Who we are.
ChristCentral is an apostolic team led by Jeremy Simpkins and is part of the wider family of Newfrontiers. Around the world there are a number of Newfrontiers apostolic teams that serve over 1,500 churches. ChristCentral is one of these, and we are currently working with over 130 churches in at least 13 different nations!
We feel that God has spoken to us about four particular distinctives that should define what we do together. These are:
Being friends enjoying God together
Building churches empowered by Word and Spirit
Advancing the kingdom, transforming the world
Reaching nations, making disciples
Over the last couple of years, Jeremy has been increasingly stirred about multiplying apostolic ministry. A prophetic word from John Groves at a Newfrontiers conference in 2012 about the way Newfrontiers teams should work together in the future helped to shape his thinking here. This prophetic word talked about apostolic teams operating together within a universe having planetary alignments rather than like billiard balls crashing into on another! In light of this, Jeremy has now formed the ChristCentral Partnership which gathers existing and emerging apostolic leaders for friendship, accountability, development and sharing resources. This group consists of Jeremy Simpkins (UK), Joseph Mwila (Zambia), Lee Yarbrough (Mexico), Joe Crummey (Canada), Graham Pyman (UK), Andy Robinson (UK) and Graham Anns (UK).
What is the partnership about?
- 1. Friendship - to be in genuine friendship & relationship with one another.
- 2. Accountability - not just in life but also about how we are stewarding the gifts God has given us.
- 3. Sharing Resources - with one another, helping one another to go to the nations and to fulfill what God has spoken to us about together.
So what are we doing together?
In the UK, we have a number of teams that serve different groups of churches, mostly clustered by geography. These regions host prayer days for leaders, celebrations and other events together.
- Canada & USA
Jeremy & Ann have been visiting Canada for over 10 years and we now have around 15 churches and church plants working with us. We have also more recently started to work with a couple of churches in the USA.
- Mexico & South America
We are working with Lee Yarbrough and his team in Mexico, and also working with several churches in Peru and Bolivia.
Just recently, God has been speaking to us as a team about having a new focus on Europe, so we are praying into this and looking forward to what God might do! We have begun to plant churches in Scandinavia but we know there is more on the horizon!
In Africa, we are working with Joseph Mwila and his team in Zambia, church planting in Tanzania and developing some new relationships with churches in other African countries too. Our School of Leadership training course is also being presented in Zambia to 30 leaders per year to enable them to train leaders using the same course we use in the UK.
In Cambodia in Southeast Asia, Graham Pyman and others are working with a number of leaders and developing relationships with various groups of churches. We are also looking at church planting ourselves in some of these places.
And that’s not all! There are other nations too that we are beginning to work into. Church Planting is freshly on our agenda as we feel God stirring us to be planting more churches both in the UK and other countries. In the UK, we have launched our 2020 Initiative, which aims to plant 20 new churches by 2020. We also want to plant more churches elsewhere, particularly in Europe, the Americas, and Cambodia.
We have also expanded the number of training courses that are available. These are an important part of what we do together as we seek to equip people to serve in various areas of church life and also to be ambassadors for Christ in every area of life!
And finally, we continue to support Jubilee Plus as they work across the wider Newfrontiers family seeking to champion social action and social justice across churches in the UK.
We know that we don’t have all the answers. We know that there are others, both in the Newfrontiers family and other church streams that are passionate about seeing the Kingdom of God extended. However, we want to make sure that we play our part in God’s mission in His earth.
Jeremy Simpkins (UK)
Jeremy leads ChristCentral and along with his wife Ann have been involved in leading Newfrontiers churches for over 25 years, including Hastings (one of the first churches to relate to Terry Virgo) and Eastbourne (one of the first strategic Newfrontiers church plants). In 2009 Jeremy & Ann moved from the church they had planted in Teesside to lead Christ Central Manchester. In 2014 the team in Manchester appointed a local pastor to lead Christ Central Manchester releasing Jeremy to lead the ChristCentral team and travel amongst the churches which the team serves. After 7 years in Manchester, Jeremy & Ann are following a new call to be part of City Church Sheffield in 2017.
He and Ann often travel together and both love to support, encourage and develop local eldership teams and other ministries. The ChristCentral team is currently serving over 130 Churches on 5 different continents - North America (Canada & USA), South America (Peru), Asia (Cambodia), Africa (Zambia & Tanzania), Europe (Scotland, NI. Wales, England, Norway, Sweden). When they're not traveling, Jeremy & Ann love to walk in the surrounding countryside - usually ending with a visit to a local pub!
Joseph Mwila (Zambia)
Joseph Mwila is the founder of Dayspring Church and leads a Newfrontiers apostolic team based in Zambia and gives apostolic oversight to over 40 Newfrontiers churches in Zambia and neighbouring African countries in Partnership with ChristCentral. Alongside planting 13 churches, their community outreach programme, Streetlife Project, runs two orphanages, serves over 1,500 meals to children in poor communities and sponsors over 150 orphans back to schools and colleges. Based in Zambia, Joseph works internationally and is a regular speaker on both National Television and at international conferences. Joseph has pioneered the Zambian School of Leadership, the Zambia 2050 Young Entrepreneurs Business Initiative and founded the University of Kitwe. Joseph is married to Lillian and they have four lovely children.
Lee Yarbrough (Mexico)
Lee & Stacey Yarbrough were sent to Mexico from Anchorage Alaska, in 1985. They have four boys: Ryan, Daniel, William and Matthew. “Our desire and vision is to see grace filled, Christ centred, vibrantly worshipping churches, planted and established throughout North, Central and South America. Along with that, our vision is to see nationals equipped and trained to plant new churches, and provide strength and leadership to existing churches.” Lee and Stacey serve 20+ churches in Mexico, varying in size and expression, in several of Mexico’s big cities, as well as several churches in the indigenous areas of the Pame and Otomi communities. There is also a church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and emerging works in Lima, Peru.
Joe Crummey (Canada)
Joe grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada. He studied at the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, where he now lives with his wife Angela and their four children, Micah, Noah, Jared and Anna. Joe has been a full-time staff member at Christ Central Fredericton since 2003 and is part of the Eldership team there. Joe leads a team serving a number of churches in Atlantic Canada. He is passionate about seeing men and women serve well in their families, vocations, schools and in church life.
Graham Pyman (UK)
Graham is married to Sarah and they have 4 school age children. Graham leads the team at Jubilee Church in Derby (UK) and is also part of the European Core Team as well as the ChristCentral Partnership. He works with churches across the Midlands in the UK and Cambodia in South East Asia. Graham & Sarah are approved foster carers for their local authority and as well as looking after children, work with them to help encourage foster care recruitment in the city. Graham is also a Director of ChristCentral Churches (the charitable body that provides a legal, financial and governance framework to ChristCentral) and a school Governor. Sarah trained and worked as a Learning Disability nurse and now leads Smile, Jubilee’s respite facility for children with additional needs. On a day-off they enjoy country walks and pub lunches together!
Andy Robinson (UK)
Andy is married to Hazel and they have two adult sons who are both married, both work in world of television and both serve in different churches as youth leaders. Hazel is a pharmacist and works for a company providing pharmaceutical services into hospitals specialising in mental health and palliative care.
Andy leads the eldership team of Lifespring Church Horsham (formerly known as Kings Church). They are part of Catalyst one of a number of Newfrontiers apostolic teams serving churches internationally. Andy serves as part of the wider apostolic team helping other Catalyst churches trans-locally. He is also a member of the leadership team of one of the Catalyst hubs based in Bedford.
Andy is passionate about seeing people experience their theology and is a frequent speaker at churches and conferences across the spheres of Newfontiers. Andy says, “I love what I call ‘intersphering’ which is simply serving churches across the spheres of Newfrontiers because whilst we may be many tribes, we are still one family. One of the practical outworking’s of this is being part of the ChristCentral Partnership where I can serve one sphere whilst being part of another”.
For fun Andy loves to ride his BMW 1200 Motorbike to far flung places across Europe. So far, he has ridden to 20 of the 32 EEA Nations and 24 of the 51 nations in continental Europe. Hazel also travels as a pillion and recently Andy and Hazel completed a tour of Tuscany together.
Graham Anns (UK)
Graham and his wife have lived in greater Manchester for more than 20 years and have two adult children. They have been part of Christ Central Manchester since 2003 and Graham is part of the Eldership team there. Graham oversees the legal, financial and management side of ChristCentral Churches and works with churches in various regions in the UK. He is part of the ChristCentral Partnership as well as the European Core Team. Graham is a Director of ChristCentral Churches and several other charities, including Jubilee+. His wife is a head teacher at a local primary school. They love spending time with their family and particularly enjoy walks that involve tea shops!