The South West team

Alison Ball

Learning & Development Coordinator (Discipleship Development), South West

Alison coordinates the work of the South West Regional Team of the Learning Network and specializes in Discipleship Development and is the main point of contact for requests for support, suggestions, ideas and feedback on how we are doing and what you would like from us.

A science graduate with a Masters in systems thinking, Alison has worked in adult and child education and learning for over 20 years and lately had responsibility for attainment in a north London comprehensive.  Training in Mission studies at All Nations Christian College was followed by an active ministry within the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, particularly preaching, evangelism and prayer.

Alison has 3 grown up children and has numerous potential hobbies that she doesn't always get round to enjoying.



Sharon Rowe

Learning & Development Officer (Church & Community Development), South West

Sharon has worked and volunteered in a variety of children's, youth and community work contexts for over 16 years, including developing and managing inner city youth and community work, as a Professional Practice Tutor for the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission, and for the Methodist Church as the Youth Participation Project Manager for the South and South West region since November 2009.

These roles have helped to establish in Sharon a passion for equality and empowering people to realise their own potential and make a difference in their own lives, the people around them and the world they live in.

Sharon is a qualified JNC youth and community worker, with a degree in Youth and Community Work and Applied Theology. She is married to Dave and enjoys travelling, photography and cooking in her spare time.



Jon Curtis

Learning & Development Officer (Ministry Development), South West

Before his time in the Learning Network, Jon worked within the Venture FX Pioneering Ministries Scheme, and before that, he worked in education as an A Level lecturer and was a Youth Homelessness Worker too. He is a Local Preacher in the Exeter, Coast and Country Circuit too.

His education (BA and MA in Theology from Exeter, plus a PhD due in 2015) adds to this mix, but Jon's passion is for pioneering - opportunities for the radical gospel of Jesus to be spoken of outside of church buildings, and hopes to build upon the exciting work of Venture FX across the country.

Jon lives in Exeter with Beth, Freddie and Martha and is obsessed with both punkrock and Exeter City FC.



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