For over 20 years, Cross Connections has channelled support to overseas gospel workers engaged in expository Bible preaching, especially to those who are training others in this vital ministry.
Many of these have themselves been trained and equipped through time spent in London at the Cornhill Training Course, a ministry of the Proclamation Trust. These individuals, now returned to their home countries to start indigenous Word-centred ministries, scattered all around the globe, really are in the front line. Many have extremely restricted and limited access to sources of funding. Some are in hard-to-reach situations. But their ministry is vital if we want to see global gospel advance.
More recently we have strengthened the link between Cornhill and Cross Connections to help target funding into projects with which we have an ongoing relationship of support and accountability. This means that the Cross Connections Fund offers a unique opportunity to partner financially in significant pioneering initiatives and so have a privileged share in what God is doing around the world. Whilst our plans are ambitious and the geographical reach of the fund is wide, the ministry focus remains deliberately narrow. We do not focus on buildings or projects, but rather on workers who are dedicated to training others in expository Bible teaching and ministry. All the ministries on this site share this same focus. To find out more about specific ministries we support, click here.
Since April 2016, Nigel has been Director of the Cornhill Training Course in London, and Team Leader of the Proclamation Trust staff. Previously, he was involved in church leadership for over 35 years, most recently as Senior Minister of a church plant in Nottingham. He is enthusiastic to hear the Bible taught well and loves watching its impact in people’s lives. He is also chairman of Cross Connections, and serves on the boards of Music Ministry and 9:38. He is the author of two volumes in PT’s new series Get Preaching – ‘Preaching the Cross’ and ‘All-Age Services’. Nigel is married to Lizzie, and they have six children and ten grandchildren. He loves music, theatre and contemporary fiction and wishes he’d been a children’s TV presenter!
The founder of the Christian charity The Rock Foundation, it was Richard’s vision that first started Cross Connections. For many years this charity has supplied the confidential infrastructure for Cross Connections around the world. Richard is actively involved in teaching the bible via The WORD One to One (www.theword121.com) , a means for any believer to share the Gospel of John in a socially acceptable way.
Nancy Benham MBE
Nancy has over 30 years overseas experience in the diplomatic, commercial and international charity sectors. She has seen first-hand the importance of sound Biblical teaching by trained pastors in many local churches in Africa and Asia. Nancy is keen to work with the Board to continue the legacy set by the founders of Cross Connections.
Tim is an elder at Emmanuel church Wimbledon and works in finance specialising in emerging markets. He is involved in various Christian charities such as Christian Books Worldwide, Zion Ministries in India and an alcohol and drug abuse charity in London.
Enthusiastically telling a new generation of young people all about the exciting work of Cross Connections has been Sim's focus since joining the team in 2017. He is an active member of Immanuel Church Brentwood in Essex and works as an underwriter in the London insurance market.
Neil Watkinson has been International Director of the Proclamation Trust since September 2015. Previously he was based in Singapore (2008-2014), involved in training expository preachers in Asia, alongside working part-time on the staff of an Anglican Church. He is an active member of St Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, where he is also on the preaching team.
Charlotte recently joined the Cross Connections team in October 2020, and is involved in administering finances, maintaining the website and arranging meetings. During the week she is also an administrator at the Proclamation Trust, and a student on the Cornhill Training Course.