The focus for TBC’s support is the pioneering work of Kent Thameside Mission in North Kent.
Penny Marsh is leading a church planting project seeking to connect with the residents of the new Ebbsfleet Garden City where she and her family now live, building relationships and sharing faith in innovative and relevant ways. These include a missional and creative form of church called ‘Sunday Active’, where people can meet to exercise, socialise, and experience Jesus.
Dawn Wellbelove works in Northfleet North, which is one of the most socially deprived areas of North Kent. Her mission is bringing God’s love to this community in practical and spiritual ways. She helps run adult and kids’ churches, a breakfast club for Mums, CAP (Christians against Poverty) courses in conjunction with the local food bank, and even uses puppets to communicate the gospel. She undertakes gardening projects to improve the area and is setting up a Job Club to support and encourage those in the community seeking employment.
Penny was ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1998, after which she moved into London’s Docklands to engage in pioneering church planting. In April 2008, she moved to Gravesend to explore pioneer church planting in the new housing development in Kent Thameside on behalf of the association. Penny is married to Barry and they have 2 grown up children.
Dawn is an ordained Baptist evangelist who originates from a council estate just outside Sevenoaks. She started her ministry in North Northfleet in 2011, working with the Kent Thameside Project in conjunction with SEBA. She is married to Steve and with his support reaches out to the disadvantaged and marginalised in Northfleet’s existing community.