Tim Yau

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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.

Andrew Rumsey

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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.

Mike Royal

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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 Dunning

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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.

Martin Erwin

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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. 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.

Bev Thomas

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Bev Thomas was born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents and moved to London in 1995, then back to the Midlands in August 2008. Bev studied theology at the Ebenezer Bible Institute and religious studies at the Birmingham Bible Institute. Bev is an ordained ecumenical minister and has an honorary MA in Divinity from Birmingham Bible Institute. She has worked for the last 30+ years in the UK and internationally as a trainer/speaker on social justice and 'race' issues. She currently works as a freelance consultant, mediator, project manager, facilitator, speaker & lecturer. Bev is currently a trustee of The Feast & Sandwell Churches Link.

Anna Ruddick

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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.

Jill Rowe

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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.

Heather Cracknell

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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.

Jonny Baker

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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.

Michelle Parkinson

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Michelle Parkinson, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom is the proud wife of Richard Parkinson who is her husband and Pastor. Together they have 3 beautiful children. Michelle and Richard are the Pastors of Beacon and Lighthouse Ministries UK. Michelle has been a Women’s Leader, an intercessor, Sunday school teacher, Altar minister, a member of local and national mission’s team, Praise and worship leader and appointed as a Church Mother at the young age of 32. Michelle also is the founder of women of purpose Power which continues today and is now called Destined to Win UK. This ministry has brought healing and deliverance to many women from all walks of life with a no limits, no boundaries motto.

Matt Knight

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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.

Grant McLaughlan

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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, to listen and support one another and to contribute to the shaping of activity.

Paul Keeble

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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. Paul is the co-founder, alongside others with a shared concern, of 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.

Lizzy Gawan

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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.

Dan White Jr.

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Dan White Jr. co-planted Axiom Church in Syracuse, NY with five other families, moving into an under-resourced neighborhood with a compelling dream. Axiom has become a learning, multiplying community, seeking to dwell in local neighborhoods. Dan is also a church planting strategist with the V3 Movement, coaching cohorts from around the country through an 18-month missional training system. He co-founded the Praxis Gathering and is the author of two books Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness (Cascade), and The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional Incarnational Communities (Intervarsity Press).

Kerry Badger

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Working full time as Community Pastor for a large, lively Anglican church in Salisbury (St Paul's) which has a passion for transformation in our City. The Church has a coffee shop and community centre, runs termly outreach projects practically helping those in need in our City, run CAP debt and CAP Release (supporting those with life controlling habits and addictions) amongst other things! I have a particular interest in working with vulnerable women who have experienced abuse or violence. Personally passionate about the transforming power of God which is evident in my own story and want to see that same impact in the lives of others. Big on social inclusion and being brave enough to tell your own story but kind enough not to tell other peoples. If we truly believe God works in all things for the good of those who love Him, then that is in the difficult parts as well.

Colin Johnson

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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.

Rosalyn Clare

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Rosalyn escaped the corporate rat race of billable hours and ergonomic office chairs to backpack around the world. She retrained as a life coach running projects for young people and women to find new career paths and self confidence. Following involvement with the New Parish conference and Formission training in missional leadership, Rosalyn now works at the Springfield Project as a volunteer coordinator. She helps volunteers to develop and to find purpose and belonging in being part of the Springfield Project showing love to the local community.

Martin Robinson

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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. Martin's first church was in the inner city of Birmingham, and with a multi-ethnic congregation was engaged in church planting. After thirteen years in local ministry, Martin went to work for the Bible Society in the UK as 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.

Paul Sparks

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Paul Sparks is a leading voice in the growing Parish Movement. He has done tours and trainings in over 1,000 neighborhoods around the world and is the co-author of the award-winning book The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community. Paul is the Co-founding Director of the Parish Collective, where he works to identify, connect, and resource churches and groups that seek the flourishing of their neighborhood. He is also the co-founder of the annual Inhabit Conference in the US, the New Parish Conference in the UK, and co-designer and instructor of the Leadership in the New Parish certificate at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Tim Soerens

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Tim Soerens is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective. As co-director of the Parish Collective he convenes ministry leaders, teaches, and consults with organizations seeking human flourishing in particular neighborhoods while also working collaboratively across the city. He is the co-author of The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community. He is also the co-founding producer of the annual Inhabit Conference and New Parish Conference UK and co-designer and instructor at the Leadership in the New Parish certificate at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Laurence Sharman

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From Birmingham, Laurence is passionate about his city and brings a heart to see the spiritual atmosphere of the city changed through prayer and worship. He’s married to Sarah, has six children (he was married very young!) and leads a full and enjoyable family life. Laurence is the Operations Director and Worship Director at World Prayer Centre in Birmingham. He is a well-established part of the team and carries a passion for prayer, worship and a desire to see the purposes of God released in this generation. His love of music seeps through into practically every area of his life from switching on the Chris Evans Breakfast show in the morning, to Relaxing Classics at Seven, to keeping up with the latest worship music from Worship Central, Bethel and other worship houses. He even finds time to run a small local community choir.

Sam Ward

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Sam Ward is the Director of Ministry at The Message Trust and leads the Eden Network. Sam has been involved in the Eden Network for over 17 years, initially as a volunteer and subsequently leading a team and a local church plant in the deprived neighbourhood of Openshaw, Manchester. Sam has played a crucial role in planting Eden teams across the UK and beyond. Sam is married to Nicci and they have two children

Simon Heathfield

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Simon Heathfield is the Archdeacon of Aston and helps lead the Church of England regionally in Birmingham city region. Originally from the South East, Simon studied music in Birmingham, theology at Cambridge and has ministered in Kent, the Wirral, Oxford and East London. He is a member of the General Synod and contributes to the governance of several organisations and mission agencies. Simon has particular interests in urban theology, leadership, ministerial & missional formation, vocation, team and personal development, spirituality and the arts. His published work includes, Rave ON (CPAS), Jump into the Jacuzzi (BRF), and the Growing Leaders Course (CPAS).

Dave Harder

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After 13 years of campus ministry and two church plants in Calgary and Vancouver, Dave and his family moved to Ottawa in the summer of 2008 with a dream of planting faith communities rooted in neighbourhoods. Currently Dave is the pastor of a parish church called The Journey that is comprised of friends, artists, and entrepreneurs seeking a common life together with their neighbours. Dave consults with churches and pastors who want to engage in a more place based vision of the local church. He loves his city and can be found curating conversations at the Impact Hub, scheming new social initiatives that seek human flourishing or engaging the deeper spiritual longings of his neighbours.