Capt 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. 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., 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 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.
CEO ad Mission Advisor
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 outraches at the requst 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 his time in that mission he 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 representatoives form national Churches and senior executives from Mission Agencies. Invitation 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 also an ordained Congregational Minister and has served on various regional and national committees of the Congregational Federation,and as its President.
He is the author of The Key to Effective Rural Evangelism and Rural Evangelism in the 321st Century, and many magazine articles
Children and Families Advisor
Joy Howells, a former school headteacher seves as our consultant for ministry to and with children Joy has experience working in both an Anglican and free church context. We benefit from her experience and talents.