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The Board is the group of trustees of the Evangelical Alliance and is made up of up to 25 members of the Council, appointed at the Annual General Meeting. The Board meets five times a year to discuss the vision and direction of the Alliance and ensure that the affairs of the Alliance are conducted properly.

Mike TalbotMike Talbot, Chair

Mike Talbot has been the vicar of Emmanuel Church, Northwood since 2002, having spent almost 15 years in Northamptonshire - first in Rushden, and then, for 11½ years, at the Church of Christ the King in Kettering. Prior to ordination, Mike worked at St George's Crypt in Leeds for a couple of years before joining the staff of Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) where he spent five years trying to encourage students to buy (and read!) Christian books.

board-peter-jeffreyPeter Jeffrey, Treasurer

Peter has been chairman of Urban Saints (formerly Crusaders) for the past 12 years, having previously served on its board for approximately 15 years. He remains an active leader of Urban Saints Guildford, a group in contact with around 150 boys aged 9-18. Peter is passionate about reaching and growing young men in the Christian family, especially those from non-churched families. He regularly speaks on creative ways to present spiritual truths to boys.

Peter is a member of Guildford Baptist Church and chairman of YMCA Guildford. He is also a trustee of Cross Pollinate. Professionally, Peter is a partner of PwC and a chartered accountant. Recently he has advised various governments and leading international bodies such as the OECD on the credit crunch.  Peter joined the Alliance Board in 2010 as treasurer.

John GlassJohn Glass, Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council

John Glass was ordained as an Elim minister in 1973 and was elected as General Superintendent in 1999 - a position in which he continues to serve. He is the author of a number of books the most recent of which is "Building Bigger People". He is married to Marilyn. He has been on the Alliance Council since 2004.

board-arlene-smallArlene Small

Arlene is a barrister who specialises in family law.  Most of the work she does involves advising and assisting those who are experiencing issues within their family relationships.  She is also a qualified mediator.

Arlene is an active member at Emmanuel Christian Centre (ECC) in Walthamstow.  She also volunteers at the 180 Project, a drop-in centre for the homeless, which is run by ECC.

board-derek-crookesDerek Crookes

Derek is a semi-retired businessman who lives mainly in South Manchester, but also partly in the USA. Having sold his main business in 2001 he now is a junior partner in a business in North Carolina and gives business advice to a number of small Christian-owned businesses in the UK.
 
Derek acts as a trustee to a number of Christian organisations, including the Alliance, where he is the longest-serving Board member. He was the co-founder of the Manchester Prayer Breakfast in 1990 and is still actively involved. He is a member of Poynton Baptist Church in Cheshire.

board-john-coyneJohn Coyne

John became a member of the Evangelical Alliance Board and Council in 2011. He especially values the experience of serving with others from across the evangelical spectrum who bring wisdom from other denominations and streams.  

He began his working life in local government and has run his own business. John has been an ordained minister of the Church of England since 1979.  Since then he has served in parishes, been an RAF chaplain, hospital chaplain, Dean of College at St John’s Nottingham where he taught practical theology, and director of the regional leadership team at CPAS. He has recently been appointed as rector of Aldridge in the Diocese of Lichfield.  He is passionate about helping local churches grow in vision, nurture disciples, develop leaders and become effective in holistic mission and evangelism.  

board-julian-richardsJulian Richards

Julian is the senior leader of Cornerstone Church in Swansea. He founded the church in an economically and socially deprived area of Swansea in 1989. Cornerstone serves its local community with many social action projects and has received a number of awards in recognition of its community work.

Julian also leads the Swansea Churches Forum, serving to represent the Church in Swansea to local government. He is president of Gweini, serving to represent the Churches in Wales involved in community work to the Welsh Assembly.

Julian and his wife Sarah travel regularly speaking to people on how to build a church that attracts, influences and engages with contemporary society.

board-rachel-westcottRachel Westcott

Rachel is director of human resources for an international NGO working in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. Rachel has spent 11 years working in international development, having been first inspired to change careers following a short term mission trip to Uganda in 1997. Prior to this she worked in the UK rail industry in both HR and operations management roles. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Rachel attends All Souls Church, Langham Place, London where she is involved in supporting world mission activities and for a number of years chaired the All Souls short term mission scheme.

Ruth WalkerRuth Walker

Ruth Walker runs her own consultancy Turquoise Insight specialising in business strategy and mentoring. She has a passion for equipping, and coaching individuals to live as whole life disciples in their workplace. Working with LICC and Mission Scotland she helped pioneer the Transforming Work Project helping  workers to explore, what it means to be a 21st century disciple in the workplace.

Ruth is a director of the Hutchesons Education Trust, the International Christian College, trustee of Pacific Partnership Trust, a member of Alpha Scotland and the EA Scotland Executive. She is an LICC workplace associate and an elder in her local Baptist church and is past chair of Mission Scotland. 

She is married with two children

Stephen CaveStephen Cave

Stephen works with Biblica - the translation sponsors and ministry publishers of the NIV. He is Executive Director for Biblica Europe and serves on Biblica's Global Executive Leadership Team. Before moving to Biblica in 2010, Stephen was the Northern Ireland Director for Evangelical Alliance and was also part of the UK Leadership Team. In the past, he has also served as Vice President of the European Evangelical Alliance. 

Stephen is married to Nicola and they have three children –Ben, Maddi & Levi.

Steve HolmesSteve Holmes

Steve Holmes is a Baptist minister, an author and a speaker. He is senior lecturer in Theology at the University of St Andrews, where he teaches in the areas of historical and systematic theology, and also on homiletics. His research interests include evangelical Christianity, particularly its theological commitments, and Baptist theology, in both historical and contemporary expressions. Steve is also involved in a number of knowledge transfer activities, seeking to bridge the gap between the academy and the churches, particularly evangelical churches. He speaks regularly at Christian conferences and at ministers' meetings and leads church retreats. He publishes at a popular as well as an academic level, and often offers theological consultancy to Christian organisations. Steve is the chair of the Theology Advisory Group (TAG) of the Alliance. He has also been on the Alliance Council since September 2009.

Tani OmideyiTani Omideyi

Chairman & Senior pastor of Love &Joy Ministries Group. Senior pastor Temple of Praise & Together for the Harvest steering group. Tani has been using arts and social projects to reach out to his community in Liverpool for more than 20 years. He is also one of the leaders of the Merseyfest mission festival. 

Born the son of an Anglican organist in Nigeria, Tani came to the UK in the 70s to be a chemical engineer but found his life radically changing around the time of the Toxteth riots, when he heard God calling him to start a house group. Managing to combine the growth of the new church with a job teaching in a Liverpool comprehensive, he has seen the organisation flourish into today's Love & Joy Ministries Group.

Tracy CotterellTracy Cotterell

Tracy spent 13 years working in marketing and advertising in the field of research and strategic planning. In 2003 she completed a theology degree at the London School of Theology. She is currently managing director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. She directed the Imagine Project at LICC which aims to help churches with whole-life disciple-making. She joint authored the follow on essay to 'Imagine how we can reach the UK'. She's also edited a collection of essays from 15 experienced leaders and observers of the contemporary church that explore the challenge of whole-life discipleship from their particular areas of expertise. In previous years Tracy worked in computer system design, she has a degree in French and German and has taught English as a foreign language. She is married to John and they have three children.