Meet the team
The Parenting for Faith staff team consists of Rachel, Becky, Anna and Iona and our two networkers, Kate and Mary, who promote and share about Parenting for Faith in the Midlands and the South. We also have a speaking team, who you can book to come and lead training or speak at your event.
The staff team
Do contact us if you want to get in touch with a member of the team.
Rachel is the Parenting for Faith pioneer at BRF. God gave her the vision for Parenting for Faith in 2005 in response to a need in her local church, and it has grown from there.
She has worked in a variety of churches as a family life pastor, children's pastor and youth pastor since 2004. She consults, speaks at conferences and runs training days for parents and church leaders around the UK and Europe.
Rachel moved to the UK from southern California in 2002 and now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and son. She once taught herself Irish Gaelic for three years for fun and is fascinated with obscure history. Her love language is new and beautiful stationery.
Becky Sedgwick is the Parenting for Faith local coordinator, having joined the Parenting for Faith team in April 2017.
Before this, she was a children and families' worker for nine years at St James’ Church, Devizes, where she ran Parenting for Faith courses.
A long time ago, Becky got a degree in theology. Before St James’, she worked in all sorts of non-theological places – at the Bank of England, as a PA to a millionaire, in a small company’s sales office and then as an admin officer for a primary school.
She lives in Devizes with her daughter Hannah and an annoying small dog, Max. She spends her spare time playing at and coaching the wonderful Devizes Netball Club.
Anna Hawken (on maternity leave)
Anna is the Parenting for Faith national coordinator; she joined the team in March 2018.
Before this, she was a children and families minister in St Albans for six years, where she ran Parenting for Faith courses. Her messiest ministry moment was being turned into a snowman with multiple cans of shaving foam.
She now lives in Milton Keynes with her husband Matt and their children. With their help, she leads the online provision for families at New Life Church. She cheats at life by living next door to her parents who provide an extra store cupboard for her regular baking emergencies.
Kate Irvine is the Midlands networker for Parenting For Faith and she joined the team in April 2020.
Before this she was the children’s ministry leader at Chipping Campden Baptist Church for over seven years where she ran a Parenting For Faith course.
Kate has three children and lives in the Cotswolds with her husband Andy, who makes fudge for a living. She enjoys walking and spending time with her family and also enjoys eating cream teas in her spare time.
Mary Douglas is the Parenting for Faith networker for the southern region and has been with the team since April 2020.
Mary has worked with church leaders across many denominations, enabling evangelism and championing families, both locally and nationally. Having served God in politics for many years, Mary has recently completed a masters in theology, and is acutely aware of the longing of the Father for all his children to know Him, and of every Christian parent for their children to love and walk with God.
Mary and her husband, Phil, have two children and eight grandchildren, and live in Salisbury. A qualified piano teacher, Mary plays the piano for a local choir, watches epic films and goes running rather slowly.
Iona is the Digital Marketing Officer and joined the team in April 2021. Before this she did various community and marketing work in both the charity and private sector.
She lives in Oxford with her husband and is always looking for new things to bake! She loves an adventure and has done a skydive, run a marathon and lived in five different countries.
The speaking team
You can book a member of our speaking team to come and deliver a workshop, seminar or other event. We will normally suggest the speaker geographically closest to you to minimise travel time and cost.
Becki Chafe has been in children’s ministry for ten years and is currently the children and families pastor at Christ Church, St Albans. Becki has a two-year-old daughter with her husband Ash and spends a lot of her time either at softplay or locked in the toilet trying to find ‘alone time’.
Sarah Hogben has been involved with Parenting for Faith since 2011. She is a mum to three children and leads the children’s work at Gateway church in York. Sarah loves board games, messy play and anything creative (as long as it doesn’t involve any artistic skill).
Emma has been a children and families worker for the past five years, and has recently relocated to Maidenhead. She first met the Parenting for Faith team when she was a church intern, and has been a fan and champion of them ever since. In her spare time Emma reads, walks or spends time with friends and family - almost certainly with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Rhianne O'Rourke is a mum to three boys and is entering into the world of parenting a teenager. She has been a children's worker and is currently training to be a pioneer vicar. Rhianne is a big fan of all things Parenting for Faith, crafty and board gamey, and is most comfortable drinking a cup of tea with a comfy pair of slippers on.
Lauren has been a children’s pastor and champion of Parenting for Faith for the past seven years. She is currently the head of kids at St Peter’s, Brighton (part of the HTB Network), having previously worked in churches in southwest London and Los Angeles.