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Ash and Anji Barker

After 25 years of urban mission in Melbourne and Bangkok, Ash and Anji Barker are again immersed in the life of an urban poor neighbourhood to seek transformation through Jesus. This time they are embedded in Winson Green which is a key multi-racial and multi-religious, inner city neighbourhood of Birmingham, UK.
Ash has joined the faculty of nearby Springdale College to  be founding Director of 'The Newbigin Centre for Urban Hope' which aims to mobilise, form and equip Christian leaders for our new urban world; Ash will also be free to serve locally, speak and train widely as well as continue to lead the work of the International Society for Urban Mission as International Director.
Anji is based with the Oasis Academies team in Winson Green as school chaplain and community hub leader to help see change in Winson Green by focussing on youth and families work as well as supporting new social enterprises and churches.
You can follow the Barker’s next adventure at Urban Hope Together blog (

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