Today, one of the longest-standing mission charities, London City Mission (LCM), announces two new experienced appointments within their diverse leadership team as they continue to serve the church across London to share the gospel with the three million people they estimate are currently unlikely to hear it. Newly appointed Rev Dr. Jason Roach begins his role as Director of Ministries and Carl Knightly serves as Director of Church Networks.
At the heart of LCM’s work is the desire for the people of London to know God’s love for them and the life-changing message of the gospel. They come alongside churches to help them share the gospel with people unlikely to have a Christian witness in their lives, including people of other faiths and those on the margins of society. According to Trust London poverty profile (2021), 27 percent of people in London were living in poverty pre-pandemic. Nearly a quarter of households in London are social housing, with one in three children living in poverty. In addition, the number of rough sleepers has doubled over the past decade.
The Rev Dr. Jason Roach is a medical doctor by background and served as a special advisor to the Bishop of London and is a well-known evangelical author and speaker on a range of topics. He joins the LCM team as Director of Ministries after being the founder and pastor of The Bridge Church in Battersea London. Carl Knightly joins the LCM leadership team from ‘Faith in Later Life’, a Christian charity seeking to reach, serve and empower older people, where he served for several years as CEO and was a regular contributor in the Christian media and beyond. This followed a successful career in senior management in central government.
Graham Miller, Chief Executive of LCM said,
We feel incredibly blessed to have these men of faith serving with us. Both Jason and Carl bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and years of service to the church – they are committed to working alongside the church of London to share the life-changing message of Jesus with their communities. This is an exciting chapter for us, as we continue our desire to see more lives in London come to know salvation and the fullness of Jesus Christ.
London is an intricate melting pot of people from diverse backgrounds and LCM has a call to focus their work on those who are the least likely to ever hear the message of eternal hope in Jesus Christ. These are people living on estates, people from other religious backgrounds, people who are homeless and on the margins of society, and young people so often written off by others.
Rev Dr. Jason Roach commenting on his new role said, “I am excited for this new chapter in serving as part of LCM’s leadership team. One in three people in London are unlikely to ever hear the good news about Jesus in a language that they can understand. And I don’t just mean a foreign language- I just mean in ways that make sense to them. LCM is well placed to be able to help with that because we have missionaries all over London from all different cultures and backgrounds ready to support the church to share the gospel in their communities.
Carl Knightly said, “I am delighted to be joining London City Mission at an exciting time of growth. In many ways, this gospel work has never felt so important as society continues to grapple with the pandemic and its impact. Having worked as CEO of Faith in Later Life, an organisation London City Mission was part of creating, I’ve already had some involvement with LCM and seen some of the vital work they do through churches across the capital.”
Knightly continues, “As I leave Faith in Later Life, I believe God has called me to play my part at LCM in seeing churches equipped to share the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ with people and communities yet to hear it. We know that London needs Jesus, and I can’t wait to get started!”
To find out more about how LCM can support you and your church in evangelism go to https://www.lcm.org.uk/what-we-do/mission
Written By: Matthew Murray