Training & Development
Firstly, let me extend a warm welcome from the Eastern Regional Team of the Learning Network.
This region covers the five Methodist districts of Bedfordshire, Essex & Hertfordshire, East Anglia, Lincolnshire, Northampton, and Nottingham & Derby - covering around a third of England and bordering ten other Methodist districts. Although the team is spread across the counties, we are all available to work across the whole of the region. We each bring our own skills and experiences to the roles.
Meet the Team
Dave Friswell is the Learning & Development Co-ordinator for the Eastern region. He has a background in training, and developing support for overseas mission, and was formerly Head of the World Church Relationships Team. He is keen to see churches with grow a heart for mission and to develop both in their buildings and out in the wider community. He spends his spare time in his garage restoring and tinkering with his old cars.
Contact Dave: firstname.lastname@example.org 07799 902570
Ann Howlett Foster is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region. She loves to engage in creative and positive conversations with individuals and groups to find ways forward. Ann works part-time, and is also a freelance facilitator and graphic recorder. When not working she enjoys singing and making silver stuff.
Contact Ann: email@example.com 07799 900481
Gillian Thomas is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Lincolnshire District. Gill has worked for the statutory and charity sectors in various parts of England and her passions lie in social justice and equipping people to be the change in their world. Her main areas of work are children and family ministry, youth work, lay workers' support, and 3Generate.
Contact Gillian: firstname.lastname@example.org 07799 902581
John Banks is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region. John has worked previously in retail management, and in support for the homeless. He has been involved in mission with an inter-denominational agency in Scotland, where he pioneered and co-founded collaborative mission work and local community events. John is a trained Christian Counsellor and is passionate about living out the 'Great Commission' of Jesus for himself and in the development and nurture of others.
Contact John: email@example.com 07817 423936
is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region. He has a passion for teaching, biblical studies and theological reflection, and particularly loves to help people to read the Bible with greater confidence and expectancy. He has spent the last two years working for Fusion UK. Prior to this, he spent nine years serving churches in Basingstoke and Derby as youth worker, student worker and teaching pastor. In his spare time he tutors for King's School of Theology, and is completing an MA. Michael lives in community in Derby and worships as part of a small, experimental church plant.
is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Nottingham & Derby District. As a trainer, thinker, strategist, and coach he has a passion for mission, innovation, creativity, and helping people make a difference in the world. Nigel's main areas of work are pioneer ministry, evangelism and church/circuit visioning.
Alongside these areas of work we are available for leading circuit steward training, regional study days, and workshops on specific issues such as bullying and internal conflict. We have access to a wide range of resources and other specialists within the Connexional Team, so please do get in touch if there is something else you feel we may be able to assist with.
Dates and venues for training and events are usually publicised on the 'Eventbrite' website as well as on the district calendar. Booking via Eventbrite is easy and the sessions are usually free unless they are residential or we need to cover the costs, such as of external speakers.