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Church Support Workers:

Judith Mbaabu and Johnny O'Hanlon 

Judith and Johnny  work to pro-actively offer practical and hands-on     support to all Federation Churches to enable them to develop their worship, community provision and fresh expression opportunities.

They want to visit Federation Churches and work to support churches in working with people of all ages within their communities. If you have any questions or queries please email them.

Learning and Development Manager: Walter Riggans

Walter RiggansWalter comes to us from Cliff College, where he has served as Academic Dean. Because of this role, and a number of similar roles in the past, he comes with a great deal of experience in running, and ensuring the quality of courses such as ours. He has served as a pastor and mission theologian in Israel and the Middle East, and was a tutor for Biblical Studies and Mission Studies at All Nations Christian College. He then became the General Director of the Church’s Ministry among the Jewish People. Latterly, he worked in different universities and with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

He has a passion for both elements of his role with the CF: as Director of Studies for the training courses, and working with Areas and local churches as part of the Church Support team.

Safeguarding Officer: Lisa Vickers

Lisa joined the CF at the beginning of January 2015 as Safeguarding Officer. Lisa’s role is to undertake all the necessary functions of an Officer for Safeguarding, such as maintaining up-to-date DBS/PVG checks for all those listed in the Federation Year Book, Safeguarding advice and guidance to Churches and issuing of Safeguarding Certificates for Keep Safe Churches. Lisa also administers the Accreditation Process.

Social Media and Website Officer: Neil Chappell

Neil ChappellNeil started working for the Federation in November 2013. Previously he was Minister at Greenacres Congregational Church in Oldham, having commenced there after finishing his training course at Northern College in 1993.

Neil now works with the other staff to maintain the Congregational Federation website, and to raise the profile of the Congregational Federation through Social Media. He also has a remit to help the churches of the Congregational Federation with their internet presence, working as much as possible with Area associations to help with communication. He helps out with training and the practical running of activities like the May Assembly.

He works part-time for the Federation, and is also employed part-time as Minister of Southam and Bishop's Itchington Congregational Church. Neil lives with his wife, Debby, in Southam, where Debby is a Teaching Assistant in a local school. Their daughter Charlotte is a teacher, their son Kristian works in the hospitality sector, and their youngest son, Jacob works in Computer Aided Design.