Meet the team
The Children Worldwide team are based across the UK and work in different ways and in different settings, but all with one shared aim of showing and sharing the Good News of Jesus to the children, young people and families they work with. The team are headed by our Directors, Dave Gidney, Vanessa Willmott and Paul Willmott.
Dave has a long history in both grassroots children’s ministry and training other leaders. He is currently part time Senior Lecturer at ForMission College teaching Biblical Studies and Childrens Ministry to degree level. As a member of Children Worldwide he mentors Christian leaders, runs training events for children’s leaders, and runs children’s programmes for church weekends away and camps. He is author of two books and various articles and devotional readings. As well as all this, Dave is a father and grandfather.
Paul has been in full time Christian work since 1994, aiming to present the truth of the Christian message to children and families in an engaging way. He works with schools and churches locally and nationally, using the skills that God has equipped him with including storytelling, puppetry, ventriloquism, juggling, even riding a unicycle. Paul started in ministry as part of the Children’s Team with Saltmine in 1994, he is now also an Evangelist with Counties. You can find more details about Paul’s work at www.paulwillmott.com
Vanessa works for the Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau as a debt caseworker and is a member of the Institute of Money Advisors. Vanessa has been a member of Children Worldwide for many years, helping with Spring Harvest and other Children Worldwide events.
Paul and Vanessa have two children, Ben and Lois, and all are active members of their local Church, Amblecote Christian Centre. As a family we enjoy hanging out together with other people, eating, and the occasional bit of surfing and body boarding.
Paul and Vanessa became Directors of Children Worldwide in January 2016.