Gottfried Osei-Mensah

First Lausanne International Director


Gottfried Osei-Mensah served as the executive secretary of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization from 1975-1984.

Born in Ghana, Gottfried worked as an engineer in the oil industry before helping develop Christian witness in the universities of West Africa through the Pan African Fellowship of Evangelical Students. From 1971-1975 he pastored Nairobi Baptist Church in Kenya. In 1973 he served on the planning committee of Lausanne, and presented a plenary address at the International Congress on World Evangelization in 1974. Appointed as executive secretary following the congress, he travelled the world, encouraging the formation of national and regional movements based on The Lausanne Covenant, to identify unreached people groups within their own communities and beyond, and devise effective ways of evangelizing them.

In 1986 Gottfried was invited to serve as a special representative on the staff of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He joined African Enterprise (AE) in 1993 and set up the AE team in Ghana. He also served on the UK board of BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse until his retirement in 2013.

Gottfried lives in Reading, UK and has two grownup children and four grandchildren. After 53 years of marriage his wife, Audrey, went to be with the Lord in June 2016.