Sharon balances her time between 3 roles - Freelance Mentor and Leadership Coach, Church Leader at a Baptist Church in Sheffield and Senior Tutor at Moorlands Midlands Centre Sharon was a medical scientist before going to Bible College and training in youth and children's ministry. She has been involved in youth and children's work in her local church for more than 25 years, also working for Crusaders and Scripture Union. She has taught at various Bible colleges in the UK and seeks to empower and equip people to reach their full potential in Christ.
John Drane has spent much of his adult life wrestling with the challenge of being a Christian in a rapidly changing culture.
For more than twenty years he has played a leading role in ecumenical thinking and action on mission, and is currently co-chair of the Mission Theology Advisory Group as well as being a Fellow of St John’s College, Durham, Visiting Scholar at Spurgeon’s College, and adjunct professor in practical theology at Fuller Seminary, California.
His many books include works on mission and cultural change, as well as introductions to the Old and New Testaments which have been translated into more than sixty languages.
Dr. Samuel R. Chand serves Pastors, ministries and businesses as a Leadership Architect and Change Strategist. Dr. Chand has served as senior Pastor, college President, Chancellor and President Emeritus. He personally consults, mentors and coaches some of the country's largest church Pastors, speaks regularly at leadership conferences, churches, corporations, Leadership Roundtables, Minister's Conferences, seminars and other leadership development opportunities. He is named in the top-30 global leadership Gurus list. His singular vision for his life is to Help Others Succeed. Dr. Chand develops leaders through Leadership Consultations, Leadership Resources - books/CDs and Leadership Speaking. Being raised in a pastor's home in India has uniquely equipped Dr. Chand to share his passion - that of mentoring, developing and inspiring leaders to break all limits - in ministry and the marketplace. (www.samchand.com)
As the director of the CPAS development team and Arrow, James lives and breathes what he teaches. More than just the raison d'etre for Arrow and Growing Leaders, James really does exist to help church leaders to be led more by Jesus, lead more like Jesus and lead more to Jesus.
A former associate minister and adviser in evangelism, since joining CPAS he has fulfilled a number of roles, written several books and courses, as well as having a four-year secondment to the Springboard evangelism initiative.
Energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to excellence give you a good handle on James.
On top of his work promoting leadership development throughout the Church, James has a busy life full of his wife and three children and a fitness regime driven by a love of sport.
Pieter Van Waarde
Pieter Van Waarde is the Senior Pastor at Woodcrest Chapel, Columbia, Missouri. Under his leadership, Woodcrest Chapel has received the distinguished “Small Business of the Year” Award in the non-for-profit sector from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Over the past fifteen years the average attendance has grown from 450 to 2200 weekend attendees (on two campuses).
Pieter is also the Executive Director and Senior consultant for Team Building Resources LLC. In this capacity he has taught at the University of Missouri Graduate School of Business on team-building and leadership development.
He has also authored two books entitled, “Building Ministry Teams that L.A.S.T.” and “unsettled” (to be released later this year).
Pieter has received his Masters in Business Administration and Masters in New Testament Studies from Regent University. He is married to Carol, they have three children and live in Columbia, Missouri since 1994.
Imagine Project DirectorLICC (London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) Neil began working with LICC as the Church-life Consultant on the Imagine Project in 2006 and took over as Imagine Project director in 2010. For the previous ten years he worked at Regents Theological College, serving there latterly as its Vice Principal. His main areas of teaching concerned the missiological relationship between the Church and wider society. He co-leads a church in Salford.
Murray was the pastor of Spreydon Baptist Church in Christchurch, New Zealand for 40 years along with his wife Marj and they saw a small struggling church grow to a worshipping congregation of over 1700 people. The church also gave birth to several other congregations and a large number of ministries in the local community along with an extensive commitment to mission overseas. He is now leading the development of the Leadership Network New Zealand.
Gillian’s background is in education and church leadership support and her passion is to enable others to fulfil their calling. Gillian has been involved in educational leadership, coaching, professional development and adult literacy teaching in the UK and New Zealand. She has a PGCE in Adult Teaching and Literacy and a Masters in Educational Leadership. She and her husband Tim belong to Riverside Church in Birmingham.
Ruth is the Director of Growing Younger at the Church of England – Birmingham and has oversight of the Children’s and Families’ Missioners programme within the Growing Younger initiative. Prior to this role, Ruth was Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship at St John’s, Harborne, and has also worked at CPAS as a Leadership Development Adviser, at CMS as their National Children’s Work Adviser, and spent a number of happy years as a Youth and Children’s Pastor at St Thomas’ in Lancaster. Ruth has an MA in Leadership, Renewal and Mission and is the author of Ready to Lead and Growing Young Leaders, as well the Growing Leaders – Youth Edition course. Ruth is a West Wing aficionado and loves spending time with good friends over good food.
Simon Benham is the Senior Pastor of Kerith Community Church, initially based in Bracknell in Berkshire. Kerith is a growing multi-site and multicultural church with people from over 40 different nations. The church has a strong emphasis on being Jesus to the local community, through social justice and a contemporary presentation of the gospel, as well as having an international focus, working with churches in a number of nations including Albania, Lithuania, Estonia and Zambia
Simon's first book “The Peach and the Coconut”, describing the culture of Jesus which Kerith is attempting to recreate, was published in September 2012.
Simon is married to Catrina and they have three children, Zak, Jacob and Alice. He also has two Labradors and supports Newcastle United!
In 2004 Back to Church Sunday was birthed and Michael Harvey started to work with churches across the UK and eventually throughout the English speaking world. He has spoken to thousands of church leaders in his seminars and has to date seen hundreds of thousands of Christians mobilised to invite, resulting in 1 million+ accepted invitations. He is author of the books Unlocking the Growth and Creating a Culture of Invitation in Your Church. As an itinerant speaker Michael has a ministry across18 countries and 5 continents.