The Light Project is a diverse group of people with a big heart to let others have a real experience of Jesus. We really are all about revealing Jesus. But why?
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 city centre chaplaincy to evangelism courses, from schools work to street art. Over the past 18 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
Our vision is BIG – we want millions of people to experience Jesus in a real way in our generation and the next. The way we do that is threefold:
1 – We want to multiply the number of churches and people who will be willing and able to take this good news to others. We do this through training courses, taster events, working with individuals, churches and denominations to develop a network of missional people.
2 – We want to sharpen how we do evangelism. We conduct research and are constantly trialling new ideas and well as exploring and adapting old techniques so we can reach people effectively in ways that make sense.The Light Project is a melting pot of creative people and new ideas.
3 – We want to plant seeds of people who will go to places that dont have a vibrant Christian witness. We long for teams of people to regularly show and tell the gospel so that more and more people may also find teh hope and freedom we have experienced throuh Jesus.
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. His new novel on the life of Philip has been described as a “Creative, imaginative, challenging & highly engaging. This book is a great contribution that is well worth a read.” Gavin Calver, Director of Mission Evangelical Alliance
Glyn Jones – leads The Light Project’s ‘St Peter’s Friars.’ He is an evangelist and an ordained minister who heads up our university foundation degree in Theology, Mission and Evangelism. He believes that you can’t study Theology without a commitment to Mission and Evangelism. Glyn has a passion to bring back to the forefront of academic study the practical application of Evangelism as he believes that the simplicity and wonder of the Good News of Jesus should always go hand in hand with a rich creativity and the wisdom of an enquiring and curious mind.
Glyn lived in France for many years and his wife and 2 children are Franglais. He loves food, wine, meeting new people and seeing new things. Glyn is currently doing a Professional Doctorate and pioneering a group of modern-day friars across the UK. He enjoy’s mostly walking the city streets and letting people know how God feels about them in creative ways.
Gareth Thomas (Gaz) is a Co-Leader and Evangelist at The Light Project, and is responsible for leading The Light Community, Chester. He has a real desire to learn, in community, what it means to follow Jesus as simply as possible, and for the Gospel to be shared and experienced as truly ‘Good News’. Gaz especially meets with God in the outdoors and in nature, and also loves reading, film, theatre, spending time with friends and ‘simple pleasures’. He’s an ordained Anglican priest and Franciscan tertiary.
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 – Baptist Union Regional Minister North West
Debra Green – Redeeming Our Communities
Dr. Nic Harding – Kairos Connexion
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.