Leadership Team



Capt Gordon Banks
Gordon is a Church Army Officer and works as Stafford Area Mission & Growth Partner within the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield.  He has a deep understanding of rural life and previously worked with the Dioceses of Truro and Chichester.  He has a passion for evangelism as part of a balanced commitment to mission.


Canon Elizabeth Ingram

Elizabeth is a Lay Conon in the Diocese of Peterborough and has particular expertise in issues regarding safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.  Elizabeth now lives close to the New Forest.


Mr Chris Knott

Chris is CEO of Starfish Malawi and was formerly Principal of an Insurance Company serving many churches and Christian organisations.  Chris is an active member of the Baptist Church in his village in Kent.


Rev Jim Mullin

Jim is the Minister of Haddenham Baptist Church in Cambridgeshire.  He has a heart for rural mission.  A few years ago, he used a sabbatical to undertake research into partnership between rural and urban churches.


Rev Graham Wise

Graham serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He is a retired Baptist Minister and former National Rural Adviser for that denomination.  He now lives in Devon.


Mr Tim Woodward

Tim is an Independent Financial Adviser and a Lay Reader in the Anglican Diocese of Bristol.  Tim and his wife served as Rural Missioners for a few years after completing theological studies and he retains a strong concern for rural ministry and mission.

Barry Osborne

Barry Osborne - Rural Mission Adviser

Arguably one of the most experienced people in rural mission and evangelism, Barry serves as the senior staff member.  He brings many years of experience working with many churches of various denominations in short-term mission outreach programmes.  He also researches, writes and teaches rural mission.


He is an ordained minister within the Congregational Federation (one of the oldest non-conformist denominations) but he has served Anglican Dioceses and Parish Churches and other Free Churches very acceptably.  Within his own denomination he serves as Chair of their Inter-Church Board, as a member of the Pastoral Care Board, and is a former President.


Barry's passion is to encourage churches to develop bespoke programmes of mission within the communities where they are located.  He is also a keen networker.  If he does not know the solution to a problem, he will almost certainly know who or what that is.


More about Barry


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Rural Missions Solutions

Centre for Rural Mission
4 Clarence Street
Market Harborough
LE16 7NE

Tel: 07720 322 213
E-mail: info@RuralMissionSolutions.org.uk


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Lots of Great Ideas!

Take a look at our Free Online Seminars section where you will find video recordings of past webinars together with handouts.  Great if you missed a webinar but attending one is always better.

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Local Rural Mission Consultation

An excellent way for helping rural church leaders.  Why not consider one for your area?

Oxford Diocese - Mission & Discipleship Event

Find the Paper and supporting PowerPoint presentation relating to the event organised by the Diocese of Oxford.

Rural Evangelism Survey Report

The results of a survey into rural evangelism can be found on News and Events section.

No Ordinary Man

Check out the section on "No Ordinary Man".  We are giving away hundreds of copies of this excellent book to rural churches in the UK.

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