ICMA regions


For operational reasons ICMA’s world is divided into regions.  Regions are formed by ICMA members who come together locally to coordinate their ministries in the region.  Regions are  acknowledged as ICMA structures when the Association agrees that

  • the region displays enthusiasm for ecumenical working
  • has had some experience of upholding ecumenical relations successfully
  • the ecumenical relations include all of ICMA’s members who work in the region
  • the region has been sensibly set up


Regional co-ordinators

Western Africa

Rev. Canon Edward K. Gbe, Liberia, revfredgbe@yahoo.com

Southern Africa

Steve van Schalkwyk, South Africa,  steve.vanschalkwyk@gmail.com

East Asia

Currently Vacant

Northern Europe

Matthias Ristau nordkirche@seemannsmission.org
(appointed Oct. 2017)

Mediterranean, Black Sea and Middle East

Oleksandr Smerechynskyy  fralexod@ukr.net

Western Europe

Rev. Marc Schippers, MSchippers@sailors-society.org
(elected at regional meeting May 2017)

United Kingdom and Ireland

Martin Foley, martinfoley@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
(appointed 2016)

North America and the Caribbean

Dr. Jason Zuidema,  jason.zuidema@namma.org (ex officio as Executive Director of NAMMA, appointed July 2013)


ICMA’s members in Brazil co-operates within the Brazilian Christian Maritime Ministry Committee


ICMA’s members in India co-operate within the Ecumenical Maritime Ministry of India

Anthony Baliswamy, India,  ecumenicalmaritimeministry@gmail.com


The ICMA Regional Conference Toolkit

The ICMA regional conference Toolkit has been prepared to assist ICMA regional co-ordinators and their teams in organising regional conferences

ICMA conference manual
The manual brings together the experience of ICMA’s current regional co-ordinators. It is designed to help you through the process of planning, organising and running your ICMA regional conference.

Click here to download the ICMA conference manual (PDF 899KB)

Templates of important documents and letters
These documents are available here as PDFs. Editable Word/Excel versions are available from the ICMA Secretariat.




In time we plan to add:

  • Examples from previous regional conferences
  • Election procedure for appointing regional coordinators
  • A timetable that can help you to meet the deadlines for your next conference.

We welcome comments and suggestions from ICMA regional coordinators, past and present.