Introducing Graham Beynon – our new Head of Local Ministries
We are delighted to announce that Graham Beynon will be taking the role of FIEC Head of Local Ministries from September 2023.
Graham joins FIEC during an exciting time of expansion. We’re connecting more Independent evangelical churches than ever before to encourage them to work together for the gospel. We’re helping them to grow and be more effective in their mission, and actively encouraging new churches to be planted where there is real gospel need.
As Head of Local Ministries, Graham will be taking up a role which is about helping churches and their leaders to do just that.
Graham will be a member of the FIEC Senior Leadership Team and oversee the pastoral care of churches, helping to shape and fulfil our Strategic Plan. He will manage our team of Local Directors to help ensure churches are led by healthy pastors. And he will lead our Pastors’ Network which is made up of more than 550 men in ministry.
Before serving in his current roles, he has previously been involved in church planting, pastoring a church in Leicester, and authoring several books including: God’s New Community: New Testament Patterns for Today’s Church (IVP); Planting for the Gospel: a hands on guide to church planting (Christian Focus); and Embracing Complementarianism: Turning Biblical Convictions into Positive Church Culture (co-author with Jane Tooher, The Good Book Company).
Graham said: “I've benefited from being part of FIEC for many years, and so it's a privilege to be able to contribute more directly. I hope to help churches both reactively in responding to problems but also proactively in support and training.
“I'm daunted by the scale of the task but encouraged by the growth and vitality of the fellowship and look forward to what the future holds.”
John Stevens, FIEC National Director, said: “I’m delighted that Graham will be joining the team at FIEC. His experience in local church ministry, serving pastors and leaders, and writing about these issues will be immensely beneficial to us as we seek to help churches in the Fellowship and serve in the wider Christian context.
“We are grateful to God for this wonderful provision. We are also thankful for Andy Hunter who has served willingly as Acting Head of Local Ministries and will do so until Graham takes up his post in the autumn.”
Graham will succeed Johnny Prime in this role. Johnny is currently recovering from heart surgery, and it is our hope that he might be able to re-join the team in some capacity as his health improves.