Welcome to...

...our first ever partners' newsletter!

I'm sure many of you will be aware that the Greek word ‘charis’ means grace, the gift that we aim to consistently communicate.

Each month we want to provide an insight into what we've been doing at Charis Communications and how your partnership is helping!



How and why did Charis Communications come into being?

For this first newsletter we thought we'd take a quick look back at the beginning of Charis.
 

Hugh was serving as the senior minister at Cornerstone Christian Centre in Bromley which he planted in 1991. During that time he had undertaken the challenge of increasing Biblical literacy, raising effective leaders and supporting Kingdom initiatives beyond his own congregation through the CiC Ministers’ Fellowships and other projects.

Five years before the birth of Charis in 2007, Hugh saw the increasing need in the wider community to pursue even more vigorously the very same three-fold task of increasing Biblical Literacy, raising effective leaders and supporting Kingdom initiatives.

Since then Charis Communications, along with Hugh’s Bible teaching ministry, has developed and grown in influence and respect as a charity both at home and abroad through its effective promotion of Kingdom principles.  

As you have read of the origins of Charis, we would like to thank you for your invaluable contribution as a partner in making this possible.


Saturday Teaching Conference

SATURDAY 30 SEPT 2017, 10am-6pm
Cornerstone Christian Centre
21A The Mall, Bromley, BR1 1TR

Join us for this exciting one day, four-part teaching series delivered by Hugh. Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity and the fellowship and networking possibilities over the included lunch.


Meet the Team

Here's a little introduction to Hugh and his Charis Communications team

From left to right...

Jacob operates as general assistant to Daniel with media projects and the team ‘barista, meeting the refreshment needs. In addition, Jacob manages the social media function of the ministry with special responsibility for website liaison with various entities.  He is a keen photographer using actual film, musician, Francophile and the team’s only eligible bachelor. 

Daniel has been part of the Charis team since 2007 and is the Head of Communications and the longsuffering I.T./design/ typesetting/advisor/media specialist and solver of computer operation issues, his very stare is said to cause errant equipment to function properly. He is a musician, photographer, Arsenal supporter and occasional golfer. Daniel is married to Sarah and they have four children.

Cheryl is Hugh’s tireless and resourceful P.A. managing his diary, extensive local and international correspondence and itinerary. She ensures that the office remains clean and clutter-free. Cheryl is married to Dave and they have a son. Cheryl is our resident chocolate connoisseur.

Trevor is an Executive Director of Charis and co-founder, functioning as consultant in the areas of education, interfaith issues and ecumenicalism. Trevor critiques Hugh’s prodigious production of papers on issues concerning theology, social and political interaction. He is a proud member of the Harley-Davidson family. Trevor is a linguist, specialist in inter-faith relations and an accomplished communicator and leader. Trevor is married to Tamzin and they have two sons.

Paul functions as Communications Co-ordinator and is the newest member of the team. He is married to Heather. Paul calls himself an “amateur guitarist” gamely pursuing Grade 8 before turning forty. He enjoys racquet sports, exercise and healthy eating. Both Paul and Heather are passionate about local church planting and development.

Adrian is the Academic Co-ordinator overseeing the M.Div. programme while working with Hugh on academic papers the development of the School of Biblical Studies curricula and other projects. A biker and keen Liverpool fan, Adrian is married to (read ‘managed by’) Lyn. They have two daughters, a grandson with another one on the way.

Dorothy (not photographed) volunteers as the Charis bookkeeper and has an eagle eye for detail and the goal of consistent excellence. She is married to Geoff and they have two sons and three grandchildren. Dorothy is a keen videographer in her spare time. 


⭐Hugh's highlight ⭐

July offered no let-up in Hugh’s hectic schedule, but it did provide some highlights, including the Salvation Army Commissioning Service conducted at the Westminster Central Hall on Saturday 8th July. That event provided Hugh with a welcome change of pace and an opportunity to reflect upon the commissioning of his paternal grandparents one hundred-years ago.


Prayer Points

1.   Hugh will be speaking at two summer events in Northern Ireland and then Wales. 

2.   As a part of our vision of developing effective leaders, Hugh produces a regular teaching video that is shared at a monthly gathering of young, dynamic leaders in Lagos, Nigeria. Please pray for them and their developing ministries.

3.   On Sunday 20th August, Hugh will be ministering at the Sussex Songs of Praise for local churches.