Church Planter

Ben Williamson


Ben is 40, grew up in South West London. Ben had the wonderful privilege of growing up in a Christian family and cannot remember a time when he didn’t trust the Lord Jesus Christ for his salvation. He was discipled at youth group in Wimbledon and through into university he increasingly learned what it means to follow Jesus as Lord. Throughout this time, he had a growing desire to serve God’s people by teaching the Bible and serving the church.

Ben attended the Cornhill Training Course for two years just after university and worked for a church in Ealing, West London.

After Cornhill, and a year working in administration Ben trained as a Maths teacher and completed his NQT year at a school in Sutton. With a desire to return to full-time Christian ministry he approached a mission agency, Crosslinks, with a view to explore mission worked overseas.

With Crosslinks, he worked for Johannesburg Bible College for two and half year, teaching basic Bible handling skills. During this time, he got to know a local pastor who invited him to serve as assistant pastor at an inner-city church in Johannesburg, Christ Church Hillbrow. A year later, after the death of the pastor, Ben was asked to take over the leadership of the Church and was ordained n 2014. During this time, he also completed a Honours degree in Theology at a reformed university North West University, Potchefstroom.

Keen to return to church ministry back in the UK and to see indigenous leadership SA, in 2017 Ben took on a curate, Godfrey, at Christ Church Hillbrow. After two-years Ben was able to hand over the church to him. Godfrey, asked Ben to stay on to assist him until the end of 2020, which Ben did while also continuing to work at Johannesburg Bible College.

Ben returned to the UK in November 2020 and was accepted by the Anglican Mission in England to church plant in the north of Manchester. In January 2021, Ben moved to Stockport, to work with AMiE church Christ Church Stockport, preparing to pioneer a church plant in the north of Manchester in 2022. 


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