New Wine Ireland is a movement of churches working together to change the island of Ireland through a network of church leaders, our summer conference and training events.
New Wine Ireland is about an understanding that God is doing a new thing, involving the outpouring of His Holy Spirit.
‘And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.’
(Luke 5:37-38 NIV)
New Wine Ireland has a vision that in our generation:
Continuity and change
Being faithful to Jesus’ message while also adapting our practices according to culture and context.
Cross and resurrection
Honouring Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, all the while experiencing the power of his resurrection to set us free.
Grace and truth
Being kind and generous towards others, while clearly communicating our beliefs to them.
Leadership and every-member ministry
Training and releasing leaders to serve the church, and equipping all Christians, wherever they are.
Mission and community
Empowering the church to become a missionary movement, as well as a grace-filled community.
Natural and supernatural
Encouraging all Christians to use their natural skills, yet also operating in the gifts of the Spirit.
Now and not yet of the kingdom
Recognising miraculous signs and wonders, while accepting the knowledge that suffering is part of life until Jesus returns.
Transcendence and presence
Celebrating God’s awesome power and experiencing intimate presence.
Unity and diversity
Working with everyone in open friendship, yet honouring peoples’ differences.
Word and Spirit
Faithful in teaching the Word of God and learning to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.
New Wine Ireland is a non-denominational organisation which affirms the Evangelical Alliance ‘Basis of faith’ and the ‘Jerusalem Statement’ (2008).
Our volunteers are key to everything we do. Over 170 volunteers helped us deliver our annual conference this year and we are always on the lookout for more.
‘God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.’ (Hebrews 6:10 NIV)
John Stewart is General Manager of New Wine Ireland. He is responsible for planning, people management, financial management, risk management and communications. John is married to Karen and they have two grown up children – Katie and Jack. John is also an Associate with Westminster Foundation for Democracy and has undertaken projects in Kosovo, Georgia, Ukraine, Botswana and Sierra Leone.
John is the Conference and Operations Manager. His role involves the management of New Wine Ireland’s annual summer conference, communications and office management. He also serves as a deacon at Windsor Baptist Church. John is married to Jen and they live in Belfast.
George is the Leadership and Mission Development Coordinator for New Wine Ireland. His role includes networking with Church leaders, encouraging them in ministry and mission, providing training opportunities for them and their congregations. George is married to Eunice and they have two grown up children.
Stephen is the Communications and Design Coordinator for New Wine Ireland. He also is on staff at Re:Hope Church Belfast, looking after all things worship and creative. He is passionate about the local church and people in the pursuit of God’s presence. Stephen is married to Abby and they live in Belfast.
Henry is Rector of Ardess Parish Church in Kesh, County Fermanagh. He is married to Helen and they have four sons – Rodney, Keith, Nathan and Jason. Henry previously worked as an accountant and served in County Monaghan as a curate for two years. He has recently been appointed as Director (Ireland) of Sharing Ministries Abroad (SOMA).
John and Anne Coles led New Wine England from 2001-2014. John oversaw the development of New Wine from a summer conference to a network of churches and church leaders. For 25 years, they led an Anglican church in North London. More recently, John and Anne have been involved in leading a house church seeking to reach the unchurched and de-churched.
Mark has been Rector of Shankill Parish in Lurgan since June 2017. Prior to this, he was Rector of St Mary’s Ballybeen for 12 years. He is married to Joanne and they have a one daughter, Lydia, and a mad cocker spaniel. Mark has been involved with New Wine Ireland in various roles since its beginning.
Roland, originally from the Kingdom of Mourne, came to faith at a young age and was actively involved as a teenager in Kilhorne Church, Annalong . In 1985, he was ordained as a Church of Ireland minister, serving as a curate in Belfast and Lisburn. Since 1990 he has been the Rector of a church in Redcross, Co. Wicklow. He is married to Susan and has three grown up children.
David lives in inner city east Belfast, where he is Rector of Willowfield Church. He is married to Hilary and together they lead the work of New Wine Ireland. They have three children, Cherith, Ruth and Jordan. David is Archdeacon of Down which involves him in ministry within the Diocese of Down and Dromore.
Hilary lives in inner city east Belfast, where her husband, David, is Rector of Willowfield Church. Together, Hilary and David lead the work of New Wine Ireland. They have three children, Cherith, Ruth and Jordan. Hilary is Head of Development at Willowfield Parish Community Association.
Basil has a background in the financial industry. He has experience with Church building projects and Christians Against Poverty. While gifted with numbers, his passion is to use this in relevant and practical ways for God and others. Basil is married to Nan and has three children and four grandchildren.
Roderic became Rector of Seapatrick Parish, Banbridge in April 2012. He was ordained in 1986 and served his curacy in Dromore Cathedral. He was Rector of the parishes of Carrowdore and Millisle from 1989 to 1995 and Rector of St John’s, Moira from 1995 to 2012. He is also the Archdeacon of Dromore.
Ken is Mission Director of the South American Mission Society (SAMS). He is the former Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. He is married to Helen and one of their greatest joys is encouraging leaders.