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Fresh Expressions build for growth with new appointments

Fresh Expressions have made two new appointments to their team: Director of Training Ali Dorey, and Rob Peabody to develop work among young adults …

Fresh Expressions have made two new appointments to their team: Director of Training Ali Dorey, and Rob Peabody to develop work among young adults …

Ali Dorey currently serves in the Diocese of Sheffield as Mission Development Coordinator for the North Sheffield Estates, where she works across eight parishes.

She previously helped to establish and run the Church Army Pioneer Hub and has been leading mission-shaped ministry in Sheffield as part of the course team for four years. She will start her new, half-time role on July 1.

Ali says, "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the national Fresh Expressions team. This team have done extraordinary work over the past 10 years in equipping the Church to engage effectively and lovingly with the world. We will be trusting God to lead us into all that the future holds. I anticipate exciting and unpredictable times ahead!"

Ali has worked extensively in community development and teaching. She went on to train for ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham. Following ordination in 2007, she worked as a parish priest in Doncaster for four years before moving to her current role developing mission in North Sheffield.

Ali is also a Companion with Contemplative Fire, a fresh expression of church which has since become an Acknowledged Community within the Anglican Communion.

With a BA in Biblical Studies and Music and an MA in Theology and Ministry, Ali is a pianist  who enjoys playing and listening to many kinds of music – including classical, jazz and rock. Sometimes this involves her playing keyboard in the Christian rock band Metanoia which offers alternative worship within the sacramental tradition through the ‘Rock Mass’. Ali sings in Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and lives in a community house in Pitsmoor.

Rob Peabody, of the Awaken Movement, is to work with Fresh Expressions to help develop a national strategy to encourage fresh expressions of church among young adults in Britain.

Rob is the co-founder and international director of Awaken, a non-profit charity that exists to resource the church for action. In 2011, Rob, left his position as campus pastor of a megachurch in East Dallas, Texas, to pioneer and lead fresh expressions for 20s-30s in northeast London.

He has been commissioned by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to explore church planting for young adults who did not have any previous links to church.

He currently serves as a missional consultant for multiple church networks in the UK, is a member of the speaking team at Spring Harvest, communicates on behalf of Compassion International, and has just led a new national UK 18-30s conference, The Pursuit.

Rob regularly speaks at conferences in the US and across Europe. His first book, Citizen, was published in September 2014, and he wrote a small group film series entitled Kingdom Rise (March 2013). His latest project, a five-week missional film resource, Intersect, was released in March 2015 as a tool to engage those on the outside of church in spiritual conversations. He is married to Medea, and they have two sons.

Rob said, "I am extremely honoured and excited about the potential of this new partnership between Fresh Expressions and Awaken. I am praying that this will be the start of a long-term partnership and that God will help us to encourage a new generation of pioneers across the UK – and overseas."

Rob also starts his half-time role from 1 July 2015.


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