Meet the Publishing Team
Luke Jeffery, Director
Luke was a missionary for fourteen years in Northern Europe. Working as an itinerant preacher and national worship leader, his passion is to see the message of the cross of Christ and the Father’s love preached, understood and activated in every community. In publishing, his vision is to provide an outlet for personal testimonies of Christ’s work in people’s lives as well as teaching that is timely for the church today.
Luke has a Master’s Degree from Cambridge University. He is gifted in applying new technologies and bringing together fields of expertise to facilitate business and organisational growth, a skill he has formerly applied to a diverse range of industries including toy development, accountancy, biotechnology, genetic research and within the church.
Luke has been Director of Onwards and Upwards Publishers since 2012.
Ella Connolly, Marketing and Communications Manager
Ella has a degree in English and Drama from Exeter University, where she specialized in Creative Writing. She is the author of the popular Ella Scribbles blog and is a part of the Media Team at the large Rediscover Church in Exeter, where she often hosts the church’s live broadcasts. Ella is passionate about social media and marketing.
Leah-Maarit Jeffery, Graphic Designer
Leah, of LM Graphic Design, has worked closely with Onwards and Upwards Publishers as a freelancer for almost a decade. She has designed the covers of over 100 books sold through high street stores, including many of Onwards and Upwards’ best-selling titles.
Leah is also a writer and her first book is due to be published later this year,
Mark and Diana Jeffery, Business Owners
Company Founder, Mark, has worked in various areas of Christian ministry and service for many years. Prior to launching Onwards and Upwards, he became aware that it was very difficult for many new Christian writers to get their work published by the long-established publishers. As a former head teacher, published author and former film writer/director, Mark believes that Christians need to use whatever media is available to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, good teaching, testimonies and reading material for children. He therefore establish Onwards and Upwards to facilitate Christian writing and to distribute it within the Christian and secular marketplaces.
As well as active on the Board of Directors, Mark founded and directs Christian Au Pairs, the first and largest Christian au pair agency in Britain, which began around 20 years ago. Locally, he teaches within the church on Christian financial management.
Diana began as the Financial Director of Onwards and Upwards, but now serves in an advisory role on the Board of Directors. Diana helped to grow the Company in its early development through engaging with authors at exhibitions and in churches, encouraging them to share their writing and supporting them in prayer. A ‘retired’ Assistant Head Teacher, she is now involved in assessing some of the children’s literature and proof-reading for the Company.
Mark and Diana regularly visit Bulgaria in a leadership support role, preaching in churches across the nation. They also serve in other nations across the world, including regular visits to the USA.