My name is Jonny Gios, originally from Stockport , but now live in Kendal, Cumbria. I am married to Pamela and we have two children. I’ve been in Cumbria for 19 years and have worked in a variety of different roles.
From leaving school I worked for the Manchester Evening News for 3 years before training to be a graphic designer. However, as a committed Christian I believed God had other plans and led me to train as a youth minister at the Nazarene College, Manchester. Since then I worked for a number of churches/charities in different communities around the North West serving and working with them to bring about community transformation. My roles have included being; youth & schools worker, detached youth worker, youth pastor, associate pastor, pastor, community worker, district youth officer, & community networker.
Only recently did I stop working for Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal, after 6 years pioneering programmes to be a bridge between the church and the community. Last year our church and community were flooded and we spent most of our time investing in flood recovery efforts.
In 2017 I started a charity called Hope Community, which sought to help churches engage with their local communities better in word and action. More recently, we have planted a church called Gateway Church that seeks to radiate love to our town, reach the lost and reproduce disciples! Please do visit our social media or better still we’d love to meet you in person, church is family so we might have a presence online but nothing is better than church as family. As well as church planting – I am also the North of England Advisor for the Cinnamon Network – which seeks to help churches engage with the local communities.
I love community engagement and people! Another passion that is close to my heart is using my skills as a freelance graphic designer to create eye catching design & branding. Check out my work here – I’d love to help!