A sad farewell (but not till next summer)
After four hectic and energetic years as Director of Conferences and Resources, Jon Gemmell will be moving on from PT next summer. Jon, Aileen and baby Isaac will return to Scotland (where they were living before joining PT) and to his new role as Co-director of Training at Cornhill Scotland.
We’re delighted for the Gemmells as a family, and for Cornhill Scotland, but will be very sad to see Jon go from a happy team. I and all the trustees are thankful to him, and to God, for the vision and drive he has brought to PT over recent years, and for the initiatives he’s introduced.
Cornhill Scotland is very much our sister work – independent from PT and from Cornhill London, but sharing many of our aims and objectives. We are delighted to see this relationship continue and be strengthened as our good friend Jon transfers north of the border.
Appointment of Carrie Sandom full-time from September
The trustees of The Proclamation Trust are delighted to announce that Carrie Sandom will be working for the Trust full-time from September.
Carrie has been our part-time Director of Women’s ministry since 2015, whilst also working for St John’s Tunbridge Wells. Carrie already runs our Women in Ministry conference and a number of training events for women, and oversees the women on the Cornhill Training Course.
Given the recent growth of Cornhill in particular, and the wider need to train women who hold a complementarian view of ministry, the trustees are clear that a part-time role is no longer sufficient, and are delighted that Carrie has agreed to join us full-time.
If you missed Jon’s recent interview with her (published on this blog), you can find it here.
Welcome to Jon Gemmell
We’re delighted that Jon Gemmell has joined us as Associate Director for Conferences and Resources. Jon was at the younger ministers’ conference last week and is in the office from this week. Jon joins us to work three days a week primarily on our conference programme. He comes to us from Scotland where he was senior pastor of Bruntsfield Evangelical Church in Edinburgh for 7 years, during which time he was also Director of Edinburgh City Mission and chairman of the East of Scotland Gospel Partnership. We’re looking forward to Jon being on the team!
New director of the PT Cornhill Training Course
The Trustees of The Proclamation Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Nigel Styles as the new Director of the PT Cornhill Training Course. Nigel is currently senior minister of Emmanuel Church in Bramcote, Nottingham, a church established 9 years ago. He is also Director of Training for the Midlands Gospel Partnership. Nigel is married to Lizzie and they have six children.
Nigel will officially take up his post from Summer 2016, but in the meantime he will gradually increase his involvement with the Proclamation Trust. Until next summer, the Associate Director of PT Cornhill, Tim Ward, will be Acting Director.
The Cornhill Training Course is part of the ministry of The Proclamation Trust and has been training men and women for word ministry in the local church, and in particular preaching, for almost 25 years. It has established a strong reputation as a robust and thorough preparation for church ministry and we are delighted that the appointment of Nigel will continue this focus and approach.
Nigel will work closely with the other PT directors: Adrian Reynolds (Director of Ministry), Carrie Sandom (Director of Women’s Ministry) and Neil Watkinson (International Director). Please join us in praying for the continued ministry of the PT Cornhill Training Course and the wider ministry of The Proclamation Trust. Please also pray for Nigel and Lizzie and their family, as well as the church family at Emmanuel, as Nigel transitions to this new stage of life and ministry.
Carrie Sandom joins PT as Director of Women’s Ministry
The Proclamation Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Carrie Sandom as Director of Women’s Ministry. Carrie will work part time for the Trust alongside her existing role of women’s worker at St John’s Church in Tunbridge Wells. This appointment will formalise much of the work Carrie is already doing in leading our Women in Ministry work, including conferences and PT Cornhill. It will also allow her time to help promote complementary women’s ministry across the UK.
It is encouraging to see an increasing number of churches considering the appropriate roles for women teaching women, but many need help to see how these kinds of roles fit within existing church structures so that our complementarian principles are not compromised. Carrie is well placed in experience and time to help serve in this way.
Carrie will work with our existing team of directors, including Adrian Reynolds (Director of Ministry), Tim Ward (Acting Director, PT Cornhill) and Neil Watkinson (International Director). Please join me and the other Trustees in praying for a fruitful ministry.
PT international director
Crosslinks and The Proclamation Trust (“PT”) are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Watkinson as International Director of The Proclamation Trust from the 1st September 2015. Neil was a Crosslinks Mission Partner in Singapore from 2008 to the end of 2014, and was involved in training expository preachers in Asia as well as working part-time on the staff of St George’s Church, Singapore. Neil will continue as a Crosslinks Mission Partner, but his responsibilities will now include planning and leading the international work of the Trust. The role represents a natural partnership between Crosslinks and PT as we seek to train men and women for expository preaching around the world.
The Proclamation Trust has influenced many international ministries and start-up initiatives, not least through the offering of bursary places to overseas students for the Cornhill training course and for preaching conferences. However, PT now want to approach this area of ministry in a more strategic way, and Crosslinks is well placed to assist with their varied and long-standing mission experience. The Crosslinks Council see this role as a natural one for both Neil and Crosslinks itself and believe it is important for Neil to continue as a Crosslinks Mission Partner, seconded to PT.
Neil is an active member of St Mary’s Church in Maidenhead. He will join the senior management team of the Trust and, from a UK base, continue with many of the Asian training programmes he has been instrumental in setting up, as well as initiating new ones both in Asia and in other parts of the world. Please join the Crosslinks Council and PT trustees in praying for Neil and this new role at this important time.
News about Christopher Ash
As many of you will know, Christopher Ash will be stepping down this summer as Director of the PT Cornhill Training Course and as a member of the PT staff after 11 years. We are delighted that, alongside having more time for writing, Christopher will continue for the time being to do some teaching on the course. His wife Carolyn will also continue her work on the course and her leadership of our wives’ conferences. Please join us in praying for them both as they relocate to Cambridge and for the PT Trustees as they seek to find a new Director to lead the work that has been so ably established by David Jackman and then Christopher over the last 25 years. The focus will remain the same: seeking to serve local churches in the UK and beyond by training a new generation of preachers and teachers of his word.