Introducing New Staff

I am constantly amazed by and grateful for the variety of gifts, skills and leadership that God provides in and through his people. In the context of talking about the body of Christ, the Apostle Paul highlights a number of these:

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:27-28)

Sometimes we can be tempted to think of some gifts or areas of life as somehow being more ‘spiritual’ than others. However, as the Psalmist wonderfully expresses “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it!” As presence carriers, God has called us to influence all areas of society and as such, activities like providing education and running a conference centre are equally as important as preaching on a Sunday morning!

At our Family News Night we introduced a number of new staff. Each of these roles includes an element of administration, management of people and finances and are therefore very important for us. Please do pray for Debbie, Ian and Steve as they settle into these new roles. For those who were not able to be there, here is some more detail about their areas of responsibility within the EMCF Derby Hub:

Riverside Events Management (Centre Manager)
Debbie Mansell

  • Oversight of REM day to day operations
  • Providing a friendly and welcoming environment
  • Staff Recruitment and Management
  • Management of relationships with internal and external users and customers
  • Business management, sales forecasting and marketing
  • Management and maintenance of Centre facilities
  • Centre Safety Management
  • Financial management


Emmanuel School (Head Teacher)
Ian Birkin

  • Leadership and oversight of School
  • Curriculum planning and monitoring
  • Staff leadership and development
  • School discipline and development
  • Ensuring good communication with parents
  • Financial planning
  • Ensuring statutory regulations are met
  • Safeguarding/health and safety/pupil welfare
  • Co-ordination of extra-curricular activities


Derby Hub (Executive Leader)
Steve Fogg

  • Providing strategic operational leadership which releases senior leadership from day-to-day management
  • Promoting a culture consistent with our values across the Hub
  • Leading the Hub Operational team
  • Staff Management and mobilisation of congregation
  • Calendar and events management, inc. Sundays
  • Welcome and integration through clear and effective pathways 
  • Financial planning that supports the vision and mission of the church