Jo Evans

Jo Evans

Jo joined the Evangelical Alliance in October 2020, fresh to London after five years in Devon. Having grown up in Dubai, Jo moved to the UK to study English and Film at Exeter, before spending two years as an assistant youth worker for her church. She is passionate about equipping young people to enter the conversations their peers are having about contemporary issues, and ultimately speak of Jesus. Jo loves the beach, but can now be found squealing at deer in Richmond park. She is passionate about music, art and food and is married to a Welshman.

Salt and light in a mental health crisis

21 June 2021In the Queen’s speech, which marked the opening of a new session of parliament, the issue was addressed as the Government set out its Mental Health Recovery Action Plan. There will be a one-off targeted investment of £500 million to ensure that support is in place over the coming year for everyone who needs it. However, experts say that NHS services have a very real risk of being over-run, and many people's needs are desperate. In the face of a mental health crisis, how can followers of Jesus…

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Job Creation Project: Tackling start-ups and self-employment

17 June 2021Like many entrepreneurs, Jerry has faced setbacks but hasn’t let these deter him. After being made redundant twice, Jerry became self-employed. He went on to set up a number of enterprises including a tech company, a social enterprise and a call centre in Palestine. With all this experience, Jerry is an invaluable voice into the Evangelical Alliance's Job creation project. He says, “I think I’ve taken more risks since becoming a Christian, because I know my home and my treasure is…

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Job Creation Project: The church transforming lives by creating jobs

20 May 2021Paul has a background of music, design and video, and for a long time was self-employed as well as working for a church. In 2009, he was asked to help with the project. He ended up creating the business plan and becoming project manager. Six years into the project, Paul also became senior pastor. I spoke to Paul in mid-May, just days before Xcel Bowl was able to open its doors to the public again. Paul on starting a bowling alley Along with his team, Paul approached the county council to ask if…

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UK competition to help churches support those facing unemployment

17 May 2021As part of our job creation project, we want to signpost to organisations and initiatives that are also championing Christian action in the unemployment crisis. Last week, Cinnamon Network UK, together with The Mercers’ Company, launched their annual incubator competition. The competition seeks to find brilliant church-led social action projects and replicate that work in other churches across the country. This year, Cinnamon want to find a project that will help churches build capacity to…

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Job Creation Project: a conversation with Joëlle Warren MBE

13 May 2021Joëlle Warren MBE founded recruitment firm Warren Partners in 1999, and runs her business with an ethos based on Matthew 7:12: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Joëlle is a founding partner of Warren Partners, a leading UK executive search firm which supports and recruits executive and non-executive directors across the UK and internationally. She serves as Her Majesty’s vice-lord lieutenant for Cheshire, which is where she lives. In this conversation, Joëlle…

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Job Creation Project: Catalyse Change co-founder talks “releasing kingdom potential” in business

6 May 2021Rich: "Catalyse Change has been set up to release 'kingdom potential'" At the heart of Catalyse Change and CREO, the charity's initiative for entrepreneurs, is the belief that God’s people are to embody and extend God’s kingdom now as in heaven, wherever God has placed them. Rich says, “That might be how you parent, how you lead a team, how you create jobs. It’s spiritual, social and systemic change.” Rich believes that the responsibilities we have in life are God-given, and as such we ought to…

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Job Creation Project: Matt Bird on entrepreneurship and what it means to be made in the likeness of a creative God

15 April 2021“Some of those things are explicitly Christian; some of those have Christian values embedded in them,” he explains. It is through starting businesses and creating jobs that Matt believes the UK will re-emerge from the unemployment crisis it now faces. Matt on his businesses Matt runs a business called Relationology which seeks to help leaders and their organisations build effective, rewarding and profitable relationships. He has worked for many years with institutions in the financial and…

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Job creation project: "Having the opportunity to create jobs is such an honour"

8 April 2021She has a brilliant understanding of relating the Christian faith to today’s culture, and with this, brings great wisdom to our Job Creation Project, as she shares her experiences both as an employer, as well as a jobseeker. Ruth is based in London, where she’s been spending lockdown for the last year. Ruth on the creation of Magnify Ruth created the organisation when she was in her first year studying politics at Durham University, initially as a series of events. “Having discovered a personal…

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Job Creation Project: A conversation with Dave Linton, founder of Madlug

1 April 2021I spoke with business founder Dave Linton, to find out how his Christian faith has shaped his approach to business. He was excited to partner with the Evangelical Alliance in our Job Creation Project and share his story. A passion for people and social change led him from church ministry to the world of business. He cares deeply about helping people find the dignity and worth bestowed on them as image-bearers of God. One way Dave expresses this is through job creation, the need for which has…

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Job creation: our Christian witness

1 March 2021When it’s not us, it’s easy to say the right thing, offer prayer, shake our head at the situation and yet stay personally uninvolved. But we cannot stay uninvolved – this is not God’s nature, and it’s not how He’d want His people to act. It is right that we mourn with those who have lost jobs, those who seem to be on a never-ending hunt for employment. It is right that we pray with and for them too. Much like Nehemiah, who when told God’s people were in “trouble and disgrace”, initially…

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Open Doors UK World Watch List 2021: a proactive and prayerful response

20 January 2021Some of the facts revealed in this year’s report This year, for the first time ever, all top 50 countries score levels of at least very high persecution, while the top 12 score extreme levels of persecution;there was a 60 per cent increase over the previous year in the number of Christians killed for their faith. More than nine out of 10 of the global total of 4,761 deaths were in Africa;persecution of Christians around the world has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, with followers being…

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