Myriad Mentors

Myriad is supported by the following people who have agreed to be mentors for lay church planters.

Each of them have fulfilled safer recruitment requirements and has received basic induction training.

Mentors within this pool have agreed to take on at least one mentee, so on occasion we might list one as unavailable.

Alanna Harris

I am a trained mentor and coach with experience of both coaching and mentoring lay and ordained church leaders over a number of years. I recognise the importance of lay leadership in the church, and see the vital need to create routes where lay leaders can be accompanied and developed in their calling. I would bring experience to the role, which I hope would be useful. I also recognise there is always more to learn.

I have a heart for mission, and whole-life discipleship and I am passionate about seeing churches transformed and equipped to be a hopeful, missional presence in the community. As an ordained Anglican priest, I am committed to building communities where all can flourish and find their place in God's story. I have been part of a wide variety of churches and traditions and have particular experience in cross-tradition partnerships and local grass-roots community organising work, as well as more attractional models of mission.

I currently live in East London and worship at a local estate church in Bow. I am Associate Priest at St Katharine Cree, The Guild Church for Workers, which is pioneering chaplaincy models of outreach amongst London’s workers. Alongside this I also work as a hospital chaplain.

Before ordination, I had a career in the charity sector, including at Tearfund where I led the charity’s events and festivals work; Theos, the religion and society think tank; and the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, training lay evangelists for global mission.

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Denomination: Anglican

Churchmanship: Open Evangelical

Contact: revalannaharris@gmail.com

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Dave Lloyd

I live in rural Norfolk, have been married to my wife Anna for 17 years and we have two children, Georgia (14) and Zach (11). We lead a network of house churches, or missional communities, we love hospitality, community, and mission.

I work as the Mission Development Officer in Norwich Diocese 4 days per week, leading and coordinating the Garden Network. I also play music for various jazz & salsa bands, so to some degree I am bi-vocational. I have planted and partnered over 10 churches in the last 10 years from leading St Thomas Norwich, a resource church with a pub, sports ministry and community cafe and a planting DNA. I love blending creativity with mission, and I am passionate about seeing the gifts of God's people released in mission to reach different types of people in fresh ways.

I love to see the church become a surprising community of faith; I love to see the mixed ecology at work; I love to see leaders thrive rather than strive and so I am passionate about living in the simple rhythms of faith and being obedient to the call of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. I am enjoying the call to plant 'Gardens' that are simple, sustainable, and sociable and to see a God's people live out a simple rule of life in their local community.

We are a network of house churches with no centre, no buildings, no staff. We meet weekly in homes and monthly in gatherings in various pop-up locations. Every Garden is different, but we are all based on the same values and practices. I am also studying for a Doctorate in Church Planting in Post Christendom Europe. Prior to Norwich I lived in London and worked as a Solicitor, and I did my curacy on an estate in London.

I am excited by this move of God and I want to encourage others exploring lay leadership.

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Denomination: Anglican

Churchmanship: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact david.lloyd@garden-church.org

Emma Miles

I am employed by my church in community development, where I have been working since January 2019. I am also employed by the Diocese of York as a Multiply Lay Minister.

My context is a town centre (seaside town) and an estate on the outskirts of that town, where I lead a small missional team and where we have started a new worshipping community, ‘Love Westhill’.

I am very outward looking and easily build relationships with the unchurched and marginalised. I long to create home around the person of Jesus, for those that otherwise wouldn't feel they belong to a traditional type of church. My heart is for people to discover hope and discover that hope has a name, and His name is Jesus. Then to pass on what I have been given. I believe I have valuable experience to share, that has been learnt on the ground and in the messiness of life's trials. I can offer encouragement and hope when times appear unfruitful and uncertain. I will ALWAYS point to Jesus and be prayerful in my interaction.

I would consider it a joy and a pleasure to journey alongside someone else embarking on a journey to plant something new.

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Denomination: Anglican

Churchmanship: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact emiles@ccbn.org.uk

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Gaz Thomas

I have a real passion for seeing the growth of honest and authentic Christian communities which have at their heart the making of disciples of Jesus. I am experienced in discipling others, and, as a lecturer in missiology, have spent time grappling with questions about the nature of church in the 21st century.

I am an Anglican minister (currently working as an Associate Minister) and have been employed as a university chaplain and youth worker. I am a Franciscan tertiary and have a keen interest in new monastic communities. My current paid work is as the BA Academic Manager for a small theological college which specialises in mission and evangelism.

I have experience of planting and leading fresh expressions of church and missional communities, namely Night Church’ in the city of Chester, 2010 - 2013 a pioneering ministry opening a city-centre church on Saturday nights (10pm-2am) to welcome and offer hospitality to pub-ers and clubbers in the night-time economy. As part of this, a small group of 'regulars' began to attend and form something of a nascent community. More recently, 2016-2019, 'The Community of the Way' - a small, gathered community that was intended as a blend of church and a new monastic community. We explored 'charism' and 'rule of life' together during times of shared meals at each other's houses. Whilst the community eventually closed, I learned a number of valuable lessons about community life and trying something new.

I hope to bring to the mentoring partnership both sensitivity and encouragement, allowing space for exploration and discernment, drawing on my experience of the demands, challenges and joys of community life and church life. I recognise the need to have people alongside for the journey as you seek to shape new forms of church.

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Denomination: Anglican

Churchmanship: "Middle of the road"

Contact: g-thomas@hotmail.co.uk

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Helen Bradbury

I am married to John, who is a Senior Baptist Minister and have two grown up children. I have held the position of Associate Minister for 4 years and have been in core leadership for 18 years. During this time, we transitioned from a traditional style congregation to a seven day a week active centre in the community, which focusses on the needs of a deprived urban town. The church is now a multi-ethnic place of worship and supports approximately 6,000 people a year, despite the average attendance on a Sunday being under 70 people.

I was brought up in Christian family where the necessity to make a faith choice for myself was key. I have seen a lot of changes over the years in the way church operates, particularly in the pursuit of sharing faith in relevant ways. Eighteen years ago, elected to core church leadership, I was part of a new team bringing change to a traditional church that was focused on Sunday gathering. We saw the need for something different, but were unsure how to go out into the community instead of focusing on bringing the community in. As part of my BA studies, I completed a dissertation investigating how to engage people post Covid through missional communities.

I work closely with the community in my role as Family Worker and I am finding that people are far removed from practicing faith through engagement with churches. They value relationships and the offer to be prayed for/with.

I value the Myriad vision that is encouraging, supporting and educating people to follow a call into pioneering and advancing God's Kingdom, beyond traditional church settings. I believe that church has and needs to change for God's Kingdom to impact today's society; and we seek to do that in our own context.

I have been family support for our TLG education centre for about 8 years. I also support people pastorally on a regular basis.

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Denomination: Baptist

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact helenbradbury@farnworthbaptist.org.uk

Jill and Terry Huggins

Jill and Terry together led, over the past 4 years, in establishing a new worshipping community in the rural villages where they live.

Jill is a retired musician and music teacher with many years’ experience within a traditional church setting both as a musician and connect group leader. More recently, she has been pioneering a fresh approach to church by establishing a new worshipping community in a group of rural villages in Norfolk.She has found this experience to be such fun and would love to connect with others who are embarking on a similar journey. She doesn’t have all the answers but would love to accompany others on their pathway, drawing on our learning and experience as appropriate. She also has experience of working with young people as a listener and guide.

Jill is available to mentor a lay planter alongside her husband Terry.

Terry is a retired public sector chief executive with lots of leadership and people experience. He has been an active member of leadership teams within the non-denominational church, previously teaching and leading worship in UK and France. For the past eight years, he has been part of a Church of England resource church, where he has had wider lay leadership responsibilities and assisted in the development of a church planting programme, which later became the support base for Garden Church.

Now, together with Jill, they are having the time of their lives growing a rural missional community within a group of villages in Norfolk. It forms part of the Norfolk network of garden churches.

Terry absolutely loves what they are doing in growing a community in the rural area where they live and if he can support anyone else on a similar journey this too would be a joy. He has mentored senior leaders and managers outside the church context. I also have experience of mentoring interns in a church context.

Terry is available to mentor a lay planter either by himself or alongside his wife Jill.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact terry.huggins@stn.org.uk

Maggie Kelly

I love the vision of Myriad for raising up lay church planters. As a lay minister myself for the last 13 years I have gained a conviction that there is so much more we can contribute and offer to grow the Kingdom of God in our own context.

I love walking alongside people who are growing in their faith and ministry, and I have learnt so much from the people I have worked with so far. So often God speaks clearly through conversations and times of sharing together.

I am particularly inspired by the sense of seeing the fullness of the grace of God as He moves in our lives and recognising where he is already at work. I look forward to watching what God does in and through all those on this lay learning pathway.

I work as a self-employed Christian Coach with church leaders and also those referred via the Christian Coach and mentor Network.

We have recently moved away from Northampton where I served at St Giles Church. I was both on staff for a season and served as a licensed lay minister during our 9 years there; we have recently joined a new community of village churches in Warwickshire.

Qualifications and Training:

  • Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching (Moorlands college)
  • 3D Coaching Transforming Conversations
  • Mentoring and Coaching module with Waverley College
  • Senior Practitioner with European Mentoring and Coaching Network (since 2020)

Details

Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact maggie.kelly@ccx.org.uk

Mark Tate

I am the leader of the Grove Community, a church plant on a council estate in West London and I am passionate about the church being resourced in our urban estates.

I have a real heart for investing in leaders who feel called to pioneer and plant churches, especially in urban communities.

I have project managed a mentoring project for disaffected young people and helped develop a mentoring programme for St Pauls, Ealing, (Resource Church in West London).

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Conservative Evangelical

Contact mark@gurnellgrove.com

Matthew Guy

I am a husband and father of two children living in Cheshire. I have recently graduated with a foundation degree in Theology with Mission and Evangelism.

I have a real passion for mission and evangelism – for reaching God’s lost children who might feel alienated by traditional ways of doing Church. I have been involved in planting several new Fresh Expression congregations, including a Forest Church (Gods Tent) and Lego Church, both of which have seen families connect with God in new and unexpected ways.

I am passionate about empowering lay leaders, as is my wife, who is training for ordained ministry. We share a joint conviction that the only way for the church to thrive and grow will be by the raising up, nurturing and empowering of lay leaders who have vision, passion, and creativity, alongside and under the oversight of ordained ministers. However, so often the perceived narrative seems that mission and evangelism is the work of “the professionals”.

Drawing upon my professional experience of supporting and developing my team, and mentoring apprentices as a Maintenance Team Planner, my hope is to encourage and listen as we discern together how God is at work in your situation. Developing good formational practices including ‘sabbath rest’, as well as practicing self care and good time management are high priorities for me and so I would be encouraging anyone I mentor to be intentional about these vital aspects of ministry.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Open-Evangelical/Charismatic

Contact: matt-guy@outlook.com

Phil Hoyle

I am the Pioneer Enabler for the Diocese of London, based at The Gregory Centre (CCX).

I am a qualified trainer and coach with over 25 years of church leadership experience, both as a lay leader and an ordained minister. I love to work with people who want to reach those who don't normally connect with church culture, having led a community with young adults in the creative industries in West London. I love hearing new ideas and creative problem solving - so no idea will be dismissed out of hand, and no solution will be overlooked!

I am a trained coach, having formerly worked with Church Resource Ministries (Novo) as a church leaders' coach. I also used to train youth workers in mentoring whilst working for Oasis UK, and trained young leaders in the Salvation Army.

I live in West London with my family and enjoy watching a good movie or TV series, fantasy fiction, and being a parent coach at my son's rugby club.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact: phil.hoyle@ccx.org.uk

Ros Hoare

I am passionate about seeing people thrive in the places in which they find themselves - personal life, work life, ministry. I have a heart for mission and whole life discipleship, longing to see lives transformed as ordinary people, just like me, find fresh confidence in sharing the good news of Jesus with those around them.Together with my husband, Jon, and two other lay leaders, I led a neighbourhood missional community in Enfield for seven years. Working as a small leadership team made it feasible, whilst working full time in secular, paid employment.

For the past eight years I have worked for the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication (CCX), where I am currently working within the Myriad Team. We partner with churches and dioceses to encourage and equip everyday people to pursue the mission of God and seek to plant new congregations and worshipping communities in their local context. Part of my role comprises identifying those (lay and ordained) with a call to start a new church, reaching new people in new places, and signpost them to the opportunities.

I am also a trained coach and mentor with a background in HR management and lay church leadership. As well as leading a missional community, I was Church Warden for 6 years in a resource church in North London, so I have a good understanding of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of church life and some of the systems, and governance structures to enable churches to function well. My work experience comprised leadership roles in large, corporate organisations, the charity sector and the church (working across networks, dioceses, resource churches, church plants). My approach to coaching/mentoring is shaped through the experience gained in these different contexts.

I would enjoy the opportunity to walk alongside someone in the mentoring process, to provide a space to be heard and to do some great learning and thinking together. A place for me to learn as much as for you to gain new insights and fresh perspectives.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact: ros@waymarkercoaching.co.uk

Sarah Sharpe

In 2018 I was tasked with gathering a team to explore the planting of a new worshipping community within our parish. A background in leading large scale youth ministry has taught me both the importance of building strong healthy teams and the need to involve the younger generation. Since 2018 my core team and I have navigated the pandemic and post-covid landscape together, seeing our new worshipping community slowly grow and deepen in faith and love for one another and the people of Gamston.

I work for St Luke’s Church in West Bridgford where my dual role sees me overseeing work with families and leading ‘Connect Gamston’, the new worshipping community in the local Church of England primary school. CG is an intergenerational church plant with a vision to see all ages and stages of faith contribute to our worship.We have been inspired by the work of Rachel Turner in this area and would happily journey with others exploring intergenerational worship.

I have been involved in mentoring young people and volunteers since 2007. From 2010 this also included employed staff and interns. I also thoroughly enjoyed and was inspired by input received on a Masters module in supervision and work-based learning.

Having been on the receiving end of excellent mentoring, I recognise the value of the mentoring role to both enable people to hear God's voice and direction and reflect deeply on their own practice.

I have a particular passion for seeing lay leaders of all backgrounds released and encouraged to lead. If I can support, encourage and cheer others on, it will be a real joy.

Details

Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact families@st-lukes-gamston.org

Jonny and Anna Dade

In 2019, Jonny and Anna planted a new congregation into St Mary and St George Church, High Wycombe, where Jonny is now the Vicar. Prior to this he served on the staff team of St Andrew’s Church, High Wycombe as a Pioneer Minister and for three years as a curate at St Giles Church, Northampton where he and Anna pioneered a new missional initiative to students and young adults.

Anna has worked in education for over thirteen years and has been in senior leadership for the past five. She coaches and oversees department-heads and has been responsible for supervising trainee teachers. Her postgraduate thesis focused on mentoring strategies.

In a church setting, Anna has mentored young people for a number of years. She serves on the Ministry Leadership Team of the church and is involved in teaching, preaching and worship leading and the discipleship of young families - connected to one of the Missional Communities.

In previous churches Anna has been involved in leading ministries with students and young adults and in youth mentoring.

Jonny and Anna say: ‘We are both passionate about equipping and releasing people to lead in the Church of Jesus Christ and we believe that the best learning takes place 'on the job.' In all the contexts in which we have served, we have intentionally sought to raise up leaders and to encourage people to take steps of faith and pursue God's call on their lives in whatever form that takes. In order to see the Church in our nation grow and people come to a saving faith in Jesus, we need to equip and empower all God's people - lay and ordained; paid and unpaid - for lives of ministry and mission. The raising up of lay church planters and lay-led church plants is absolutely vital in this mission.

We trust that we have some experience and wisdom to offer, but we're also looking forward to learning from church planters. In particular we expect that we'll be inspired by the creative and innovative forms of church and models of ministry that we encounter and there's no doubt that we'll be exposed to new and different ways of doing things that we expect will challenge us.’

Details

Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact: jonny.dade@smgchurch.co.uk

Julie Couchmann-Boor

I am passionate about supporting church leaders having had a lonely time when I started out; it's why I learnt to coach and walk alongside others.

I have a wide variety of church experience, large and small, working in communities that come at the top of the socioeconomic data, and currently in one that is the opposite end, a deprived estate highlighted by the local council for extra support.

I'm currently a curate in the Church of England, but have previously been a Salvation Army Officer and spent time in the Methodist church, so am used to different worship styles and churchmanship. For over 20 years I worked for Tearfund as a Learning and Development consultant supporting leaders and staff in their work. There I learnt the importance of working with the local community in partnership, something my current church models well.

I am passionate about helping others to learn and make their own decisions about what they are doing; I believe that relationships help that to happen. As a mentor I learn every time I have a conversation with a mentee because we are going on a journey of learning together. You will bring knowledge of your church and community, I will bring an open mind, a framework for conversation and a curiosity to explore the resources and topics suggested. I will learn too, and that will enrich my ministry.

Details

Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact: juliecouchmanboor@gmail.com

Accepting 1-2 mentees

Paul and Jane Roper

We are congregational leaders of a church plant in central Manchester. Our heart is to reach our local (ethnically and socially diverse) community, which is helped by our meeting in the local library rather than a church building.

We were part of the original planting team, from Holy Trinity Platt, and were involved in working out what ‘Church’ looked like in our new context. This church plant was divided after five years, in July 2015, when it became too large to be a small community church and we became Congregational Leaders of one of the divided halves - effectively planting a new church in a different location.

We strongly believe that small churches/congregations are a great way of living out being the body of Christ in the local community.

Jane is a retired teacher and is able to use her time during the working week to run or help with various church activities which are primarily community based. Paul is an accountant.

We have a wide experience of informal coaching, mentoring and training both in a large church context, and within our church plant. Likewise in our professional capacity and respective working environments as teacher and accountant.

As Myriad mentors we would hope to both encourage and support those who are starting out, or are in the early stages of, church planting, as those who have trod a similar path before you.

We are happy to mentor as individuals or as a couple. We can be contacted using the email address below.

Details

Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical

Contact: janeroper@thisfish.net

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Shiela Porter

I live in an East Kent village with my husband, Martin. I lead a missional community and over many years have also helped to release, empower and equip others to start and lead new missional communities and microchurches in various contexts. I have seen the way God has released amazing creativity as everyday people ‘go and make disciples’.

I have significant experience mentoring ordinands, curates (with an emphasis on pioneering) during the course of their training and Missional Community leadership teams.I also enjoy and spend much time studying and sharing missiological insights with other groups, churches and networks.

I love seeing lay leaders flourish and for the new things to which God is calling them gain traction and grow. I know first hand that challenges are part of the deal when bringing new things into being. I also know the value myself of having someone who is my ‘champion’ and I love being able to do likewise for others.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact: shiela.porter@icloud.com

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Steve Kelly

I have been in church leadership for almost 25 years, and I have a heart to see people becoming passionate disciples who offer their lives wholeheartedly to Jesus and join in His mission to transform lives and communities. Discipleship and mission are the task of the whole people of God, so I love to see people growing, serving, and stepping up in community. At the heart of such communities should be prayer, worship, and a reliance on the leading and power of the Holy Spirit.

I want to offer mentoring to others, sharing out of some of my own experience gained as a pioneer minister and church planter. This includes making mistakes! I can offer a ‘safe space’ to ‘talk out loud’ about both the challenges and opportunities that lay church planters might face and to discern together where the Holy Spirit might be leading. I also bring broad leadership experience, which has included coaching and mentoring lay leaders and teams, and discerning vision.

I’m passionate about keeping prayer, stillness, and contemplation at the heart of ministry. I believe we should be led by Jesus not driven by circumstances. I can provide prayer and encouragement to stay ‘rooted and grounded’ in the deep love of Jesus.

I have attended the CPAS/Peterborough Diocese mentor training course for the Missional Leadership Course. I have also mentored/coached other pastors and Christian leaders, this includes experience of group/team coaching and mentoring.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact steve.kelly@alcesterminster.org

Carol Miller

Lay church planting is of great importance to me. I have first hand experience of coaching and living out the lay planter life, particularly when I came to Edinburgh from the US, as part of a church planting team. I understand what it is to balance bi-vocational calling and received significant training around the financial element of lay church planting.

I am passionate about exploring the way that we each contribute uniquely to the expansion of the Kingdom. My key values are belonging and wholeheartedness. Like most, I personally wrestle issues of worthiness and ability, only to be reminded that in Jesus I am beloved, valued, and equipped. I am also passionate about the centrality of both the Word and Prayer in living out our call.

It is my great joy to identify strengths in others and help other church planters take practical steps to authentically fulfill their calling, centered in Jesus. Whilst the great commission calls to us all, the great romance is what drives our hearts and minds to lay down our lives for the Gospel. My training in Spiritual Disciplines with Fuller Theological has taught me to understand the keys of identifying Calling and being confident to lead out of that call.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact: caroljkinne@gmail.com

Fran Carabot

I am passionate about evangelism and sharing Jesus, and equipping everyday, ordinary people, to reach their full potential.

I am currently leading a church plant, which I planted into a redundant church building,as a volunteer lay leader in 2017. At that time the church was closed and deemed unsafe. Now if you mention St Margaret’s everyone knows it's a church that is active and alive. I was subsequently ordained in 2022 and I am now leading the church as a curate. St Margaret’s Community Church is diverse and multicultural, with a wide range of people of all ages. I am particularly passionate about small groups and discipleship.

I love to encourage and inspire others, particularly when they hear God calling them. I have a passion for seeing churches flourish and a heart to see many churches planted.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Conservative Evangelical

Contact: fran.carabott@stmagscc.uk

Charlotte Bayes

I have been part of my small, local, Anglican church in Norfolk since I was a child. As a young adult I experienced other denominations and larger churches but always felt God calling me back to the local church.

After starting a family, it became clear to me that the church was not meeting the needs of my young family. I got in touch with a flourishing local church and learned about the 'Garden' network. ‘Garden’ is a growing network of house churches, which is founded upon the question 'What does God want?'.

Being a teacher at that time, my life was very busy and I wasn’t sure how I would manage being a lay leader but I knew God would provide. Through the Garden network, I had support to plant a lay-lead Garden Church within my parish and alongside the traditional congregations. We meet in a cricket pavilion or village hall to worship, pray, learn, discuss, share food and build family. It provides another expression of church within our parish rather than an alternative.

I am currently working part-time for the Diocese of Norwich as a facilitator in the Church Planting and Revitalisation Programme. Day-to-day I now work with Revd Dave Lloyd and support churches to become more engaged with their communities and work alongside new church plants to encourage and observe their success.

I have passion to see churches reconnect with the biblical church in Acts 2:42 and I am excited to see God use the gifts within lay-people to build his kingdom. I would love to walk alongside others on a similar journey to mine.

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Denomination: Anglican

Church Tradition: Evangelical Charismatic

Contact: charlotte.bayes@dioceseofnorwich.org