Chair since April 2020, Stephen began his career in computers and worked in the banking industry for 17 years. In 2000 he was appointed a director of Tearfund, with responsibility for its use of business as a tool of development, before his move to Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations in 2005 and Pilgrims’ Friend Society in 2015.
Stephen has enjoyed the company of older people from his student days when he was part of a team that led worship in a care home and visited those who were housebound. Loneliness of older people was one of the key priorities that UK Community Foundations addressed latterly though its award winning "Surviving Winter" campaigns that Stephen co-ordinated. Stephen was awarded a CBE for this and the leadership of other charitable and philanthropic programmes.
Stephen worships at Christ Church Harpenden and for many years ran the Crusaders (Urban Saints) youth group in the town. He still helps occasionally, but is now part of the team that reaches out to the residents of a local residential care home where he visits and leads a men’s Bible study.
Stephen is married to Susan and they have three grown up children.
Elaine was the Salvation Army UK Director of Older People’s Services between 2006 and 2021, having recently retired. Elaine started her career as a social worker, working within the social services department of three London Boroughs over a period of 18 years in a variety of roles and with a variety of client groups. Over this time, much of Elaine’s work was with older people and she grew to recognise their tremendous contribution and wisdom but also that they are so often neglected and marginalised.
Following a number of years in a fundraising capacity in the Salvation Army, Elaine spent a brief period working at Age Concern as Director of Operations before taking up the appointment of Director of Older People's Services for The Salvation Army. In this role, Elaine was responsible for the Salvation Army’s 12 care homes for older people throughout the UK, and was also responsible for the regional teams team of older people’s specialists who work alongside all Salvation Army Corps (churches) to support them in developing meaningful and relevant ministry with older people.
Elaine worships alongside her family at Hendon Corps in the North London Division, where she is also the Mission Secretary.
Phil has been the Chief Executive of Keychange, a national Christian care provider, since 2017, and has worked in senior leadership roles in local, regional and national Christian charities for over 30 years. In addition Phil has worked in a large local authority designing and commissioning health and social care services.
Phil has been a Christian for over 40 years and is a member of a Christian community in Essex. He regularly leads events, services, reflections and preaches.
Terry is a Field Director at London City Mission, where one of his main areas of expertise is mission with older people. In the 42 years Terry has worked for London City Mission he has spent 23 years of those working as a front line missionary. Since 2000 Terry moved into a central role as a Field Director of Ministries, and has found it a privilege and honour to focus on working with those in later life.
Terry says “As a Trustee for Faith in Later Life I am delighted to see all that God is doing to encourage others to reach out to the ‘forgotten generation.’ God honours those in later life, which although countercultural, is an amazing message to share. Faith in Later life has a vibrancy and is able to give hope to those who are facing the challenges of later life”.
Andrew Wileman BEM
Andrew is the Assistant Director for the Salvation Army Older Peoples Ministries Team. He manages the team of Outreach Mission partners for older people working on a range of local and programme development projects across the UKI and Ireland.
He holds a B.A and M.A in Applied Theology from the University of Gloucestershire. He has served as a Church leader, an International Development Manager for UK charities, and a Communications Director and Academic Tutor for Moorlands Bible College before moving to the Salvation Army in 2011.
Andrew is a regular public speaker in Churches and Centres and on local and national media and has wide experience in Social Justice issues both here in the UK and overseas, particularly his focus on the Salvation Army’s work in Older People, social care, Human Trafficking and on Eastern Europe where he has visited many times.
Andrew originally hails from Yorkshire, but now lives on the South Coast and has been a active member of the Winton Salvation Army Corps in Bournemouth for the past 24 years. He was the awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his work with the local community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2021.
He is married to Karen, and has a son and 2 daughters.
Interim Chief Executive
Laura is leading Faith in Later Life on an interim basis while recruitment takes place in 2021. Laura has a track record in supporting Christian organisations through times of transition and development, both through the work of her company Frank Analysis, and through previous roles as Head of Innovation and then Chief Executive at CPO (Christian Publishing & Outreach).
From working with many churches, denominations and networks Laura has seen first-hand the difference it can make when older people are reached, equipped and empowered, and Laura feels privileged to support the important contribution of Faith in Later Life in this season. Laura is married to a Baptist minister, has three school age children and lives by the sea in Brighton.
Ruth joined the Faith in Later Life team in 2020 and leads our community engagement, with a focus on supporting and co-ordinating our community of over 450 Church Champions across the UK and beyond. Ruth along with her team also provides all the key administrative support behind the scenes that enables Faith in Later Life to continue to move forward.
Ruth lives in South East England but can sometimes be found in Spain working on her laptop whilst visiting family.
We have a network of churches and partner organisations, as well as Faith in Later Life 'Church Champions'. To find out more about becoming a 'Church Champion' click here.