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Kent Gospel Partnership is a network of Bible-centred, local churches in Kent who are committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ across our region, and to supporting, encouraging and equipping each other as we seek to do this.

Churches and church leaders in the partnership come from different backgrounds (including: Independent, Anglican, Baptist) but are seeking to work together for the building and growth of the church of Jesus Christ through gospel ministry. We share a conviction that:

  • The means of gospel ministry is the prayerful teaching of the Bible. It is as the Bible is taught in the power of the Spirit that God’s voice is heard.

  • The heart of gospel ministry is the proclamation of Christ crucified. The message of the cross is God’s way of saving people from his coming wrath.

  • The focus for gospel ministry is the local church. It is primarily through the local church that unbelievers are brought to faith in Christ and believers are built up in him.

The Kent Gospel Partnership is part of the of a growing network of Gospel Partnerships around the country.

KGP Steering Committee

The Steering Committee meet three times a year to plan the work of the Kent Gospel Partnership. The committee members are also Trustee's of the charity. 

Meet the Team

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Richard Hagan
Committee Chair

Richard grew up on the Isle of Sheppey and later returned to Kent in 2009 to plant Emmanuel church Canterbury with 8 others. When he served as an assistant minister in Dorset he was thrilled to see 50 churches come together for a large mission with Rico Tice. He is very keen to see Kent churches grow together in the confidence that the gospel really is god's power for salvation, and to be equipped to reach the 1.9 million lost people in this great county. He loves to pray Paul's prayer in 2 Thessalonians 3:1: 'pray for us that the message of the lord may spread rapidly and be honoured.' He is married to Corinne and they have 4 children. He loves reading military history, running with the dog and making music.

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Nigel Hoad

Nigel has been a member of the Steering Team for a few years and it is a privilege to serve Christ in this capacity among the churches in Kent. Nigel is also currently the Chair of the Kent Men's Convention, organised through and part of the Kent Gospel Partnership. He is an elder at Grace Fellowship, Ashford, having moved to Ashford on retirement from church planting in Ebbsfleet, Prior to working full-time in Christian ministry, Nigel was a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager in the Construction Industry and is still involved helping churches redevelop their existing buildings. North Kent for several years. He has been married to Lucy for loads of years(!) and has three children and eight grandchildren. To keep him humble and contrite, he supports West Ham, but loves sport general and being active and travelling.
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Peter Mawson

Peter began his career as a trombonist in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He subsequently became the Principal of the Bromley Youth Music Trust, which had the responsibility of teaching musical instruments to more than 5000 children in the Borough of Bromley. Peter loved every minute of this job but he and his wife Linda, decided to take early retirement so that he could enter the full-time Christian ministry. He served in Bristol for five years in a re-start church, before he became the minister for 7 years at Trinity Baptist Church, Tenterden. He is now an Elder at Hope Community Church in Biddenden, a village in the heart of Kent. Peter is an enthusiastic supporter of the Kent Gospel Partnership and believes that the partnering of gospel churches in Kent is essential if we are to see Kent impacted by the gospel and the Lord glorified in our day.
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I came to know Jesus as a teenager as I let go of trying to earn acceptance with God and my heart was won by what Christ had done for me through his death and resurrection. I serve as an Associate Rector at St Nicholas in Sevenoaks. I got involved in the KGP because Kent needs Jesus. Partnering together as local churches across our denominations we will be far more effective in getting the good news about Jesus to Kent.

Matt Taylor

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Simon Buss

Simon became pastor of Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church (FIEC) in 2021. He’s a new-comer to Kent, but family roots mean he keeps bumping into distant relatives! Simon is married to Victoria, and they have three kids, who are loving life by the sea.  Before Kent, Simon was an architect in London, and an elder at Duke Street Church, Richmond. He's also spent several years living in Russia, researching Soviet Constructivist architecture, among other fascinating things.  Simon had a first taste of gospel partnership at his university Christian union. Expecting it to be ‘dodgy’, he was deeply humbled to find brothers and sisters in Christ from various churches, more passionate than him about sharing the good news. So it’s exciting to be involved in KGP now, which offers churches a framework to enjoy gospel unity, without compromise, and by God’s grace to be more effective, together. 



Fiona Strasser

Fiona spent most of her 40+ years in Bromley, attending Hayes Lane Baptist Church. She moved to Ashford during COVID and is a member of Grace Fellowship where she is actively involved in the life of the church. She is married to an Austrian, who happily drives trains for a living. She had a career in childcare and was in university to become a teacher when it was decided to change completely and home educate their two boys. She enjoys watching most sports, with a passion for American Football. Having never heard of the Kent Gospel Partnership, she is delighted to find herself working for a charity which seeks to share the good news of the gospel across Kent. 

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