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LLOYD COOKE - CEO Saltbox

Role: As CEO of Saltbox, Lloyd has oversight and leadership of a truly multi-faceted charitable organisation. As well as overall responsibility for the charitable services provided by Saltbox, Lloyd’s role sees him advising civic leaders and advocating for marginalised members of the community, working among church leaders, and bringing the two together to effect meaningful change in society.

Bio: Lloyd is a Methodist Lay Preacher with a passion for serving Christ and the community and over the years he has started many initiatives that demonstrate that passion. In the 30 years since Saltbox came into being, Lloyd has been instrumental in bringing many worship opportunities to Stoke, from the 1987 Praise March to visits from dignitaries such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Lloyd was instrumental in rolling out Faith Action Audits nationally, and the Saltbox Civic Prayer Breakfast model has been adopted in over 50 towns and cities across the UK as a guide of good practice. Lloyd holds many advisory roles on both the civic and faith stages, including Chairman of Lichfield Cathedral Council, Chair of Healthwatch Stoke and Chair of Ministry at Work (Business Chaplaincy).

Quote: In 2001, Stoke was declared ‘worst place to live in the country’. This was the best bit of bad news we ever had because it called the body of Christ to attention and led us on a united prayer journey. Ancient wisdom reminds us of the following promise: ‘Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called repairer of broken walls, restorer of streets with dwellings’ (Isaiah 58:12) God has put Stoke on my heart – my beloved Stoke – and a passion for the 249,000 residents. My mission, and Saltbox’s, is to reach them with the good news and to change the world, one life at a time! 

TIM LUCAS - Church Liaison Officer

Role: Tim meets with church leaders across the area to build relationships, share and gather information, and link like-minded people together.

Bio: Tim has worked at Saltbox as the Church Liaison Officer since March 2015. In his time at Saltbox, he has made a good number of meaningful relationships with church leaders, and has constantly sought to support and promote the good work that is being done in the local community. Having grown up in the Church, Tim had a good starting point on which to build, and over the course of his time at Saltbox has used his conversations and connections to widen his understanding and knowledge of the diversity of Christianity. He is also a trustee of Emmaus Potteries and an accredited Methodist local preacher.

Quote: My role at Saltbox is varied and interesting, and gives me the opportunity to meet a diverse range of gifted people. Since joining, I have been constantly amazed at the goodwill of people as they seek to change society for the better, and I have been consistently astounded by the goodness of God. The diversity of the churches in North Staffordshire, both in terms of their worship traditions and community focus, is a huge encouragement. To see the practical support and spiritual guidance being given to needy people in the local community, and the huge change it is bringing to their lives, is a joyous taste of heaven on earth. 

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