Who we Are

Sara Barron

Sara is an accredited Baptist minister currently working as an Anglican pioneer in an area of deprivation. Sara is also development worker for CURBS, which resources, trains and supports children’s workers in urban and estate areas. Sara is married to Barney, also a Baptist minister, and they have four children.

Barney Barron

Barney is an accredited evangelist with the Baptist Union of Great Britain, currently spending half his time as an Anglican pioneer. He is the initiator and executive trustee of Communitas, a youth and community charity. He is also a founding trustee for the Incarnate Network and Urban Expression’s Regional Coordinator for the South Coast. Barney is married to Sara and they have four children. He enjoys walking, swimming and kayaking. He likes to relax with a good book, great food or a bottle of wine with friends.

Simon Hall

Simon is a compulsive starter-upper. He has started churches, social action projects, an art centre and even an HE college. Just don't ask him to start your car... He lives in Leeds where he and his family are part of Chapel A Baptist Church and revive, a network of small groups.

Carmel Murphy

Carmel is a craft maker, cake baker and co-creator, who has a weak spot for words and an huge appreciation of aesthetics. She lives in Stoke-on-Trent where she co-leads an Urban Expression team and works as a Community Organiser. She’s also a regional development worker for Urban Expression, working in partnership with the Yorkshire Baptist Association to research and develop church planting opportunities within Bradford.

Oeds Blok

Oeds is a church planting coach and coordinator in the Netherlands for the Baptist Union and Urban Expression. He is also a coach and trainer on Undefended Leadership programme and teaches church planting. He loves meeting people and is most happy when gets to work alongside others. He decided to stop his paid work as a Baptist minister in 2012 to start pioneering a neighbourhood church in Soesterkwartier Amersfoort in his spare time. A new journey of learning and enjoyment started, together with fellow travellers. Oeds is married to Natasja and they have three children. He likes football and is a co-trainer of the football team of his youngest son. He is inspired by…meeting UK friends!