Meet The Team

Network Leaders

Stuart and Irene Bell

Founding Network Leaders

Stuart and Irene founded the Ground Level Network over 40 years ago. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They are also the Senior Pastors of Alive Church. Their ministry takes them across the world and they have been widely used by God to bring renewal in regional and national settings.

Paul and Jeannie Benger

Ground Level Team Leaders

Paul and Jeannie lead IKON Church, a church they started in 1987 and currently IKON has 6 locations. Paul is a member of the Ground Level Executive Team and also leads the Ground Level Team. Their passion is to “build relevant contemporary churches and inspire a generation to do the same”. They have 3 Children Nathan, Joshua and Sam and a growing number of grandchildren. Paul loves to play golf and Jeannie loves Shoes.

Our Teams

Paul Benger

Paul is married to Jeannie and together they lead IKON Church, a church they started in 1987 and currently IKON has 6 locations. Paul is a member of the Ground Level Executive Team and also leads the Ground Level Team. His passion is to “build relevant contemporary churches and inspire a generation to do the same”. His hobbies include golf, reading and vinyl records.

Stuart Bell

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.

David Jones
North East Lincolnshire Connection

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 five grandchildren, and is an avid follower of F1 motor racing.

Pete Atkins

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!

Nigel Collins

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.

Phil Thorne

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 Pastors of Alive Church, 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.

Mark Hopkins

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)

Helen King

Helen is a member of the Ground Level Executive Team. She is a Pastor and part of the Senior Leadership Team of Riverside Church in Southwell, Nottingham, alongside her husband Andy who is the Worship Pastor. Helen and Andy have two teenage children, Grace and Toby, as well as a mischievous beagle called Lily, all of whom appear frequently in Helen’s sermons!

Helen is passionate about local church and loves to inspire and encourage people to hear God’s voice and to live out their faith. As well as juggling parenthood and church leadership, Helen loves going out for breakfast with friends and having a good chat over a coffee!

Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford and his wife Julie are leaders of 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. They have 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 and Julie have two adult children, Robert and Megan, both are involved in Hope House life.

Irene Bell

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

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

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 Hargreaves

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

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 ONE Event worship team and sits on the Ground Level Team.

Nathan Benger

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.

Pete & Kath Atkins
Humber to the Wash Connection

Pete and his wife Kath lead Threshold, which is a Ground Level church, and he is part of the 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!

Phil & Jo Thorne
Anglia Connection

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.

Paul & Julie Bedford
North Connection

Paul Bedford and his wife Julie are leaders of 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. They have 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 and Julie have two adult children, Robert and Megan, both are involved in Hope House life.

Matt & Claire Bell
Midlands Connection

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!

Vince & Janice Carrington
South West Connection

Vince Carrington is the Ground Level Connections Leader for the South West and also leads North Street Church in Taunton.

Vince is married to Jan, he has 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He loves spending time with family and friends and rugby.

Richard & Carolyn Bradbury
East Yorkshire Connection

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.

Dan & Jo Hargreaves
Lincoln Connection

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.

Paul Kemshell
Paul Kemshell

Paul was appointed to joint Operations Manager and member of the Ground Level Team in October 2018, Outside his role within Ground Level Paul has a number of business interests.

Paul loves a personal challenge, none more so than competing in Ironman triathlons.

John Harrison

John was appointed to joint Operations Manager and member of the Ground Level Team in October 18, he is an accountant with a generous heart, with a passion to deploying his 25 years of business experience into extending God’s Kingdom.

John is an active member of Alive Church.

Jason Gibson

Jason is the Finance Manager for Ground Level and Site Director for the ONE Event. Jason is responsible for keeping an eye on the pennies and pulling together all the logistics that make the ONE Event work and run smoothly.

Jason and his wife Teri are Life Pastors of one of the Alive Communities in the South of Lincoln, and in his spare time,  Jason likes Cycling, DIY, Cooking and spending time with his family.

Steph Sargent
Steph is the Operations Assistant for Ground Level and ONE Event. Steph oversees the bookings and volunteers of ONE Event and other Ground Level events.
 
If Steph were a stick of rock she would have ONE Event running all the way through as she has been going since she was born and the Event is her favourite time of the year, even more so now that her daughter was born on the final day of ONE Event 2018. 
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