New Churches


John Chapman Foundation (JCF) Trainees

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Evangelism and New Churches has had a rich history of training evangelists for preaching ministries in the Sydney Diocese and beyond. To read the list of those trained under John Chapman and through the ENC ministry since, and to observe the ministries they now exercise under God is astounding. The impact has been national, if not even global.

In 2015, welcome 2 new trainees, who will work with the ENC staff and be trained by them in effective evangelistic preaching. The challenge of reaching 21st Century Australia is as great as ever. Would you pray that God will grant them many opportunities to preach Christ and to grow as preachers. Pray also that they will ‘correctly handle the word of truth’ (2 Tim 2:15), as they ‘do the work of an evangelist’ (2 Tim 4:5). Let’s meet the JCF trainees.

Mike Leite

Mike is currently a fourth year student at Moore Theological College completing his Bachelor in Divinity. Mike is married to Emily and has two children, Sebastian (3) and Adelle (1), with a third due in 2015. Before coming to College Mike worked for a hydraulics company for 11 years and enjoyed serving at his local church in South Carlton. Mike loves Jesus and has a great passion to see people come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. While at ENC Mike is praying that God will use him for the sake of His honour and glory. (When he has the chance Mike loves to play football - the round ball variety! - and go surfing.)

Ed Yorston

Ed became a Christian at age 15 when an evangelist visited his local church youth group. There was nothing extraordinary about this evangelist, he simply put God’s invitation on the line, and he responded. Amazed that God would invite him into his Kingdom, he’s endeavoured for the past 15 years to hold out God’s invitation to anyone who will listen: at his surf club, on the street, to his dad, or as a preacher.  He has worked in Christian Ministry for 9 years now. Commencing with an MTS position at Christ Church St Ives, he then worked as a youth chaplain at The King’s School, Parramatta for 4 years. Before commencing his current role as a ‘John Chapman Foundation’ evangelist, he spent the previous 3 years running the Christianity Explored ministry at Church by the Bridge, Kirribilli.  He is married to Bridget, and they have two boys Tommy (4) and George (2).

Mike and Ed are available to speak at evangelistic events and can be contacted via the ENC office.