UK/Ireland Advisory Team
We are blessed to have an advisory team of individuals who are fully invested in the lands we are called to serve. These people are OUTSTANDING and their help, encouragement, advice and support, invaluable.
Rick and Cynthia Hayes, Fraserburgh, Scotland
With deep roots in the Vineyard Church movement, founded by John Wimber in the mid 70’s, Rick and Cynthia Hayes are passionate for the Presence of God and to see His Kingdom advance here on earth as it is in heaven.
Rick had the privilege of traveling with and training under Wimber for several years as part of the prayer ministry team at Vineyard conferences held in the UK. At Wimber’s prompting, and with the leadership of Anglican Bishop, David Pytches, New Wine was established in England to carry on the values and vision of the Vineyard movement within the UK.
Scotland’s unique expression of the summer conference of New Wine became The CLAN Gathering where the Hayes’ served as conference managers for several years into the late 2000’s. CLAN is a play on words focusing on uniting families together rather than the divisive clan warfare that has been common in the nation. It stands for “Christians Linked Across the Nation.” The conference gathers thousands of Christians annually from all across Scotland.
Over their 17 years in leadership with CLAN, Rick and Cynthia were influential in bringing high caliber speakers to the event such as Jack Deere, John Paul Jackson, Heidi Baker, John and Carol Arnott, Jackie Pullinger, and many more. Being greatly influenced by the teachings of John Paul Jackson and encouraged by him to begin teaching his material themselves, Rick and Cynthia trained in the United States and then founded North Atlantic Dreams, a Streams Ministry training center for the North Atlantic. They now facilitate training courses in the North Atlantic Region.
Rick and Cynthia have also been intricately involved in mentoring and encouraging leaders from churches and ministries all over Scotland through “Leaders Together for Scotland.” This gathering provided a safe haven for hundreds of leaders to gather 2-3 times a year to encourage and pray for one another.
While retiring from official CLAN leadership in 2011, Cynthia was approached by some of the younger women who wanted to start a gathering specifically for the ladies. Cynthia fanned the flame and came alongside them as they launched CLAN Women. Each fall, 600-800 women gather for this powerful weekend. It is through the CLAN Women Gathering in 2014 that an alliance began with Simply-Worship.
Helen Brough, Dundee, Scotland
Helen is based in Dundee where she is developing Lattice – a missional networked community reaching women on the margins. She is married to Colin, and together for the last 12 years they have been investing incarnationally in relationships in the local community, helping the local church where Colin is the minister engage missionally.
Helen is part of the Forge Scotland team – a training and networking organization which equips missional pioneers and church planters, and she’s also on the CLAN Women leadership team.
She is passionate about Jesus – enabling people to connect with Him, be transformed, become who they’ve been created to be and released to be bringers of hope to the places God has set them.
She and Colin have 3 fantastic boys Peter, Andrew and Mark. She loves being in Dundee, is passionate about the community they serve, seeing women step into the places God has for them and also loves the occasional (or frequent) coffee!!
Sharon Clark, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Sharon has also lived in other parts of Canada as well as the United States. Today, she calls Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, her home.
She and her husband had dreamed of retiring onto the mission field but he was not able to see that dream come true. Though widowed in 2010, Sharon chose to move forward into the call to missions on her own. She now serves with YWAM Ireland (Youth With A Mission) in Rostrevor where she lives out her passion for mentoring and encouraging women.
Sharon has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren, one daughter and grandson live near her in Rostrevor, also serving with YWAM.
Lyn Alcorn, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lyn and her husband, Ronnie, are both physicians who carry a huge heart for missions. Although they have not had the opportunity to serve on the field full time, they have given themselves to several short-term mission endeavors over the years. They have served in different locations including parts of Africa, as recently as October 2015.
After retiring from the field of Dermatology in 2010, Lyn pursued a Diploma in Integrative Counseling from a Christian worldview with the intent of serving within a missionary community in Mongolia. A medical issue cut that trip short and she has not yet been able to resume ministering in that country. However, she is actively operating in the field of counseling as a volunteer in a Church-based counseling service near her home in Belfast, Northern Ireland.