We want to see churches that change the lives of those in poverty in their communities.
This is a big vision. It is based on our belief that poverty and justice are vital concerns to Jesus – as demonstrated through His life, where He poured out His time, energy, attention and concern predominantly towards the oppressed, vulnerable and marginalised.
We believe that local churches and individual Christians should be mercy-bringers in their communities, especially to those who are trapped in poverty or by injustice. Our vision goes beyond seeing individual lives transformed (as important as that is) to seeing people raised up out of poverty and empowered to lift others out too. Our conviction is that when churches play their part in alleviating the poverty and injustice around them, entire neighbourhoods and communities can be strengthened so that our society as a whole is healthier.
We want to see churches that change the lives of those in poverty in their communities.
What we want to see...
Our vision is to see churches that change the lives of those in poverty in their communities. But what impact do we have? What changes do we bring about? And what do we do? Find out about our ‘theory of change’ here…
Meet the team
The Jubilee+ team includes staff, volunteers and trustees. We are committed to equipping churches across the UK to change the lives of those in poverty in their communities.
Natalie Williams grew up in relative poverty in the deprived seaside town of Hastings. She became a Christian at 15, which changed her life completely. Natalie has been involved with Jubilee+ since its first year, and took over from founder Martin Charlesworth as Jubilee+ chief executive in April 2021. Natalie is the co-author of four books, including A Call to Act (2020) and Invisible Divides (2022). She is passionate about the church being a place of overflowing mercy, especially for those trapped in poverty.
Projects & Ops Manager
Chris is part of the leadership team in City Church Sheffield. She has been a Civil Servant, a Direct Sales team leader and, having reluctantly been persuaded to join an event management team several years ago, has discovered a love and flair for organisation and administration. She is passionate about the local church being good news to its community - being ready to welcome the lonely and the outsider. She is the UK Administrator for the ChristCentral School of Leadership, is married to Alasdaire, and has three grown up children.
Jubilee+ Voices Lead
Rosie Hopley is founder and former CEO of the charity Beloved, co-founder of a social enterprise LoveWell and co-founder of Bristol prayer gathering, Vision for the Vulnerable. She is passionate about gospel transformation, and seeing those overlooked in society take their place as loved, dignified and flourishing individuals and leaders. Rosie loves writing, hosting and learning about God’s reconciling love. She leads Jubilee+ Voices, an advisory group initiative which gathers people with lived-experience of poverty, to help shape future church-based social action.
Partner Church Scheme Lead
Steve is a pastor of Emmanuel Church Brighton, having overseen social action and pastoral care there for 15 years as part of the executive strategic team. His role has also included oversight of pastoral care and safeguarding at the Newday youth festival. Steve is passionate about reaching the poor and the lost, and he has recently moved to become the site leader of a small congregation in North Hove serving two estates. He is married to Jane and they have four children who are now 22, 20,18 and 15yrs.
Children & Youth Lead
Charlie MacDonald has lived and served in the East End for twenty years. She oversees schools work for London City Mission as well as being a member of the Jubilee+ core team. Charlie has a particular heart for reaching urban, unchurched kids and is the founder of Equipping Every Kid, which provides churches and charities with content and training that is relevant and applicable. Charlie is the writer of the, recently released, Overflow kids' curriculum - a Jubilee+ resource which unpacks God's heart for the vulnerable. She is married to Frazer and raising four children in inner-city London.
Having been brought up in a faithful Pentecostal home in South Yorkshire, Paul’s journey has included living in a number of places, and being part of some great local churches. His background is in music, and he spent many years working in the book and music publishing industry. Paul became very involved in refugee and asylum seeker work while in Teesside, and grew to love the diversity and challenge of being in community with people from very varied and interesting cultures. As well as working full time at Kings Church Cockermouth, Paul is the conference manager for Jubilee+.
Ben oversees community engagement at Lowestoft Community Church and is a member of the Jubilee+ Core Team. He splits his working week between leadership responsibilities and his role as a Physiotherapist in his local NHS trust. Ben has long been interested in politics and social transformation, and in recent years had become increasingly convinced that the primary way to outwork change is through the local church. In recent years he has been involved in building partnerships that aim to help tackle poverty in Lowestoft.
Will Pearce is a leader and Elder at King’s Church Leicester where he is also on staff as an administrator. Will joined the Core Team at the end of 2021, having felt God challenge him while serving at his church’s foodbank that serving those in poverty more was than a tick-box exercise, and is central to the Christian life. He is passionate about those in poverty receiving not just practical support, but encountering Jesus and experiencing spiritual transformation. He is married to Jen, and they have two children aged seven and five.
Ailsa is a Personal Assistant to CEO, Natalie Williams, having previously overseen social action at King's Church Norwich.
Rachel Wilson heads up communications for Jubilee+ as well as being a member of the Core Team. Rachel is an author and speaker, and recent contributor to the Monday Mercy video series. She lives in Eastbourne with her husband Andrew and three children. The couple drew on their personal experience of raising children with autism in a book titled ‘The Life You Never Expected: Learning to Thrive while Parenting Children with Special Needs’. Rachel has a heart for the vulnerable and marginalised, and for serving churches which reach and welcome those most in need.
Dan is our communications assistant & IT lead, focusing on video editing & graphic design.
Andy heads up our finance team and is one of our directors.
Graham is the chair of our board of directors.
Alison works part-time for Jubilee+ as our book-keeper.
Richard is a regular blogger for the Jubilee+ website.
Martin founded Jubilee+ and continues to be one of our directors.
Sue was a founding core team member of Jubilee+ and ran our Churches that Change Communities conference for eleven years.
Pete was a founding core team member and was head of church relationships until he retired from the team at the end of 2021.
The Jubilee+ directors/trustees are Graham Anns, Andy Biggs, Martin Charlesworth, Andy McWilliam, Kate Welch and Natalie Williams.
We would love to hear from you with any encouragements, stories, information about projects, testimonies and queries you may have. Here’s how you can get in touch:
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Jubilee+ is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England under company number 8578163. The company registered office is at Hastings Centre, The Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA. Jubilee+ is also registered as charity number 1159799.
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