Ascension Trust Representatives (ATR’s) help to further the mission of Ascension Trust by raising awareness, promoting the work of Street Pastors and delivering the vital training of Street Pastors.
- Bangor (Wales)
- Manchester North
- Whitley Bay
ROSHNI ELIZABETH VERGHESE
I live in beautiful North Wales, admittedly far from any place which would make it ‘easy’ for me to go as an ATR given the distance I will have to travel to get to it; still very pretty a place and nice to live in!
I have been a member of the Bangor Street Pastor Team (one of the only two in North Wales) since its inception in 2010; have been a Senior Pastor for most of it. I love working in Bangor, a university town, home to some 14,000 students and of a four- fold increase in population over summer with holiday makers. But then I love working as a street pastor, wherever. I consider it a privilege to take my Faith to the local community not by words but by deeds; it works.
I was indeed blessed to be part of the team that went to Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria in 2013; we trained, commissioned and led for a few days a team of 60 or so Street Pastors there. This was the first Street Pastor initiative in the African continent.
It is also my prayer and hope that the Lord will open up further opportunities for me to venture into setting up similar SP initiatives in troubled and broken places/countries.
Malcolm is an ATR and volunteer coordinator for Basingstoke Street Pastors, which started in Basingstoke in July 2008. He is highly passionate about his faith and Street Pastors and the impact it can have on a community. He is a member and on the leadership team of North Basingstoke Community Church.
In his day job Malcolm is a Co-Founder and Director of the Entrepreneurs Hub, they work with company owners to help them grow and build valuable businesses; and prepare for their eventual exit from the business.
As an established Entrepreneur and accomplished motivational speaker, he is passionate about helping people to grow and develop in business and life. Malcolm has delivered seminars, training and motivational talks to over 60,000 people in businesses, churches and Street Pastor initiatives across the UK.
Malcolm strongly believes that ‘if you grow your people, you will grow your business, your church, your Street Pastor initiative’
Malcolm enjoys spending time with his family, eating out and going to the cinema with his wife Julie, cycling on his road bike, playing golf (not so good at times!), and watching Southampton Football Club.
Contact Number: 07899 913220
Derek Wilkinson, an active 67 year-old in need of another hip replacement. Derek has coordinated a team of thirty to forty Street Pastors in Retford and Worksop (Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire) since 2008, and trained as an Ascension Trust rep in 2011.
Derek helped set up a number of Street Pastor projects. With over forty years’ experience in church leadership and in street, youth and community work he often advises his local authority and partners on the night-time economy, alcohol misuse and related issues. Being so old he has Street Pastor stories in abundance.
He is probably most famous for his use of a modified mobility scooter to keep up with the team, and skilled use of his walking stick when nights get a bit rough!
Anwar Bourazza is the local Street Pastors Coordinator for Gravesend in Kent. Anwar has been a Street Pastor since 2004 and has worked closely with Ascension Trust for many years. He is very passionate about the vision of Street Pastors and has had the privilege of training Street Pastors all over the UK over the last few years and met some fantastic people. Anwar has also completed Stage 3-5 for new areas, alongside launches and commissioning services. Anwar is based within the Kent Area and is part of the Kent Street Pastors Coordinators group that meet on a quarterly basis.
Daniel Stone: National School and College Pastors Coordinator, Lambeth Street and School Pastors Coordinator
Martin came to know Jesus when he was 15 years of age, he was in the Met Police from 16 yrs of age until he retired in 2011. When he retired he worked for the Ascension Trust as the National Co ordinator for School and College Pastors. He and his wife both work at City Gates church in Soho and he is married with 3 children, and at the moment just 2 grandchildren. I oversee work with homeless people, I work with people from around the world and love, mentor and encourage many young people. I currently train for a number of charities, including Christian charities, using Restorative Justice, I also work one day a week for Croydon Youth Offending service.
Sharon Constance was one of the original 18 who went out on the street of Lambert and Hackney back in 2003.
Sharon has been involved with the training side of Street Pastors both in the UK and Internationally. She is also an international Trainer of trainers
Sharon is not affiliated with one particular area Street Pastor area, so is in the privilege position being able to patrol in various areas
She has a passion for people and Street Pastors meets that passion by Caring , Listening and Helping.
Peter Gilson has been the coordinator of the Manchester North Street Pastors community team since 2008 and an Ascension Trust Representative. His focus has been helped to establish one or two new teams each year in Greater Manchester, (between 2008-2012), now they are working together in an approved network, supporting one another.
Peter has also helped other teams get started and with their R&R training. Peter is from a working class background, down to earth with five years theological training, used to be a church minister and now works for a Christian Charity supporting the marginalised. Peter and his wife Steph have an extensive experience of living and working in urban priority areas in the north.
Since first hearing about Street Pastors, Peter has been passionate about this ministry of empowering the local church getting out on the street in a structured and safe way and making a positive difference in the communities, town and city centres.
I am a 53 years old from Newtownabbey, married to Karen and have two daughters 26 & 23. I work as an Energy Services Manager for Energia based in Belfast and as a member of the Energy Institute can talk about electricity for hours.
I am an Elder in New Mossley Presbyterian Church which is based is a housing estate on the outskirts of North Belfast; our passion is to share the love of Jesus in all of our community. Although a socially deprived area the people are a blessing and there is a real community spirit. When the local council moved their offices in to our parish about 4 years ago it gave us opportunities to work closer with the council.
It was God at work when a friend said we should check out Street Pastors, the idea of being part of the Urban Trinity involving The Church, Council and Police (caring, listening and helping) was something we had to take seriously. To cut a long story short we started Newtownabbey Street Pastors in spring 2012, I was Chair of the scheme for first two years and now serve as a member of the management team coordinating the training and projects. We have over 70 trained volunteers and we are keen to develop our work in more areas within our council area.
My passion is for the community; I have been running various youth clubs in the church for over 30 years and successfully applied for funding for the church to appoint a Youth & Community worker over the last 7 years.
I am 62 years old with three grown children and three grand children.
I worked as a Hospital Pharmacist for 33 years before retiring from the NHS in 2008.
Along with my wife, Paula, I coordinated the Antigua & Barbuda Street Pastors Initiative from September 2008 to February 2016.
Now back in Norwich I am a member of my local Methodist Church and am a Steward and have just started training as a Local Preacher.
I firmly believe that the Church should be functioning outside of its doors on the streets and lanes of the town (and country).
I am 63 years old, Mum to three grown children and Granny to three young grandchildren.
I was a science technician in a school but am now retired.
I became a Street Pastor in 2007 in Norwich where I live. The Street Pastors Initiative in Norwich no longer functions.
In September 2008 I went with my husband Martin to Antigua where we were the coordinators of the Street Pastors Initiative till February 2015. We returned to the UK in March 2015 having completed our mission in Antigua and trained a local coordinator to take over our role.
I am a member of a local Methodist Church.
I believe that the church needs to get out of its buildings and into the community in ways that are relevant to local needs. I think that Street Pastors is a great initiative that reaches out to many people who otherwise would have no contact with ‘church’ and it shows that we care about the community. It has also been my experience that I have learnt a lot and grown in my personal faith through involvement with Street Pastors.
Now officially an OAP, I have previously been a police officer for 30 years, Chief Executive of an international radio mission for 9 years, and latterly a Street Pastor.
I am married with 3 adult children. I am originally from a non-believing background and have now been a disciple of Jesus for over 50 years.
DR NIZAM MOHAMMED
Nizam is a retired Principal Lecturer in Management and Research at Kingston University and St George’s University of London. . Married with two children, sadly loosing my daughter to cancer in 2010. I have been a street pastor in Epsom and Ewell for 10 years before moving to settle in Camber East Sussex post retirement. Was appointed Coordinator of Rye and District SP initiative Feb 2015.
Rye and District is a new initiative which was launched on May 2nd 2015 with 7 street pastors and 7 prayer pastors. We now have 12 street pastors and continue to grow. Currently working in partnership with Bexhill, Hastings, Tonbridge and East Grinstead to train our future street pastors.
Lives in Stamford, Lincolnshire. After completing 30 years in the Police Service I then worked for several Christian charities including in 2010 ‘More Than Gold’; whilst with them I implemented, recruited, trained and managed the ‘Games Pastor’ programme, where just under 300 Games Pastors deployed for the Olympic Games in 2012. That was when I first networked with Ascension Trust (Games Pastors).
After the Olympics my involvement increased with Ascension Trust when I became a Street Pastor (in Stamford) and also took on the role of ATR. I have trained Street Pastors both in R & R and also Refresher Training both in the UK and abroad. In 2013 I assisted to train, launch and deploy the first Street Pastor programme in Africa, in Lagos,Nigeria; where we trained and deployed 60 Street Pastors.
In 2014 I formulated, commenced training and am now also National Co-ordinator of the latest Ascension Trust Initiative; ‘Response Pastors’.
Adrian Prior-Sankey is a former Baptist Minister based in Taunton, Somerset, with lots of life experience having served as a Special Constable, Chairman of a local authority and an ecumenical represenative, leading him to being described on one occasion as a ‘one man urban Trinity’! He is the author of the Street Pastors’ Leadership Course and enjoys travelling widely to share his passion for making Jesus known to people of all ages through the care we offer.
ATR for Cornwall (and Devon if needed!), based in Tavistock, and retired to serve the Lord in a number of ways.
Elder in my local church in Tavistock, Street and School Pastor, also Police Chaplain to the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, based in Tavistock and Okehampton.
Finding that retirement is as busy as working full time!!
I grew up in a non-Christian household in Slough, but went to Sunday school with some school friends from the age of 11. Found faith in Christ at the age of 12 at a Pentecostal youth camp. From the age of 16 took on various responsibilities in running Sunday school classes and large youth camps and was also a Red Cross cadet, learning 1st Aid and using it in public at Windsor Castle and Ascot Race course from 11-16 years old.
Studied Horticulture at Merrist Wood Agricultural College, set up my own landscape gardening business at the age of 19, before gaining some retail management / retail auditing experience by 30.
Alongside this I was dis-satisfied with the divide between Church and the thousands of non-Christians I met who had no interest in attending church. Have been part of church planting teams and also trained as an Advanced Cub Scout leader (ie training new leaders in a voluntary uniformed organisation, with Christian roots).
From the age of 18, I developed an interest in politics – my church invited various Christian politicians and I became aware of the need for Christians to take an active part in their local affairs.
In the mid 90’s, I felt God’s call to overseas mission and trained in France with an interdenominational Mission – hosting large groups, bookkeeping and finance and assistant Head Gardener.. I was in France until 2001 and during that time I ran numerous prayer trips to the EU institutions and War Graves Cemeteries (studied Europen war and peace history for 3 years) Have had the privilege of praying with various MEPs and Commissioners.
From 1998 – 2005 made 14 trips to Romania working with a Baptist church and local school headmistress and Mayor in 5 villages on the Serbian border.
Was then invited to move to Leicester, to help churches to become Mission focused. So I was – like a lot of Street Pastors – one of those Christians who had been waiting for a Street Pastor shaped ministry to be invented. Many former missionary colleagues are also Street Pastors.
Street Pastors was an obvious organisation to be linked with. It has all the core principles which I have looked for since being saved.
In SW Leicester – where I have lived for the last 7 years, I was Chair of Churches Together. The 3 years in office as Vice Chair, then Chair, gave me some deeper insight into the challenges of what different denominations face when working together practically.
Most recent non Street Pastor experience – studying Fresh Expressions of Church / Pioneer Ministry in Lincoln – part time over 2 years and assisting 5 Anglican churches in Leicestershire to develop their own mission activiities – outreach to non-Churched people.
Ken is volunteer coordinator of Weymouth Street Pastors in Dorset. The team have been active in the town since June 2008 , Ken joining soon after launch.
Married to Carol, ( also a Street Pastor) with two grown up children, Ken has a passion for encouraging the church to engage with the community outside its walls, working with the local council in their development of the town masterplan, regularly monthly slots on BBC local radio talking about Street Pastors and advising the Cabinet Office on aspects of the night time economy.
Previously a teacher and lecturer, he now spends a lot of time as a senior examiner for two exam boards, and travels the country inspecting standards in colleges and schools. He has also written three text books.
Slightly more unusually, Ken also inspects standards in garden centres, and spends much of December inspecting Santa’s little helpers and his grotto!
When he first heard about Street Pastors he knew immediately this was something he was being called to do.
Hi I’m Chris, I felt my calling to joining Street pastors in 2009 starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, I was appointed a Senior the following year and in 2011 was called to Whitley Bay Street Pastors to be their first Coordinator. Our first patrol was in December 2011 and we have had the most amazing and blessed journey, we have our mobile safe place which is a huge asset and in 2012 we were also called to patrol in Tynemouth as well.
We started our patrols on the Metro system in 2014 and have just recently started discussions with the police in Wallsend as they would like us to patrol there. I love being a Street pastor, a wonderful calling.