Role: UCCF Staff Worker
Fun Fact: He likes to sing very loudly.
Niv was convinced as a teenager that God had nothing to offer him, and probably didn’t exist. But while evading work (a special skill), he happened on John’s Gospel, and was bowled over by Jesus. Niv is our UCCF staff worker, who's also involved with both Southampton Solent University and Southampton University Christian Unions. He's here to help us as we reach out to campus.
We join alongside UCCF and share the same beliefs that are fundamental in Christianity. These are included in the Doctrinal Basis and we ensure that every speaker that comes to the CU believes these fundamental truths. More information on the Doctrinal Basis and why we have it can be found at the UCCF website
UCCF’s Doctrinal Basis is:
The basis of the Fellowship shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity, as revealed in Holy Scripture, including:
1. There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2. God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
3. The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.
4. Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
5. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
6. Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.
7. Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.
8. The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.
9. The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christlike in character and behaviour and gives them power for their witness in the world.
10. The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.
11. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.
Role: Vice President
Loves: Reading FC, Portsmouth FC, Chocolate, Running, Football, Anything Sporty, Banter.
Fun Fact: My real name is John. I am a disciple of Jesus.
My name is John but people call me Juan and I am Vice-President of the CU. My job is to work with the whole committee in the running of the entire Christian Union. I work closely with the President such as preparing for meetings and making sure everyone on committee can do their role to the best of their ability. I partake in organising every committee meeting and making sure everyone takes an active role in giving ideas. Coming in September I will be co-leading the CU football team as well as trying to help other members of committee in their roles. My most important role is to serve the CU, taking into account their ideas and trying to put them into practice. Every single person has such amazing gifts and it’s my job, along with committee, to make sure these can come out and bless the campus of University of Portsmouth!
Role: Evangelism Coordinator
Studies: Therapeutic Radiography
Home: Northern Ireland
Loves: Eat, Cook, Sleep, also High School Musical and a cheeky wee bit of craic (banter)
Fun Fact: Me and my brother have the same birthday. We’re not twins.
Hello there! I’m Matthew, one of the Evangelism Coordinators alongside Josephine. You might be wondering why there’s 2 of us, but it’s because evangelism plays such a key role in our CU (after all Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations)! In our vision we state that we want to equip students to live and speak for Jesus, and that’s exactly what we’re here for. Me and Josephine aren’t only there to organise outreach events, like Quench and Text-A-Toastie, for the university, but also to ensure that each and every member of the CU has the opportunity to live for Jesus on campus through evangelism!
Role: Treasurer/Praise Coordinator
Studies: Entertainment Technology
Loves: Design, Football, Sport, Music, Drums, Coldplay, Chocolate Cake
Fun Fact: I can sort of do an Irish accent
I’m both the treasurer and the worship coordinator of the Christian Union, which in general terms involve keeping track of the CU’s costs and finances as well as organising who leads worship during our Monday meetings. As the treasurer, I organise paying back those who have bought resources used during our meetings and events, and also am in contact with the Student’s Union to discuss certain matters, such as our predicted budget for the year ahead and receiving funding for events aimed to promote a successfully run society. For my role as the Worship Coordinator, I aim to encourage members who wish to serve the rest of the CU using their musical gifts to get involved in the worship team.
Studies: Social Work
Loves: Tea, Fairy Lights, Summer
Fun Fact: I can’t eat breakfast before 10am
As Secretary I mainly work behind the scenes in admin, sending and receiving emails, and communicating with our local churches and university.
Evangelism is such a key part of what the Christian Union does, so I still love getting involved in our outreach events - particularly quench!
Studies: Speech, Language and Communication Science
Home: Northern Ireland
Loves: Stargazing, Chocolate, Puppies, Kittens, Any cute animal videos, Elephants, Naps
Fun Fact: I trip over my own feet at least once a day
My name is Mollie and my role on committee as president is to work alongside the committee as a team to oversee the running of the Christian Union. My role involves chairing committee meetings and making sure that the committee members are managing in their roles.
I am also responsible for making sure that every idea and decision comes back to the vision of the CU, which is to give each student a chance to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whilst equipping and uniting students to live and speak for Jesus.
Role: Evangelism Coordinator
Home: North London
Loves: Eating, Baking, Marvel, Doing my nails, Sleeping
Fun Fact: I own a total of 169 nail polishes
My role on the committee is Evangelism Coordinator. This requires me to organise events like Quench and Text-a-Toastie in which we can evangelise to the campus through means of giving out doughnuts on a Wednesday night or answering questions in response for a toastie. I work alongside another Evangelism Coordinator and we discuss who buys the ingredients and doughnuts for the coming event. I hope to show God’s love to those on campus through means of food and just being a friend to those who need it at our Wednesday Quench events.
Role: International Coordinator
Studies: Mechanical Engineering & Mandarin Chinese
Loves: Random facts, Skating, T-Shirts
Fun Fact: I’ve been chased by an elephant after mistaking it for a mountain
Hi/ Ni Hao/ Hola! My name is Msizzy. I love people and my biggest passion is to see the marginalised getting connected and seeing cultures come together. My love language is food and being the international coordinator means I can pursue my love for food, I mean people. My roles involve getting people excited for mission and excited for interacting with international students. One way I do this is by attending the international café and encouraging people in CU to come along. For some international students this could be the only opportunity to hear the Gospel as they could come from a place that hasn’t been exposed to it. I lead the evangelism for internationals and I help connect the students with churches both here in Portsmouth and back in their home country when they do go back and hopefully I get invited over for some food one day. Not that that’s important.