Paul is married to Jeannie and together they are the Lead Pastors of IKON Church, a church they started in 1987 that currently has 5 campuses. Paul is the Ground Level Team Leader and His passion is to “build relevant contemporary churches and inspire a generation to do the same”. Paul obsesses over the question “who’s next?” His hobbies include golf, reading and vinyl records.
Stuart Bell is the Senior Pastor of Alive Church, a growing multi site church with several locations in the UK. He is founder of the Ground Level Network, a network of around 80 churches and Partners For Influence UK, a group of leaders representing influential churches and ministries across the UK. Stuart is actively involved in a number of national leadership forums and is an international speaker and teacher often working into both America and South Africa. Stuart has written four books.
Married to Irene, Stuart has three children and 6 grandchildren.
In 2016 Stuart was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Lincolnshire.
In addition to chairing the Directors & Exec Team of Ground Level, David is the senior leader of City Church (Great Grimsby & NE Lincolnshire). He also chairs the board of Directors for CARE (Christian Action Resource & Enterprise) a charity located in NE Lincolnshire, dedicated to relieving poverty, hardship and distress to those in need in the local community. David is married to Ann-Marie; they have three grown up children and six grandchildren, and is an avid follower of F1 motor racing.
Nigel is married to Judy; they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren and one foster child.
Although born and raised in Mablethorpe, Nigel has travelled extensively whilst working and training firstly as a marine engineer and latterly as a director of a family manufacturing and engineering service company.
Nigel is Pastor of Hope House Church – Mablethorpe, initially juggling this alongside his family business but now working full time for the Church. The Church is increasingly involved in tackling coastal deprivation.
Serving on the Ground level Executive Team, Nigel brings his experience of a business background and pastoring in a small rural community.
Nigel’s hobbies are local history and anything engineering.
Mark Hopkins serves as a Director for Ground Level, and is part of the team overseeing the Leadership Engine – Ground Level’s leadership training course.
He is part of The King’s Church in Nottingham where he works full time. Mark has a desire to see individuals and churches released into their full potential in God. He also wants to see unity and partnership across the church and oversees the churches together in Arnold, and is part of the Nottingham City Prayer vision team.
Alongside all of this he enjoys cycling, playing tennis, following Arsenal and being with his family (Sarah and two grown up daughters)
As well as being a member of the Ground Level Team, Helen is the Senior Pastor of Riverside Church in Southwell. Married to Andy, who is part of the Senior Leadership Team and Worship Lead at Riverside, they have two grown up children, Grace and Toby. Helen is dedicated to building dynamic church community, developing confident disciples and seeing lives transformed by Jesus. She also loves mountains, a good cup of coffee (or preferably two!) and walking her crazy beagle in the countryside.
Pete and his wife Kath lead Threshold, which is a Ground Level church, and he is part of National Fresh Expressions leadership community. Pete and Kath are in the later stages of converting a grade 2 listed barn which is their home and the heart of a prayer-based community in Bardney, Lincolnshire. Pete loves doing ‘barn time’, which is the continued practicalities of making it fit for purpose. He’s often to be found out walking in various parts of the county. Pete and Kath have five grown-up, married children and ten grandchildren so far!
Paul Bedford leads Hope House in central Barnsley, a growing and thriving church serving the local community; connecting real people to a real God in real life. Paul serves Ground Level by leading the North Connection of churches. Paul is also a part of the Groundlevel Team. Locally, he works alongside Barnsley Central Council. He has a passion for creating community, building team and training emerging leaders. Paul runs marathons, enjoys history, motorcycles and his very old sports car, and he paints (pictures not walls). Paul has two adult children, Robert and Megan, both are involved in Hope House life.
Irene Bell, alongside Stuart is the Senior Pastor of Alive Church, a growing multi site church with several locations in the UK. Irene and Stuart are the founders of the Ground Level Network, a network of around 80 churches and Partners For Influence UK, a group of leaders representing influential churches and ministries across the UK.
Married to Stuart, Irene has three children and 6 grandchildren.
Joy Blundell is part of the Ground Level Team and leads the strategic objective “Influence” which is about equipping churches to empower people to lead and influence in every sphere of life. Alongside her husband Paul, Joy is Location Pastor of Alive Lincoln North. She has a heart for the restoration and transformation of cities through the mobilisation of the local church. Joy and Paul have been married for 19 years and they have two children. Joy loves fresh air, walking in the hills, eating good food and drinking wine with friends.
Howard Williams is the Assistant Pastor of Alive Church. He is passionate about seeing the local church take its position as the hope of the world, and developing ways to see the church multiply. Howard is married to Claire and they have 3 sons.
Dan has been married to Jo for over ten years and together they have two sons, Hudson & Smith. Dan is passionate about bulding a vibrant, fun and Jesus centred church right at the heart of the community and is a pastor of Alive Church and along with his wife leads the Lincoln South location; as well as sitting on vision core team and heading up the Astonished Mens conference where he loves seeing Men step into their God given destiny. He loves adventure and challenges from climbing Kilimanjaro, running marathons and completing an Iron man. He is a big footie fan and avid supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion.
Dave Bell is the worship pastor for Alive Church Lincoln and he is also the lead singer for the band The Moment. Dave is a songwriter, author and is passionate about sharing his story of hope and helping lead the church in worship. He is married to Sarah, and has 4 miracle children. Dave is a part of the Awaken worship team and sits on the Ground Level Team.
Nathan is a Pastor at IKON Church. One of his primary roles is as youth pastor where he oversees the vibrant IKON Youth across all IKON campuses. Nathan is passionate about reaching the next generation with the message of Jesus. He is married to Debbie and they have one son called Zion. Nathan loves football and plays at a semi-professional level, if given the chance he will let you know he played with Jamie Vardy.
Phil has been part of Ground Level since 1991, joining the Exec Team in 2003 and becoming a director in 2004. Along with his wife Johanna, they are Connection Leaders for the Anglia region, covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Phil and Johanna have been church leaders and church planters for more than thirty years and are currently serving as Location Pastors in Alive, based in Norwich. They are passionate about the Church rising up to its potential, working in unity and seeing Kingdom transformation. Phil and Johanna, have two adult sons, two chihuahuas and two classic cars.
Matt and Claire Bell are Senior Leaders of Ashwood Church – Nottinghamshire. They are both passionate about Jesus, His Kingdom and seeing His church flourish! Married for nearly 25 years, Claire and Matt have 2 grown up children. They have both been involved in leadership for many years, taking the Senior Leadership role in Ashwood in 2013, and becoming the Midlands Connection Leaders in 2021. Matt loves mountain biking, building Lego and great food! And Claire loves creating great food, encouraging people and going to the gym! They both love hanging out with people, and living life to the full!
Richard Bradbury leads Beverley Community Church in East Yorkshire. Married with four children and seven grandchildren, he represents Ground Level in all aspects of its relationship with Churches Together in England, of which he is also a director. Richard is also involved with the Ground Level Leadership Engine (GLE) and runs a theological Bible School of his own. He is also the author of a number of books.
In his spare time, Richard likes to walk, especially in the Lake District.
Lucy is the Executive Assistant to Paul Benger and Network Liaison Officer.
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