I'm Jodie Thorpe
and I represent Yorkshire Baptist Association. I am passionate about children and families growing closer to God by journeying together. I am an advocate of intergenerational church and long for this not to be tokenistic, but the genuine heart of the wider church family; to see and value everyone, of all ages, as a child of God.
Amie Buhari set up The Hebe Foundation (formally known as South London Youth Project) in 2007 after feeling for years the need to provide young people with activities that work towards developing their gifts and improving their lives in some way. Amie has over 25 years Youth Work and Management experience in various organisations such as theatre’s, environmental companies, TRA Associations, churches, youth clubs etc. Amie’s skills include Teaching, Facilitation, Project Management, Counselling, Events coordinator and she is also an Actress, Singer, Percussionist and Writer.
Maeve Whitchurch, I am employed by the South Eastern Baptist Association and am Passionate about seeing the younger generation disciple and encouraged in their faith and to encourage the ‘prophetic voice of the child’ to be heard in the church.
Jenni Entrican is currently Vice President of the European Baptist Federation. Privileged to be part of CYF Round Table as an accompanier as together we explore and are challenged as to how we value the spirituality of our children and young people as the people of God. Hobbies cycling and walking when I’m not travelling around Europe being richly blessed by our Baptist brothers and sisters there.
Sian Hancock has worked with children, young people and their families in a range of community settings over the years including church, pre school and primary school. She is Associate Tutor at Bristol Baptist College and Oasis College and a Trainer for Godly Play UK. She has a deep sense of calling to see children develop in their own spirituality and faith journey and is passionate to see churches embrace children and their families in new and creative ways as well as being more inclusive communities for children.
As well as teaching/training, Sian is a Young Victims’ Advocate for children and young people affected by crime, supporting them through the criminal justice system with a coping and recovery therapy. She is currently in the final stages of a professional doctorate in Practical Theology where her research has focussed on girls aged 7-14 years - their identity, world and faith. Any spare time she has, she enjoys sharing with her daughters and grandchildren, her neighbourhood book group and walking her King Charles Cavalier, Pippin.
Pete James is the Students & Young Adults Worker with The King's Cross Baptist Church and London Baptist Association. He also helps to coordinate the LBA's Children and Youth Work Forum which seeks to connect, support and resource churches across the capital in their children's youth and families ministries. He is passionate to see individuals, churches and groups work in collaboration to serve God's mission.
Steve Lock is first and foremost a champion for Children and Young People, and is passionate about enabling and equipping them to fulfil their potential. Over 30 years’ experience of motivation and development through drama, music and the creative arts, he has worked in schools, churches and youth clubs and is accustomed to building, managing and empowering teams to believe in a BIGGER God!
Sandra Crawford. I’ve been involved in youth work for over 30 years, I’m an ordained Youth Specialist Minister and currently I am ministering at two smaller churches: Youth Minister at Leyland Baptist Church and Messy Church Minister at Wigan Baptist Church. I love walking alongside children and young people, encouraging them to follow Jesus, serve him within their culture and amongst their peers, to be an active part of God’s family in the local and wider church and community.
Phil Barnard is Regional Minister Team Leader for the London Baptist Association. His commitment to the emerging generations goes right back to his first experiences of local church children's ministry and involvement in what was then called Crusaders (now Urban Saints). Throughout his pastoral ministry, he has been involved in youth cells, all-age worship, mentoring young leaders, schools work and community-based youth work - not to mention his now legendary role as Mr Sparkle within his former church toddler group, ‘Totally Tots’.
I’m Andrew Phillips and I am the Minister of Chelwood Baptist Church in Stockport, and the Children and Families Enabler for the NWBA. As a church we are on a journey to become fully intergenerational in all that we do. Through the frustration of this journey we have seen all ages move on in their faith journey and learn from each other. My wife and I also run the children’s ministry charity, Shine like Stars and when I’m not enjoying the company one our four daughters, I enjoy most sports and following Manchester City.
Amy Wearing is Youth Minister at St Peter's Baptist Church Worcester and representing HEBA. Amy is passionate about increasing the voice of young people in the local church. She is desperate to see the gifts of children and young people used to build the Kingdom of God!
Bob Morris is Youth and Children's pastor at Cirencester BC within WEBA. He is passionate to see young people reached, discipled and released to serve Jesus and to envision and encourage others who seek to do the same.
Mike Lowe is the Communications Enabler for Baptists Together. Prior to this role he was a Minister in Derby where he had a passion for working with children and young families. He now wants to enable the voices, passion and experience of this group to be heard across the country
Sarah Fegredo is the Minister of Hugglescote Community Church in Leicestershire. She has a degree in Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology. Prior to Hugglescote she worked with children and young people at Ruddington Baptist Church for more than ten years before joining West Bridgeford Baptist Church as Youth and Children’s Pastor. She has a passion for helping children and young people reach their God-given potential.
Andrew Ginn is the Lead Minister at Bunyan Baptist Church in Stevenage, and has been nurturing a passion to see children and young people sharing in all aspects of church life throughout his ministry. Andrew trained as a youth worker initially, and having worked in variety of churches and faith based organisations, he is excited about working with children, young people and adults to reimagine the way we do faith and live-out church. When not at work, Andrew will probably be running, drinking coffee, walking the dog with his wife, bingeing on a box set, or executing some ill-considered DIY.
Jemma Ponsford is a Secondary Schools Development Worker and SWYM (South West Youth Ministries) Area Coordinator in Plymouth.
Clare Hooper Children is Youth and Families Mission Developer for the Southern Counties Baptist Association. Clare's gifting enables her to connect with young people and those that are more on the margins.
Martin Sweet is director of Spinnaker Trust, an organisation with over 32 years’ experience, based in SE London, regularly supporting over 100 primary schools in London and the Southeast with RE, assemblies and much more. He represents Baptists Together on the Free Church Education Committee.
Melanie Pike is the Children & Families' Worker at Eastwood Baptist Church. She Studied Children and Families with practical theology at Bristol Baptist College.
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