Who We Are

We’re led collaboratively by our growing Leadership Community

Inclusive Gathering Birmingham’s Leadership Community works collaboratively to pioneer a new way of being church.

Everyone in our Leadership Community is committed to growing in leadership, mucking in (on the stuff that is fun and the stuff that isn’t) and taking the initiative in loving and caring for others. We love drawing on the strengths, insights and skills that we have as a group when we work humbly together.

Our Core Leadership Team share a deeper level of spiritual and practical responsibility for Inclusive Gathering Birmingham and also are committed to supporting the wider Leadership Community.

Our Inclusion Leads have lived experience in particular areas of inclusion and take the lead in keeping our focus on these areas in our welcome, language, learning, celebration and activities.

You can read more about our leadership structure here.

Danielle Wilson (she/her) is Inclusive Gathering Birmingham‘s pastor/ leader and loves to help create safe spaces to discuss life’s deepest questions …particularly over food.  She believes that loving Jesus pushes us to pursue social justice and inclusion in our communities. Danielle has more than 25 years experience in mission leadership and communications and helped to launch and lead the social justice network Red Letter Christians in the UK 2019-2022.  She has an MA in Contemporary Missiology: Reconciliation, Justice and Advocacy and a post-graduate professional certification in interfaith chaplaincy. She’s also been a singer for many years with the all-female acoustic soul band Eeek (who play at our special events from time to time). She’s married to Joel and mum to Evie and Josie.

Dr Naomi Bennett-Steele (she/her/they/them) is part of our Core Leadership Team and oversees our finances and development.  She is the Senior Innovations Partnerships Officer for The Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership and has recently completed her PhD in Biomedical Materials Engineering for Ocular Drug delivery. Naomi was was part of the team that launched and led Red Letter Christians in the UK from 2019-2022.  Naomi and her wife Lizzie are passionate about loving people on the margins and empowering the  voices we don’t normally hear to create a diverse movement of people passionate about God’s love for his whole creation.

Ben Whitehouse (he/him) is part of our Core Leadership Team and is also hosts the IGB Book Club that meets online. Ben currently works in an administrative support role in the Civil Service and has previously worked in Local Government and the private sector. Ben initially trained in theatre and education and worked as a secondary school teacher in London and the West Midlands. After leaving teaching Ben was artistic director for a touring theatre company where he devised, directed, and acted in short discussion-based theatre pieces that were performed across Russia and Europe.
Ben is passionate about exploring the intersection of optimism, politics, faith, and the arts and is keen for Inclusive Gathering Birmingham to be an inter-generational inclusive celebration regardless of ethnicity, sexuality, background, or belief.

Eunice Attwood (she/her) is part of our Core Leadership Team and was part of the original team who helped launch Inclusive Gathering Birmingham. Eunice oversees our Safeguarding.  Eunice is a Methodist Deacon with over 20 years of experience in starting and growing new expressions of church. She is currently the Methodist Church’s Church at the Margins Officer to helping to develop a movement of new Christian communities led by people who have been marginalised by society. Eunice served as the Vice-President of the British Methodist Conference in 2010-2011, and for eight years was the Tutor in Pastoral Theology at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham.

Tash (she/her) is part of our Core Leadership Team. She is a proud Brummie and a secondary school teacher with additional responsibilities for pastoral care.

Tash has a background in church leadership and served as a youth leader for over 15 years, leading the preaching team and developing content. She is someone who cares deeply about seeing other people grow and develop in their gifting.

Tash is also a (quietly) passionate introvert.

Peter Brookes (he/him) is part of our Core Leadership Team.  Pete spends his time literally putting a smile on people’s faces as a Clinical Dental Technician with providing patients with new dentures. He finds great fulfilment in his job and loves to help improve lives of those he works with. He spent his life growing up going to church and realised at the age of 14 that he wanted to place his faith and trust in Jesus. Peter went on to complete a Bible College course in Biblical and Cross Cultural Studies, later becoming a youth pastor for 7 years. During these years he became passionate about serving God and helping others where he can. Being part of Inclusive Gathering Birmingham gives Peter opportunity to put his faith in action and reach out to communities who have often felt pushed aside or cut out of previous church experiences.

Julia Kossowska (she/her/they/ them) is part of our Core Leadership Team.  Julia has held a variety of positions in education and is particularly interested in the use of ICT to enhance learning. At Inclusive Gathering Birmingham, Julia  is adept at searching out material to help us grow spiritually and in confidence that God loves every single person and is totally inclusive. Julia, along with her civil partner Sam, has been active for the last 20 + years in organisations such as LGCM (now “One Body”) both locally and nationally, and LEFT (LBTQI women Exploring Faith Together).  Julia believes in the power of storytelling and has told her own story to various audiences and listened to the stories of many others.