Our Patrons and people

Patrons of Single Friendly Church 

We are honoured that the following are our Patrons.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols - Cardinal Archbishop of the Westminster, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Chancellor of St Mary's University, Twickenham

Archbishop John Sentamu - Archbishop of York

Christina Rees CBE - Chair of WATCH (Women and the Church), Chair of CABE (Christian Association of Business Executives)

Rev’d Dr Kate Coleman -Director of Next Leadership, former Chair of the Evangelical Alliance, former president of the Baptist Union

John Bell - author, songwriter, broadcaster, member of the Iona Community

Bishop Pete Broadbent - Bishop of Willesden

Professor Janet Soskice - Chair of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge

Chine McDonald - Head of Christian Influence & Engagement for World Vision, Trustee of Greenbelt, broadcaster and writer

Rev’d Canon Steve Chalke MBE - Baptist minister, Senior Leader of OASIS Waterloo, founder of OASIS, Founder and Chair of Stop the Traffik and Faithworks, broadcaster and social activist, Honorary Fellow of Sarum College, Salisbury

Bishop Steven Cotterell - Bishop of Chelmsford

The Directors of Single Friendly Church Community Interest Company

Jackie Elton is an entrepreneur who has set up many small businesses and charities. In the Christian arena, she is most known for www.christianconnection.com, an online dating service that has enabled many single Christians to meet partners across the globe. She is single and attends St. Paul's Church, Hammersmith. You can find out more about Jackie, her motivation and how the church can be a better place for single Christians here.

Joff Williams (on the right in the photo) is a designer and communicator whose involvement with Christian Connection began in 2008. He provides technical and communications expertise, has led off-line advertising campaigns, festival sponsorship and also writes blogs.

Dr David Pullinger FRSA is the UK’s leading researcher on singleness and religion. He speaks on singleness at retreats, conferences and major Christian festivals. He has held senior posts in commercial, church and government organisations, introducing innovative services now used by millions in the UK and around the world. David is the author of ‘A Desire to Belong: thinking about single people in the Church’ (available from the author at info@singlefriendlychurch.com) and 'Online Dating: Top Tips for Success' as well as the research reports found on this website. He attends a local church in Wimbledon.

Our Campaign Manager

Beth Collingridge has a background in digital communications and campaign management for charities. She is passionate about making church a place where single people are fully welcome, included and able to flourish. She is also a singer-songwriter and helps lead worship at her church in central London.

Our Programme and Events Coordinator

Pamela Masha  has worked with charities for several years with experience in programmes, content creation, training events and workshop delivery and is also a Trustee. Pamela believes that the church can achieve greater inclusion and unity for all Christians. She attends a church in Central London.

Our writer-editor

Catherine Francis is a freelance journalist with over 20 years' experience of editing and writing for some of the country's best-selling magazines. She has also written several books. She is passionate about seeing the church become more intentional about embracing all kinds of people, including singles. Catherine lives in north London and is an active member of a local church. She dreams of a life spent writing novels and running an animal sanctuary.

Our occasional project manager

Ruth Edmonds has a Masters’ degree in Policy Research and experience of programming events and talks for churches in Bristol and London. She is passionate about encouraging as many different churches as possible to publicly pledge to make their church more single-friendly. She is currently in training for the Anglican Ministry in Birmingham. 

Funding and sponsoring

We are happy to help fund events, projects and research that are aligned with out Mission and Aims.  We have already funded various aspects of events, talks and research.  If you are interested, please contact us at david@singlefriendlychurch.com

Collaborating and cooperating

Other organisations who share our aims and with whom we are pleased to work:

Christian Connection the UK's leading Christian dating website and which ran the first survey.

Engage - Making Christian Marriage Possible is a collective initiative to make singleness or marriage a genuine choice for all Christians, by means of helping form a gender-balanced church that teaches healthy Christian singleness, dating and marriage.

Honoured is a network of single leaders and single Christians that stimulate and support each other.  Currently based in Nottingham, Manchester and London.