Sarah James: Thrive Teams Regional Manager
Sarah worked for many years leading church based youth ministry before working within the youth charity sector, training youthworkers and networking churches. More recently she worked with The Prince’s Trust, helping developing their work with young people in the East of England. She is passionate about seeing churches engage with young people and empowering a new generation missional leaders who will bring transformation to their communities.
Matt Warmington: Thrive South Abingdon Team Leader
Matt grew up in Oxford and has spent most of his life in Blackbird Leys. Matt turned his life around thanks to the investment of a mentor and knew he wanted to see young people empowered and grow in self esteem. Matt has lots of experience working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. His hear is to see young people become leaders and be set free from the things that inhibit them, so that they can reach their God-given potential.
Odet Boateng: Thrive Leys Team Leader
Odet grew up on Blackbird Leys, and where she has also spent most of her adult life. She is excited to see the community changed and loves to spend her time investing in the young people. She believes that every YP should be given the opportunity to fulfil their God-given potential and become effective leaders who bring the hope of Jesus and transformation to their communities.
Sam Payne: Thrive Barton Team Leader
Sam has worked with young people for many years, in schools and in churches. He also has worked with a local charity mentoring young people. Sam loves that he gets to be part of Barton community, journeying alongside the young people and their families living on the estate. He’s excited to see them fulfil their potential in Jesus.
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“All Thrive staff who work in Barton also live in Barton so this gives a real sense of embracing the young people they work with, some of whom will be those most socially excluded from everything else that takes place locally. Their Young Leaders, Mentoring and Outreach projects have seen some amazing results and they have succeeded where others before them have failed.”
Sue Holden, Company Secretary, Barton Community Association