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.
In addition to this, we also have a smaller Core Leadership Team who share a deeper level of spiritual and practical responsibility for Inclusive Gathering Birmingham and also are committed to supporting the Leadership Community. The Core Leadership Team is …
Danielle Wilson is Inclusive Gathering Birmingham‘s pioneer leader/pastor 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 also works as the curator of Red Letter Christians UK’s blog and has more than 20 years experience in mission leadership and communications. She has recently completed her MA in Contemporary Missiology with a focus on Reconciliation, Justice and Advocacy. She’s 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.
Naomi Bennett takes the lead on Inclusive Gathering‘s social justice focus and is completing a PhD in Biomedical Materials Engineering for Ocular Drug delivery. She doesn’t know what that means either, but she spends a lot of time putting drugs in eyes. She’s passionate about access to and provision of holistic, good, free healthcare. Naomi is a Red Letter Christian and wants the church to not only serve marginalised people, but learn from them like Jesus did. As if she wasn’t busy enough, Naomi also coordinates operations for a group of social justice community organisations based in Winson Green. Naomi and her fiance 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.
Eunice Attwood was part of the original team who helped launch Inclusive Gathering Birmingham and oversees our Safeguarding. She is a Methodist Deacon with over 20 years of experience in starting and growing new expressions of church. Eunice was recently announced as the Methodist Church’s Church at the Margins Officer to help 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 over the last eight years has been the Tutor in Pastoral Theology at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham.
Tom Reynolds (he/him/his) heads up our creative technology at Inclusive Gathering Birmingham. He’s passionate about bringing Church into the 21st century, by embracing new technology and creative ideas as a form of ministry. As a life-long Methodist, faith & inclusivity go hand-in-hand for Tom, being taught from an early age that ALL people are capable of receiving God’s love and salvation. He is a huge believer in the power of song and can often be found singing anything from old Wesley hymns to Hillsong Worship. He has recently completed his PhD in aerospace metallurgy, where he spent 4 years looking at metal rust (yes, to some people that is interesting) and is looking forward to starting a career as a professional metallurgist. When not working on Church projects or in the lab, Tom can often be found in the local craft beer pub drinking a cold IPA or trying to find the best food in Brum.
Peter Brookes 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 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 co-leads the monthly Book Club & Podcast sessions, 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.