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Pastors Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

Church leadership, while immensely gratifying and fulfilling, can also be filled with discouragement and frustration. Many pastors feel isolated in their positions and unsure of where to turn for help and encouragement. The passionate young seminary graduate placed in a position of leadership within a church can quickly feel overwhelmed by the demands placed on him or her and sometimes even “burns out” from the day-to-day stresses of leading in the church environment.

Forum Pastors Mentoring is designed to provide an outlet for the questions and concerns faced by church leaders.  By providing such individuals the chance to sit and talk with a more experienced pastor about the struggles and joys of ministry, the Forum hopes to provide encouragement, prayer and refreshment to pastors.

PASTORS MENTORS

Larry Anderson is senior pastor at North Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has a MAT and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Larry started his ministry career with Young Life International and left as Senior Vice President in 2004. Later that year Larry and his wife, Gina, moved back to Arizona to serve in the church. He continues to teach courses for Fuller and support younger pastors and leaders.  Larry and Gina have been married for forty-two years. They have three sons who are all pastors and nine grandchildren.

 

Paul Coulter is a native of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, where he lives with his wife, Gar-Ling, and their two children.  He has just taken up position as Head of Ministry Operations with Living Leadership, whose aim is to grow leaders who are captivated by the gospel of God's grace.  Previously he has worked as a medical doctor, a cross-cultural pastor with Chinese Christians in Belfast, a youth worker and director of equipping in a large suburban church, and a lecturer in practical theology in Belfast Bible College, where he taught a range of subjects including discipleship, leadership, pastoral care, evangelism and apologetics.  His academic studies have focused on multiculturalism and the Church and church planting in post-Christian Northern Ireland.  He has written several articles for BeThinking.org and speaks and writes regularly on the Christian mind and contemporary culture, especially relating to ethical issues.  He is a Council member for Evangelical Alliance UK and an associate of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission.

Jim Crooks is a pastor of an independent church in Perth, Scotland. After graduating in business studies in 1981, Jim went on to work in financial and administrative roles before entering further and higher education as an Assistant Principal. He became Principal of a college in Northern Ireland in 2004 and successfully led three colleges to a merger in 2007. He became Principal of a similar college in Scotland and led four colleges to merger in 2012. For three years after his retirement from secular employment in 2012, Jim was a lecturer and coordinator of part-time provision at Tilsley College, a small theological college in Scotland. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Jim also teaches and preaches in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe. He works with the Church Strengthening Initiative, supporting churches and their leadership teams to make change, and is a trustee for Echoes International, a mission support agency supporting mission workers across the globe. Jim was widowed in 2012 but has married Laura in December 2017. He is a father of one grown son and a grandfather of two boys.

Daniel Goering came to faith in Christ shortly after studying mathematics at the University of Kansas and has invested his life in planting churches, first across the midwest of the U.S., then across Europe.  He and his family (wife and six children) started in Europe in Dortmund, and then Cologne, Germany, and now live and serve in Berlin.  They have been a part of seeing numerous German churches planted, which are all led by nationals.  He also coaches church-planting efforts in other parts of western Europe in his capacity as a co-director of Great Commission Europe.

 

Ján Henžel is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Free Church (Cirkev bratska) in Slovakia. He served as president of this denomination between 2005 and 2015, currently as the general secretary. Jan is serving his second term in the Theological Committee of IFFEC. He earned his PhD in Systematic Theology from London School of Theology. He has been teaching Historical Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica. Jan’s dissertation was published under the title Perseverance of Believers (ISBN 978-3-639-18139-5); second dissertation defended at Charles University in Prague was Theological Ethics in a Post-modern Context. His main theological interests are Theological Ethics and Expositional preaching. Jan and his wife live in Levice and have two children and five grandchildren.

 

Dafydd M Job is the pastor of the Bangor Welsh Evangelical Church. He began studying zoology at University, but changed to study theology when he felt a call to the Christian Ministry. He has been in the ministry since 1979, and had been the pastor of his present church since it was formed in 1985. He serves on the UCCF Trust Board, and was chairman of the Welsh Language work of the Evangelical Movement of Wales for 10 years. He has also visited a number of countries in Eastern Europe to preach, teach and encourage pastors and students. He has recently been appointed by UFM Worldwide to be the co-ordinator of Project Barnabas, a project to offer encouragement, mentoring and training to Christian workers worldwide.

 

John Kirkpatrick has been the pastor in Portrush Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years. This church is situated on the North Coast of Ireland very close to the famous world heritage site, 'Giants Causeway.’ John is the director of the apologetics course Reality316 aimed at equipping a wide range of people to be relevant apologists. For a number of years he served as Chairman of New Horizon, a well-known Christian conference in Ireland and has been a chaplain to the Motorcycle Racing community, quite unique to the Irish culture. John is married to Joan and they have four children, three of whom are now married.

 

Scott Poling serves as Senior Pastor of Harvest New Beginnings Church in Oswego, Illinois, located in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago.  When he arrived 23 years ago, Harvest was a very small, dying church; by God’s enablement, it has been transformed into a strong, growing, vibrant body of believers.  Under the church leadership, Harvest has successfully navigated multiple building programs, land purchases, and the growing pains that come with change.  Scott has gained a unique perspective which allows him to effectively speak to the concerns of different-sized churches, the pressures and criticisms that come with ministry, and the necessity of following the Lord’s leading for renewal and revitalization in the local church. His passion is for preaching, leadership, evangelism, and encouraging those in church leadership, in both one-on-one mentoring relationships as well as in conference settings, including Harvest’s annual M4 Ministry Enrichment Conference.  Scott grew up in and around Ocean City, New Jersey.  At the age of 17, he received Christ as his Savior and then followed God’s call into ministry.  He received his B.S. degree from Cedarville University and his MTh from Dallas Theological Seminary.   Scott has been married to his wife, Carla, for 27 years and they have three sons, two daughters, and one son-in-law. His interests include visiting national parks, trail running with friends, and ultra-marathon endurance races.

Jonathan Pryke is senior minister at Jesmond Parish Church (JPC), Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeast of England, where he has been for thirty years, working with David Holloway, the vicar of Jesmond. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge University, and Trinity Theological College in Bristol before ordination in the Church of England. He is married to Vivienne, and they have a son, twin daughters, and a one-year-old grandson. JPC has been in ‘impaired communion’ with the bishop of Newcastle for more than twenty years. It has planted two other Anglican churches nearby, outside the central structures of the Church of England. Their three churches together have Sunday attendances of over a thousand. In 2017 Jonathan was consecrated as a bishop through REACH-SA (the Church of England in South Africa). He is on the national executive team of the Anglican Mission in England, a network of Anglican churches inside and outside the Church of England structures, committed to Anglican church planting. See www.church.org.uk.

Alistair Purss is Senior Pastor of Dumfries Baptist Church in Scotland. He studied theology in Glasgow from 1988-91. Since 1991 Alistair has served as a local church Pastor in London, Durham as well as presently in Dumfries. He has been married to Sharon for almost 29 years and together they have three grown up sons. DBC is part of the Baptist Union of Scotland and as a result Alistair serves on different groups and councils. He loves to encourage and equip church pastors and leaders.

 

Martin Robinson is principal and chief executive of ForMission College.  Martin was born in India of missionary parents and then brought up in Scotland where his father was a church planter.  When Martin was in his early twenties he trained for the ministry, and his first church was in the inner city of Birmingham.  This multi-ethnic congregation was engaged in church planting, and Martin, together with his wife, Lynda led one of the new church plants.  After thirteen years in local ministry, Martin went to work for the Bible Society in the UK in a variety of roles. In that period he was the director of mission and theology. Martin has written many books on the broad theme of mission, including Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space. In 2002 Martin became the national director of Together in Mission. In 2008 he became the principal of Springdale College. These two organisations are now known as ForMission. The goal of ForMission is to prepare workers for the harvest. 

Jim Turrent is married to Jane and they have a son called Ally. He is originally from Glasgow. Jim worked as an engineer-surveyor before studying theology at the Scottish Baptist College. He is lead pastor at Central Baptist Church in Dundee, a church that is committed to preaching, planting new churches, and discipleship. In his spare time Jim likes to read, cycle, and watch football.

 

 

 

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