And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.’ — Acts 16:5

Local New Testament churches ought to be established in the faith and increase in number daily. But local church ministry is never easy.

Establish 2021 is a conference about planting and revitalising local churches. The conference aims to provide answers, ideas and a forum for discussing how to start new churches and how to revitalise struggling churches.

Our main speaker is Jason Holt. Jason and his wife Lori will share their experiences and wisdom from nearly 20 years of ministry in Santiago, Chile. Other speakers include pastors, church-planters and their wives who are working in a variety of contexts across the UK. 

Despite many challenges, the Lord Jesus Christ is still building His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it! Join us this November in Lincolnshire for the first Establish Conference.

Establish 2021 is sponsored by Fenlands Evangelical Network and Vision Baptist Mission.


Monday, 8 November
14:00 – Welcome
14:10 – Planting Multiple Churches (Jason Holt)
15:00 – Starting a New Church (Colin Pavitt)
15:50 – Break
16:10 – Split Session
  WomenBeing a Pastor’s Wife
  (Clare Cowdrey & Natalie VandenHurk)
  Men: Working as a Team To Start a Church
  (Kevin Cowdrey & Joshua Booth)
17:00 – Establishing a Church (Jonathan Vandenhurk)
18:00 – Dinner & Fellowship

Tuesday, 9 November
8:00 – Breakfast and Prayer
9:00 – Revitalising a Church (Kevin Cowdrey)
9:50 – Split Session
   Women: Being a Church Planter’s Wife (Lori Holt)
   Men: Obstacles in Church Planting (Jason Holt)
10:40 – Break
11:00 – Transitioning from Missionary to Pastor
   (James Wilson & Travis Snode)
11:50 – Training Pastors (Jason Holt)
12:50 – Lunch & Fellowship
14:00 – Optional Outreach

*A crèche and children’s programme will be provided during the main sessions.

Main Speaker


Church Planting Missionary
Santiago, Chile

Since 2001, Jason and his wife Lori have been serving as church planting missionaries to Chile. The main focus of their ministry is to train Chilean nations to reach their own people. The Chile Training Center they started in 2008 has nearly 75 men and women preparing for Christians ministry.  Jason also serves as the Latin America Director for Vision Baptist Missions. Watch their ministry video below and find out more at

Other Speakers


Evangelist & Church Planter
Hartlepool, Durham

Colin and his wife Rosalind have served in full-time Baptist ministry for 28 years. Colin’s longest position was seventeen years as a pastor. They are now currently church planting across the North East of England. Their key ministry and burden is open air street preaching in towns and city centres.


Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church
Spalding, Lincolnshire

Kevin Cowdrey is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church Spalding. He began the process of revitalising the church in 2016. In 2020, he led his church to plant a church in the neighbouring town of Boston. Kevin’s passion is expounding the word of God. He is married to Clare and they have two young children together.


Church Planter
Boston, Lincolnshire

Originally from Kansas City, Joshua and Melissa have planted churches in the UK since 2011 and are currently planting Calvary Baptist Church in Boston. Previously, they continued a church plant in Congleton, Cheshire. Joshua’s favourite aspect of church ministry is to see disciples begin to understand the Scriptures and take wing with their faith.  


Missionary Pastor
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Jonathan was born in the USA and met his wife Natalie in Corby when visiting the UK to help with church planting projects in Kettering, Market Harborough, & Birmingham. After 6 years together in the USA, they returned to help reestablish Calvary Baptist Church, Peterborough, where he serves as missionary pastor. It has been a joy for them to see the multi-cultural congregation grow and thrive.


Pastor, Derry Baptist Fellowship
Derry/Londonderry, N Ireland

James is originally from Donegal, Ireland but grew up in Corby, Northants. James has been serving the Lord in Derry, Northern Ireland since 2011 and has served as pastor of Derry Baptist Fellowship since 2013. He has a real vision to reach the UK and Ireland with the gospel.


Church Planter
Gravesend, Kent

Travis and his wife Teri have been involved in church planting in the UK since 2004. They are currently establishing Downham Baptist Church in Bromley, London and planting Headgate Baptist Church in Colchester, Essex. Travis also serves as the Europe Director for Vision Baptist Missions.

Women Sessions


Missionary’s Wife
Santiago, Chile

Lori met and married Jason Holt in 2001 while in Bible College in the USA. They have established their lives and ministry with their three children in Chile, South America. Lori enjoys working alongside Jason in ministry in Chile through mentoring and teaching current and future Chilean pastors’ wives.


Pastor’s Wife
Spalding, Lincolnshire

As the daughter of a Pastor, Clare has grown up on the mission field of local Church ministry. Now married to a Pastor, Clare has brought many of her childhood observations and experiences, to be a supportive and effective wife, mother and ministry worker. All while balancing full time employment as a Service Manager in Children’s Social Care; which supports Kevin’s ability to minister in the UK.


Missionary Pastor’s Wife
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Natalie is from England and met her husband Jonathan at her home church in Corby while helping with church planting projects. After 6 years together in the USA, they returned to help reestablish Calvary Baptist Church, Peterborough. It has been a joy for them to see the multi-cultural congregation begin to grow and thrive.