Cinnamon Advisors

The Cinnamon Advisors are experienced Christian leaders who are here to help you as you consider setting up a community project in your area.

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Mike Royal

Church Engagement Team Leader
and Representing the West Midlands & North West

Mike Royal leads on Church Engagement for Cinnamon. He is also the National Director of TLG which enables churches to work with children and young people at risk of exclusion from school across the UK. He has a Masters degree in Black Theology from Birmingham University, and has been married to Viviene for 20 years.

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Gary Atkins

Community Transformation

Gary leads the Cinnamon Community Transformation Project. With his wife Hilary, he is founding pastor of the Storehouse Church in Cheshire and Gary helps lead networks including Link Up Mid-Cheshire, the Salt of the Earth and Chairs Churches Together in Winsford. Gary led the West Cheshire faith audits and civic engagement project from 2009-2014. He has been married to Hilary for 28 years and has two daughters aged 24 and 20.

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Gareth Brown

CINNAMON NETWORK ADVISOR TEAM MANAGER

Gareth Brown works as Church Engagement Manager supporting our great team of Advisors. He is the Co-leader and Community Connector of a growing inner-city church in Smethwick, and director of a small charity called Smethwick CAN. He has a particular interest in community development and social enterprise, has been married to Beth for 20 years, and has 4 children, aged 5 to 17.  

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Pall Singh

Representing The East of Scotland

Pall Singh represents Cinnamon in Scotland. He works for Bethany Christian Trust in Edinburgh as the coordinator for ‘Passing the Baton’, which supports churches to befriend and engage with people who are socially isolated and lonely in their communities. Since 1997 Pall has worked with CMS as a Mission Partner and East West Trust enabling Churches in Birmingham towards a better understanding of South Asian cultures and working in the diverse communities.

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Mandy Bayton

REPRESENTING WALES

Mandy is the Cinnamon Advisor for Wales. She is part of the leadership team of Parklands Church in Swansea and is the Hope Director for Wales where her role is to help Churches across Wales work together to see individuals and communities transformed by Jesus’ love. Mandy is also a Vice-President of Gweini which represents Wales’ Christian voluntary sector. Mandy is married to Ron and between them they have 5 children.

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Nick Amis

Representing the East Midlands

Nick represents the East Midlands for Cinnamon. He is a trustee for the East Northants Faith Group, delivering support to those most in need in the local area. He’s passionate to see churches united in demonstrating Christ’s practical love for the poor and lonely. Nick has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and has been married to Tracey for 10 years.

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Victoria Lawrence

Representing Sussex

Victoria Lawrence represents the South East region for Cinnamon. She  is the Founder and President of Abigail Outreach Ministry, which is dedicated to supporting vulnerable women. She is currently studying for a PhD in Divinity/Ministry. She has been married for 20 years to Prince Yomi Lawrence and they have three children.

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Adam Dyer

Representing the South West

Adam Dyer represents the South West of England for Cinnamon. He is Leader of Yeovil Community Church in Somerset, and is a passionate advocate of community transformation and social engagement evidenced by the portfolio of projects he and his church are involved in. One of the most significant of these is the Yeovil4Family project. He is married to Rachel.

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Graham Jones

Representing Republic of Ireland

Graham is the Cinnamon adviser for the Republic of Ireland. He is a qualified solicitor and was in practice for almost ten years before stepping away to help establish a community development organisation called Solas Project. Graham is currently training for ordination with the Church of Ireland and is married with three young daughters.

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Paul Garratt

Representing Hampshire

Paul is the Cinnamon Advisor for Hampshire, and Partnership Manager for the South of England. He and his wife Heather are passionate about church development, and have planted a successful congregation in Reading, Berkshire. Paul is an accredited minister in the Free Churches Group and has a master’s degree in Divinity.

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Claudine Reid

Representing The East of England

Claudine represents the East of England for Cinnamon. She is a co-Director of PJ’s Community Service, a social enterprise in South London. She is an adviser to churches on Social Enterprise, specialising in providing transformational services to communities by providing care, education, economic empowerment arts and personal development programmes.

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Diane McWilliam

Representing the West of Scotland

Diane represents the West of Scotland for Cinnamon. She is a community development worker with wide-ranging experience in community and church projects. An advocate for good practice in community engagement, she is keen to see churches listen and respond well to the needs expressed in their neighbourhoods. Diane is married to Alan, a church leader in Glasgow, and has two student-aged sons and a daughter-in-law-to-be.

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Rachael Ezra

Representing the North East

Rachael is the Cinnamon Advisor for the North East. She is married with two young daughters. She has been the Lead Youth Worker at her home church for over 15 years on a small council housing estate. She gained her Masters in Professional Youth Work at Teesside University, and has worked for the Northern Baptist Association as their Youth Specialist.

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Tommy Stewart

Representing Northern Ireland

Tommy Stewart represents Cinnamon across the whole of Ireland. He is a leadership advisor who has worked with churches, denominations, missional organisations and the wider voluntary sector for the past 25 years. His passion is to see the church re-established at the heart of communities across Ireland. He is married to Roberta and has 3 maturing sons. 

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Alison Linfield

Representing Yorkshire and Humber

Alison is the Cinnamon North West Advisor, and Police Partnership Manager for the North of England. She is part of the Ministry team of St Michaels, Chester. She also works part time for Link Up, a relational network of churches in Cheshire. Alison is married with two adult children.