The Black Christian community is filled with talented, successful, godly adults aged 40 and under.
Keep The Faith shines a spotlight on young Christians who are making their Christian light shine within the sphere of influence they have been called to.
Check out our list and be inspired.
Who is he? CEO of BoxUp Crime
Reason for impact and influence: BoxUp Crime seeks to divert at-risk youth from crime, and inspire, educate and develop them into leaders by using boxing. Last year, BoxUp was a Project Lab winner, and received a prize of £30,000 to replicate the charity across London and the UK. BoxUp Crime is now operating in several London boroughs, and is seeking to expand.
For more info: Visit www.boxupcrime.org
Who is she? Presenter on Premier Gospel’s Drive Time show
Reason for impact/influence: Tolu hosts one of the most popular shows on Premier Gospel, Britain’s leading gospel music radio station. She also presents a popular podcast about life, faith and relationships called Kandid With Lady T.
For more info: Connect on www.instagram.com/ladytolu
Who is he? Founder of Vitae Watches and member of gospel group
Reason for impact/influence: William not only runs a growing profitable charity, he uses some of the profits to fund a charity that provides education for schoolchildren in South Africa.
For more info: Visit www.vitaelondon.com
Who is he? Founder of Prayer Storm
Reason for impact/influence: Prayer Storm seeks to raise up a generation of young people, committed to prayer and fasting to bring about a spiritual awakening in Britain, and has reached thousands. They hold regular gatherings and also partner with churches across the UK to achieve their aims.
For more info: Visit www.prayerstorm.org
Who is she? Labour councillor for Barking and Dagenham
Reason for impact/influence: When she became a councillor in 2010, she was the youngest person to be elected to the role. Sanchia was recently appointed as the Lord Mayor of her borough, and has made a commitment to promote diversity and inclusivity, especially in relation to disabilities.
For more info: Visit www.sanchiaalisia.com
RUTH YIMIKA AWOGBADE
Who is she? Founder, CEO and Editor of Magnify magazine
Reason for impact/influence: Magnify magazine explores issues of faith, fashion and feminism, and how they relate to each other. She is also one of the youngest ever Christian women to serve as a board member of the Evangelical Alliance, and co-writes a blog with her husband-to-be, called www.theafolabis.com.
For more info: Visit www.magnifycollective.com
FAITH CHILD aka MICHAEL AYO
Who is he? MOBO Award-winning gospel artist and presenter
Reason for impact/influence: With his unique brand of gospel pop/rap, Faith Child has become a staple at Christian festivals across the UK. A MOBO Award winner, he also has the honour of being one of the youngest ordained deacons within the Redeemed Christian Church of God – one of Britain’s fastest growing Pentecostal denominations.
For more info: Visit www.faithchild.ning.com/
Who is he? A MOBO Award-winning Christian rapper and frequent guest at Premier Radio
Reason for impact/influence: He is the first UK Black rapper to reach the No 1 spot on the official Christian/Gospel chart. He is also an author and Christian rapper, who performs across the UK, Europe and around the world.
For more info: Visit www.guvnab.com
Who is he? CEO of the Pentecostal Credit Union (PCU)
Reason for impact/influence: The PCU is the second largest credit union in the country, and is playing a key role in educating the Black Christian community about managing their finances, as well as encouraging economic development and providing a place for people to get loans and save their money.
For more info: Visit www.pcuuk.com
Who is she? Award-winning saxophonist and recording artist
Reason for impact/influence: YolanDa is one of Britain’s most well known female musicians. She has performed around the world; won numerous awards, including two MOBOs, and was recently commissioned by CBeebies to present a show. She will also be co-presenting with Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4. On 14 September, she will be performing a concert to celebrate her 10th year in the music business.
For more info: Visit www.yolandabrown.co.uk
APOSTLE ELIJAH ISRAEL CHANAK
Who is he? Founder and leader of Qadosh Kingdom Movement
Reason for impact and influence: Apostle Chanak leads a growing vibrant church, filled with enthusiastic and committed millennials desirous to impact their communities and wider world for Christ. The church hosts Holy Nation Summit, a popular annual conference that attracts up to 800 people from across the denominational spectrum.
For more info: Visit www.qadoshkingdom.org
Who is she? Founder of clothing company, House of Ilona
Reason for impact/influence: Her company specialises in making clothing for female clergy. Many of her customers come from America, but increasingly they are also coming from Europe. Camelle is keen to set clothing trends for female clergy, and has her eye on creating clothing for male clergy too.
For more info: Visit www.houseofilona.com
Who is he? Teacher and preacher
Reason for impact and influence: Leondre is a young preacher, who is in demand to speak in churches across the UK. Head of Religion at a secondary school, Leondre has been earmarked as a Christian leader to watch.
For more info: Connect on Facebook
Who is she? Editor of Families First magazine
Reason for impact/influence: Tola is the first Black woman to be appointed editor of Families First magazine, the mouthpiece of the influential Mothers’ Union. Aside from editing, Tola writes a blog, which combines issues of faith, fashion and life.
For more info: Visit www.christcouture.co.uk
Who is he? Motivational speaker
Reason for impact and influence: Kierran, 25, has overcome cancer. Twice. During his bout with the disease, Kierran continued his studies at the University of Hertfordshire, graduated with a 2:1, and won the award for being the most outstanding student. He has published a book and also a video, which details his journey of overcoming cancer and has amassed over 500,000 views.
For more info: Connect on Facebook
Who is he? Founder of Kingdom Relationships
Reason for impact/influence: Via his ministry, Kingdom Relationships, AA Jones hosts events in major cities across the UK, where he provides teaching for singles to help them to get the most out of their singleness. He also shares how Christians can build relationships that lead to marriage.
For more info: Visit www.kingdomrelationships.co.uk
Who is he? He’s a member of the famous Jordan Clan and a musician
Reason for impact/influence: EuGene runs www.menandmarriage.com website and YouTube channel, which provide men with advice about relationships, fatherhood and marriage. He also operates www.benelgentelle.com – a popular website that provides men with a voice to share their views about key issues.
For more info: Visit www.menandmarriage.com
Who is he? Comedian and MC
Reason for impact and influence: Any event organiser wanting a comedic host, more often than not books Anthony King. He is renowned for his edgy Christian humour and his ability to traverse both Caribbean and African Christian communities.
For more info: Connect on Facebook
Who is she? Head of Media and Communications at Christian Aid
Reason for impact/influence: Chine made history when she became the youngest person to be appointed a Director at the Evangelical Alliance. Since then, she has forged an outstanding career in communication, and has recently taken up the post of Head of Media & PR at Christian Aid. She is also author of I Am Beautiful and a contributor to BBC’s Thought for the Day.
For more info: Visit www.iambeautiful.co.uk
Who is he? Founder of GeNNex and The Safety Box
Reason for impact/influence: He’s a musician, martial arts expert, qualified pilot and motivational speaker. He leads GeNNex, a business providing inexpensive lighting for people living in the developing world, and is also CEO of The Safety Box, a charity that teaches school pupils how to combat violence. A leading BME Business Executive, Nathaniel has been listed in the 2017 Black Power List and the Financial Times Upstanding BE Executive List.
For more info: Visit www.nathanielpeat.com
Who is he? Founder of Midnight Oil and Head of African and Christian Engagement at Tearfund
Reason for impact/influence: Seth has organised successful annual youth conferences, which have attracted young Black Christians from across the denominational spectrum. He has also released a well received album, recorded live at his event. He currently works for International Development Charity Tearfund.
Want more info: Visit www.choseninc.org
Who is he? National Director of Youth & Discipleship at New Testament Church of God
Reason for impact/influence: He provides leadership and direction for youth and young adults (aged 25 and under) at the largest Black Caribbean denomination in the UK. Every year over 2000 youth attend NTCG’s annual youth convention.
For more info: Visit www.ntcg.org.uk
Who is she? Director of Young Mums Support Network (YMSN)
Reason for impact/influence: YMSN was founded by Fiona in 2011 to provide support, training and counselling services to young mothers in deprived areas. Increasingly, the YMSN is called upon by the media to comment on issues surrounding lone parenting.
For more info: Visit www.ymsn.co.uk
Who is she? A lecturer in Political Theology at St Mellitus College, and an in-demand speaker
Reason for impact/influence: She is a young academic who teaches undergraduates, postgraduate students and people training for the ministry. Selina is also currently studying for a doctorate on the subject of Consciousness, Hope and Power: The Nature of Pentecostal Political Engagement in Britain.
For more info: Connect on www.facebook.com
Who is she? Award-winning gospel singer
Reason for impact/influence: This gospel singer/worship leader has become the first British female gospel singer to enter the official Christian music chart with her sophomore project, Walk With Me.
For more info: Visit www.sarahteibo.co.uk
Who is she? Founder of the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) competition
Reason for impact/influence: The UGCY has played a key role in inspiring University students to take up gospel singing via its annual competition, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Lorraine also runs a music agency for Christian artists. Muyiwa is one of her clients.
For more info: Visit www.ugcy.co.uk