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Staff and Trustees

Thrive is made up of a team of brilliant people, each bringing their own passion and experience to help fulfil Thrive’s vision to enable effective outreach and discipleship in Leamington and Warwick, and the surrounding area.

Meet the staff team…

Andy Castle, Thrive’s CEO and Youth Ministry Adviser

Andy founded Thrive in 2011, having spent two years with CPAS as a national adviser on youth ministry. He has many years of youth ministry experience and thinks there is nothing better than helping a young person to discover the love, forgiveness and freedom that God offers them. His desire is to invest in youth leaders, to keep them growing and to see more young people come to faith.

He enjoys a good meal with friends, live music and watching movies with a plot twist. Andy is married to Caroline and they have three children. As a Spurs fan, he is used to the ups and downs of life!

Fiona Stutton, Thrive’s Children’s Ministry Adviser    

Fiona is passionate about children hearing the gospel and loves opportunities to do just that.  She has years of experience in children’s ministry, from working in churches to do missions in South Africa.  One key skill is puppetry.  Fiona runs One Way Uk’s Puppet Academy team in the summer, choreographing and teaching puppeteers across the country ready to perform at the European Puppet Ministry Festival in the Autumn.

In her spare time, she likes to travel, walk in the countryside, do cross stitch, watch films and catch up with friends.

Fiona’s role with Thrive is to support, train and equip churches to enhance their children’s ministry.  This includes; Sunday morning sessions, All age worship, after school clubs, Messy Church and Toddle groups, just to name a few.

Graham Hayes, Thrive’s Training and Development Manager 

Graham longs to see God build a thriving youth ministry in His Church; Seeing Him raise up youth ministers that impact the lives of young people through the Gospel of Christ; seeing young people grow in Christ, become disciples who go on to be disciple makers. He completed his studies in Applied Theology at Moorlands Bible College. As part of the applied element of the course he spent almost 3 years with Coventry Youth for Christ (CYfC).

Graham is married to Rebekah and has two daughters. He loves the outdoors and tries to escape to the peak district once a month for a good stretch of the legs with his childhood friend. He is also an assistant scout leader and enjoys getting alongside the young people, building relationships and passing on skills.

Graham’s role with Thrive involves journeying alongside churches, church leaders and youth ministers as they seek to grow their ministry. The primary tasks incorporate supporting churches as they take on placement trainee youth ministers and supporting people in short term placements within Thrive as they seek to explore God’s calling on their lives.

Luke Distin, Staff Team Assistant

Luke feels called to be a missionary spreading and preaching the word of God and so this year finds himself here with us at Thrive! He has recently been on mission to Northern Ireland where he had the best week of his life, very much cementing his sense he is meant to be a missionary.

Luke’s role with Thrive is “Staff team assistant” which means that he helps out the team in any way he can. This ranges from writing up reports of events to laminating sheets of paper or helping at events with planning or simply being on the welcome team. His role is incredibly versatile and he hopes to be as much help to the team as he possibly can.


Thrive’s board of trustees

The board exists to: fulfil the legal requirements of the Charities Commission and the Thrive Youth Ministries deed of covenant; to provide appropriate governance in matters such as ministry, finance, human resources and child protection; and to provide accountability of the strategic vision, goals and direction of Thrive Youth Ministries.

The board is made up of people who serve on a voluntary basis from Anglican, Baptist and Independent church contexts all offering various skill sets. The trustees believe in what God is calling Thrive to do and alongside the legal responsibility, are passionate to support Andy and the team at Thrive to fulfil it’s vision. They meet for board meetings four times a year, with one of these meetings being a prayer and vision day, and often help out at events run by Thrive.