I’m a VentureFX pioneer based in Exeter.
This is my home city and it was really important for me, and my wife Beth, to stay in a place that we know really well. The VentureFX aim is to reach those who wouldn’t ordinarily dream of setting foot inside a traditional church building.
I’ve always known what it’s like to be part of a church, but also know how weird the whole thing can seem. I was brought up an Anglican, though I later became a Methodist and trained as a lay preacher. I became a VentureFX pioneer minister in 2010.
I’ve always been part of the punkrock scene here – as well as the area’s political and artistic communities. It was a natural fit for me because music has also played a huge part in life and I still tour with a punk band called The Cut Ups. All my friends are involved somehow and we get together to put on shows, book tours, write and publish ideas and art.
You can read more about Jon’s work and his reflection on what he is doing on the Fresh Expressions website.