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New Communications Enabler 

Mike Lowe300Mike Lowe, an experienced graphic designer who led a Baptist church for five years, has been appointed as the Baptist Union’s Communications Enabler

A background in visual communication saw Mike employed in a variety of design, communication and marketing roles before training for Baptist ministry.
 
In 2011 he became full-time minister at Boulton Lane Baptist Church, a church in a challenging urban setting in Derby, where he managed a food bank and a job club, and was co-chair of the All Christians Together Churches Together Group.  
 
Mike was appointed Communications Enabler earlier this year and began on a full-time basis in April. The role is situated within the Faith and Society Team, and involves overseeing all national communications from Baptists Together (both online and other media), the promotion of Home Mission, and developing links with Association teams.
 
‘I feel very blessed to have been called to this role, joining the established team in Faith and Society,’ Mike said.

‘We will build on the Baptists Together identity and do our best to communicate what God is doing and needs us to do as a Baptist family.

‘It is my vision that through continued development of all the ways we listen and communicate with each other, every church and minister within our Baptist Union will feel increasingly supported and part of this family.’
 
Mike trained in visual communication and subsequently worked for several large companies and organisations such as British Gas, Railtrack, NG Bailey, The Cabinet Office, The Department for Trade and Industry and Pendragon PLC.

He sensed the call to ministry and trained at Northern Baptist College, gaining a BA (Hons) in Contextual Theology, before becoming full-time minister at Boulton Lane (his placement church) in 2011.

The area suffers from deprivation, and although the church is small in membership it has significant community engagement. Mike helped set up and manage the ACT food bank, which provides thousands of food parcels to vulnerable people, and also managed the Christians Against Poverty Job Club, which emerged from the food bank ministry.
 
Stephen Keyworth, Faith and Society Team Leader, said, 'I'm delighted Mike has joined the Faith and Society Team. He has a variety of skills and experiences, and I'm looking forward to see how they'll come together in this new phase of ministry.'
 
Mike is married to Lisa, and they have two sons.