EMBA Associates

EMBA Associates are people recognised and endorsed by the Association in offering specific skills and experience to the churches of the EMBA (largely in a voluntary capacity) thus expanding the capacity of the Regional Team. 

Children, Young People and Families - Sarah Fegredo

Sarah has worked with children, young people and their families for the last twenty years, doing all sorts, including youth groups, holiday clubs, toddler groups and inter-generational worship. She trained with CYM at St. John’s College in Nottingham, followed by an MTh at Regent’s Park College focussing on young people and children, in particular involving young people in church meetings.  At the same time, she was ordained as an Accredited Youth Specialist.


Spiritual Accompaniment - Stephen Ibbotson

EMBA has asked Stephen to become an Associate for Spirituality in our region. One of his key emphases through his 40 years of ministry has been that we are not human in order to become spiritual, but we are spiritual in order to become human. He has ministered with the conviction that Christian spirituality must be about human flourishing or it is nothing, and that it is able to hold and offer insight into the whole of our human experience.


Training - Elaine Burrows & Nick Swanson

Elaine and Nick have already developed and delivered training courses in areas like pastoral care and leadership for the EMBA and we are grateful that they are both willing to use their experience, gifts and skills to further develop this aspect of association life amongst us. In this new role Elaine and Nick will work alongside the Regional Ministers in delivering training across the region.

From time to time they will offer courses to ministers and churches, but are also willing to be contacted regarding specific training needs you may have via email.

Elaine is an accredited Baptist Minister with over 24 years experience in Church Leadership and pastoral care. Elaine has trained with ‘Bridge Builders Ministries’ completing courses in Transforming Church Conflict & Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts. Currently she works in training and mediation, serves in her own church and is a  moderator of another local church. She is also a Dementia Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society.


Nick has been a Baptist Minister for over 25 years and serves at Whetstone Baptist Church in Leicestershire, where his ministry focus is on discipleship and spiritual formation, pastoral care and training. Nick has worked as a tutor with Acorn Christian Listening and as a Bridge-Builders’ mediator; he trains Spiritual Directors as part of the Launde Abbey team and teaches Pastoral Supervision at the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham.