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ABOUT

Our Mission

Equipping people for life through faith in Jesus Christ

At Equippers we believe in equipping and empowering the whole church to be on mission for God. Whether you have been called to education, healthcare, media, business or family, to an office, a field, a building site or a church, we want to champion you to extend the Kingdom in your world.

Our Vision

Win Souls

Make Disciples

Transform Communities

Transform Nations

Our Values

We’ve wrapped our key values around the letters HEART.
They are what drive us and keep us beating.

H

Honour

We seek to honour God and each other.

E

Excellence

Excellence for us is not about perfection but doing everything to the best of our ability.

A

Advancement

We believe in moving forward, making progress and learning from mistakes.

R

Reaching Out

We are intentional about extending hospitality and friendship to others.

T

Togetherness

We seek to serve together, grow together and live life together with a common vision.

What We Believe

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Our Team

Ps Peter Prothero

Senior Pastor

Affectionately know as P3, (Pastor Peter Prothero), Peter is the senior pastor of Equippers Church Surrey, a thriving local church with multiple Sunday services in three main locations, (Chertsey, Weybridge and Richmond). He is also the Director of the International Apostolic Bible College (IABC) in Kolding, Denmark, where he was a senior lecturer for eight years. In the U.K. Peter gives leadership to the monthly Acts pastors gathering, (Acts Churches Europe) and travels extensively, both in Europe and beyond, training leaders and strengthening local church networks. Peter is married to Jacqui and they have six adult children.

Ps Mark Collard

Executive Pastor

Mark is Executive Pastor of Equippers Church Surrey overseeing all legal, staff and operational matters in the church as well as giving oversight to our Weybridge location. Having first begun a career as an airline pilot with British Airways, Mark felt the call to enter full time ministry in 2003, delighting his father by becoming a second generation pastor. Mark has a passion to see people discover their full potential and be empowered to live out a faith-filled life for Jesus. He has been married to Monica for 12 years and they have four amazing children: Caleb, Joshua, Elsie and Ruby.

Ps Stuart Cosstick

Trustee

Stuart has been a long time member of Equippers Church, taking up a key pastoral role in 2009. He is bi-vocational, working in IT as a Global Team Manager for a conference and media company, as well as giving oversight to Equippers Training College (ETC) new to faith programs and Pastoral Care across our multiple congregations. Stuart has been married to Ann-Maree for over 20 years and they have an adult son, Harrison.

Ps Lavanya Dua

Trustee

Lavanya has been a practicing GP for over 25 years. In 2014 she resigned from her medical position to devote herself more fully to ministry. Ordained in 2016, Lavanya, alongside her husband Ravi, gives leadership to our Hosting and Hospitality teams. She teaches extensively across Europe and now oversees our growing women’s ministry. She and Ravi have two adult children.

Dr Paul Matts

Trustee

Paul is a PhD graduate in Bio-Chemistry who works for Proctor&Gamble. The son of a Pentecostal pastor he brings a wealth of experience and maturity to his role as a Trustee of the charity that frames Equippers Church. He speaks on science and faith, leads a connect group and is the driving force behind APA. He is married to Ali. They have two adult sons and a teenage daughter. He is Visiting Professor to both the University College of London School of Pharmacy and the London College of Fashion and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Royal Society of Chemistry.

John Nash

Trustee

John has been running his own business for many years, supplying kitchen house ware goods to major high street outlets, like John Lewis. His considerable business acumen make him a valued asset to the board of Trustees. He is a true father in the faith, giving leadership to our prayer healing teams and preparing believers for Baptism.

Ps Mark Nash

Location Pastor

Mark has served faithfully as our youth pastor and PA to the senior pastor, Peter since 2011. He was ordained in 2016 and is now our location pastor in Richmond. He has pioneered the U.K. version of Revolution Youth and continues to give oversight to all our youth and schools programs, focusing much more on developing a new generation of youth leaders. Mark is married to Chantelle and they have a son, Jentsen.

Lisa Coleman

Connect Groups

Lisa gives oversight to all our Connect Groups in Equippers and integrating new people into our church. She has a great pastoral heart and is one of our best examples of how to reach out and include people new to faith. Lisa is married to Rob and they gave three school age children.

Sylvia Drummond

Finance

Sylvia is the finance director for Equippers UK and Company Secretary for our charity. She carries a similar role for ACTS Churches. A graduate of Cambridge university, Sylvia is on track to becoming a Chartered Accountant. Alongside our executive pastor, she deals with all legal matters related to the charity and oversees our administrative office team. Sylvia is a gifted musician.

Thom Yates

Creative

Thom gives oversight to three key areas in our church that are all covered by the word creative; worship, production (media, sound and lighting) and graphic design. He is a talented musician and worship leader himself and is married to Anna-Marie. Thom came to Equippers as a graduate of Chester university. Having completed our full time intern program he has worked for the church since 2013.

Athina Gibbons

Kids Equippers Surrey

Athina graduated from Royal Holloway university and then completed our full time intern program. She now gives oversight to all our children’s programs, including our summer camp for kids and now well established Colour Party, a Christian alternative to Hallowe’en. Athina is a key person in our Friday Fun and Fun Tots teams. She is married to Pete, one of our other key youth leaders.

Pete Gibbons

Youth Equippers Richmond

Pete is a graduate of Royal Holloway university who went on to complete our full time intern program. He works closely with Mark Nash developing our youth programs in Brentford and Richmond, but is also a gifted drummer, mentoring other young musicians in his craft. He is a vibrant communicator to young people and is married to Athina our Children’s Pastor.

Jordan Guichard

Youth Faith Church Wales

Jordan completed our intern program two years ago. He is a gifted youth leader and drummer who is now part of Faith Church, in Newport. This new church is on the way to becoming part of Equippers. Jordan is married to Buffy who, until 2017, was part of the administrative team at Equippers Surrey.

Beth Nash

Hub Coffee House Manager

Beth completed our intern program in 2015 and then went on to study and graduate from Equippers Bible College in Auckland NZ. She is a gifted singer, youth leader (Record Youth) and mentor to many young teenagers. Beth is the full time manager of our coffee house and is married to Josh, a key part of our production team.

Cecilie Ahrens

Hub Coffee House Assistant Manager

Cecilie is from Denmark and completed our intern program in 2015. Affectionately known as Cece she has a key role within the youth team (Revo Youth) and heads up our schools visitation program in Surrey. Cece is assistant manager to Beth in our Coffee House.

Neil Harvey

 Cafe Manager Philip Southcoat School

Neil is a graduate from the International Apostolic Bible College (IABC) in Denmark. He is an ordained pastor and recently joined the Equippers team from Wales to pioneer a new coffee shop in Philip Southgate School. He works closely with Beth Nash in this new role. Neil is an evangelist at heart and his testimonial book “Uncaged” is distributed throughout the prisons in the U.K. He is married to Karen, another graduate of IABC.

Elena Banfi

Fun Tots Soft Play Manager

Elena is from Italy and has been part of our church for five years. She served as part of the Fun Tots team before becoming the team leader in 2015. Fun Tots is part of our missional strategy for connecting with the local community. Over 500 mothers are registered with Fun Tots.

Chantelle Nash

Fun Tots Soft Play Richmond

Chantelle grew up in America and Australia and graduated from Equippers Bible College in NZ in 2011. She married Mark Nash a year later joining the team of leaders in Revo Youth and, as a gifted singer, leading worship across our various locations. Today she serves alongside her husband in our Richmond location as part of the worship team and giving oversight to our Fun Tots venue at 123 High Street Brentford.

Andy Bacon

Who Let The Dads Out

“Who let the Dads Out” is a National program within the UK. It’s designed to help fathers and children to connect by creating a fun space where this can happen. Andy Bacon gives leadership to this monthly even in our church, now the largest in the U.K. Andy’s enthusiasm to serve and help people is outstanding. He is very practical, loves gadgets and, creating fun environments for kids is a passion. He is married to Jenny and they heave two small children.

Gemma Beauchamp

Families Connect

Gemma is married to Chris and is a mother of two small children. She leads the team that provides a monthly Saturday program, where families in the community can get together. This is a safe space for unchurched and church people to be together, eating, having fun and connecting. Gemma’s ability to make people feel welcomed and included is exceptional.