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I was struck by the relentless dedication shown by Jonny. He provided practical contribution to his community in a collaborative way, and was highlighted at local and national levels for his dedication.

JOEY TABONE:DIRECTOR OF BERG

Who Am I

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!

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My Creative Experience

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My Community Experience

NEARLY TWO DECADES OF COMMUNITY MISSION EXPERIENCE IN BOTH URBAN AND RURAL CONTEXTS.

Gateway Church – church unboxed

A year on from launching out as Gateway Church, we've seen people who have come to faith and be baptised. Some people passing through and some people that have continued to be faithful to our vision to; Radiate Love Reach the Lost Reproduce disciples We passionate to see those who are far from God to come into a relationship with [...]

Cherished Hearts

Update>>>>>>>> I've managed to smash my target of £1000 by raising £1060 as of Sunday 14th January with 5 days to go before my Lions deadline! Thank you to all that have given to this amazing charity. >>>>>>>>>>>>> Cherished hearts was founded with the aim to help vulnerable women and their children, within the city of Coventry. Cherished hearts [...]

Church Planting

After many months of the Lord speaking to us as a couple, we are finally announcing what God has been laying on our hearts. From January 2018 we aim to start a small group of disciples that seek to make other disciples! In other words, we'd like to see a new church established in our town that is a church [...]

Hope Community

ONE of the best-known names in Kendal's flood recovery effort - the Rev Jonny Gios, of Sandylands Methodist Church - is taking on a fresh challenge in the new year.The community worker and father-of-two lead his last service on Christmas Eve before embarking on the role of spearheading the newly-launched charity Hope Community.As Jonny explained, the charity sets out to [...]

Community Awards

If we were invited to her house well, we were definitely going to stay right to the end! It was an immense privilege to be invited to one of the three garden parties that are held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace this May. We were very humbled to be invited to such a prestigious event and one that we [...]

Over 60’s Holiday Club

Whilst I worked at Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal, Cumbria, the church stepped out as it developed and established – a holiday club for the over 60s. The 2nd Holiday club happened in October 2016 after a successful one the year before. “Often the church places so much energy and concentration on children and young people, we forget older peope [...]

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