Our mission is to support, equip and connect believers around the world to reach lost people and see them transformed into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
In 1996, a pastor in Southern Malawi obtained a copy of James Burn’s first book – ‘Fishing for the King’ – and contacted Kingfisher church to ask for a visit to a small group of churches in the Blantyre area. Responding to that request, a relationship was born that, over the years that followed, blossomed into what is now Kingfisher International Family, a community that is active in 10 countries around the world.
The vision of Kingfisher Family is to support, equip and connect believers around the world, to increase their capacity to reach lost people and see them transformed into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. There are discipleship and leadership training materials, local, national and regional conferences, educational programs for children, international days of prayer.
Our vision is to see the local church equipped and empowered to reach the local community and beyond in effective and God-honouring ways. Rather than seeing the UK as the epicentre for growth and resources, Kingfisher International family’s vision is for local churches around the world to grow in a passion for mutual encouragement and support. We truly seek to be a community of disciples of Christ, impacting, challenging and inspiring society around us. As such, each country or region will have a National Director overseeing and developing with work of the International Family in that area.
There are currently four National Directors: Charles Mithowa in Africa, Simon Haqq in India, Noel Delfin in the Philippines, and a Senior Pastor, Tim Slegg, overseeing Fellowship of the King in Spain.
“The vision of Kingfisher Family is to support, equip and connect believers around the world, to increase their capacity to reach lost people and see them transformed into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. There are discipleship and leadership training materials, local, national and regional conferences, educational programs for children, international days of prayer.”
We’re always up for trying new and creative ways of reaching people that need to hear about Jesus. We’re not afraid to give something a go even if it fails! However, there are certain things that we will never budge on and are core to how we act as a church family and what we believe!
We seek to put God first in everything we do
Our ultimate authority is the Bible
Lost people matter to God and so they matter to us, and we seek to reach them in culturally sensitive ways
We seek to grow Biblical Community, based on loving kindness, honesty, integrity in relationships and a commitment to conflict resolution
Full devotion to Jesus Christ is our aim for the Christian life, through personal spiritual growth and through being equipped and released to further the kingdom and reach one’s full potential for Christ
We shall never arrive – we shall continue to expand and grow until the whole world is pursuing full devotion to Jesus Christ
James Burn, together with his wife, Jan, launched Kingfisher Fellowship in 1993. From one small fellowship of just 12 people, Kingfisher has grown into an International Family, currently active in 10 different nations on three different continents.
James is also covering the role of UK Coordinator for Europe covering England, Spain and Northern Ireland.
UK Co-ordinator for India
Stuart, along with his wife, Lisa, was one of the founder members of Kingfisher. Stuart has had a passion for seeing the Church grow in India for over 25 years and has been involved in leading missions to Chennai, to Delhi and to Amritsar in the Punjab. He has a particular passion for communicating the gospel to children.
UK Co-ordinator for South East Asia
Norlie Bulacan. Norlie came to faith, along with his wife, Rowena and daughter, Nicole, in the UK, but has a passion to see his homeland, the Philippines, won for Christ. Norlie has pioneered the outreach among the Dumagat tribe and has been instrumental in bringing pastors and leaders from various denominations and independent churches together for training, prayer and encouragement.
National Director for Africa
For the past 15 years, Charles has grown the presence of Kingfisher in Malawi, in Mozambique, in Kenya and in Zimbabwe. From the base of the Kingfisher Centre in Limbe, Blantyre, Charles has trained and equipped many new and emerging leaders and has been involved in church planting, clean water projects and the promotion of agricultural projects. With his son, Andrew, taking over as pastor of the church at the Centre in Limbe, Charles is currently overseeing the building of the new training centre, which will enable many more the be trained and sent out to plant churches and preach the gospel.
National Director for India
Simon is an evangelist and church planter, who has overseen the growth of Kingfisher in India since its launch in 2011. A sort-after and gifted preacher, he has led thousands to the Lord through evangelistic crusades throughout India and in other nations.
Simon has planted eight churches in Delhi, scores of home churches and reaped a harvest of souls from mass evangelism throughout India.
National Director for the Philippines
Pastor Noel Delfin is the pastor of Lord’s Light Christian Fellowship, a growing church in Rio Chico, the Philippines. He has an outreach ministry to the Dumagat tribe and welcomes many of them to his church each Sunday. He is currently overseeing the building of the growing number of Dumagat shelters and also the construction of a new church building in Pantay, close to Rio Chico. He has been National Director since 2016, bringing youth groups and church leaders from many different churches together to hear the teaching coming from Kingfisher.
Senior Pastor of Fellowship of the King in Spain
Tim was commissioned as Senior Pastor of the Fellowship of the King, a network of churches stretching along the south coast of Spain, in the light of its founding pastor, Leslie Thomas and his wife Chris being called by God to a new work in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tim, together with his wife Mary were already in the senior leadership team of FTK, having previously served the Lord in South America in a teaching capacity.