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About the Churches and Organisations

Want to know more about each of the Churches and Christian Organisations who are behind the envisioning and opening of Saints? Read on below to hear a bit from each member of our steering group.

Alison Evans

Revd Alison Evans - Holy Trinity Attleborough Church

Visit the Holy Trinity website here

Allan Smith
Revd Allan Smith - Nuneaton United Reformed Church

Revd Allan Smith - Nuneaton United Reformed Church

Allan is a United Reformed Church Minister and currently leads a group of four churches in North Warwickshire, including Nuneaton URC. Before moving to Nuneaton, he was University Chaplain and Head of Chaplaincy at the University of Hertfordshire for a little over 20 years, where he was involved with the building and establishment of ‘The Key’, a purpose built multi faith centre, and established a multi faith team of chaplains. He was previously part of setting up a retreat centre on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in Northumberland.

Allan originally trained in bioscience at Bristol and Cambridge before God called him into ministry. Over the intervening years he has continued to be committed to learning, with study at Newcastle (in Applied Theology) and Hertfordshire (where he gained his doctorate). He is currently the Secretary of the Society for Reformation Studies.

Allan’s other interests include American football, both as a player and now a coach. He has coached with Nuneaton’s local team, the Etone Jaguars, and will be joining the Coventry University Jets as Defensive Line Coach for their 2019-2020 debut in the BUCS Premier League. He is also a keen canoeist, which has taken him to wilderness areas in North America and Scandinavia (as well as our local canals!).

He is excited about the Saints project, and is looking forward to seeing what God has in store for Nuneaton as we work together to bring transformation to the heart of the town.

Visit the Nuneaton URC website here

Dustin
Dustin Fruge - Youth With a Mission (YWAM) The Kings Lodge

Dustin Fruge - Youth With a Mission (YWAM) The Kings Lodge

Hi! My name is Dustin Frugé and I am one of the Directors at Youth With A Mission The King’s Lodge. Youth With A Mission is a global organization working to make a difference locally and internationally through evangelism, training, and mercy ministry. Youth With A Mission has had a presence in Nuneaton for over 30 years. We have had a growing interest in focusing our outreach into the local community. We are so blessed by Together For Change and this project as it provides a wonderful opportunity for our staff to be involved and to lead training and programs in our local community. We look forward to what God has for this project in the coming years!

Visit the Kings Lodge website here

Frank Seldon
Revd Frank Seldon - All Saints Chilvers Coton

Revd Frank Seldon - All Saints Chilvers Coton

Frank Seldon is the vicar of two local churches - All Saints, Chilvers Colton and St Mary the Virgin, Astley. He is married and has two grown up children. Frank was born in London in 1958, and served in the Royal Air force and then later as an Air Traffic Controller, before retiring as a Flight Lieutenant in 1998. Frank followed God's call to train at St John's Theological College in Nottingham, and was ordained at Coventry Cathedral in July 2000. Frank loves football, having played, been a manager and refereed. He now enjoys spectating, and is a loyal Spurs fan. He also enjoys costal walking and body boarding.

'I am excited by the Saints project and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for the Nuneaton churches.'

Visit the All Saints website here

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Revd Jet Jones - Director of Regeneration and Community Transformation and CEO of Together for Change

Revd Jet Jones - Director of Regeneration and Community Transformation and CEO of Together for Change

Jet is an Assemblies of God minister and in addition to fifteen years’ of ministerial experience, seven of which have been as a Senior Leader, she has a proven track record as a Family Pastoral Care Worker, Project Manager, Youth Director and Fundraiser. Jet has led a number of successful faith-based community projects and social enterprise programmes working with underprivileged and marginalised people. She led a variety of projects such as 'Create' – a £150,000 Lottery Funded project working with young people in the creative arts. She also established the ‘Rising from the Rubble’ coffee shop in Coventry Cathedral which provides training and employment for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.

Jet is the CEO of ‘Together for Change’ and is experienced in delivering training programmes across the private, public and non-profit sectors, having worked closely with social services, the Borough Council, local funders, schools, charities and churches. Having been involved from the start, she will be heading up the Saints project and is looking forward to transforming the building and opening the doors in November.

Visit the TFC website here

Jonathan Bugg
Revd Jonathan Bugg - Manor Court Baptist Church

Revd Jonathan Bugg - Manor Court Baptist Church

Hi, I’m Jonathan Bugg. Together with my wife Catherine, I pastor MCBC Nuneaton as well as being jointly responsible for 4 children, plus one and half sons in law (it’ll be 2 after the wedding in April) and a granddaughter who is more tiring than all the rest put together.

MCBC (Manor Court Baptist Church) is part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, as well as being affiliated with the New Wine network. As a worshipping faith family of Jesus followers we don’t just gather on a Sunday but try to worship him throughout the week in such ways as being part of the Nuneaton Foodbank system and the Nuneaton Churches Homeless Winter Night Shelter project. We also unilaterally run a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre, CAP Fresh Start (a course helping those with life controlling addictions), TLG Early Intervention Scheme (Mentoring children running the risk of exclusion from school), and a monthly Saturday Morning Kids cinema club to name but some of our projects.

It’s our vision, and believe its God’s too, to see Nuneaton transformed from somewhere spoken of negatively even by its own inhabitants, to a town that is the envy of the nation. To see this happen we know it will take time and hard work but the Saints Project is an absolutely amazing and very exciting step toward achieving this. We have long dreamt of a place that can be a centre of Hope in the town and Saints has all the facilities and opportunities to make Hope for Nuneaton in to a town changing reality. I really do hope that you are as excited by this as we are and feel able to lend your support to the different ventures in whatever way you are able. Together we can do great things. Together with God we will see amazing things.

Visit the MCBC website here

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Revd Kate Massey - St Paul's Stockingford

Revd Kate Massey - St Paul's Stockingford

Revd Kate Massey is Vicar of St Paul's Church. St Paul's is a vibrant, welcoming, community-focused church in Stockingford, Nuneaton. St Paul's is part of the Church of England and Diocese of Coventry.

Visit the St Paul's website here

St Nicolas Nuneaton
Revd Kelly Betteridge - St Nicolas Church Nuneaton

Revd Kelly Betteridge - St Nicolas Church Nuneaton

St Nicolas is a wonderfully diverse church – a Christian community that blends of old and new, traditional and modern, right in the centre of Nuneaton. As a church family we aim to be open and welcoming of people of all ages and stages of life, with a generous approach to worship and hospitality and a desire to love God and demonstrate the love of God in our local community. As a church that has always been at the heart of Nuneaton and we see Saints as an extension of our work to bring blessing to our town and be good news for our whole community.

Visit the St Nicolas website here

Heath End

Steve Macbeth - Heath End Church

Visit the Heath End Church website here