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Academy – Meet the team


Meet the team

Meet some of the friendly faces who will be leading sessions throughout the year!

Sola Ayodeji

Sola is our main Academy Course Leader. Having previously been both a church youth worker and a youth offending officer, Sola has a passion to see young people grasp the hope found in Jesus. He’s been part of the Message family for a number of years, involved in schools mission, youth work and training evangelists.

Rachel Kemp

Rachel is our Assistant Course Leader. Rachel completed the Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and has led the course and similar courses around the world, so is bringing plenty of experience. She is a total people-person, is easy to talk to and has a creative soul too.

Andy Hawthorne

Founder & CEO of The Message Trust, Andy has been pioneering cutting edge youth work and evangelism in Manchester for over 20 years. Andy brings his years of experience and an unmatched passion to see the gospel shared with young people to the sessions he delivers as part of the main teaching programme.

Ben Jack

Ben oversees the Advance Evangelist Movement at the Message, committed to the equipping and multiplication of preaching evangelists around the UK and beyond. As award winning DJ Galactus Jack he has performed and preached all over the world, and brings a wealth of experience in evangelism, apologetics and theology to the course.

Ian White

Ian is the Programme Leader for the Short Course programme at Cliff College, and coordinates the Diploma in Mission and Evangelism course. Teaching and tutoring for over 20 years at the college, Ian was 14 years in the field as an evangelist, and heads up Micah68, a mission organisation focused on the Middle East.

Sarah Small

Sarah Small is Head of the Eden Network, a movement of urban missionaries who choose to live in areas of deprivation in order to share the gospel, live sacrificially and build authentic community.

Tim Owen

Tim has been with The Message since 1997 and was originally part of The Tribe. Tim plays a key role in tutoring our musicians and dancers as well as offering expert advise on how to be part of an outreach team.

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