We’re really excited to announce the appointment of leading evangelist and visionary leader Carl Beech to The Message Trust’s leadership team.
From January 2016, Carl will take up the post of UK Director, responsible for rolling out Message ministries across the UK. Message Trust founder and CEO Andy Hawthorne will continue to lead the team and oversee the wider development of The Message.
Carl’s appointment will accelerate the Message’s mix of creative mission through music, dance and theatre; community transformation through Eden and the Eden Bus; and Christ-centred enterprise through work in prisons and the Message Enterprise Centre, across the UK.
The Message Trust’s roots are in Manchester, England but the last five years have seen an explosion of new ministry across England, Scotland and Wales, starting in 2010 with Eden London and a growing number of regional Eden hubs. Focussed Message ministry began in the Midlands in 2013, in Scotland in 2014, and in Wales in September this year.
‘This is a season of open doors for The Message,’ comments Message Trust founder Andy Hawthorne (pictured above, with Carl). ‘God is giving us all kinds of opportunities to bless the poor and reach the hardest-to-reach young people with the good news of Jesus here in the UK and, increasingly, around the world.’
‘At the heart of The Message is a bunch of “mates on mission”. Carl is already a great friend of The Message – we’ve been cheering each other on for years. So when God made it clear we were to link arms for the sake of the least and the lost here in the UK, we sensed this was an amazing opportunity to make a mark for Jesus together in this generation.’
For Carl himself, the appointment is the fulfilment of a vision God gave him over two decades ago which began with a call to ministry in the church, followed by leadership positions in CVM (Christian Vision for Men) and most recently, the Elim movement.
‘Joining forces with The Message and standing with Andy Hawthorne and the leadership team to see the movement he founded spread across the UK to reach the hardest to reach in the toughest places is a fulfilment of the call God first placed in my heart and spirit in 1990,’ says Carl. ‘We feel that we are on the cusp of something incredible and are stretching out in faith and vision to see God’s Kingdom transform the most broken lives.’
Please pray for God’s blessing on our newly strengthened leadership team: Andy Hawthorne (Founder and CEO), Carl Beech (UK Director), Collette Dallas (Finance Director), Ian Rowbottom (Operations Director) and Sam Ward (Eden Director).