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Team biographies

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Gill Ambrose Mary Hawes Steve Morgan-Gurr
Maggie Barfield Doug Horley Alex Owen
Simon Bass Chris Hudson Martyn Payne
Marie Bensley Ishmael Sue Price
Catherine Butcher Nick Jackson Sharon Prior
Jane Butcher Ed Jones Dave Roberts
Ali Campbell Krish Kandiah Andy Saunders
Lorne Campbell Cathy Kyte Sarah Smart
Alan Charter Geraldine Latty Lianne Smith
Terry Clutterham Jane Leadbetter Jo Squires
Carolyn Edwards Margaret Lilley John Stephenson
Paul Fenton Steve Macbeth Amy Stock
James Hamilton Mark & Lindsay Melluish Matt Summerfield
Sian Hancock Sandra Millar Alexa Tewkesbury
Richard Hardy Lucy Moore Heather Thompson
Bob Hartman Phil Moore Ian White
Ruth Hassall Kay Morgan-Gurr

Gill Ambrose
Gill is the editor of ROOTS Adult & All Age and a passionate advocate of all-age worship. A member of the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission, she was the Children’s Adviser for Ely diocese for 21 years and has worked with children in the church throughout her adult life.


Maggie Barfield
Maggie is Scripture Union’s Creative Developer (Children), responsible for the children’s publishing list. She’s recently been busy researching new ways of helping children engage with the Bible, creating a children’s strand for the BibleFresh Essential 100 challenge. She created the Tiddlywinks brand for under-5s, developed Bubbles curriculum, and produced the award-winning Bible Storybook series.


Simon Bass 
Simon is CEO of CCPAS. CCPAS is a partner agency of CEOP, and Simon is a member of the UKCCIS. CCPAS has been at the forefront nationally in pioneering safeguarding procedures and recently produced a range of new material to help adults and children with today’s challenges.  


Marie Bensley
An experienced schoolteacher, Marie now concentrates on leading worship dance workshops for the Christian Dance Fellowship in churches and schools. She has extensive experience in working with children, and those with learning difficulties at Spring Harvest. She has taught in Australia, USA and Malaysia at the International Christian Arts Conferences.

Catherine Butcher
Catherine is editor of Britain’s best-selling Christian magazine, Families First, which encourages strong marriages, good parenting and active faith. As well as editing magazines and writing books, during home-based years caring for her children she chaired a local charity, ran a women’s breakfast club and served as a school governor.

Jane Butcher
Jane originally trained as a teacher before moving into children’s & youth ministry. She worked in the USA & then at St. John’s Church, Harborne. In 2007 she joined the BRF team where the key aspect of her role is within the area of Faith at Home but she is also involved in Schools ministry and Messy Church.

Ali Campbell

Ali is husband to the lovely Lisa and dad to Hannah and Ellie. He is the Adviser for work with children and young people in the Diocese of Chichester and has been involved in work with children and young people in a variety of settings for 24 years.

Lorne Campbell
Since the 1990’s Lorne has written and developed several resources, watched hours of DVDs and eaten lots of pizza all in the line of youth and children’s work. He wants to help reduce the fear and increase the fun in working with children and young people.


Alan Charter

Alan is Associate Director at Scriture Union England and Wales and part-time Director of Children Matter! He ispassionate about helping children to meet Jesus and getting others to do the same. He is partner in crime with Claire in parenting four endlessly energetic children.


Terry Clutterham

Terry s the Director of Ministry at Scripture Union England and Wales, covering schools, holidays, missions, trainign, church-based ministry and publishing. He is passionate about helping children explore the Bible and for strengthening disciple-making in churches. Terry is also on the executive group of Children Matter!

Carolyn Edwards

Carolyn is an experienced Children’s Ministry practitioner, and senior lecturer at Oxford CYM. She writes material for Scripture Union and is about to publish her first book with IVP. She is a proud mother of two teenage girls and a younger boy, and loves coffee and laughter with friends.  

Paul Fenton
Paul is the Principal of Oasis College, London. He has been working with children, young people and families for twenty years as well as having four children of his own. Paul was a field worker for Scripture Union for ten years before working as a director, training manager and then lecturer in children’s services.

James Hamilton
As the director of Relive Resources, James tours the UK and abroad, working in schools, churches and at children’s ministry events and conferences. As a trained actor, James has been involved in kids’ ministry for the past 14 years and is the leader of ‘Freerunners’ – the 8-11’s programme at Spring Harvest.

Sian Hancock
Sian leads the Children and Family Degree for Centre for Youth Ministry, based at Bristol Baptist College. Experience with children across the ages in education and church has developed her vision to empower children’s spirituality and faith through their thinking and learning. Her two daughters bring much joy as well as the usual parenting challenges! 

Richard Hardy
Richard is a Baptist Minister. He has worked for Care for the Family and is now Director of Entheos Consulting - inspiring churches to connect to community. He has been a Toddler Group Leader and through CFF’s Playtime Conferences has spoken about effective engagement with 1000s of Toddler Leaders. 

Bob Hartman

Bob is the senior minister of Emmanuel Christian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been a professional storyteller for over 20 years, travelling widely across the world. Bob is the author of over 50 books including the best-selling Lion Storyteller Bible, Telling the Bible, Telling the Gospel, Best Mates and All-Age Worship.

Ruth Hassall
Ruth is a leadership development adviser at CPAS where she focuses on enabling churches to think through developing people of all ages in leadership. She has spent a number of years training and resourcing leaders of children and young people. Ruth is the author of Ready to Lead, Growing Young Leaders and Growing Leaders – Youth Edition.

Mary Hawes

The Revd Mary Hawes is the Church of England National Children’s Adviser and has many years experience as a writer, speaker, thinker and practitioner of work with children. She is continually encouraging the church to think deeply about children and young people.


Doug Horley

Doug, aka Duggie Dug Dug, has a national and international ministry working with children and families and is a writer and song writer. He travels extensively putting on family concerts, all age services and children's worker training. His songs, DVDs and books are used in churches around the planet!

Chris Hudson
As a member of BRF’s Barnabas Team, Chris travels the North-East encouraging schools and churches to be creative when exploring Christianity with children. He visits 50 schools every year, training teachers and taking pupils on a spiritual journey using drama, storytelling and music. He would like to have more time.


Ish has been involved in Christian music since 1970. He has written and recorded over 400 songs, released around 40 albums and written many books. As well as being the ‘Missioner Deacon’ at Chichester Cathedral he still enjoys travelling and leading praise parties, family services and training days in churches. In 2008 Ish was diagnosed with leukaemia and is now in remission.

Nick Jackson
Nick is part of the Powerpack Ministries team and also leads kids teams at Spring Harvest, Faith Camp and Grapevine. He lives with his wife and two young children in Oxford where he runs an after-school club, leads community events, schools work with Love Oxford (city-wide event) and fresh expressions of church in the community.

Ed Jones
Ed is the Executive Director of Arise Ministries, a Christian charity seeking to support and assist churches in their outreach to children. Prior to working for Arise Ministries, Ed served as a pastor at Beulah Baptist Church in Bexhill, for five years.

Krish Kandiah 
Krish is an Executive Director at the Evangelical Alliance. He has worked in Albania as a missionary, in Oxford University as a lecturer and Harrow as a church leader. He is married to Miriam and together they have five children. He is an author, evangelist, foster parent and blogger -

Cathy Kyte
Cathy has worked with children and families for many years both in church and wider settings. She is the author of various publications, including Children’s Ministry Guide to leading a Child to Christ. Cathy works for Mothers’ Union, where she is involved in initiatives for nurturing faith in the family.


Geraldine Latty

Geraldine has been involved in leading worship a major events in the UK and overseas since the 1990s although, until 2000, she was still heading up the music department of a school in Bristol. She also works with teenage mothers, runs a community gospel choir, coaches youth drama groups, writes songs and records albums.

Jane Leadbetter
Jane has recently joined BRF's Messy Church Team after being Children's Adviser for the Diocese of Liverpool. As the recent Child Friendly Church Award Co-ordinator, an ex-primary school teacher and Scout leader, she is passionate about the place of the child in the church and about bringing families together.

Margaret Lilley
Margaret works for Scripture Union as the Team Leader for the South West. She’s married to Chris and has two grown-up children. Margaret has a real passion to see children develop a relationship with Jesus. She really enjoys running residential holidays, taking primary school assemblies and being a school governor.

Steve Macbeth

Steve has been performing magic tricks for over 10 years and has been professional for the past seven. His passion is to see people of any age encounter Jesus and his story in creative ways. As well as travelling as a performer, Steve runs Tricks for Truth, a gospel magic company.

Mark & Lindsay Melluish
Mark and Lindsay Melluish live with their five children in West London where they lead St Paul’s, Ealing, a church that has a significant ministry to young families. They are also on the national leadership team of New Wine. Together they have written and pioneered the Family Time Parenting Children Course.

Sandra Millar
As Children’s Officer in the Diocese of Gloucester, Sandra resources CofE parishes in their ministry with children and families. She’s worked with children’s leaders and children all over the world both long ago and far away. Sandra keeps in touch with contemporary culture (i.e likes TV and magazines) and lives exclusively with a small black poodle called Archie.  

Lucy Moore
Lucy is BRF's Messy Church Team Leader and has been on BRF's Barnabas Team for nine years, opening up the Bible with children and families through drama and storytelling in church and school settings.

Phil Moore
Phil works for London City Mission as the short term programmes manager and leads training and fun days through Capital kids. Phil has a passion for reaching inner city children with the Gospel. He is married to Jo and has four children and is a special needs assistant at his church.

Kay Morgan-Gurr
Kay is married to Steve and together they are General Directors of Children Worldwide. Before becoming a children’s Evangelist she worked as a nurse with children who have special needs. She is passionate about all children being included in church life - regardless of abilities or needs.

Steve Morgan-Gurr
Alongside his wife Kay, Steve is a full-time children’s evangelist. This work includes being a songwriter, ventriloquist puppeteer, and voluntary General Director of Children Worldwide. Using puppets in diverse situations like school assemblies, Spring Harvest and church all-age worship, he loves encouraging and training others to do the same.

Alex Owen
Alex works as a Senior Lecturer at Oasis College with specific responsibility for the Children’s and Family Support Work courses. She is passionate about training and mentoring students to work with children both inside and outside of the church. Her previous experience includes working as a Children and Youth Minister for a local church.

Martyn Payne
Martyn has been part of BRF’s Barnabas team since 2003. Previously Martyn taught in London for 18 years and then worked for 8 years with the Church Mission Society as its National Children’s Work Co-ordinator. He has written books for Barnabas and was also part of the writing team for More Core Skills for Children’s Work (2010).

Sue Price

As Conference Director, Sue works closely with the many organisations that resoure and engage with aspects of children's and family ministries. She has been working with children of all ages in her church for 25 years, is the author of several books relating to children's ministry, is a member of the executive of Children Matter! and is connected to Ray of Hope, Amazon, helping to train people in Amazonian villages who want to work with children.

Sharon Prior
Sharon is the Course Leader of the Diploma in Children’s Evangelism and Nurture and the BA in Children’s and Youth Ministry at Cliff College. She works as a freelance trainer developing youth and children’s workers around the country. She is the cofounder of Sophia Network which supports and resources women in youth and children’s work. It also encourages girls to develop in leadership.  

Dave Roberts

Dave helped pioneer the first Children's Ministry conferences in 1990, having previously been invloved in running other events and conferences. He also helped launch Youthwork magazine and is the author of several books including God's Plan for Children. Dave is also a member of the Children's Matter! executive.


Andy Saunders

Andy works part time for the Diocese of Winchester as the Children’s and Family Advisor. He also works on other projects to support children and families. Andy leads an SU holiday called Chattabox in the summer. He worked for SU for 17 years, and now supports them in their work at Spring Harvest. He's married to Claire and they have 2 children.


Sarah Smart
Sarah works for Scripture Union as part of the South East Regional team. She has a passion for children’s ministry and seeing God work in the lives of children no matter how old they are. Sarah is married to Russ and spends quite a bit of her time in Starbucks!

Lianne Smith
Lianne is married to Phil and they have two children. The need to nurture and grow young disciples is the motivating force of Lianne’s ministry and she feels blessed that her role with Scripture Union allows her to play a part in inspiring, equipping and empowering others to do the same.


Jo Squires

Jo lives in Birmingham with husband Steve and daughter Matilda. She likes music; hanging out with Matilda; watching CSI; having fun with friends and eating… especially grapefruit, chicken tikka jalfrezi, and white chocolate mice! Jo is co-director of BIG Ministries, aiming to serve churches by producing God-focused, fun and challenging events and resources.

John Stephenson

John has been involved in children’s and youth ministry for over 30 years as a teacher, Sunday volunteer, schools worker and holiday leader. He’s employed by Scripture Union leading an extensive team of staff and volunteers in the north of England and is married with 3 grown up children.  

Amy Stock

Amy is director of, a project that resources, inspires and trains Christian visitors to schools. Passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and young people through work in schools, when she’s not writing resources or updating the website, she can be found taking assemblies or drinking coffee in staffrooms in Luton.

Matt Summerfield
Matt is passionate about children living God’s great adventure for their lives. As well as being the Executive Director of Urban Saints (formerly Crusaders) he also leads the 11-18s outreach work of his local church. Matt is also the chair of the Children Matter! executive.


Alexa Tewkesbury

An author, storyteller and actor, Alexa has written many books for children, including CWR’s Topz Secret Diaries and the new Pens daily devotionals. She also wrote It’s A Boy! (UK Christian Book Award winner 2006), together with the screenplay for the animated version, and features on the soundtrack.

Heather Thompson

Heather is the founder and director of Powerpack Ministries and works both in the UK and overseas in countries such as Thailand, Argentina, Italy, South Africa, Romania and the USA as a children’s ministry consultant, training and inspiring leaders and churches, leading children's meetings and writing resources.


Ian White

Ian acts as the Programme Leader for the Children’s and Youth Work part-time courses at Cliff College. His own experience in children’s ministry has been via Scripture Union, Lay Witness and his local church. His current work is located further afield in the Middle East. Much of that work is among disadvantaged and disabled children.  


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