This team takes an overview of the network, seeking God for strategic direction. It takes responsibility for shaping and organising the annual Fresh Streams Conference, developing the Fresh Streams ‘Rhythm of the Year’, including regular Prayer and Fasting Days, and building relationships with all our Fresh Streams partners – and other networks that share our vision and values. This team is supported by those with specific administration gifts and skills.
We aim to keep the team flexible and effective – we expect there would be a flow in and out of the leadership team so that strategic reflection can take place, the vision and values of Fresh Streams are maintained and insights from Fresh Streams partners are heard and valued.
The leadership team currently is:
- Philip Deller — Senior Minister, Chipping Campden Baptist Church
- Mark Elder — Senior Minister of St Peter’s Baptist Church
- Andy Glover — Team Leader, Hoole Baptist Church, Chester
- Ruth Rice — Pastoral Leader, New Life Baptist Church, West Bridgford
- Ali Summers — Minister with responsibility for discipleship and spiritual growth, Rising Brook Baptist Church
- Martin Young — Senior Minister and Team Leader, Rising Brook Baptist Church Stafford
Read more about the members of the leadership team, and how they can help you, by clicking on their names below:
Andy and Sue have been married since 1988 and they have lived in Hoole – and been at Hoole Baptist Church – for the past 26 years — all of their married life! Through this time Andy’s role has changed considerably: he was Youth Pastor, then became the Pastor and now is known as the Team Leader. He is an accredited Baptist Union Minister.
Sue spent 16 years teaching at what was St James’ Junior school and then Hoole Primary School. Sue now works 3 days a week combining her time as a RE Consultant for East Cheshire Local Authority and for Chester Diocese. On her other 2 working days she is working closely with Andy in leading HBC, with oversight of Prayer, Prophetic and Creative areas within the church, and in their work across Chester. HBC is committed to the process of developing a Discipleship Culture with Missional Communities becoming one of the primary vehicles for expressing this.
Andy helped set up and now helps lead a relational network of churches of all denominations and streams from Cheshire West and Chester called Link Up. Link Up has been described as a unity movement and it has discipleship groups for ‘church leaders’, prayer breakfasts, Faith Forums, leaders days, and oversees and facilitates number of “joint church” community projects across West Cheshire.
Andy is part of the leadership team for Fresh Streams.
When not working, Andy and Sue enjoy reading, going to the cinema, and eating out. Andy also suffers from an incurable condition known as Stoke-City-itis which renders him unwell for most of the football season.
How could they help you?
Andy and Sue have over 20 years of church leadership experience working together and would love to talk with/encourage/mentor others in leadership, especially if you are looking to transition your church towards a more Discipleship and Missional emphasis or you have a vision for a husband/wife team ministry. Explore the church website and contact them via email, or phone 01244 312037.
How does Andy understand apostolic ministry? “It’s clear to me that being an apostle was of key importance to Paul’s self-understanding in the New Testament. Broadly speaking, it describes a trans-local ministry, planting, encouraging, and resourcing other leaders and churches: thinking Kingdom as well as local church. I consider it to be of crucial importance, given our local church independence, that this ministry is offered in a spirit of humility and generosity without even a hint of an authoritarian approach.”
Philip Deller is Team Leader at Chipping Campden Baptist Church, in the Cotswolds. CCBC has grown significantly over the past 15 years and has planted two congregations in the nearby towns of Shipston on Stour and Bidford on Avon. Philip is the founder of ‘Cornerstone Churches’ which are a cluster of local Baptist Churches in the area which share a common vision, resources and covenant on a yearly basis to walk together for the sake of the kingdom of Christ.
Philip explains “Apostolic ministry must be about God’s mission. That’s what it is through the pages of the New Testament, and that’s what it is today. Apostolic ministry inspires challenges, encourages and focuses on the Kingdom. I believe that God’s command to the first man and woman, “Be fruitful and multiply”, is a creation principle for all Kingdom work. The accent is not on the individual carrying out the ministry, but on the ministry itself, hence our preference for using the term ‘apostolic ministry’ rather than the noun ‘apostle’.”
Ali has been married to Dave for 24 years and has two children Dan, 19 and Hannah 16. Previously a secondary school teacher, in 2003 she became one of the ministers at Rising Brook Baptist Church in Stafford and is currently responsible for overseeing and encouraging spiritual growth, discipleship and pastoral care and prayer ministry across the church. She oversees the leadership and discipleship training and the growth of clusters and small groups and is passionate about seeing people develop and grow into the people God made them to be.
Martin is Senior Minister and Team Leader of Rising Brook Baptist Church, Stafford. He is passionate about mission and community, both locally and internationally, with a special interest in India.