Russ and Rebecca Beese

Russ Beese will be stepping down as pastor of Witney Community Church in June, following a series of prophetic words about a change of role for him and Rebecca. We have really appreciated Russ’ pastoral heart and Rebecca’s musical gifting, and we have been honoured to have them lead for the past several years. We are thankful for the way the church has grown under their leadership, and we pray for God’s guiding hand to be upon them as they enter this new season.

Michael and Kate Ivey

Michael Ivey will be departing from his role as pastor at Abingdon Community Church in June, as God is leading him into a new role in the US. We have been grateful for Michael and Kate leading the Abingdon church over the last few years and we have all been blessed by Michael’s prophetic gifting. We pray that God will bless them all as a family as they move on to do something new!

Liam Thatcher

Liam Thatcher is increasing his hours working for Oxford Community Church from 2 days a week to full time. He will be taking on oversight of Sunday morning meetings as well as continuing with his responsibilities with School of the Spirit, Oxford students’ work and as leader of various prayer ministry teams. He will also join the new S&L Advance Vision team.

Ali Rice

Ali Rice will be finishing his role as youth pastor at Witney Community Church and coordinator of S&L Advance Sphere youth activities at the end of July, following the call of God to work in overseas mission. We are grateful for the way that Ali has led the youth ministry in Witney and S&L Advance over the last several years, and his heart for discipling young people and seeing them step into greater involvement in our church family. If you would like to receive updates and prayer points from Ali as he steps out in mission, please contact him at

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