What we do
Network Suffolk is about enabling the unity of the entire Christian community across the region, by providing a place to share stories and information. We aim to facilitate communication – to connect and build relationships – where people can be encouraged and inspired to work together.
We do this primarily through the web site and social media. We aim to reflect and report honestly and without bias the different experiences and elements of the Christian faith. We look to share what God is doing in the lives of people and communities within our towns and villages.
We strive to maintain an independent, balanced position, reporting on the breadth of the Christian Community. We welcome all contributions that are written in a fair and reasonable manner. These are reviewed by our editorial team, with our basis of faith being the Nicene Creed.
Who we are
Phil Stollery – Editor/Project Lead
Phil leads and coordinates the Network Suffolk project, sourcing content and managing the web site and social media. He is a member of St Matthews Church, Ipswich.
Originally from Ipswich, Phil moved away for a period of 10 years, living in Leicestershire and Essex, before moving back in 2001. Since 2011 Phil has been involved in working with local Christians and Churches in various unity activities and events. This has resulted in a good network of friends and contacts across various denominations.
Phil says, “Part of me would quite happily stay at home and do gardening and DIY, but there’s this niggling ‘nudge’ that keeps reminding me that it may be quite good to facilitate general information sharing across the local Church, and especially telling stories of grace. I have become (slightly reluctantly) rather passionate about it.”
Phil works as a Business and Projects Manager within the Health Sector.
Graeme Duncan – Church & Projects Liaison
Graeme attends Melton Chapel. He has a passion for connectivity and networking within the Christian church, and has been involved in communication and many outreach evangelistic projects since his late teens.
Graeme was a schoolteacher for 23 years. He headed a local interdenominational youth group, ‘National Young Life Campaign’, has been involved in religious broadcasting, is a local preacher, and has sat on various local committees, including Fact & Faith Films, The Good News Stand, and MAB. Following the publication of his first book, ‘Just A Thought’, he is now nearing completion of its follow up, ‘Just Another Thought’. Graeme is currently managing director of two import businesses.
Julie Mansfield – Content Editor
Julie is the co-ordinator for Churches Together in Suffolk and very interested in all the differing approaches to and expressions of Christianity. She is also the Company Secretary of Eastern Savings and Loans Credit Union, a not-for-profit co-operative which offers fair loans and budgeting help to everyone in East Anglia.
Tim Naish – Technical Lead
Council of Reference
The Revd Canon Dave Gardner, Diocesan Director of Mission and Ministry (CofE)
Simon Harris, Senior Minister, Burlington Baptist Church, Ipswich
Tom Scrivens, Elder & Team Leader, Hope Church Ipswich
Our Council of Reference is made up of Church Leaders who are passionate about communication across the Church. As well as meeting with the team to pray and provide feedback on developments, they counsel on any issues and a level of governance.
We are seeking to develop a wider group of Church Leaders to walk with us in our journey, drawn from across the region. Please contact us if you think you may be interested.