Meet the Team

Chair:

Rev’d Jide Macaulay

Reverend Jide Macaulay is the founding Pastor and CEO of House of Rainbow CIC.  Openly gay British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, HIV Positive Activist, holds a degree in Law, Master’s Degree in Theology and Post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology.

He has won several awards including the 2003 and 2007 Black LGBT Community Award for “Man of the Year” for his work helping people of faith. Shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards 2014, in the category for Positive Role Model.

He served from 2007 to 2013 as Executive Board member and Co-Chair of Pan Africa International Lesbians and Gay Association.  He is currently Africa Regional Representative at the Global Interfaith Network, Board of Trustee at Kaleidoscope Trust UK, Chairperson INERELA+ Europe, nOSCAR’S Award winner 2014, 2017, 2018 and a Trained Volunteer Champion at Afruca Children’s Charity.

Directors:

Jason Forrest

Cynthia Ijiekhuamhen

Cynthia, A film graduate from London.  Who believes nothing is better than serving the Lord.  She first came across House of Rainbow in 2013 whilst looking for a wholly accepting Christian ministry.  Fast forward a few years after graduation she set out to make her beliefs a reality.

Having felt out of place for many years within other ministries, House of Rainbow felt like a breath of life and a calling from God to serve not only a community align with many thoughts.  House of Rainbow is a ministry that is totally dedicated to bringing hearts to God.  Outside of ministry Cynthia live a simple life, playing lots of Playstation 4 and assisting her friends and family.

Cynthia’s community passion includes helping the homeless projects in London and also serves as a Director on the  Board of Directors at House of Rainbow.  Enjoys photography, filming and dance clubs.

Ballet Djedje

Daniel Asaya

Mark Banfield

Mark has  joined us in March 2019, he works for the African Advocacy Foundation as their Campaigns Manager.  Mark is a strong advocate for PrEP in the BAME communities.

Rev’d Cathy Bird

Having previously worked in social policy and research in the voluntary sector, Cathy was ordained as a Presbyter in the Methodist Church in 1997.  A Londoner to the core, she has worked in Tottenham, Kings Cross, and Marylebone (where she also served as part of the ecumenical Chaplaincy Team at the University of Westminster.)

She is currently Superintendent of the Methodist Church in the London Borough of Hackney, where, among many things, she co-ordinates the movement to have Hackney accredited as a ‘Borough of Sanctuary’ as part of the national ‘City of Sanctuary’ campaign.  Although Cathy is soon to be leaving London for ‘pastures new’ in Stockport.

Cathy served for 15 years as part of the World Methodist Council during which she Chaired its Committee for Social and International Affairs and is an experienced Spiritual Director and leader of retreats, including in 2013, for  Embrace (formerly Biblelands).  Cathy is an experienced writer of liturgy and hymns and her work has been used widely in various forms of worship and published in ‘The Preacher’ (Journal of the College of Preachers), ‘Magnet’ and the Methodist Recorder.  She is currently the writer of study material for the story telling initiative ‘Applecart’.

Cathy is an avid West Ham supporter and regularly presents in the new London Stadium. She also enjoys cooking, jazz music, film and theatre.