The Team



Captain Gordon Banks
With many years experience as a Church Army Officer working in three Anglican dioceses in England, Gordon has a deep understanding of rural church and community life. Gordon is our chairman and 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., living and working in Kent.  Heather 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 Market Bosworth Free Church. 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.



CEO and Senior Mission Advisor


Rev. Barry Osborne is arguably one of the most experienced people in the UK working in rural mission and evangelism. As a young man he joined a rural evangelistic organisation conducting short-term outreaches at the request of village and country town churches across the UK. At the same time he began theological training. Church planting experience and an invitation to help a struggling church, broadened his ministry experience, adding Pastoral and Bible teaching to his gifts as an evangelist.


During that time Barry began researching and writing on such topics as Church Growth in Rural Areas and Church Planting in Rural Areas.  He also played a key part in establishing the national Rural Evangelism Network, which brings together representatives form national Churches and senior executives from Mission Agencies. Invitations to teach at Anglican and Baptist Theological Colleges followed.


After leaving that organisation, Barry co-founded Rural Mission Solutions (then known as Rural Sunrise). He is an ordained Congregational Minister and has served on various regional and national committees of the Congregational Federation, which at one time, included being its President.


He is the author of The Key to Effective Rural Evangelism and Rural Evangelism in the 321st Century, and a host of magazine articles


Churches Mission Advisor


Captain David Wells is an experienced Church Army evangelist and joined the team in late 2020.  He is particularly involved in our Mission Can Be Fun programmes and has helped to develop our online ministry. David is available to work with churches and offer on-going support as they develop their own mission strategies for mission.


Children and Families Advisor


Joy Howells, is a former school headteacher and serves as our consultant for ministry to and with children.  Joy has a wide experience working in both an Anglican and free church context, bringing a wealth of understanding and experience working with children.


Support Team

Behind the field workers there are those whose work ensures efficiency and effectiveness.  Martin Scheller is the Operations Manager with responsibility for the efficient management of the charity.  He is the link with our supporters and responsible for the website and social media.  Woking alongside with him is the Rev'd Bruce Johnson.  Bruce is a special advisor for our ministry within the Church of England, and serves as the Team Chaplain.







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