Welcome to Cinnamon

Cinnamon Advisors

Everything we do here at Cinnamon is driven by our desire to equip local churches to get out there and make an impact in society. Our team of Advisors are spread across the country, and have plenty of first-hand experience of planning and delivering effective social action projects themselves. They’re on hand to help churches transform their communities.

Hover over the regions to see the advisors’ details. Then tap or click to contact them.

You can read all about the advisors themselves  by scrolling below.

EastAnglia EastMidlands London NorthEast NorthernIreland NorthWest Scotland South East South West Wales WestMidlands Yorkshire Ireland

Please note: The Orkneys and Shetland Islands are not represented in their true geographical place; to do so would be impossible with the scale of this map. Please accept our apologies.

Meet our Cinnamon Advisors

Gareth Brown (W.Mids)

Gareth heads up our great team of Advisors. When he’s not working for Cinnamon, he is Co-Leader and Community Connector of a growing inner-city church in Smethwick, and director of a small charity called Smethwick CAN.

Nick Amis
(East Mids)

Nick looks after churches for Cinnamon in the East Midlands. Nick is passionate about uniting churches and is also a trustee for the East Northants Faith Group, which supports those most in need in the local area.

Mandy Bayton (Wales)

Mandy the Cinnamon Advisor for Wales and on the leadership team of Parklands Church in Swansea. She’s also the Hope Director for Wales and the Vice-President of Gweini, an organisation that represents Christian voluntary sector in Wales.

Victoria Lawrence
(London & South East)

Victoria works with churches in London and across the South East. When she is not working with Cinnamon, Victoria works as Founder and President of Abigail Outreach Ministry, a ministry dedicated to supporting vulnerable women.

Adam Dyer
(South West)

Adam is well connected throughout the South West of England. He is leader of Yeovil Community Church, and has helped countless church-based initiatives to develop over the years.

Hilary McClay (N.Ireland)

Hilary is well known across Northern Ireland where she and her husband lead New Wine Ireland. When she’s not supporting churches for Cinnamon, Hilary works at Willowfield Parish Community Association, supporting vulnerable.

Diane McWilliam (Scotland)

Diane is a community development worker with wide-ranging experience in community and church projects. As the Cinnamon Advisor in Scotland, she helps churches to find the most effective way to support their communities.

Jonny Gios
(North England)

Jonny has a passion for helping the local church to be salt and light in their communities and helped to plant Gateway Church in Kendal. Jonny also holds a MA in missiology and longs to see the church impact society through the gospel.

Mat Eason (London & South East)

Mat has been working as a community development consultant for more than 10 years. He brings the right level of strategy, drive and innovation to the churches, communities and civic groups he supports across the UK, so they can thrive.

Gareth Brown (L) and Mandy Bayton (R) talk about the role of Cinnamon Advisors

Our Advisors in Action - A Success Story

Victoria Lawrence is our Cinnamon Advisor in London and has been instrumental in supporting churches who have traditionally not been involved with social action in London.

Over the past year, Victoria has invested time in engaging leaders and volunteers from Christ Royal Church in Hackney and Christian Faith Revival Centre in Thamesmead.

With Victoria’s help, Christ Royal Church are now supporting elderly people within their community and have established a bereavement support group for men. Christian Faith Revival Centre identified food poverty as huge issue within their community and responded by setting up an informal food bank. Victoria is continuing to support both churches to ensure the success of their initiatives.