Sid Garland

With a strong confidence in the providence of God and the conviction that God wastes nothing in our lives, Sid and Jean look back with praise to God for his faithfulness. Both of them gave their lives to Christ at an early age. Sid was the son of a church pastor, and after studying at Queens University, Belfast, went to Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. Jean grew up on a farm and trained as a nurse and midwife.

In 1978 Sid became minister of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church for nine years. Together, God used them to start the pro–life movement LIFE (NI). In 1987, responding to God’s call, they went to Nigeria with their young family.

Sid taught first in Samuel Bill Theological College, Abak, and then at TCNN, becoming Deputy Provost in 1991. He was awarded his doctorate in missions six years later. Hundreds of his former students are now in churches, schools, and Bible colleges across Nigeria.

Sid is founder of a strategic ministry known as Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS) supplying relevant and affordable Evangelical Christian books to church leaders in Africa. ACTS distributes books through ten stores in key seminaries or cities across Nigeria and Kenya.

After some years in primary health care, Jean helped a number of organisations and churches pioneer their response to AIDS. To assist with training teachers and counsellors, Jean has written various AIDS educational resources. AIDS is Real and It’s in Our Churchhas 80,000 copies in print.

After 23 years service in Nigeria, Sid and Jean returned to Belfast in 2010. They have three grown up children, Peter, Debbie and Anna and several grandchildren.

Sid serves as International Director at Large of ACTS and regularly travels to Nigeria and Kenya to encourage church leaders there.

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