Meet the team
Our Parenting for Faith speaking team, all have years of experience using the Parenting for Faith Key Tools and approach in a local church setting. You can book them to come and lead training or speak at your event, online or in person.
The staff team
Do contact us if you want to get in touch with a member of the team.
Anna is the Parenting for Faith team lead; she joined the team in March 2018.
Before this, she was a children and families minister in St Albans for six years, where she ran Parenting for Faith courses. Her messiest ministry moment was being turned into a snowman with multiple cans of shaving foam.
She now lives in Milton Keynes with her husband Matt and their three children. She cheats at life by living next door to her parents who provide an extra store cupboard for her regular baking emergencies.
Becky Sedgwick is the Parenting for Faith Resources Coordinator, having joined the Parenting for Faith team in April 2017.
Before this, she was a children and families’ worker for nine years at St James’ Church, Devizes, where she ran Parenting for Faith courses.
A long time ago, Becky got a degree in theology. Before St James’, she worked in all sorts of non-theological places – at the Bank of England, as a PA to a millionaire, in a small company’s sales office and then as an admin officer for a primary school.
She lives in Devizes with her daughter Hannah and an annoying small dog, Max. She spends her spare time playing at and coaching the wonderful Devizes Netball Club.
Kate Irvine is the Parenting For Faith Support Coordinator and she joined the team in April 2020.
Before this she was the children’s ministry leader at Chipping Campden Baptist Church for over seven years where she ran a Parenting For Faith course.
Kate has three children and lives in the Cotswolds with her husband Andy, who makes fudge for a living. She enjoys walking and spending time with her family and also enjoys eating cream teas in her spare time.
Iona is the digital marketing officer and joined the team in April 2021. Before this she did various community and marketing work in both the charity and private sector.
She lives in Oxford with her husband and is always looking for new things to bake! She loves an adventure, has done a skydive, run a marathon and lived in five different countries.
The speaking team
You can book a member of our speaking team to come and deliver a workshop, seminar or other event, online or in person. For in person events, we will normally suggest the speaker geographically closest to you to minimise travel time and cost.
Feedback on our speakers
We had a brilliant morning with Lauren. She was excellent, very professional, clear, warm and a lovely approachable personality. The group really appreciated her presentation and we will certainly be booking her again.
We had some fantastic feedback about how helpful and stimulating the day was, and your session was a vital part of that. So thank you! I’m so grateful for your time in preparation and recording of your session. It really means a lot.
What Sarah shared was pitched perfectly for the team and everyone seemed really engaged.
Becki Chafe has been in children’s ministry for ten years and is currently the children and families pastor at Christ Church, St Albans. Becki has two small children with her husband Ash and spends a lot of her time either at soft play or locked in the toilet trying to find ‘alone time’.
Sarah Hogben has been involved with Parenting for Faith since 2011. She is a mum to three children and leads the children’s work at Gateway Church in York. Sarah loves board games, messy play and anything creative (as long as it doesn’t involve any artistic skill).
Emma has been a children and families worker for the past five years and currently lives in Maidenhead. She first met the Parenting for Faith team when she was a church intern and has been a fan and champion of them ever since. In her spare time, Emma reads, walks or spends time with friends and family – almost certainly with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Rhianne is a mum to three boys and is entering into the world of parenting a teenager. She has been a children’s worker and is currently training to be a pioneer vicar. Rhianne is a big fan of all things Parenting for Faith, crafty and board gamey, and is most comfortable drinking a cup of tea with a comfy pair of slippers on.
Lauren has been a children’s pastor and champion of Parenting for Faith for the past nine years. She is currently the head of kids at St Peter’s, Brighton (part of the HTB Network), having previously worked in churches in southwest London and Los Angeles.
Ruth is currently the Families Minister at Woodlands Church in Bristol. She has been in Children’s and Families Ministry in one form or another since 2008. Ruth lives in Bristol with her husband, two children, and her chocolate Cockapoo pup. Ruth first encountered Parenting for Faith 4 years ago and has been a big fan ever since, both for the way it has shaped her own vision for ministry with children and families; the church culture and also for the way it empowers and equips people to journey with their children for a life of faith in a simple and everyday way.
Iain has been in children’s and youth work for over 20 years and is currently the Children and Families’ Minister at St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford, Bristol. Iain has two boys with wife, Lydia and in his spare time enjoys woodworking, watching sport and listening to his vast collection of records and CDs.