Team

MEET THE
CORE TEAM

AARON ELDER

Aaron is married to Amy and has a little boy called Joshua. He did the Forge course in Scotland in 2012 and leads Oxgangs Community Church in Edinburgh. He also works for Cairn Movement, training leaders in mission and discipleship.

ALAN MCWILLIAM

Alan is helping to replant Ruchazie Church of Scotland. He leads Cairn Movement and is the Director of Forge Europe. Diane and Alan have been married since 1988 and have two sons.

BERDIEN RINGLAND

Berdien is originally from the Netherlands and is married to Stuart who is from Co.Down N-Ireland. She runs the operations of Cairn Movement, runs her own e-commerce business and assists Stuart with the running of their property business.

SIMON KILPATRICK

Simon leads Praxis Movement and also works with the Home Mission Department Team of the Methodist Church, is part of a team leading a local church and part of a Chaplaincy Team in a local secondary school. Simon is married to Cheryl with three kids and living in Wicklow.

ANNE BAENZIGER

Anne has been living in Dublin since 2013 working with YMCA Ireland Chaplaincy and Breathe (MCI). She is passionate about building community, connecting people and helping to create change. She’s a cyclist, enjoys cinema and loves anything that makes Dublin better!

JOHN OLIVER

John is married to Karen and they have two sons and a daughter. They live just outside Portadown, Co. Armagh in N Ireland. He has been a minister with Elim Pentecostal Churches since 2011 where he led church, was part of the Ignite team (pioneering/evangelism) and led the team who planted Hope Central in Omagh. He is passionate about movement and now leads New Ground Ireland whose mission is to pioneer various expressions of Church across Ireland.

GREG NEVILLE

Greg lives in Lisburn with his wife Ruth and their three children Abigail, Alicia, and Lucas. He first became involved with Forge as a participant in Forge Scotland in 2018. He later went on to serve with the team that launched Forge Ireland in 2019/20. Greg has worked as a pastor in a community in South Belfast for over a decade. In this role he also pioneered a local community group which seeks to provide a space for residents to grow in their faith and connect with each other. Greg is also passionate about leadership development. He works as an Executive Coach and Facilitator to develop leaders within business and faith-based organisations. He also works in Journey Church Lisburn where he is responsible for coaching and developing the leaders and culture of the church – whilst also serving as a member of the teaching team.

DAVID SPENCE

David is a passionate communicator of God’s Word who inspires people to follow Jesus. He and his wife Linda founded Table in Tandragee – a community of people following Jesus and aiming to bring life and hope to their town. He has taught Chemistry in Portadown College since 2001 and he enjoys live music, movies, books and good coffee.

LUCY HILL

Lucy, originally hails from Belfast but now lives in Dublin with her husband Ross. She is full-time mum to her 3 girls and co-leads a church community as part of the 24/7 prayer movement. She is passionate about seeing young leaders equipped and especially seeing young women released to lead in the church in Ireland. Lucy also serves on the board of Tearfund Ireland and is currently completing a post grad in Theology.

COURSE CONTRIBUTORS

SAM MOORE

Sam trains, coaches and equips leaders for mission with Innovista. He is an activist, loves a good rant and is an aspiring allotment gardener. Over the last year he has been involved in campaigns for green space and a liveable city in Dublin 8 where he lives with his young family and is involved in leadership in St Catherines church.

ANA MULLAN

Ana was born in Argentina and is married to Seán and she has been living in Ireland for 37 years. Involved in church planting and church leadership for 22  years in Cork and Dublin. The last 10 partly involved in a social enterprise called Third Space in Dublin. She has a BA in Applied Theology from Irish Bible Institute and Diploma in Spiritual direction from Milltown Institute.  She is also an artist and likes to use art as a way of helping others to experience God. She is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to three gorgeous girls.

RICK HILL

Rick Hill works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and is passionate about equipping churches in the areas of Discipleship and Leadership. He is married to Sarah and they have 2 young boys – Noah and Micah. Rick is also an elder in Carnmoney Church near Belfast, enjoys running marathons and endures supporting Spurs.

ANN MARIE KERR

Ann Marie is the Dublin trainer with Innovista Ireland. She is passionate about releasing vision in others. In her role she provides, training, coaching and facilitation to leaders and teams. She and her husband Seamus are Vineyard church planters in Dublin. They have three adult children, who they love hanging out with. She has a lot of experience in church leadership & development, and has a degree in Computer Science (UCD).