The Team



Capt Gordon Banks
Gordon, Chairman of Trustees, 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.


Mrs Heather Frederick

Heather joined the team in 2017 with a background in charity administration.  Ahe lives and works in Kent, and is also a trustee of a small rural mission organisation seeking closer links with Rural Mission Solutions.


Canon Elizabeth Ingram

Elizabeth is a Lay Canon 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 is a retired Baptist Minister and former National Rural Adviser for the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland.  He now lives in Devon.



Barry Osborne

Barry Osborne - Rural Mission Adviser

Arguably one of the most experienced people in rural mission and evangelism, Barry serves as CEO and Company Secretary.  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) and has served Anglican Dioceses and Parish Churches and other Free Churches very acceptably.  Within his own denomination he has served 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


Children & Families Ministry

This apect of our ministry is supervised by Joy Howell, a fomer headteacher, who brings significant experience working in both an Anglican and Free Church context.  Joy has nly recently joined the team and we are still exploring how to make the best use of her talents and experience.  Se our section on Children and Families for more information

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