Rob Purnell
New Life Church, Wickford

Rob Purnell is a Senior Leader at New Life Church Crouch Valley. He is also a member of the Essex Shall Be Saved/Love Essex core team.
 
Rob has a passion for people and his desire is that every man, woman and child hears and responds to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also passionate about seeing people become disciples of Jesus, who are connected to local church and who are equipped/enabled to following their God-ordained purpose.
 
Rob is married to Lissie. He enjoys relaxing with his ever increasing family, watching Harlequins Rugby Club and playing tennis.

Peter Burgess
Southend Christian Fellowship

Peter has been part of the Leadership Team at Southend Christian Fellowship for over 10 years now. Prior to that he has held various management roles within the Insurance Industry. He has a particular strategic and visionary gift with a prophetic slant, which brings great benefit to the team. His passion is for seeing the Church and His Kingdom being built here on Earth and he loves to disciple others and help to release those around Him step into all that they are called to be.

 

More recently, his strategic gift has led him into other church / charity leadership environments where he can help envision, support and equip other leadership teams. He also loves to play or watch golf and cricket- neither of which he finds much time for at the moment!

Alan Cass
Eastgate, Northfleet

Alan has been married to Diane for 43 years and they have two daughters, both married, and four granchildren—all of whom they love very much.

Alan helped to lead Hope Community Church in Brentwood for several years whilst also working in Education as a Primary School Headteacher. He retired in 2009 and joined Eastgate in 2013. Alan works with a team led by Pete Carter and has a passion to see individuals and churches find their true identity in God and be instrumental in transforming communities and the nation by the Kingdom of God.

Alan loves his allotment and seeing things grow. He love fathering in all its forms; both physically with his immediate family and spiritually around the world. He is passionate about bringing the freedom of the Kingdom of God to all people wherever they are.

Phil Norton
Revival Church, Billericay

Phil is a retired Police Officer having served in London and then Essex. He is married to Linda for 33 years and has three children, a son-in-law and Grandson.

 

Phil has been the main leader for Street Pastors in Billericay for the last eight years and has enjoyed watching the expansion into School and Rail Pastors. He has also enjoyed volunteering at Billericay Town Football Club as a Football Pastor enjoying listening and caring for people that go to watch the game.

 

Phil attends Revival Church Billericay which meets in a High School.

Sally Watkinson
New Life Church, Wickford

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Lisa Dixon
New Life Church, Wickford

Lisa is the project manager of Love-Essex. She attended Reinhard Bonnke’s (Cfan) School of Evangelism in 2014 and has been involved in Evangelistic events for many years. She is married to James whom she first met at Bethel Church in California, where they both attended BSSM.

 

Lisa became a mum in 2022. We were delighted to see the safe arrival of baby Joshua despite the fact that mum was project managing our first major festival whilst heavily pregnant!

 

Her heart is to see people find salvation and encounter the love and freedom of God and his glorious Kingdom.

 

Lisa is German and before she moved to Essex, she was part of local Church planting in Germany and working against Human Trafficking, which is one of her passions. Her hobbies include songwriting, painting and exploring nature.

 

Paul Taylor

Worship Team Leader, New Life Church

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Friday Odili
The King’s Family Centre, Aveley

Pastor Friday Odili is Associate Pastor for Prayer at The King’s Family Centre, Aveley. He has a heartfelt passion for the prayer ministry and is an astute student of the Bible. He believes God has given him a gift for healing and he has been used for notable miracles. Pastor Friday is also a Prayer Minister for the Citadel Global Community Church Diaspora Fellowship that spans several countries in America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

 

Pastor Friday still participates in outreach and deliverance missions in villages, towns and cities within and outside Nigeria with CLAM Global Outreach (CLAMGO). Friday is in his element practising Biblical spiritual gifts such as counsel, discernment and prophecy and he always strives to bring excellence into these ministries.

 

He serves on the board of trustees of The King’s Family Centre. He is married to Pastor Anthonia, and they have three children. How he finds time to head up Love-Essex Prayer Team, we’re not quite sure!

 

Madeline Davies
Oasis Church, Chelmsford

I’ve really enjoyed being part of the planning team for this Love-Essex event coming up on the 9th July at Sun Corner in Billericay. I’m  part of the Oasis Church Chelmsford family and have been there some 14 years now. I love working with people and I help on the Welcome Team, pastoral side and help with the Children’s meetings. We have been praying every week for this upcoming event and, after the Pandemic, we very much believe that God is using events such as these to restore his Church at this time. 
 
I’m a wife and mother to three grown-up children and I’m currently enjoying my garden with all its variety and surprise flowers that are regrowing. One of the things I enjoy is working with people from other Churches because together we can do more! This has been a golden opportunity for me to get involved in the County of Essex and I believe the God of miracles can change the reputation that Essex currently has.
 

Daniel Gardner

Technical Wizard, New Life Church

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Peter White
Billericay Baptist Church

Peter is married to long-suffering wife Corinne. They have no children but are experienced ‘host parents’, providing a home for young students serving their ‘year out’ with a Christian charity. They also have two nieces, two nephews and one cat.

 

Peter trained in advertising and marketing but ended up in graphic design for 25 years including 11 years as founder partner of a small agency you won’t have heard of. Peter’s skills are very much in the creative arts. When not designing for Love-Essex, he is variously, though not simultaneously, a musician (he is part of Billericay Baptist’s worship team), composer, amateur actor, playwright and director.

 

Peter left the commercial art industry in 2003. After 16 years as an office clerk, which ended rather abruptly with COVID-induced redundancy, he is somewhat surprised to find himself heading up Love-Essex marketing. God works in mysterious ways. If you don’t like this website, you can blame him.

Andrew Cannon
Director, Gospel Grenades

Andrew Cannon is an Evangelist born and raised in Liverpool, UK. The hand of God radically touched him in January 2010 when he called up on the name of Jesus.  

It was on Andrew’s very first encounter with the love and power of Jesus that he was transformed, he was completely and instantly set free from his life of destruction and addiction and the chains of the enemy were broken off.  
 
He now lives a life sold out for Jesus, and has lead thousands to the Lord through the love, truth and compassion of Christ and encourages and equips believers to do the same in their everyday life. Andrew met his wife Jennifer in church during his first year of new life with Jesus, they married in 2012 and have run with Jesus together ever since. They believe the radical encounter Andrew had with Jesus is available to all and want to see people walking in their freedom and true identity.   
 
Andrew operates in the office of an Evangelist and wastes no time in unashamedly sharing his faith in Jesus with those he comes across, whether that’s speaking at a stadium event, a conference or ministering on the streets, he loves nothing more than introducing people to the Lord.
 
As the founder of evangelistic ministries, Gospel Grenades, Take the Step and co-founder of Harvest Now Evangelism School, Andrew travels globally teaching, training, equipping and releasing the Saints into living a lifestyle of outreach and evangelism. He has featured on Christian networks such as TBN, God TV and UCB.