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Meet the Publishing Team

Behind all of our publishing services is a fantastic and friendly publishing team who make an individual impact and work together to create a complete publishing package.

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.

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,

Leah-Maarit Jeffery Graphic Designer
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.


Lisa and the Loner

Another Lisa tale from the author of best selling ‘Lisa the Moaner’. This time Lisa and her magical Great Aunt Gladys are on a quest to uncover the identity of a mysterious homeless man.

Extraordinary Moments in an Ordinary Life

As you read these true stories of healing, protection, provision and much more, your faith will grow to see God glorified in whatever circumstance you find yourself.

The Illustrated Bible Themed Garden Diary

A 12-month diary/planner, beautifully illustrated throughout, with timely gardening advice, and garden-themed Bible quotes and trivia.

Jack and the Ultimate Dare

Jack and the Ultimate Dare is an adventure novel for children aged 10-12, based on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

With a Light Touch

A practical guide and a Christian perspective on wise use of healthcare for those living with frailty.

This is Me

Books to help younger children to explore their identity and how God created them uniquely.

Developing Your Prophetic Gift

This book will help you better understand the biblical gift of prophecy, hear more clearly from Father for yourself and others, and give and receive prophetic words using biblical principles.

The Thalidomide Catastrophe

Available formats: Paperback ebook (ePub edition) ebook (Kindle edition) ebook PDF “This momentous book is the first comprehensive history of thalidomide… It demonstrates how many thousands of victims could have been spared very late in the day if Chemie Grunenthal...

OCD: Be Still and Know

– What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? – Why do some Christians struggle with anxiety? – Can the Bible help with psychological disorders? – How can we break free from fear? P. A. Kennan herself struggled with the debilitating effects of OCD – until one day she...




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