Meet the Board

The purpose of the charity is 'to serve the Fresh Expressions movement and help it flourish'.

The relationships within and between the charity, the movement, the leadership community and contractors can be illustrated as follows:

The fx movement is served by the charity and the leadership community through:

  • Prophetic listening to the voice of the Spirit in the movement,
  • Advocating for contextual mission and fx practitioners,
  • Connecting individuals and networks enabling collaboration
  • Affirming and championing these individuals and networks.

Mark Williamson

Chair of Fx Board

Mark is Chief Executive of One Rock International, a charity helping church leaders, charity leaders and social entrepreneurs to start up and scale up mission projects. He also leads Sanctuary, a Fresh Expression reaching young adults in central London, as part of Methodist Central Hall Westminster. He loves reading, supporting Liverpool FC, discussing good films, going for long walks with his wife Joanna, and trying to play decent rhythm guitar.

Amie Buhari

fx Board Member

Amie is the Founder and Chief Executive of The Hebe Foundation (formally known as South London Youth Project). Amie has over 25 years Youth Work and Management experience in various organisations such as theatre’s, environmental companies, TRA Associations, churches, youth clubs etc. Amie’s skills include Teaching, Facilitation, Project Management, Counselling, Events coordinator and she is also an Actress, Singer, Percussionist and Writer. Amie won the 2016 Wise Women in Leadership Award, and a 2017 Point of Light Award with letter of recognition from Prime Minister Theresa May.

Bishop Mike Harrison

fx board member

Mike has been the Anglican Bishop of Dunwich since 2016 and has a national responsibility for Pioneer Ministry in the Church of England He has written on missional church, theological education and worship. Before 2016 Mike was a vicar in suburban South London, and then Director of Mission and Ministry in Leicester Diocese where, with colleagues, he developed the Fresh Expressions work and Pioneer Ministry as well as piloting diverse mission experiments. Mike is married to Rachel, an Occupational Therapist and they are blessed with four children aged 18-26. He supports Bolton Wanderers football club and other lost causes.

Drew McCombe

Fx Board member

Married to soul mate Beverley, 3 fantastic grown up children, Daryn, Cathryn and Eloise. Now a grandad to Harry, James, Ollie and Maya. Passionately in love with God the Father, Son and Spirit, mission agitator and covenanted to The Salvation Army. MA in Evangelism and Mission. Drew has been a Salvation Army officer in local churches and have always tried to plant new ministries and congregations, had leadership roles for The Salvation Army at regional and national level. He is currently Secretary for Mission with responsibilities for the oversight of mission across the UK based at our National Headquarters. In recent years seeking as an Apostle/ Evangelist to embed Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher function and calling in SA culture , thinking, structure and practice.

Jenny Dickin

fx Board Member

Leslie Newton

fx board member

Leslie was born and raised in Lancaster and studied Accountancy and Law at Manchester University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. I sensed a call to Methodist Ministry through his 20s, and entered training in 1995. He's served in local churches in Barnsley, Bramhall and York, and as a Superintendent and now Chair of District where he has oversight of the Yorkshire North and East District of over 200 churches. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Methodist Church’s “New Places for New People” Guiding Team. This team encourages the Methodist Church to continue to develop Fresh Expressions of Church around Britain. Leslie's wife, Gill is also a Methodist Minister, also serving as a Chair of District – in Sheffield, and they have one daughter, Laura, who is studying at Sheffield Hallam University.

Andrew Vertigan

Board representative for the fx Leadership Community

For the last five years Andrew and his wife Andrea been leading on all things FX and pioneering in a national role for the Salvation Army. 'We love what we do and are blessed to support, encourage and help equip a growing movement of pioneers within the Salvation Army and wider afield.' They have been involved in a few church plants as leaders over the past 25 years, particularly focusing on reaching disengaged and challenging young adults within education. I have a areal passion to see the church reaching out to the margins of society in culturally and contextual ways. 'Jesus came that we might have life in all its fullness. I long to see THE CHURCH truly embodying this.'

FX PURPOSE STRUCTURE

A more detailed look at how the fx board, leadership community and contractors work together and how they seek to fulfil the aims set before them to grow the movement.

FX LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY

The fx Leadership Community is made up of influencers and connectors within a Fresh Expression or pioneer network.  As this community emerges an important principle is that ‘the total is greater than the sum of their parts’.