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Derek Purnell

After three years at Missionary Training College and two years working for his home church in Birmingham, Derek & Maureen moved to Manchester in 1979 to work with the Manchester City Mission. In Manchester Derek pastored an inner city church for over ten years where he was also actively involved in the community. He also served for a number of years on the executive of ECMA (Evangelical Council Manchester Area - now renamed "Network") and later worked for them as Executive Secretary in partnership with the Evangelical Alliance with whom he functioned as Regional Coordinator.

His deepening concern for urban ministry and growing awareness of a call to a wider role led him in 1991 to return to College to prepare for this new ministry. He completed a B.A. in Theology and Pastoral studies in 1994 and focused his dissertation on "An Alternative Approach to Urban Ministry". During that time took the opportunity of studying 'Urban ministry' and 'Church Planting' in Chicago and Los Angeles respectively. In 2001 he completed a course of postgraduate research (MPhil) "Rediscovering effective principles for urban church models and mission with particular reference to Manchester City Mission 1837 - 1914". Derek continues to deliver urban ministry modules at UG and PG level at the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester.

Derek and Maureen continue to live and worship in inner city Manchester, where they have raised their family of three children (now adults), Hannah, Micah and Rachel. "Urban Presence" is something that they continue to practice by their commitment to live in an urban community.

In 2013 Derek published "Speaking the Unspeakable: Who Cares about the Working Classes". Read an excerpt here.