Tim Yau is currently a Pioneer Missioner who works for the Anglican Diocese of Norwich. His role is to establish a worshipping community in Round House Park, a new housing development on the edge of the city of Norwich. Tim also acts as a diocesan Mission Enabler encouraging missional practice and Fresh Expressions of Church across the region: ‘not trying to get people to go to Church, but trying to get the Church to go to the people.’ To his children’s delight, he is a Star Wars geek and still dreams of becoming a superhero.
Jill Rowe qualified as a teacher and youth & community worker and spent 6 years living and working in the heart of the inner city in Derby. In 1997 she joined Oasis, a charity and movement committed to inclusion and engaged in the transformation of local communities in the UK and around the world. Her role is to help ensure that Oasis is true to its organisational identity and ethos, and to resource and equip all Oasis leaders, staff, students, volunteers and wider community members to have opportunity to engage in their own personal development and character formation. She is also a speaker and writer. Jill enjoys watching football, likes to do a small amount of running, has a strong appreciation of curry and loves to work out all that life has to offer.
Martin Erwin is CEO of Counties, a Christian charity whose goal is to make Jesus known through a variety of training, resources, and evangelists. With his team, Martin is helping local churches to take the Neighbourhood Chaplains programme, started by Counties evangelist Colin Johnson, and establish it in their own communities. Neighbourhood Chaplains helps to train and equip local churches to build a team who visit people in their own homes, connecting the lonely and lost with the love of Jesus in word and action. Through his own experience, and that of this growing work, Martin will inspire us with stories and a vision of how we can connect with our communities in this way too.
Matt and his wife bought a house in Micklefield, High Wycombe 17 years ago, a few weeks after getting married, not realising it was one of the most deprived communities in otherwise affluent Buckinghamshire. They have spent the intervening years exploring different ways of expressing faith, church and the Kingdom within that community, while most Christians choose to worship and socialise elsewhere. Their journey has included social action, evangelistic events, Messy Church, house church, hosting community meals in their home and much more besides. Most recently they formed a social enterprise and opened a cafe in the centre of the community, and Matt has started and leads a local political party which has formed the third biggest group on the local council.
Grant is the Community Development Worker at Tulloch NET. Tulloch NET is a fresh expression of Christian Community engaging with those who live in Tulloch, a housing estate in North Perth, Scotland. Their focus is on the promotion of Shalom within and across the community. Central to this are core values of welcome and involving all; unconditional service; valuing all and encouraging them to contribute and the hope of transformation. Tulloch NET encourages people, irrespective of faith, to participate in building community, allowing all to help out at the Hub, to listen and support one another and to contribute to the shaping of activity. They also work closely with other agencies including The NHS, Welfare Rights, Community Care and Housing and Adult and Family Learning so that the community flourishes.
Anna Ruddick is a Community Engagement Associate for Livability, facilitating theological reflection and learning for leaders, congregations and Christian organisations seeking to deepen and strengthen their relationships with their local community. She is a Doctor of Practical Theology and has worked supporting those in incarnational urban mission for the last twelve years. She brings skills in coaching, theological reflection and ethnographic research. Anna lives in Leicester with her husband Andrew.
Mike Royal is a leader, speaker and pioneer. He leads on Church Engagement for the Cinnamon Network, which helps churches in community engagement. He is national pioneer of TLG The Education Charity. He is an Ambassador with Jericho Foundation, which enables churches to help people become skilled, fulfilled and employed. He has a academic background in urban planning and black theology and lives in Handsworth, Birmingham. He has been in ordained ministry since 1993 and was consecrated as a Pentecostal Bishop in 2016.
Gemma wears many hats including that of a Baptist Minister of a Local Ecumenical Partnership Church and a Girls Brigade Chaplain. She is based in Leytonstone, a stones throw from the Olympic park in London, with her family whose sporting love extends to enjoying a game of Uno. Gemma is passionate about liberation, solidarity, craftivism and cupcakes and is often found on the naughty step.
Rev Dr Andrew Rumsey is the author of 'Parish: an Anglican theology of place', which was published this summer by SCM Press. He has spent twenty years in parish ministry, alongside academic research into a Christian understanding of place and locality..
Jonny Baker is the director of mission education for the Church Mission Society. The main focus of his work in the last few years has been setting up and leading the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training at CMS. This has been very exciting with all sorts of creative pioneers as they are called by God to new forms of mission and ministry often beyond the edges of the church.
Lizzie Gawen is the National Groups Worker for the Student Christian Movement which aims to support university students to enrich their faith and act for social justice. Her role includes running training and workshops with student groups, supporting students leaders, and encouraging churches to engage with students and young adults. She lives in Hodge Hill north Birmingham in a Christian community at the Old Rectory, which hosts a number of activities including a Place of Welcome, community events and retreat days. The Old Rectory is also part of the BIRCH refugee hosting scheme. On her day off she supports various projects including the Thames Valley Forest School and Real Junk Food Kitchen.
Colin Johnson is a personal evangelist with Christian charity Counties. He is the founder of Neighbourhood Chaplains, the community befriending and visiting scheme for local churches. He is on the leadership team of his local church and works with other churches locally helping and training in community visiting outreach. He is a speaker/trainer and qualified Christian counselor and supervisor. Colin is passionate about personal evangelism and connecting churches with their local communities. He has helped churches grow relationships in their local communities and Christians become better equipped to share their faith effectively.
Heather is Pioneer Missioner for the Diocese of Norwich, whatever that means, and Vicar of Heartsease, which means helping the small faithful church there discover its call for the next chapter of its life together, sharing in the aspirations of the neighbourhood and creating space for community. She drinks coffee and tweets a bit, while running and getting creative less often than she should.
Paul Keeble came to Manchester from Northern Ireland in 1978 for a year… and stayed. One-time bass guitarist in several bands, he now works with the charity Urban Presence on various church and community projects, networks and initiatives. He and his wife Judith have followed a calling to live in a Manchester inner-city neighbourhood for more than 30 years, raising a family of three. Not as flag-waving missionaries, but as residents and neighbours who happen to be followers of Jesus. This has led, among other things, to Paul’s co-founding, alongside others with a shared concern, a community response to a local gang and gun crime problem. In 2017 Paul published the book ‘Mission With: something out of the ordinary’, describing a relational model of mission based around being with and sharing ordinary life, written out of his experience in Manchester.
Martin Robinson is principal and chief executive of ForMission College. Martin was born in India of missionary parents and then brought up in Scotland where his father was a church planter. When Martin was in his early twenties he trained for the ministry, and his first church was in the inner city of Birmingham. This multi-ethnic congregation was engaged in church planting, and Martin, together with his wife, Lynda led one of the new church plants. After thirteen years in local ministry, Martin went to work for the Bible Society in the UK in a variety of roles. In that period he was the director of mission and theology. Martin has written many books on the broad theme of mission, including Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space. In 2002 Martin became the national director of Together in Mission. In 2008 he became the principal of Springdale College. These two organisations are now known as ForMission.