Costa Blanca 2020 | Europe Conference

Costa Blanca, Spain* will be the venue for our next biennial Europe Conference,

Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th May 2020.

For Acts 29 members and candidates, we will begin at lunchtime on Sunday 17th with a 24hr Pre-Conference Retreat. Make sure you mark the date in your calendar. If you would like to get a taste of the venue, visit the hotel website. We are trying to keep costs to similar levels as last year, although for many of you the flights should be cheaper.

* the nearest airport Alicante is a destination for many low-cost airlines

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Acts 29 Europe exists to facilitate and catalyse church-planting efforts across our continent. We are currently 80 churches (members and candidates) with 42 applicants. This represents significant growth for our Network in a continent which is, in many regions, less than 1% evangelical.

Many regions are now operating with their own assessment, coaching, training and support in-context and in-language, with growing teams of people working on the ground. This development goes hand in hand with a growing sense of solidarity between our regions, as well as between our regions and other regions outside Europe and between our Network and other Networks.

Acts 29 Europe finds itself highly impacted by the priorities that our collaboratives have highlighted. Europe is dealing with rapid urbanisation at one level and also problems and opportunities related to its rural zones. Each country is confronted with its own version of church in hard places.

We are delighted to benefit from the expertise and input from our Rural and Church in Hard Places teams. At the same time, Islam is making rapid progress in some European countries – and in other countries of our Network Islam is dominant. Nearly all European countries are dealing with mass immigration from troubled zones in North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa which necessarily entails welcoming and interacting with Muslims.

In our highly complex, challenging times, we are grateful to be part of the Acts 29 family and together contribute to the advancement of the gospel in our beautiful and broken continent.

PHILIP MOORE | Network Director

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Philip Moore Network Director | Europe Philip Moore is married to Rachel and they have 5 children. In 2006 Phillip moved to France to pastor a church in the Paris area. Since then, by God’s grace, the church has planted 3 daughter churches and trained and sent a couple to plant a church in the centre of Paris. He is now the Acts 29 Network Director for Europe.
Gary Cousins Europe Network Lead Team (NW Europe Regional Lead) and Europe Operations and Assessment Director Gary is married to Claudia and based in her home country of Germany. They have 2 teenage boys. He pastored for 6 years in N. Ireland followed by 8 years in leadership development with an international missions agency. He enjoys trail running and is a volunteer firefighter.
Hugo Charteris Europe Network Lead Team (UK and Ireland Regional Lead) Hugo is the minister of Christ Church Newcastle, which he and his wife Jenny, with a handful of others, planted in 2006. Previous to this he worked for the Church of England, first as a Curate in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, then as a Vicar on the Wirral, Merseyside.
JD Gilmore Europe Network Lead Team (SE Europe Regional Lead) Jonathan, born into a missionary family, grew up in Italy and was touched by grace as a teenager. Passionate for the spread of the gospel in Italy, with his wife Annette, they have been involved in church planting (and growing), most recently in Palermo (Sicily). He now coordinates Impatto (A29 in Italy).
Del de la Hoyde Europe Network Lead Team (Francophone Europe Regional Lead) and Francophone Europe Assessment Coordinator Del de la Hoyde is married to Laura and has four smallish children. He was trained in Sheffield with The Crowded House and Porterbrook Seminary. From 2010 -2015 he was planting a church in North Yorkshire, UK. In July 2015 they moved to the Paris Region to get involved with church-planting in Francophone Europe.
Kerem Koç Europe Network Lead Team (Turkic Regional Lead) Kerem is married to Buse and has two children. He planted Antalya Protestant Church in Turkey, back in 2010. A year after that Via Christus Ministries came to life to provide resources for Turkish believers. He has a heart for the Turkish people since many have never heard the gospel.
Tomáš Henžel Europe Network Lead Team (Central Europe Regional Lead) Tomáš is married to Silvia and they have 3 children. He is a bi-vocational church planter in Slovakia. After replanting in Nitra, their family is planting out to Bratislava since the Summer of 2018. Tomáš leads a small network of planters in Slovakia longing to see Christ's glory imaged in many new churches in the region.
Gary Aston Coaching Coordinator Gary is married to Hannah and they have four children. After serving in a number of different churches around the UK Gary and Hannah moved to Leeds to plant Redeemer church. Redeemer launched publicly in 2010 and Gary still serves as one of the pastors there.
Lucas Parks Support Coordinator Having spent his early childhood in N. Ireland, Lucas returned to Belfast in 2005 after living and training for ministry in America. He has been married to Su for 20 years and they have 3 kids. Lucas and Su launched Village Church Belfast publicly in February 2014 and are passionate about seeing Gospel renewal in Belfast.
Stefano Staniscia Media & Communication Coordinator Stefano was born in Italy and is now based in Bologna. He is doing an internship with his church (A29) and studying theology. He recently got married to Mary. He started to work with IMPATTO (A29 Italy) in 2016 and is now working for A29 Europe to help and assist as media and communication coordinator.
Elio Vannelli Italian Assessment Coordinator Elio is married to Nicoletta. After 6 years of marriage they got saved by the grace of God. Their heart is to see a Gospel awakening in Trieste where Elio pastors a church. They have two little redhead children. Elio also serves as the Assessment Coordinator for Acts 29 Italy.


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