Gottfried Osei-Mensah

First Lausanne International Director


Gottfried Osei-Mensah served as the first International Director for the Lausanne Movement from 1975 to 1984.

Born in Ghana, Gottfried worked in the oil industry as an engineer before joining the Pan African Fellowship of Evangelical Students in West Africa. From 1971 to 1975, he pastored Nairobi Baptist Church. In 1974, he served on the Planning Committee and presented a plenary address at the First International Congress for World Evangelisation, and was soon after appointed International Director (then known as General Secretary) of the Lausanne Movement. Beginning in 1986, Gottfried served on leadership with BGEA and African Enterprise, of which he was Team Leader and Chairman of the International Partnership Board. He also served on the UK Boards of BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse until his retirement in 2013.

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