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28 May 2015

Major appointments at New Wine

Major appointments at New Wine

Chris Fox and Sam Bailey: New Wine

Evangelical Alliance member New Wine has appointed two new heads of ministry to take on the roles of Discipleship Year and New Wine Worship.

Chris Fox, assistant pastor at St Paul's Ealing, will take over from Gareth Dickinson as Discipleship Year head of ministry in June and will remain in his role at Ealing.

Sam Bailey, a member of the New Wine family for most of his life, will take over from Neil Bennett who is leaving his role in August.

He will join the staff team at Kings Cross Church in London.

Mark Bailey, leader of New Wine, said:"I am pleased to announce the appointments of Chris Fox and Sam Bailey into these new roles. Both have extensive experience in their particular areas of calling, and have been part of New Wine for most of their lives.

"These appointments mark significant moves in raising up the next generation within the New Wine movement. I am thrilled that they are coming on board to share leadership within the New Wine family."

Dickinson will remain part of the New Wine family, but will focus on his other role as national gatherings programme director.

He said: "Chris, a young leader himself, fully understands the importance of this vision within New Wine and I know he is passionately committed to raising up young leaders to see generations reached with the good news of the Kingdom… I am delighted to be handing on the baton to him."

Bennett will leave in the summer to begin work with Revelation Life, a Christian charity working in the slums of Uganda.

He said: "Sam is a great worship leader with a huge passion for Jesus and the church. He will bring his own unique creativity and voice to New Wine Worship in this role, and it will be hugely exciting to see all that unfolds in the years to come."

Dickinson and Bennett have both felt God calling them onto the next season of Christian work in their lives.

Bailey and Fox, in their 20s and 30s respectively, have been identified as the next generation to continue the work at New Wine.

Fox, who regularly speaks at New Wine events, said: "I'm excited to be involved in growing the New Wine Discipleship Year, as I've seen first-hand the benefit of intentionally investing in young leaders, so they grow as committed followers of Jesus who discover their God-given calling and seek to fulfil the Great Commission to make disciples."

Bailey, who has led worship at Soul Survivor and HTB, said: "I am so looking forward to stepping into this role, and trust that it will be an amazing opportunity to serve, learn and grow along the way. Moving forward, my heart is to help grow an increasingly creative and innovative environment in which the presence of God remains central."