worked for the Institute of Marine Biology and Oceanography; and the Sierra Leone Government Fisheries Division from before immigrating to the United States. She took time off to raise their daughters, and then returned to continue her graduate education, graduating with a Masters in Library Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a Supervisory Librarian at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She was the President of the Freetown Secondary School For Girls (FSSG) Alumni Association, Washington Metropolitan Branch.
Rebecca accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at a Scripture Union camp in December 1971. She was a member of the Bible Study Union, and Intervarsity Fellowship at Fourah Bay College. She attended several Scripture Union camps, retreats, and the Zion Youth Fellowship. She loves to praise the Lord in song, and has sung in several choirs including her current church.
She is married to Christian with two grown daughters, Esther and Cynthia (Frank). She and Christian are members of Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she has served as Sunday school teacher and Superintendent; as a member of the Outreach Committee; and as Secretary of the United Methodist Women.
Christine is a passionate leader for those less fortunate in Sierra Leone. She has served on the board of directors since 2000 and has been involved in two medical mission trips with SAVE. Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University, she spent her career in Illinois as a teacher for more than 35 years.
Christine has served in the church her entire adult life as choir director, Women’s Missionary League and adult and youth Sunday school teacher.
Her medical background includes past work experience in the Emergency room, trained emergency first aid, and was Former Emergency Medical Technician, at Sherman Hospital, Elgin, IL. Christine also worked in prison ministry for more than 20 years as founder and president of Jesaiah House. She has also invented a soft cervical collar travel pillow and currently sells in airports across the country.
Christine is mother of two adult children, grandmother to six and a member of Highland Fellowship Church, Elgin, IL., currently leading adult Bible studies and past girls Bible teacher.
Dick retired after a career as an engineer, manager and executive with a manufacturer of gas turbine engines. His career centered on the support of military customers with numerous assignments in the sales, support, and quality organizations. During his career, he was involved in Missions work founding ABBA Press, Inc. to assist organizations publish Christian material behind the Iron Curtin and in other countries where missionaries were not welcome.
Dick and his wife, Cathy, are very active in their local church, where they have been small group leaders for over 20 years, conducting worship, bible studies, prayer and pastoral functions. Additionally, they work together as Lay Counselors mentoring in difficult marriage situations. Dick was also a member of the finance team and led the capital campaign to raise the funds for our church building.
His primary responsibility is to be the husband of one beautiful wife, three grown children, and eight grandchildren. Retirement has given him the opportunity to spend time with each of them. When not busy with His work or family, he is a licensed instrument pilot, aircraft builder, and accomplished woodworker
Dr. Radcliffe Jones, MBBS
Rad has been a member of the SAVE board since its inception. He was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He committed his life to Jesus Christ at a Youth for Christ rally in late teens, and was an active member of Bible Study Union at Fourah Bay College from 1974-79, from where he graduated with an honors degree in Zoology. He sang in two groups – Gospel Youth Singers and His Ambassadors from 1972 to 1981. These ministries contributed immensely to his spiritual growth and development
He graduated from University of Ibadan Medical School in 1985. He travelled to Trinidad where he completed an internship and then practiced for a short time before coming to the US for residency training. He completed a residency in General Pediatrics in 1992 and a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics in 1995, both at Indiana University. He moved to Kokomo, Indiana with his family in July 1995, where he has been in General Pediatric Practice, a part of the Community Physicians Network.
He has been married to his wife, Sylvia from Sierra Leone too, since December 1982, and they attend Family Worship Center in Kokomo. They have a son, Handel (his wife, Jessica) and a new grandson.
Edgar James Momoh holds a BA (Hon) degree in Christian Education and Missions from Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, MA degree in Christian Education from Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST)-Kenya. He also holds an MA degree in Peace and Development Studies from Njala University – Sierra Leone, and an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Evangelical Trainers Association (ETA).
Edgar currently works as associate in pastoral care at Zionsville Fellowship, Zionsville, Indiana. Previously he was the head of department of Church Empowerment and Advocacy at the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone (EFSL), an umbrella body of evangelical denominations and para-church organization in Sierra Leone. He also served as an associate minister with Christians in Action Church and a College teacher in Kenya and Sierra Leone. He is married to Caroline and they have two girls – Patience-Lou, Donna-Joy and a boy Edgar James Jr.
Pastor Tayo Salako
Tayo is the Pastor of The City On The Hill Chapel in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) with a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering (Newcastle U’Tyne England) and also a Certified Network Engineer (CNE). He was an associate pastor in Eastbrook Church, Milwaukee for 6 years where he coordinated the Nigerian Fellowship in Milwaukee. He is of Nigerian decent but resides in the USA. He is married to Titlilola with two girls, Ifeoluwayimika and Oluwayanmife and two boys, Oluwatofe and Oluwafifehanmi.