- Advertisement -
Thursday, 26 November 2020


CNI Network: Our Community Hero for July is Marcus Bennett

- Advertisement -

MARCUS grew up in Luton and describes himself as a Londoner who is currently living in West Yorkshire. Marcus became a trustee for CNI Network in May 2020 and has 20+ years experience of church leadership as an Elim Pastor.

He has involvement in starting up a wide variety of projects including Wimbledon Food Bank, one of the first one hundred Trussell Trust foodbanks to open in the UK. He is a former trustee of London’s biggest YMCA.

Marcus went to university as an agnostic to study theology and business. Three weeks into university a friend explained the Gospel to Marcus and he experienced, to quote John Wesley, ‘his heart was strangely warmed’ and he committed his life to Christ. Marcus settled into a Local Elim church in Wimbledon and went on to lead a church in Mitcham eventually became the minister in training taking on leading the church.

Marcus explained:

“As a Minister, one of the people I would regularly pray with was Carolyn Skinner who was in the process of setting up Third Space Ministries which now heads up Club Angels.”

Marcus was involved in the ‘Love All Serve All’ outreach at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament queue, which involved sharing the love of Christ with the tens of thousands of people camping out overnight on Wimbledon Park waiting for tickets.

In 2014 Marcus moved to West Yorkshire to lead the Elim church in Dewsbury. Marcus co-founded Dewsbury and District Street Angels at the request of the local council to operate daytime in Dewsbury town centre helping meet needs around vulnerability, loneliness and street drinkers. During his time at Dewsbury Elim, a Romanian speaking church was started to help support Romanian residents in the area. This helped combat poverty and promote community integration.

Marcus shares:

“Sadly mental health issues meant I had to step down from pastoring the church at Dewsbury. Needless to say, this was a difficult time for all concerned.

“Realising that mental health is as much a medical issue as it is a spiritual one became the key to my healing and recovering.”

Over time Marcus learnt to get back into a much healthier daily and weekly routine including a proper day of rest. Marcus encourages those who are struggling to seek help and know that recovery is possible.

He said:

“I have set up as self-employed to offer life coaching helping people to recover from burnout, or better still avoid it!

“I have a part-time role with The Torch Trust, promoting its sight-loss friendly church scheme which helps to equip churches to enable blind and partially sighted people to have an equal, full and activity role in the church community, and reach out in help with the spiritual needs of the sight loss community.”

During furlough from The Torch Trust, Marcus is volunteering with YourNeighbour.org, a network of 1300 church communities responding to the COVID-19 crisis through connecting those with needs with a local church who can respond and help through a national helpline. It supports and equips church leaders to respond to rapidly changing needs and is liaising with the Government and NHS.

Marcus became a Trustee with CNI Network as his passion is for the church to get out of its four walls to make an impact within its local communities. As CNI Network and its local projects demonstrate God’s love to the people in front of us it is a perfect fit.

Marcus added:

“My heart as a trustee is to help CNI Network develop and build stronger links with the local and national church. There is a need within all organisations to look at new strategies for working in a post-COVID world and I want to work within CNI Network to make the organisation and our local projects stronger in the months and years ahead.”

Throughout his life as a Christian Marcus has seen time and again how the church can make a difference in local communities and how the people of faith can be a massive force for good within the wider society.

He concludes:

“Be kind, always look to do good and ‘whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might!'” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Sign up to receive full FREE access to charity news and special sector offers.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected


Must Read

Young carer gets a super track day to remember with Patrice Evra

It's not often a top football star turns up on your doorstep and reveals you're being whisked away for a super track day –...

New discovery shows that brain protein could be starting point for new treatments for pancreatic cancer

A researcher in the US part-funded by the Scottish cancer research charity, Worldwide Cancer Research, has found a protein in the brain that plays...

Employment News

NSPCC appoints new Director of Strategy and Knowledge

THE NSPCC has appointed Dr Maria Neophytou as its new Director of Strategy and Knowledge. Maria joins the NSPCC from Impetus, a charity supporting young...

Centrepoint appoints new Director of Fundraising

LEADING youth homelessness charity Centrepoint has announced Julie Milnes as the charity's new Director of Fundraising. In a fundraising career spanning over 17 years, Julie...

Dame Julie Mellor to join Engage Britain Board of Trustees

NEW charity, Engage Britain, has announced that Dame Julie Mellor will join its Board of Trustees. Julie, who joins the Board in November 2020, brings...

Related News

Hidden talent helps local charity diversify to generate much-needed funds

THE hidden talent of a local charity employee has generated much-needed funds, thanks to the brainwave of Huddersfield based IT provider Probado and the...

Art auction in aid of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice is now underway

An art auction in aid of the UK's only baby-specific hospice has begun, attracting a donation from one of Britain's best-loved illustrators and deaf award-winning...

New research reveals the impact extracurricular learning has on young people’s wellbeing

NEW research by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) has revealed the transformative impact extracurricular learning, such as volunteering, developing a skill or getting better...

Bucks care worker surprised with special award to celebrate 40 years of service

BRENDA Dawson has worked for charity care provider Ambient Support and its predecessors for 40 years as a care worker, a milestone celebrated with...

#NEMovement campaign launches across Northumberland and Tyne & Wear

A new campaign has been launched across Northumberland and Tyne & Wear to support people’s physical and mental health during the second national lockdown...
- Advertisement -