After two years of prayer and planning, the team is now in place. Underpinning it will be the challenge from Jesus in Matthew 28: 18-20 to ‘go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’.
From September 2017 there will be a ‘Go Team’ Adviser in each of the three archdeaconries that can better support resource and equip youth and children’s ministry locally. The team will work together on diocesan-wide youth and children’s initiatives, events and conferences and there will still be a central administration in Wells making the team fully contactable and able to feedback on what is happening in youth and children’s ministry across the diocese.
Tony Cook has 30 years of experience in working with children and young people in a wide variety of settings. He is currently one of the Assistant Directors in the Bath and Wells Education Department, heading up the Youth and Children’s Department. Before arriving at the diocese 18 years ago, Tony worked with Bath Youth for Christ as their projects and events manager. Tony has written a significant number of training courses and resources for youth and children’s leaders including a national resource for the Church of England called ‘Learn to Listen’, that aims to help churches listen to the voices of children and young people. In his spare time Tony heads up the youth work in his home church, plays drums and percussion and mentors young musicians. Tony is married to Jacqui and they have three grown up children (Rosie, Jay and Harry).
In the new Go Team, Tony will oversee the team and the strategic development of the work in line with the new diocesan strategy. He will also act as the Youth and Children’s Adviser for the Bath Archdeaconry.
Cheryl Govier has worked in parish-based ministry in the Diocese of Bath and Wells for the past 8 years. In September 2016, Cheryl became the Chaplain at Wadham School and the Schools and Families Leader for St Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne. Prior to this, Cheryl spent 7 years as the Children’s, Schools and Families worker for the Blackdown Local Ministry Group. Whilst in this role, Cheryl studied for a Masters in Mission (Youth and Children), writing a dissertation that looked at ‘Empowering Young People in the Rural Anglican Church’. Cheryl is a school governor and has been on the Somerset Churches Together Standing Committee for the past 4 years. Outside of work, Cheryl is a keen sportsperson, who attempts to play lots of hockey for Taunton Vale Hockey Club and runs, competing in events when she has time! She can frequently be found at Sandy Park watching the Exeter Chiefs play rugby and can often be found checking the latest sports news on her phone!
Cheryl will be the Go Team Adviser for the Wells Archdeaconry.
Andy Levett has been working with children and young people in a variety of church based roles for the last 20 years. Having started out as a volunteer on a local youth project when all his friends left for university, Andy moved from the South West to the North East to train with Youth for Christ. He then spent ten years as Youth Worker in a thriving town centre church in Wiltshire, before returning to Somerset where he has worked as Youth & Children’s Work Coordinator for Tone Deanery for the last nine years. Andy has a passion for ‘telling the story’ to children and young people as well as helping others to do the same, and has been a pioneer in a variety of schools work and community projects.
Andy is married to Ruth, and they have four children aged 7 – 16. In his spare time Andy is a keen football fan, enjoys walking on the beach, and serves as a worship leader and as part of the youth team with his home church in Watchet.
In the Go Team, Andy will be Youth & Children’s Adviser for the Taunton Archdeaconry.
Sarah Lockie joined the Education Department at the Old Deanery in 2007 as part-time administrator having moved to Somerset from London with her husband and young son. Sarah studied in London for a Degree in Humanities and went on to work in Retail Management and the Library Sector, where she specialised in Reader Development, IT Training and Marketing.
Her hobbies include Yoga, crafts and walking their new puppy.
Sarah will be the Administrator for the new Go Team and will be based at the Old Deanery, in Wells.