The Open Air Mission (OAM) has announced that General Manager, Andy Banton, will be leaving in February 2019. In a statement, the organisation said: ‘Following a lengthy period of ill-health, and further to discussions between himself and the OAM committee, Andy and the committee have agreed that it is for the best of both the Mission and Andy for him to be released from his employment with the Mission.
‘Following the notice period required in his contract of employment, Andy’s employment with the Mission will cease on 28 February 2019. A suitable financial package has been agreed, recognising the many years of sterling service that Andy has given to the Mission.
‘We are sure that all in OAM and among our supporters throughout the country would want to join us in thanking Andy and wishing his family the Lord’s richest blessing on his future service in the Lord’s work. Andy will continue to work normally during the months of September and October but then will be on garden leave through to his last day with the Mission.
‘The committee meetings scheduled for September and November onwards will begin the process of considering a replacement for Andy into the role of General Administration Manager. We will also be keeping all our staff and associates abreast of arrangements that will be put in place from November onwards, to cover the tasks that Andy would normally be handling.
‘The OAM office will continue to function as normal throughout this time and we so much appreciate the work that Linda and Steve do to keep the wheels turning for us. Please pray that wisdom would be given to the committee during this time of significant change and pray for Andy, Ruth and the family as they seek the Lord for the way forward into new Christian service in the Lord’s kingdom.’
Mr Banton told Evangelical Times, ‘I don’t know what the future holds, but I am so glad I can say that I know the One who holds the future’.