The Light Project is a diverse group of people with a big heart to let others have a real experience of Jesus!
Most people in the UK have no real idea whatsoever why Jesus came, what he did and what change he can bring. So we work with churches and other groups to dream up and encourage others to find ways of making Jesus the talk of the town: we run and support a variety of projects from outreach to people who are homeless to evangelism courses, from schools work to street art, from city centre chaplaincy to youth clubs, from preaching to urban festivals. Over the past 16 years we have grown from one person serving people who are homeless on the streets of Chester to a growing Network of teams across the UK who long for others to connect with the good news of Jesus.
I am still in some aftershock at the impression that it made on me, hugely impressive. The network of the churches, the scale of the project, the atmosphere within the building and the clear commitment to excellence, godliness, evangelism and mission were really outstanding, in my opinion.The Rt Revd Keith Sinclair
As well as a growing team of evangelists who are exploring relevant ways to be the light to the world, we train people through a gap year or our Foundation Degree in Theology and Evangelism, accredited by the University of Chester. We also run different training events and weekends – get in touch for more details of when these run.
Who’s behind it?
Chris Duffett founded The Light Project in September 2000. The idea for the name ‘Light Project’ came after a young adult asked if they could train for a year’s discipleship with Chris as what they saw was like ‘light’ on the streets through what he did. Since then over 200 people have trained with The Light Project and have gone on to shine with the good news of Jesus in the workplace or in full time Christian ministry as evangelists and church leaders. Chris is also an artist, poet, author and Baptist minister who served as President of the Baptist Union in 2012-2013. As part of his role with The Light Project he serves as Peterborough’s city centre chaplain and runs Lighthouse café in Great Gransden.
The Light Project in Chester is led by Glyn Jones who is an ordained Anglican Priest and one of the most exuberant evangelists around! Glyn leads the team in Chester which forms a group of 25 students and staff seeking to find out what a follower of Jesus looks like in the 21st century: they run a host of mission and evangelism projects including street dramas, pub chaplaincies, evangelism courses, soup kitchens, community garden and art work.
As well as these projects, Glyn leads the foundation degree course in Theology and Evangelism. This is a wonderfully unique course with a group of people across the UK wanting to live out evangelism. The course is written and delivered by our team and accredited by The University of Chester. For more information see the ‘study with us’ page.
We are supported by a wide range of church leaders who serve as our council of reference:
Council of Reference
Rt Revd Dr P.R. Forster – Bishop of Chester
Rt Revd James Newcome – Bishop of Penrith
Rt Revd Keith Sinclair – Bishop or Birkenhead
Rev. Alan McWilliam – Church of Scotland,
Rev. Andy Glover – Hoole Baptist Church, Chester
Rev. James Lawrence – C.P.A.S.
Rev. Phil Jump – Regional Minister North West
Debra Green – Redeeming Our Communities
Canon Paul Duffett – Anglican (Ret’d)
Dr. Nic Harding – Frontline Church, Liverpool
Rev Jon Phillips – Pioneer Minister
Study with us on a Degree Course!
FdA in Theology & Evangelism
The Light Project is an official partner of the University of Chester and delivers a Foundation Degree of Arts (FdA) in Theology and Evangelism accredited, validated and awarded by the University.