Dave Williams


Welcome to the Faithroots website. I hope that whatever your context or background you find yourself in that you’ll find the blog and other resources here helpful. At the same time I thought it might be helpful to share a little here about the specific aims and focus of Faithroots.

Faithroots is primarily about encouraging urban mission through training, mentoring and supporting people involved in urban discipleship including as leaders or members of new church plants and church revitalisations.

There are two elements to this

  1. In Person

This is currently in development but we are looking for people to come and join us in the West Midlands in order to get involved in urban church planting whilst receiving training and mentoring.

Watch out for more details to come or get in touch via the contact page.

2. An online training hub

Here on the site, you will find a blog helping us to think through how we apply what we believe to how we live, a publications page with a range of teaching materials in PDF format and “First Look” an evangelistic course which you are welcome to make use of.

You can also access Faithroots resources through our Facebook page on our YouTube channel and via Anchor or Spotify

Dave Williams

… grew up in Bradford West Yorkshire in a Christian family and put his trust in Jesus as a young child.  He worked for an aerospace company in Kent for ten years; implementing business systems and then in operations management.  Dave describes himself as a frustrated Bradford City Supporter – frustrated both because distance makes it difficult for him to see his home team regularly and because of the team’s dismal performance over many years!

Dave is married to Sarah and together they enjoy boxsets and musicals. Sarah teaches English and leads a department in a secondary school context.

Dave is passionate about seeing churches planted and replanted/revitalised in urban contexts such as estates and inner city neighbourhoods.

Dave read law – LLB (Hons) at Sheffield (1992-95). He also holds an MSc in Manufacturing (University of Bradford, 1996) and an MTh in Theology and Pastoral Studies (2010).

He was pastor at Bearwood Chapel from 2010-2020 following 4 years at Oak Hill Theological College. During that time Dave sought to be a catalyst for urban church planting and mission. This involved Bearwood Chapel multiplying from one to four multicultural congregations. One of those congregations has now been planted out as an independent evangelical church with its own pastor and leaders. Dave has also facilitated the replanting of a local congregational church.

At Bearwood Chapel, he also hosted an urban church planting hub providing a space for prayer, training and encouragement for pastors working in a number of inner city, estate and multi-cultural contexts in the West Midlands.

Dave is passionate about encouraging people into pastoral ministry and helping to train those who might otherwise be over looked, particularly those with a heart for urban contexts. He is encouraged to have helped train and mentor a number of men who are now in Gospel ministry as pastors or planters.

Currently he divides his time between providing pastoral and discipleship support as part of his local church and encouraging and equipping others for urban church planting.

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