The Regional Representatives

 A team of volunteers who offer support and encouragement to both existing groups and those considering a Who Let The Dads Out? group in their locality:

You can contact them here.

Aberdeen

Elmer RojasMy name is Elmer, I’m Peruvian, and I have been in Aberdeen since 2007. I’m married to Kathryn and have two adult sons. I’m part of the staff of my church, Deeside Christian Fellowship. I’m also part of the team that runs Who Let The Dads Out? in our church the last Saturday of the month. I strongly believe in supporting families, and Who Let The Dads Out? is a great way to do this. I enjoy cycling, and like reading biographies.

 

Armed forces

Pat AldredPat joined the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department in 1998 after completing two years as a Methodist Minister in Nottingham. He has served on operational tours in Kosovo, Bosnia and twice in Iraq. He is currently the Director Army at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre in Hampshire. Outside of work, Pat enjoys family, holidays, socialising and the occasional adventure training.

Berkshire

Jonathon BlaneHi. My name is Jonathan Blane and I live in Wokingham, Berkshire, with my (very patient) wife Sarah and our son, Thomas. I work as a systems specialist in the biopharma research industry and love what I do as the company improves the health and well-being of people the world over. As a family we attend All Saints with St. Marks, Binfield. Currently, my wife and I, with help from Thomas, simply do welcoming but enjoy doing so enormously as it puts us in a prime position to engage with old and new attendees alike. I instigated and ran a Who Let The Dads Out? group in the past and Thomas and I also attend a group (at Chertsey Hub in Surrey).  I am pleased to represent Berkshire as I feel Who Let The Dads Out? is a fantastic organisation and that my own experiences will be valuable to others. If you are Berkshire-based and are considering starting up a group, or if you are an existing group that would just like a visit, I would be very happy to come and talk with you.

North Devon

Sam HepburnI'm Sam Hepburn, I live in North Devon with my wife Rachel, and two children Eben and Pearl. I used to lead a Church plant and a Who Let The Dads Out? group in Bristol, and since we have moved to Barnstaple, we're now involved in a church plant in Bideford. I'm passionate about supporting fathers and pleased to be able to represent Who Let The Dads Out? here.  I love playing football, running, and watching the tennis! 

Cardiff and Newport

Simon BrownMy name is Simon Brown, I am married to Tomi and I have two teenage children, Anna and Jeremy. I have lived in Newport in Gwent for the last four years working as the Youth and Families Pastor.

I am part of the team that runs WLTDO? on the second Saturday of each month. I am passionate about photography, as a social photographer in a previous existence, and about rugby, having grown up in New Zealand.

Cheshire West and Chester

Tony SharpI’m Tony and I’m the National Coordinator for Who Let The Dads Out? as well as repping for West Cheshire. I grew up in West Sussex, but settled, with my wife Brenda and daughter Laura, in Chester in 1997, and we have lived here since. I worship at Hoole Baptist Church and run our Who Let The Dads Out? group.  In my other work life I’m a mechanical engineer doing ‘stuff’ in the water industry. As well as being passionate about the social and spiritual significance of the father/child relationship, I can also get quite vocal (for good and ill) on the football pitch and golf course.

 

 

Coventry and Warwickshire

Iain Colville and Jon WhiteHi, we are Iain and Jon and we live in Coventry. We worship at Queens Road Baptist Church in the city centre where we have been running a Who Let the Dads Out? group since October 2013. We work closely with the Parent and Toddler group which meets during the week and find Who Let the Dads Out? gives us an opportunity to meet and serve dads who otherwise would not find themselves inside a church building. We see Who Let the Dads Out? as a key missional activity amongst dads and as part of the church work with families. We would love to see this work develop further both at Queens Road and around the area.

Iain grew up in Kent and, after brief spells in Exeter and the Black Country, ended up in Coventry about 20 years ago. He is a partner in a large Midlands law firm and helps people protect their ideas. He has two children (aged 13 and 9) and together they are avid Wasps Rugby fans.

Jon was born in Suffolk moved to the Midlands for university and never went back! He is a finance manager for Jaguar Land Rover and is kept busy outside of work by his two boys (aged 11 and 8). As well as being a self-described gadget geek, Jon is also something of a steam railway nut, enjoying spending weekends as a volunteer guard for the Talyllyn railway in southern Snowdonia.

Cumbria

Jonny GiosHi my name is Jonny. I am married to Pamela and we have two children (Naomi and Caleb). I've been in ministry for 18 years in both rural and inner city contexts. I am a pioneer and entrepreneur and have a passion for community transformation. I long to see the local church engage with its community more effectively, touching lives—whatever age, whatever background! I now lead a charity across Cumbria and Lancashire called Hope Community that helps churches set up projects to engage more effectively and build community cohesion. I’ve worked for a variety of churches over the years in different areas of the North West as a youth pastor and minister. I long to see people come to know Jesus and be discipled to reach their friends and neighbours. My hope is that we can see more WLTDO groups throughout Cumbria to reach the many dads and granddads that are longing to spend more time with their children and spend time with other dads/granddads. Watch this space!

Derby

Tim R

Hi my name is Tim Rosier and I live in the East Midlands with my wife and three young children. Formerly a Probation Officer, I currently head up Reflex, the prison ministry overseen by British Youth for Christ working with juvenile, young and young adult offenders serving a custodial sentence. Having seen and worked with some challenging and heart-breaking cases over the years, I am passionate about encouraging and developing strong father figures who are active, engaged and committed to their families and seeing holistic transformation take place in the lives of young people. I’ve been leading a Who Let The Dads Out? group at my local church since 2013.

East Sussex and Kent

Graeme WarwoodMy name is Graeme and I live in Tonbridge, Kent with my wife Caroline and our three children, Isobel, Rosie and Jasper. We are part of the thriving St Stephen's CofE Church in Tonbridge and are absolutely passionate about our Who Let The Dads Out? group, which we've been running since 2010. To be able to share and encourage others, both with the opening and ongoing operation of their own groups across Kent and East Sussex, will be a real privilege.

Essex

Andy Butt

Andy Butt is a proud Essex boy. A lifelong and often long-suffering fan of Billericay Town FC, he enjoys a pint of warm beer, aka Real Ale, or a mug of tea, basically Andy loves anything that’s brewed. With a business background in IT, he says his all-time comic book superhero is Asterix the Gaul. To try and stay fit, you may find him riding a bike or skiing in the French Alps.

Anglican by default not by design, Andy is a founder of Dambusters, the Who Let The Dads Out? group which has been running at Christ Church Billericay since February 2006. He is passionate about sharing the gospel with those the church doesn’t normally reach, especially families, children and young people, through action rather than just words.

Married to Sue, he has two grown-up children, a daughter-in-law and a new grandson. As a recent first-time grandad, Andy’s currently pondering how the church can reach out to grandparents and their grandchildren, in an age when so much weekday childcare is provided by the older generations.

If you live in Essex and want to talk more about a Who Let The Dads Out? group, do get in touch. 

Hampshire

Brian Purchase

My name is Brian. I am married to Becky and we have two grown-up daughters who live in Bournemouth. Currently, I am a Methodist minister based in Southampton, where we are involved in helping to link the church with its local community. We run various groups for families including a Who Let The Dads Out? group. I enjoy swimming and caravanning as well as watching football.

London

Rob SanterMy name is Rob. I am married to Charlotte and we have 3 wonderful children. I am a big fan of Who Let The Dads Out? and run an active group at All Saints Church in Woodford Wells. I serve as London Regional Coordinator for Christian Vision for Men where we are passionate about winning men and the family to Christ. We have witnessed Who Let The Dads Out? to be a formidable community activity that creates the environment for dads to meet and forge strong friendships, leading to other opportunities. My other vocation is Certified Professional Life Coach where I spend time helping individuals achieve a sense of balance and contentment in managing time, work, family and finances. I welcome sharing our Who Let the Dads Out? experiences whilst helping and encouraging fellow churches across London in setting up and growing their own group.

London (south-west)

Mike WilkinsonMy name is Mike and I live and work in South West London. I am a chemical engineer and am married with three children and two grandchildren. I have co-led the Who Let the Dads Out? group at my church, Teddington Baptist, since 2012 – ours was one of the earliest groups and opened in 2007. We are keen to help men learn more about their role and so we run the Daddy Cool! fathering course every year and I would be delighted to help other groups start their own courses.

Merseyside, West Lancs & Isle of Man

Jane LeadbetterI'm Jane and I live in South Liverpool with hubby Ian and two adopted dogs. I help coordinate L19: Who Let The Dads Out?, L19: Messy Church and 25th Allerton Beaver Scouts. I work on the Messy Church Team with Lucy Moore at BRF. Not many people know that I can make a musical note from a blade of grass!

Norfolk

Simon FennMy name is Simon and I live in Sheringham with my wife Jemma and our son Elias. In 2010, we relocated to North Norfolk where I worked as the children, youth & families missioner for the Church of England, working in partnership with the local congregations to promote the Christian faith in a positive way. I currently work for Cromer Church as the Head of Mission, with a leadership responsibility for developing their mission strategy with a particular focus on families and men's ministry. My primary focus is to keep mission at the forefront of church life. I am passionate about mission and helping churches engage with their local communities. I am a strong advocate of Men's Ministry as part of a holistic approach to reaching and supporting families; empowering all to encounter a loving God.

With a team of volunteers, I run a monthly Who Let The Dads Out? group at Cromer Church. I am also the North Norfolk area coordinator for Christian Vision for Men (CVM) and part of the Diocesan Mission Enablers team. I am excited by what Who Let The Dads Out? is doing nationally in supporting men, encouraging fathers and transforming families. As a Who Let The Dads Out? representative, I'll endeavour to encourage, support, resource and pray for all those who have a heart for demonstrating God’s love to the wider community. In my spare time, I love spending it with my family, taking coastal walks, running, reading and drinking coffee!

North Wales

Julian Bonnebaigt

Hello, my name is Julian, I'm married to Heather, and we have two grown-up children. We live in Penmaenmawr in North Wales, and worship at St Paul's United (Methodist & URC) church in the town. I am a retired midwife, interested in birdwatching, walking, star gazing and God! I help to run our local Who Let The Dads Out? group and, despite a slow start, we are a gradually growing in numbers. It has been an exciting couple of years being involved in a church which, though small, is so committed to reaching out to the local and wider community.

Northern Ireland

Colin BirnieHi, I am Colin Birnie and I am a butcher by trade, but from September 2017 I am working full time as an outreach worker for the parish of St.Clements in inner East Belfast. I am part of the team who runs a Who Let The Dads Out? group at St Clements. It is so exciting to begin this 

Preston and Fylde Coast

Darren ArnoldI'm Darren - Children's & Family Worker at Fulwood Methodist Church. I am married to Cheryl and we have three children: Elan, our daughter, lives in Nottingham with her partner and our two granddaughters, Ava and Demi; and we also have two sons, Joshua and Jack. Having previously set up and run two Who Let The Dads Out? groups in West Sussex (at St Andrews Methodist Church and at Southwater Community Methodist Church), I’m now establishing a group in Preston and looking to share ideas. My other interests are cooking, photography and supporting Nottingham Forest FC.

South Yorkshire

Suzanne MortonHi, I'm Suzanne. I am a Community Outreach Worker at Greenhill Methodist Church, Sheffield. I work daily with people of all ages and both genders, and have particularly noticed that the men of our communities get the shorter straw in both ministry and mission. This led me to look at some possible ways we could start to encourage and welcome men, hence our first Who Let The Dads Out? session was born. We had an excellent response with lots of men from the community and the church joining us. As part of our vision, we also invite these men to a series of 'men only' social events. 

Staffordshire, North Shropshire and the Black Country

Mark HatcherI'm Mark Hatcher, the Children's and Family worker in the Staffordshire Moorlands circuit. I've been running a WLTDO in Kingley Holt a small village In the Stafford Moorlands since Easter 2017.

I'm passionate about helping churches reach out to their communities.

 

Suffolk

Rich KeebleHi, my name is Rich and I am married to Amba. We have three children, Bethany, Nathan and Samuel, and live in the village of Lakenheath in Suffolk. I enjoy spending quality time with the family, going on holiday and watching movies. Amba and I are Associate Leaders of Abundant Life Church in Lakenheath and moved to the area in August 2015 to help the church reach out more into the local community. In April 2017 I started a new Fathers and Families Project called E.P.I.C. Dad, which stands for Encourager – Provider – Instructor - Carer, four key roles of a father or father-figure we want to celebrate and encourage. The project focuses on supporting men, empowering fathers and transforming families and we run a variety of activities such as a monthly Who Let the Dads Out? group, a dads and toddlers group, a dads support group, family events and lots more. Through the project we hope to show fathers and families the Father Heart of God. I am passionate about community transformation and love to encourage others, and churches, to reach out more to fathers in their community.

Surrey

Andy BaconMy name is Andy. I live in Addlestone Surrey, with my wife Jenny and our two amazing children, Archie and Gracie. I'm a Civil Servant and work for DEFRA in the Digital, Data & Technology Services (DDTS). I first got involved with Who Let The Dads Out? in 2004 and worked in the kitchen serving bacon and eggs rolls. We had a small team of six and regularly had 10–15 dads a month. It wasn't until I moved to Equippers Church that I had the opportunity to start my own group. So, in February 2010, Chertsey Hub opened its doors for the first time. I now have a team of twelve amazing people who help me out monthly serving the families of the surrounding and further afield communities. We regularly have over 100 people a month (adults and children) attending our Saturday mornings, and I enjoy every moment of it!

West and Central Scotland

Calum GrahamHi! I’m Calum. I live in Bishopbriggs with my wife, Catherine, and our two children Anna and Ross. I am a primary school teacher. I run a Who Let The Dads Out? group in Bishopbriggs Community Church which we call 'Dads and Lads (and Lassies!)'. We have built up excellent relationships with some of the guys in our community and there is still plenty of scope to do more. We are really excited about the future and developing our work with the dads in our community.

West Sussex

Richard HattI'm Richard - I am married to Angela and we have three daughters and a son between us, as well as three grandsons and one grandaughter, aged from 6 to their late 20s. I am retired from gardening and am threatening to start doing the list of jobs written on parchment. I enjoy most sports - watched from the grandstand of my couch - and am even beginning to appreciate the soccer type of football. I am also an area coordinator for Christian Vision for Men.

Wirral

Dirk UitterdijkHi, I'm Dirk and I am 60 years old and have been married to Rose for 32 years. We have 3 children: Anya, aged 29, Joshua, aged 28 and Bethan, aged 26. I am originally from Holland from a family of eight children and we live in Ellesmere Port, where Rose is a Community Baptist Minister. I first came to England in 1981 to study at Moorlands Theological College, near Bournemouth. After working for Hoole Baptist church I joined the Children’s Society, then the YMCA, various fathering organisations before working in prisons and at present part time for a Methodist church. I was there at the first Who Let The Dads Out? session in 2003 and am friends with Mark & Tony. I enjoy 'viewing ‘the greatest show on earth’ – our kids and our grandsons Micah, Nathan & James growing up!

Share