Pioneer ministry in Barrow
Robin and Zoe Ham, who trained at Oak Hill College, are engaged in pioneer ministry in Barrow-in-Furness, an industrial town on the south-western edge of Cumbria. They are part of a team at St George's, which includes team rector Gary Cregeen and curate Matt Hornby, both of whom also trained at Oak Hill at different times. Robin is the church's pioneer curate.
Says Robin: One of the things that was identified with the pioneer role was an area of the town that didn't have a church anymore. It's been great over the last few months to gather Christians together who live in the area but go to church elsewhere, and who have a heart for this particular place. We meet to pray, to get to know each other, and to talk about how we can serve this area better.'
Says Zoe: 'Robin and I definitely see our ministry as a partnership together. There are some things where we're explicitly able to do things together, such as opening up our home, inviting non-Christian friends round, and running evangelistic courses or Bible studies in our home. And in the things where we're not explicitly working together, we're still partnering in the gospel.'
See more of Robin and Zoe's story of life in ministry in the video above, or read about them in the Oak Hill booklet, Into all the world.
Read the Into all the world booklet online, or download it as a PDF
See our video of Jon Putt, who works as part of the ministry team in Kempston, near Bedford
See our video of Gabrielle Samuel, who is part of a ministry team in Brixton
See our video of Stuart Silk and Hugh Bourne, who are part of the ministry team in Lindfield, Sussex