Historically, ChristCentral has been led by Jeremy and a Core Team. Over time, this Core Team grew both in number of people and responsibility, to the point where it had started to become overwhelmed with the amount of information and detail required to function effectively.
Following a season of prayer and a number of prophetic words, we have felt led to devolve much of the responsibility for different areas of ChristCentral life to different teams. These teams will include, for example, teams taking responsibility for church planting, evangelism, training, governance, care for existing churches and so on.
Our heart is that these new teams will be as diverse as possible with men and women of different nationalities, backgrounds, ages and experiences serving together.
In addition, Jeremy is gathering a new team of apostles and prophets which will help us move forward together. Currently this team includes: Graham Anns, Ginny Burgin, Roger Bye, Chris Frost, Joseph Mwila, John Payne, Graham Pyman, Andy Robinson, Jeremy Simpkins, Ann Simpkins and Lee Yarbrough.
Graham Anns (UK)
Graham oversees the legal, financial and management side of ChristCentral and works with churches in various regions of the UK and internationally. Graham also oversees the ChristCentral training programs and is a Director of ChristCentral and Jubilee Plus. He and his wife Daryl have lived int he greater Manchester area for over 20 years and Daryl is a former headteacher who now serves the ChristCentral team part-time. They love spending time with their family and particularly enjoy walks that involve tea shops!
Ginny Burgin (UK)
Born and brought up in Sheffield, Ginny and her husband Stuart have been part of City Church Sheffield and it's Baptist predecessor for over forty years. Ginny is currently on the staff of City Church serving both pastorally and prophetically as well as travelling in the UK and Canada to help teach and train in these areas. Ginny has held a long standing expectation to see revival in the UK and is passionate to see local churches thrive and grow as they experience the work of the Holy Spirit in their midst. Stuart is now retired so spends much more time travelling with Ginny, and helping to entertain their four lively grandchildren.
Roger Bye (UK)
Roger leads the team at Kings Church Cockermouth and serves other churches both in the UK and internationally, especially in the Americas. Roger and his wife Cheryl live in Brigham, Cumbria, UK and have three adult children. They are kept young by their grandchildren and their dog Finn. To relax they enjoy their garden, reading a good book and a glass of wine.
Chris Frost (UK)
Chris has worked full-time for Gateway Church Leeds since 2008 and more recently began leading the team there. He is passionate about leading their community into wider kingdom influence both locally, nationally and internationally. He and his wife Jo have two children and are passionate about intimacy with Jesus, eating out and enjoy family adventures!
Joseph Mwila (Zambia)
Joseph Mwila is the founder of Dayspring Church and leads a ChristCentral apostolic team based in Zambia and gives apostolic oversight to over 40 ChristCentral churches in Zambia and neighbouring African countries. 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.
John Payne (Canada)
John has recently moved to North Vancouver with his wife Kate in preparation to plant a new church in the area. John and Kate planted Hope Church Harrogate from Gateway Church Leeds in 2010, with a passion to see churches impacting their communities, the nation and the nations. They have three young children and Kate works as a GP.
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). He works primarily 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 leads the Senior leadership team of Lifespring Church in Horsham and is part of the apostolic team that serves the ChristCentral family of churches within Newfrontiers.
Andy is married to Hazel and they have two sons who are married giving them the daughters they have missed for so long! They also became grandparents in 2020 for the first time which they really love even though they protest that they are not old enough for that particular title.
Hazel works in a local GP Surgery as a clinical pharmacist 3 days a week which she loves.
Andy left a successful career as sales director of a large multinational technology company when he was employed by the church in January 2006. To relax Andy loves to cook, go walking or cycling with Hazel. His greatest pleasure is found riding his BMW 1200 Motorbike to far-flung places across Europe and usually Hazel can be found there, right behind him, quite literally, riding pillion on their holidays.
Andy and Hazel are regularly found on stage or in front of the camera sharing from the Bible as both are gifted communicators. They are both passionate about raising the next generation of leaders and pastors and together mentor, disciple and help many emerging leaders in Lifespring and beyond.
Jeremy Simpkins (UK)
Jeremy has been involved in leading Newfrontiers churches for over 30 years now. In 2009 Jeremy & Ann moved from the church they had planted in Teesside to lead Christ Central Manchester. In 2011 when Terry Virgo multiplied Newfrontiers from one apostolic team to multiple teams, Jeremy started to lead ChristCentral. In 2014 the team at ChristCentral Manchester appointed a local pastor to lead the church team so that they could release Jeremy to focus on leading the ChristCentral team. Jeremy and Ann often travel internationally together and both love to support, encourage and develop local leadership teams and other ministry areas.
Ann Simpkins (UK)
Ann has always been involved in leading alongside Jeremy. She has a particular gift of encouragement to see God's people released into their unique calling, helping people to see that they are free to be all that God has made them to be. She has a passion for the prophetic and Spirit filled worship and feels a real burden to encourage people to step out into their gifting and for churches and Christians to be disciple makers. Jeremy & Ann are now part of City Church Sheffield and have been released to travel together to support, encourage and develop the ChristCentral family of churches worldwide.
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.