Two new evangelists commissioned by Church Army
Jane Emson and John Menagh were admitted and commissioned as Church Army evangelists recently.
The event, held at the Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield, was attended by more than 130 people. The service was led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow.
Jane said: "Today has been amazing, I savoured every minute of it, and I felt truly touched by the Holy Spirit. Quite a few people from the estate I work on came to support me, as well as friends and family members. The training I received with Church Army has helped to me to reflect on evangelism and really built my confidence to share the gospel with others.”
Jane has been working for several years as a faith development worker for the Parish Church of St John the Baptist Owlerton in Sheffield. A large part of her ministry is on the Winn Gardens Estate, where she has helped many people with difficult life circumstances come to faith. Jane has also been involved in the planting of a community church on the estate.
John came to faith through a Church Army evangelist in his home parish of Willowfield in Belfast. He now coordinates the outreach for Willowfield Church. He oversees numerous evangelistic events and ongoing mission initiatives in the area. John is also involved in running Alpha courses, door-to-door ministry and various discipleship groups.
John said: “Today has been a great day. It feels special to be part of the Church Army family and everyone has made me feel so welcome. The Church Army training I’ve received has helped me to be introspective in both recognising my strengths and working on my weaknesses.”
Church Army’s newest evangelists will be continuing in their ministry to the people of Sheffield and Belfast respectively.
Pictured: (from left): Church Army Chief Executive Mark Russell, Jane Emson, John Menagh and the Bishop of Leicester, Rt Revd Martyn Snow