karina Martin- Executive Director

Having established and led Derby-based refugee charity Upbeat Communities for 12 years, Karina is now the Executive Director of Welcome Churches. A passionate social entrepreneur, she has helped start a number of social enterprises empowering and supporting refugees. After helping to plant a church in Estonia Karina returned to the UK in 1998 to join Community Church Derby. In 2002, with her husband, Adam, Karina led a team focussed on reaching out to refugees arriving in Derby and began to plant an inter-cultural church in the city centre.

Karina is a great communicator who regularly speaks at conferences and events about refugee issues and social transformation. She is one of the senior leaders at Community Church Derby, a large, intercultural church with over a hundred refugee members. She also serves as a trustee to the Refugee Support Network and is on the organising committee for the Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable in Europe.

Emily Holden, Operations Director at Welcome Churches

Emily holden

Emily is a key member of the Welcome Churches team, overseeing our operations and church training. She has a wealth of experience in supporting churches who are welcoming refugees and knows first-hand of the pressure this can bring. Emily is passionate about seeing the UK Church being at the forefront of welcoming refugees. She has an MA in Conflict, Development and Security where she specialised on European citizens' response in the current refugee crisis.


Adam Martin at Welcome Churches

Adam Martin

Adam has 25 years of experience in cross-cultural mission and church leadership. Adam is passionate about helping the church ‘look like the city’, embracing the cultural diversity around us in modern Britain with the good news of God’s reconciling and unifying love. Adam is a senior leader with East Midlands Christian Fellowships and as part of his role he coordinates local and overseas cross-cultural ministry. He has organised several trips to the Middle East to deliver aid to refugee camps and support local efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs around them.

Abraham Wolde, intern at Welcome Churches

Abraham Wolde

Abraham is our integration advisor. He is passionate about our vision to see no refugees isolated in the UK. Abraham plays a key role in encouraging and training churches to welcome refugees arriving in their communities. He is also carrying out research to help us understand further the benefits and challenges of refugee integration into UK churches.

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Mark Mumford


Mark’s leadership and pastoral experience has extended over four decades, particularly through leading East Midlands Christian Fellowships for over 30 years. The church has developed and grown over those years from small beginnings, to a church that is based in several locations around the East Midlands, including Community Church Derby. Mark also leads a team that oversees a number of other churches around the UK, as part of the wider family of Salt and Light Ministries. Mark has a passion for the church to become more influential and for it to demonstrate good news and hope to a divided and troubled world. He also loves to see people fulfilling their true potential in God! 

Helen Murphy

Helen was the Senior Associate Pastor at Trent Vineyard. Her key role was setting up and leading The Arches for 15 years; a charity providing practical support, training and community for those in need.

After 21 years at Trent Vineyard, Helen and her husband Tom are planting the Derwent Valley Vineyard Church in Derbyshire. She is passionate about seeing people empowered to reach their potential and thrive in whatever it is they do and who they are.

Patrick Johnstone

Patrick served for 16 years in in Southern Africa as a missionary, and then 32 years as part of the leadership team of WEC International. He an author having written a number of books including Operation World, The Future of the Global Church and Serving God in a Migrant Crisis. He is in active retirement living in Derby with his wife, Robyn.

Marion Knell

Having worked in the area of Member care at a European and global level and instituted an MA in the subject, Marion now consults with Refugee Highway Partnership on care for refugees and refugee workers and leads trauma response for the EEA. Marion has developed courses for churches on working with traumatised refugees and sustaining refugee workers. She is an international speaker on Staff Care and works with an international relocation company as an intercultural trainer. She has written two books, ‘Families on the Move’ and ‘Burn-up or Splashdown – the survival guide to re-entry’.

Dan Lane

Dan is Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Christians Against Poverty, where he has worked since 2007. In that time he has directly supported Debt-Help Clients, led teams, over-seen the roll out of new services and most recently led CAP’s fundraising and marketing.

He is passionate about seeing local churches provide hope to people struggling under the crushing weight of poverty. Outside of work, Dan has worked on a number of charitable boards, is a regular attendee of his church, enjoys travel and is a bit of a foodie.