Our vision is for every refugee in the UK to be welcomed by their local church

There were 55,146 asylum applications made in the UK in 2021. (UK Home Office, 2022). The Church has a Biblical mandate to offer hospitality and to Welcome the Stranger ‘Matthew 25:35”

If every church welcomed people seeking refuge in their community then we could easily see our vision become a reality! No matter where your church is, there is something that you can do to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into your community.

Whether your church is big or small, old or young, urban or rural, traditional or contemporary, there IS something you can do to join with our vision. No matter how refugees are arriving in your area, we want to help you to be a welcoming community for them.

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Meet the team


Emily is our Joint CEO, having cofounded Welcome Churches with Karina Martin in 2018, and is now based in Manchester. She has a wealth of experience in welcoming many asylum seekers through our Welcome Boxes project with her local church. Emily is passionate about seeing the UK Church being at the forefront of welcoming refugees. She has an MA in Conflict, Development and Security where she specialised in European citizens’ responsibilities to refugees.


Sue is our Joint CEO. She is passionate about supporting and training individuals and churches to be well equipped and confident in welcoming the refugees around them. Having lived in the Middle East for 24 years, involved in cross-cultural ministry, she is an Arabic speaker. She is also involved in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers in High Wycombe and through resettlement schemes in the Thames Valley area.


Mark Mumford


Mark’s leadership and pastoral experience has extended over four decades, particularly through leading East Midlands Christian Fellowships for over 30 years. The church has developed and grown over those years from small beginnings, to a church that is based in several locations around the East Midlands, including Community Church Derby. Mark also leads a team that oversees a number of other churches around the UK, as part of the wider family of Salt and Light Ministries. Mark has a passion for the church to become more influential and for it to demonstrate good news and hope to a divided and troubled world. He also loves to see people fulfilling their true potential in God!