Trainers

The core team of trainers are:

Stuart Murray Williams

Stuart Murray Williams spent 12 years as an urban church planter in East London and has continued to be involved in church planting as a trainer, mentor, writer, strategist and consultant. Under the auspices of the Anabaptist Network and Urban Expression, he works as a trainer and consultant, with particular interest in urban mission, church planting and emerging forms of church. He has written books on church planting, urban mission, emerging church, the challenge of post-Christendom and the Anabaptist tradition. He is married to Sian and has two grown up sons and three grandchildren.

Barney Barron

Barney Barron is an accredited evangelist with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and a founding trustee of the Incarnate Network. He has recently moved from a large council estate near Portsmouth where he lived and served as a pioneer minister for 16 years. During that time, he planted Warren Park Café Church and led a youth and community charity. Following some research looking at marginalisation and deprivation in coastal communities, Barney moved in May 2018 to Looe in Cornwall. Barney is married to Sara and they have four children. He enjoys walking, snorkelling and kayaking. He likes to relax with a good book, great food or a bottle of wine with friends.

Alex Ellish

South African by birth, Alexandra Ellish spent her teenage years in England, studied theology in Edinburgh and later Prague, where she was also ordained as a Baptist minister. Alexandra has been part of Urban Expression in various ways since 2009 and is now part of the team of co-ordinators for the organisation. Alexandra, her husband Philip and their two children live in Peckham, South London, where Alexandra is also the minister of Amott Baptist Church. Alexandra loves the Anabaptists, Woman’s Hour and long walks with her Jack Russell, Westley.

Rachel Jay

Rachel Jay is the Crucible course administrator, working one and a half days a week for Urban Expression/Crucible. She and her husband, Simon, have lived in a housing estate in south Birmingham for 18 years and now head up an Urban Expression team there. The team runs a community centre in the estate which acts as a focal point for local residents. They have 5 crazy kids and one grand-daughter, which tends to keep them fairly busy!

Simon Jay

Simon Jay lives in Birmingham, and alongside his wife, Rachel, set up the Haven Community Project on the Welsh House Farm estate. They intentionally moved into the area and now lead an Urban Expression team who work alongside the community. He is currently studying for a master’s degree and ministerial training at Bristol Baptist College and also sits on various panels to approve foster carers.  One of his proudest moments is when he completed the first Birmingham Marathon.

Sara Barron

Sara Barron is an accredited Baptist minister and until recently she has had a pioneering ministry on a large council estate near Portsmouth where she lived for 16 years. Sara is a trustee of the Incarnate Network and a development worker for CURBS, which resources, trains and supports children’s workers in urban and estate areas.  Having recently moved to Looe in Cornwall, Sara is spending a year of missional listening in this new context before embarking on pioneer ministry in Looe. Sara is married to Barney, also a Baptist minister, and they have four children.

Several others are involved as hosts and trainers in different venues.