About

About Us

Our team at the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication is led by the Bishop of Islington, the Rt Revd Ric Thorpe. In 2015, Bishop Ric was consecrated as the Bishop of Islington in order to support the Diocese of London’s goal of creating new worshipping communities across the capital. Since 2015, our team has grown and we now support leaders and church teams across London, England and beyond as they look to multiply disciples, congregations and movements.

Our Team

Our team, led by the Bishop of Islington, exists to support leaders and church teams across London, England and beyond to multiply disciples, congregations and movements. We are based at St Edmund the King in the City of London, where the majority of our courses are held.

Ric Thorpe

Bishop of Islington

Bishop Ric is responsible for the London Diocesan goal of creating 100 New Worshipping Communities by 2020 and also works nationally to support other dioceses to plant new churches. Previously, Bishop Ric was the Bishop of London’s Adviser for Church Planting and the Rector of St Paul’s Shadwell. He is married to Louie and they have three children.

H Miller

Head of Development

H works closely with teams in the development stage of church planting, overseeing the coaching programme and grant funding. He also serves as Associate Vicar at St. Barnabas Kensington. He is married to Shelly and they have two children.

Andrea Bleakley

Bishop of Islington’s PA

Andrea organises the diary, meetings, finance and administration for Ric as well as looking after the rest of team. She lives in North London with her family.

Darren Wolf

Church Growth

Darren oversees the work on church growth for the team. He is also the Associate Minister at Christ Church Spitalfields. He lives in East London and he's married to Rachel.

Inger Lannero

Operations

Inger plans and coordinates the work of the Centre for Church Multiplication. She has been part of three church plants in London (Acton, Shadwell and Hampton Wick) and has a heart for intercession. She is married to Henrik and they have teenage twins.

Ros Hoare

Relationship Manager

Ros supports city centre resource churches across the country. She is actively involved in mission at her church St Barnabas North London, as well as being a church warden there. She's married to John and lives in Enfield.

Sharon Whitmarsh

Relationship Coordinator

Sharon is the Support and Relationship Coordinator for church planting. Supporting H Miller, she’s a point of contact for support, development and communication for church planters in London. She lives with her family in Northwood.

Philippa Guy

Communications

Philippa looks after the communications for the team. She joined St Saviour’s Church, Wendell Park in West London to help with planting a new family and youth service for the local area. Philippa also works as a private tutor and freelance writer.

Catherine Ellerby

Church Growth

Catherine works with Darren to support the work on church growth. This includes encouraging churches to join a Grow Course, and overseeing the administration and running of these courses. She lives with her family in North London.

Phil Hoyle

Pioneer

Phil Hoyle is a pioneer priest and member of the 'Room' Community in Shepherds Bush. As an Islington Associate, Phil helps support the network of missional communities springing up across London and beyond, as well as heading up the School of Pioneers with Mark Bishop.

Mark Bishop

Pioneer

Mark is an Ordained Pioneer Minister. He planted a missional community in Acton Vale, a council estate in West London. He works closely with the Lee Abbey Movement and Tierra Neuva Europe. As an Islington Associate, Mark supports the network of missional communities in London and beyond, as well as looking after our School of Pioneers with Phil Hoyle.

Islington Associates

John Valentine

Associate

John Valentine is married to Catherine, and they have two children. John is the Rector of St George's Holborn, a church plant from Holy Trinity Brompton. St George's have planted two further churches (in partnership with others) in the last 10 years. John has written the book, 'Follow Me', on Christian discipleship.

Toria Gray

Associate

As the National Church Planting Course Developer, Toria helps to lead the London Plant Course and is making it accessible to planting teams across the UK. She also works as a strategic coach for churches, charities and small businesses as a Director of Newlands Ventures. She is married to Matt and lives in Guildford with two teenage boys.

Andy Blacknell

Associate

Andy has helped lead the Plant Course with the Bishop of Islington since it began in 2013. He develops and delivers the sessions on strategic planning, leading change and recruiting and building your team. He also works with the Church Commissioners and various other dioceses on their strategic plans as well consulting around strategy and change in the private sector. He is the co-author of 'Leaders' Journal' and 'LEAD: 50 models for success in work and life.'

Winfield Bevins

Associate

Winfield Bevins is passionate about equipping others for missional engagement in a post-Christian context. He is Director of Church Planting at Asbury Seminary and also serves as Director of Re-missioning for Fresh Expressions US. As a seasoned practitioner, he has used his experience to train leaders from around the world. He is the author of several books including 'Church Planting Revolution'. He and his wife Kay have three beautiful girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline.

Christian Selvaratnam

Associate

Christian Selvaratnam is the leader of G2, a church plant in York, and also Director of Networks at Alpha UK. He is a priest in the Church of England and an Ordained Pioneer Minister. He is also a part-time doctoral student researching ancient models of apprenticeship and their relevance to training church planters today. He is the author of the short guide 'Alpha as a Church Planting Tool.' Christian is married to Amanda and they have three children.

Helen Shannon

Associate

In 2010 Helen and her team planted an estates church where she lives in North London called church@five, which she still leads today. She also is one of the founding trustees and Projects Director for Hope North London; and she is an Associate Minister at St Barnabas North London. Her vision is for there to be a worshipping community on every estate in London. Helen is married to Mark and they have six kids.

Our Partners

We are hugely grateful for the support of Allchurches Trust and Porters Trust, who help to make our work possible.

Bishop of Islington’s office

T: 0203 837 5275
E: info@ccx.org.uk

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