OPAL was founded in 2003 by Geoff Ruston and John Lewis. Both were at the time extensively involved in Christian book selling in the UK and USA. They became aware of the desperate need, and hunger for, affordable Bibles and good-quality Christian literature in the Majority World (Africa, Asia, Latin America). Here the church is growing fast, there is a passion for evangelism, and there are many training programmes. Those involved in church planting, training and discipleship, desperately need resources. Some struggle to be able to find Bibles and Literature that are accessible in local languages. The vision of OPAL Trust (Overseas Publishing And Literature) is to help address these needs.
“Our goal is to use the resources God provides us to impact the lives of so many in our broken world.“Neville Goodhew
Since its beginning, the work has steadily grown. OPAL has been able to send Bibles and literature to over 80 countries worldwide. Through partnership with Christian publishers and local Bible Societies we have been able to obtain Bibles and suitable books at special prices, which makes them accessible to Christian leaders and churches in the Majority World. In 2005 a distribution hub was established in Chingola, Zambia, from which books are accessed from across Central and Southern Africa. We also work closely with leaders in Asia, Latin America, and other parts of East and West Africa, regularly shipping materials to all these locations in response to their requests for Bibles and Christian literature. In 2013 OPAL Ministries USA was established in order to expand the work across America, with a warehouse for storage and preparation for distribution of books and Bibles. In May 2020, Ian Shaw was appointed CEO, and John and Geoff took up ambassadorial roles. OPAL works closely with fellowships and mission partners in the Majority World, especially assemblies in the Christian Brethren tradition, supporting and facilitating their mission work.
Meet our Team
Neville and Dee GoodhewNeville is Vice-President of OPAL Ministries, and Dee is a Director
Neville and Dee met while they were serving together on the Operation Mobilisation ship the MV Logos. After they married they transferred to the MV Doulos, where Neville ran the large Book Exhibition. They then worked with OM in Italy before in 1997 returning to the USA to work with OM Literature. This work involved supplying OPAL with books, and when Neville and Dee retired from OM they began working with Opal Ministries USA. They run OPAL’s warehouse in Greer, near Greenville, South Carolina, and oversee the distribution of Bibles and Christian books from there.
Paul and Angela LewisAngela is President of OPAL Ministries, Paul is a Director
Over the last 20 years Paul and Angela have been involved in creative services for the publishing industry. They run their own graphic design agency and live in south Atlanta, USA, with their 3 young children. They have been with OPAL Ministries since its foundation in 2013 where they play a financial, administrative, and design role. Recently, Paul and Angela have worked on getting the translations of OPAL’s book Knowing and Doing in the Ukrainian and Shona languages to print.
Harley RollinsHarley is a Director of OPAL Ministries
Harley grew up on a farm in Georgia, where he came to know Christ as his Savior at the age of 13. Harley’s interest in Christian literature distribution developed when he sold Bibles door to door during two summers. In 1970 he married Deborah, and they spent 19 years of service with Operation Mobilization, in various capacities, distributing Christian literature in the U.K., working on the OM ship MV Logos, and in the USA. In 1989, Harley started Rollins Pilot, focusing on Christian literature distribution and publishing for the Caribbean, Africa, India, and Asia, and is involved with several organizations supporting world missions, alongside his role with OPAL Trust.
John Lewis and Geoff Ruston of OPAL Trust (UK) also serve as
directors of OPAL Ministries.
“OPAL Trust is to be highly commended for placing much needed Bibles and books in the hands of many Christian workers and leaders in the Developing World”