‘The History of Bibleway Churches UK’ documentary director, Jason Young, has been listed in the 2023 New Year’s Honours List for services to writing and directing Caribbean stories during the Covid-19 crisis including a podcast version of ‘The History of Mary Prince’ (https://www.keepthefaith.co.uk/2021/03/21/a-new-project-is-chronicling-caribbean-stories/).
In December 2021, Jason’s debut feature length documentary, ‘Women in Church Leadership’, received its world premiere at British Urban Film Festival in Brixton. Interviews were undertaken before restrictions for the second lockdown eased in June 2021 and post-production was completed before the winter. “This was a way of documenting the stories”, Jason says, “and memories of contemporary Caribbean people as a way of remembering how we got here.” The film was a by-product of the earlier documentary, ‘The History of Bibleway Churches UK’, which was screened at their 60th Anniversary convocation in May 2021. It was the same time that Jason was ordained as an Elder and then installed as the Pastor of Gospel Temple Apostolic Church on Saturday 30th October 2021.
Jason began his writing and directing career in 1997 when he did a writing summer school with Riding Lights Theatre Company in Escrick, Yorkshire. He went on to direct improvisations on summer missions such as the Oxford Meeting Point Teams and Cambridge International Outreach. His work history includes working at the BBC in the 1990s as well as Warner Brothers and the Jim Henson Company before going on to make independent films.
Jason is a graduate in Theology from King’s College London where he was the President of the Theology and Religious Studies Society, General Secretary of the University of London Athletics Club and Publicity Officer for ULU (University of London) Students Union. He has had teaching placements at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Catholic School in Ilford, a primary school in Holloway, Ashford Grammar School for Girls and Haberdasher’s Aske School for Boys. Around the same time he helped to lead summer camps with Scripture Union, Pathfinders, World Horizons, CYFA, Crusaders and the Presbyterian Church of Ireland in Belfast. He received his MA in Applied Theology at Regent’s Theological College before being ordained and installed as the Pastor of Gospel Temple Apostolic Church. Since joining Gospel Temple he set up the School of Discipleship Training to teach the bible and successfully secured various grants to facilitate the Tottenham Food Hub and to chronicle Caribbean stories. His charity works includes fundraising at various supermarkets in Enfield including Tesco Ponders End, Morrisons Enfield, Tesco Enfield and Barclays Bank in Ponders End. He has taken part in Christmas Carol singing at Sainsbury’s Enfield, Tesco Lea Valley and Morrisons Enfield.
His overseas work includes international missions to Sweden and Thailand with YWAM (Youth with a Mission), missions to the Czech Republic and France with Operation Mobilisation including serving on the Logos ll mercy ship in Aberdeen, missions to Poland, Norway and Portugal with IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), missions to Zimbabwe and Mozambique with Oasis Trust and missions to Yugoslavia and building a school in Peru with Oak Hall Expeditions. More recently, he went on a mission to Romania with IBIOL (International Bible Institute of London) as part of his training before joining Gospel Temple in 2016.
He became a Local Preacher on Note in the Methodist Church in 2009 and then On Trial in 2010. This inspired him to write and direct ‘Tunstall’ (https://www.keepthefaith.co.uk/2021/09/13/tunstall-a-film-by-jason-young/) which is the story of the first Black British Local Preacher in the Primitive Methodist Church in Staffordshire in 1809. It also inspired him to write and direct ‘The Cato Street Conspiracy’ (https://www.keepthefaith.co.uk/2021/09/14/the-cato-street-conspiracy/) which featured the 19th century Jamaican resident in Jane Austen’s England, William Davidson, who taught Sunday School at Walworth Methodist Chapel around 1816. In addition to that he also wrote and directed ‘The Horrors of Slavery’ (https://www.keepthefaith.co.uk/2021/09/13/the-horrors-of-slavery/) which featured Robert Wedderburn who briefly engaged with Methodism.
His charity work includes setting up the Tottenham Food Hub on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 after winning the Local Charity of the Year award with Sainsbury’s Seven Sisters and Sainsbury’s Wood Green Local. He has been helping volunteers to upskill their way out of poverty by studying for a Food Hygiene Certificate in order to create a pathway to employment. “I don’t see Tottenham as a casket for the unemployed”, Jason says. “I see it as a basket of productivity where local people can make a valuable contribution to wider society.”