Bishop Steve left a pop career behind for a higher calling.

Bishop Steve left a pop career behind for a higher calling.

At 20 years old Bishop Steve left his family home in South Wales and made his way to the capital with a prayer and a dream to become a singer. Within a few days he found himself performing at the London Palladium and within weeks Larry Page, who had managed The Kinks, started managing him. Not long after Steve also started working with a band called Heatwave.

By 1996, Steven was performing at the Royal Variety Show and was being managed by Tony Calder, who had been The Beatles first publicist.

It was while talking to a Welsh music legend, he decided where his future lay.

“I was in the sound check with Tom Jones, and we went back to the dressing room for a chat and he said singing was his ‘calling,’ but I knew mine was really into the ministry.”

“I had this sense of God, I’d become a Christian when I was 15. I knew it was the right decision, so even though I had gone from being with the rich and famous at VIP events I knew deep down inside I had to do it, which gave me momentum.

Bishop Steve is fully committed to his work at Living Faith Church, but still gets involved with some showbiz and recently hosted a film premiere in Leeds. He is also currently in the early stages of working on a new song alonside ’80s singer John Parr.

“I don’t chase those things, but sometimes I will do things with people in the industry.”

A local newspaper has recently published an article with the headline: Wigan bishop who gave up pop career credits his religious calling to a chance encounter with Sir Tom Jones.

Read the full article here.

October 2021 Ordinations

October 2021 Ordinations

Congratulations to Reverend Emma Daggers and Reverend Christopher Hughes who were ordained on Saturday 16th October as TICCN ministers at Church on the Street (Cots) Burnley. The packed church experienced a moving Spirit filled service led by Bishop Steven and Reverend Michael (Pastor Mick).

The two ordinands were very well supported by family and friends. It was especially nice to welcome Pastors Derek and Hilary Walker of Oxford Bible Church at the ordination service who were supporting Christopher. Derek joined Bishop Steven and Reverend Michael in laying on hands at the ordination.

Reverend Christopher will continue his ministry based from Oxfordshire and Reverend Emma is part of the Church on the Street outreach in Preston. We invite people to continue to support them in prayer as their important ministries continue to grow and reach into their respective communities.

We give glory to God for all His work in and through His people!

Faith Explosion Conference in Malta

Faith Explosion Conference in Malta

From 14th to the 19th September Bishop Steven was the guest speaker at the Faith Explosion Conference in Malta. The conference has been hailed as a tremendous success with hundreds in attendance and an atmosphere of great faith. Bishop Steven was thrilled by the enthusiasm of the people and the graciousness of his hosts Dr. Gordon Manchè and his beautiful wife Mariella. There were reports of miracles, deliverance from demonic activity and transformed lives.

The River of Love Church hosted the conference and Bishop Steven reported that there was a real sense of Christian devotion and diligence among the delegates. Bishop Steven spoke and ministered on 5 separate days and delegates responded with great enthusiasm to his inspiring messages which were delivered with a unique mixture of seriousness and humor. The impact was clearly felt, transforming at times and the will stay in peoples memories. Clearly, this was the start of what we all hope is a long and fruitful fellowship between key and strategic leaders within our international missions.

This remarkable conference which had so much to offer is remembered by the delegates and here is a selection of some of the feedback that we’ve received:

“We love and appreciate you Bishop Steven Evans. We thank God for you. God bless you.” Fiona Incorvaja

Fiona Incorvaja

“Great words dear Bishop Steven Evans we were delighted to have you around because we were blessed especially with those examples that you did carry forward they were an inspiration to us all…God bless you and keep on shining for God…Hallelujah where there is God there are miracles.”

Catherine Kate Galea

“Thank you dear Bishop for honoring us with your presence. It was a big blessing an honour and a pleasure.”

Edwin Borg

“Thank you for such a beautiful message of appreciation and encouragement. It was an honor to welcome you and a blessing to receive the Word from you. We are truly blessed to be part of this wonderful family with faithful spiritual parents for guidance and support, blessings.”

Caroline Falzon

“Beautiful words of encouragement dear Bishop Steven Evans and thank you for honoring our precious spiritual parents Mariella Manchè and Gordon Manchè. This conference was truly blessed and it was something we all needed at such a time as this. Dear Bishop I bless you and your family and your ministry, I love you in Christ until we meet again thank you for the laughter.”

Sharon Mifsud

“It was a wonderful conference where the glory was manifested! We’re blessed to have had you with us and blessed to be in this church and have Pastors Gordon and Mariella as our spiritual leaders!”

Theresa Aquilina

“Thank you Bishop for such a kind word, we love you too and thanks for coming, thank you for the time spent and word shared. We shall see you again here, there or in the air.”

Mario Debono

“It was such a great honor meeting you bishop. We thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement, and lifting up of our congregation and of describing the hearts of our Pastors.”

Jennifer Farrugia

“That’s a very powerful message, thanks Bishop. Hope to see you back here.”

Rebecca Paris

“It was an honor to meet you dear Bishop Steven Evans, and glory to God for you and for everyone that preached, that God mightily used for feeding us His Holy word, and stepping into the glory all together. We’re going from Glory to Glory.”

Rhona Sapiano

This conference was truly blessed and it was something we all needed at such a time as this. Dear Bishop I bless you and your family and your ministry, I love you in Christ, thank you for the laughter!

It was also a blessing to catch up and enjoy fellowship with TICCN minister Nigael Lewis who is currently based on the Island of Malta.

Click on the links below to watch videos from the conference:

Upcoming TICCN Ordinations

Upcoming TICCN Ordinations
Bishop Evans

It’s my pleasure to write and invite you to support two TICCN ordinands who are due to be ordained this Saturday. They like many others before them have successfully gone through the TICCN Ordinands Training and now are about to enter this important new chapter of life. I want to encourage you to please remember them in your prayers. Emma Cathrine Daggers is part of the Church on the Street outreach in Preston and Christopher Miguel Hughes is based in Oxford.

It’s been my privilege and pleasure to spend time with them both and hear about the great things that God has done in their lives. This Saturday’s Ordination will mark the next and very important step in their walk of faith.

As a TICCN Partner you are warmly invited to attend the ordination which will take place at:

The Hub, Church on the Street,
1-7 Hammerton Street,
Burnley
BB11 1NA

at 3:00pm this Saturday.

Missions Report for Nepal

Missions Report for Nepal

In January and February, Pastor Amos and his wife Jamuna traveled to two villages in the jungles and another two villages in the mountains where they held pastor’s conferences in each village to teach on the anointing of the Holy Spirit and to teach on Healing.  Amos has also completed several children’s evangelism trip before Nepal went into Quarantine.

Even though Nepal has had only 34 total deaths from COVID, the entire country remains in Lockdown since March.  Their low death rate is from a natural immunity from being hand eaters, meaning they eat with their hands rather than using utensils. From an early age, they build strong immune systems.  In addition, being born at high altitudes has given Nepalis super human lungs.

More people are starving to death from the lockdown than dying from COVID.  Much of the Nepal is hand to mouth, where they work each day to make enough money to purchase food for the day.  During the lockdown, most Nepalis can no longer afford to purchase food. 

We have completed two mission trips where we distributed 100 bags of rice to the neediest Christian believers in mid-April and again in June.  Many are coming to the Lord through this aid.  They had to walk 4 to 5 hours by foot to get the rice. Then make return hike with bag of rice on their backs. Once they make it to their villages, they divide the rice up into smaller plastic bags and distribute to individual families.

Most of the volunteers had not eaten in 1 to 2 days. It was very difficult to get there to village on 4-wheel truck, because mountain road was slide and very muddy because of the heavy rain.

Each rice bag has 30 kilograms of rice and all together we have distributed 3,000 kilograms of rice during each relief mission trip. In April, we also gave goats and sewing machines and built several water wells in addition to distributing food.

We have been doing bi-weekly church services with Nepal via Zoom.  Our guest speakers have included Bishop Steven Evans, Arch Bishop Johnny Riley, and Arch Bishop Doyle Volentine. These Zoom services have been a huge encouragement to our pastors in Nepal.

Reverend Steven Bellant


Current Needs in Nepal

$6 – Bibles.  In Nepal, they save up to purchase a bible, then they pray over the Bible and pray over a young man and send the man out with the bible to plant a church.  This how Nepal has become one of the fastest growing churches in the world. We currently have 100 pastors who need a bible. We have a need for an additional 3,000 bibles if we to give a bible to every believer who does not yet have a bible.

$5,000 – One Mountain Truck Load of Rice delivered to villages that are hardest hit by Lockdown. One truck includes 100 bags of rice with each bag weighing 30kg.  This cost includes the truck rental with a driver. Christian volunteers will hike up to 5 hours to meet our truck and then make the return hike with the 30kg bags of rice on their backs.  We can also purchase smaller quantities and deliver in smaller vehicles.

$2,500 – Women’s Leadership Conference. Nepal has a 3-day Bank Holiday for Women called Teej each August.  Women leave their home for 3 days and go to a lake where they wash themselves, and the men stay home with the children.  The women fast for the entire 3 days and then come home to a feast prepared by the Husbands. For young women this is rites of passage to attend their first Teej.  We take advantage of this Hindu holiday to hold our Christian Women’s Leadership conference on a lake at the base of the Himalayas. Fasting is optional for the Speakers.

$600 – Water Wells.  This covers the pipe, Well Head, Hand Pump, and Cement.  Young men in the church volunteer to drill the wells by manual labor using bamboo, rope, and lots of muscle.

$150 – Sewing Machines.  Women can support their families by sewing wedding dresses, festival dresses, and most recently sewing COVID masks. We purchase the old fashioned foot peddle machines as many do not have electricity.

$100 – Goats can provide a lifetime of income for a family.  We purchase female goats.  They have to gather leaves to feed their goats and gather water each day.  They can sell the baby goats, and sell the goat milk products including yogurt. This photo is of the girl that I sponsor Sanjeena.  I had challenged her to give her first fruit to the Lord.  She is holding her first fruit baby goat that she gave to the church. Her goat became pregnant and had another baby soon after.  Sanjeena is learning work ethics and learning blessings of tithing at a young age.

$50 Monthly Orphan Sponsorship.  We place orphans with our Pastors in each village.  $25 goes towards the child’s Tuition, books, and uniforms.  $25 goes to help the pastors who are hosting the child.  A Christian version of Foster Care for orphans.

$3,000 – Motorcycles for evangelists.  Many of the villages are very remote and only accessible by motorcycle or by hiking many days. We have a need for three motorcycles.

Revd. David Brewer Ministry Review

Revd. David Brewer Ministry Review

Victory in Jesus! The Healing Power of God.

Reverend David Brewer (TICCN Ministry Director for Africa) of TICCN continues his excellent ministry work in Africa and here we take time to illustrate testimonies of the work.

Here is David with Wilson who is the son of an evangelist at a church in Mbezi Beech, Dar es Salaam.

David has visited the church several times in recent years. On a ministry visit to the church in 2018 David was asked to lay hands on Wilson and minister healing to him. Wilson’s issue was that ten years earlier, as a four year old, a tumour had started to grow on his neck. Over the next ten years the tumour had increased to such a degree that it was obstructing his wind pipe, and causing him to lose much of his education because he was unable to attend school due to significant breathing difficulty.

David ministered in faith to Wilson, using the authority of the name of Jesus. Just one week later David was delighted to receive the message that a miracle had taken place and “God done it, he is healed.”

It’s now been almost two years later and Wilson has not missed school and is totally
healed of the tumor, it’s gone! David has recently received the photograph opposite of Wilson showing that the tumor is gone. It concluded with the joyful message “I think you better praise God for His Blessings and healing. Wilson is doing well.”

Inmates Impacted by Jesus!

In 2015 Reverend David was working in Kenya along with American Evangelist Wesley Paul and another Evangelist from USA. Evangelists are close to David’s heart, his elder brother Eddie was a successful businessman who went to his reward in November 1966, age just 29, during his last year he preached in 10 denominations and led hundreds to know Jesus, by preaching repentance and forgiveness.

Working with the Evangelists in Kenya David was invited by the Prison Chaplain to have a special Gospel service in the high security Women’s Prison in Nairobi that was home to some of the worst offenders in all Kenya. David and the Evangelists gave their testimonies and shared the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

As a result of this unexpected ministry opportunity, it was a delight to witness that there were at least twelve of those inmates, that had their lives changed and received Jesus as Lord and Saviour that afternoon. Lives were transformed because people cared enough to travel half way around the world to share the love of God through Jesus Christ.

Your Opportunity?

Do you have a desire to evangelize or to study about the healing power of God? If these testimonies have inspired you write to us and perhaps you can be on a future TICCN mission trip? Perhaps you would like to study more, consider studying at New Life Bible College, get in touch for more information.

CoTs Opening

CoTs Opening

On 22nd July the official opening of the TICCN Church on the Streets (CoTS) ministry in Burnley took place. A plaque was unveiled by Lord Shuttleworth with the inscription “In commemoration of David Hurst Co-Founder of Church on the Street Ministries.”

Lord Shulleworth unveils the plaque aided by Pastor Mick
Lord Shuttleworth unveils the plaque aided by Pastor Mick

We would like to thank Lord and Lady Shuttleworth for their support, the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley and the many volunteers who worked so hard to made this a very special and happy occasion.

Bishop Steven with Lady Shuttleworth and the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley
Bishop Steven with Lady Shuttleworth and the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley

During the day a video team filmed interviews with the people for a documentary film about TICCN and in particular the tremendous impact of Pastor Mick and the Church on the Street Ministry. Bishop Steven commented: “The repeated theme of the day has been the unconditional love and practical support provided by Pastor Mick and his team. We have all be touched by the selfless dedication and Christian devotion of this ministry, Pastor Mick is demonstrating the heart of what it means to be a TICCN minister. We must meet people at their point of need, you don’t get clean in preparation for your bath, far too often the church has expected people to get cleaned up before they arrive but churches must embrace people wherever they are. In this way, we truly follow Jesus, who in encountering peoples weaknesses responded with unconditional love that manifested in practical ways. Healing for the sick, forgiveness for the sin, and food for the hungry. When people experience this, hope shines into the darkness of lives and a brighter future is born.”

Pastor Mick, Lord Shuttleworth and Bishop Steven
Pastor Mick, Lord Shuttleworth and Bishop Steven

Pastor Michael Fleming appointed TICCN lead for House-Church within the UK

Pastor Michael Fleming appointed TICCN lead for House-Church within the UK

In July 2021 Pastor Mick Fleming of Church on the Street Ministries in Burnley was appointed by Bishop Steven as the TICCN lead for house-church and Group of Three (GoT) ministries within the UK.

Bishop Steven described the developing strategy: “We are seeing many people coming to faith who are often for various reasons, unable to find a suitable fellowship to worship in. Our desire is to continue to facilitate small fellowship groups of two, three or four people. Each of these groups will ideally be located within the wider church and the house-church TICCN network. The groups are a non-judgmental place where people find acceptance and love (Agape). We continue to also facilitate larger groups and our growing house church network.

GoT: Growing in Grace

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:19).

You can set up a GoT group easily. Find two, three or maximum of four trusted friends and meet along these lines:

  1. Commit to meet with a trusted friend or friends once a week
  2. Open in prayer to God asking the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in Jesus’ name.
  3. Each person answers questions about the previous week. Groups should aim at bringing: Openness, honesty, accountability, being non-judgmental and confidential.
  4. It becomes a place to listen and to be listened to bringing healing and freedom.
  5. Groups can worship, read from the Bible and close in prayer at around an hour. Whilst enthusiasm might cause you to want to go on longer than an hour, in our experience sticking to an hour will help the group’s longevity.

GoT Questions & Forgiveness for groups:

  1. (THANKS) Describe what you can be thankful for this week. Consider the Biblical advice to: ‘Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
  2. (SIN) Describe what you are struggling with, where have you missed the mark (sin) during the previous week. Don’t be ashamed just pour out the sin and create a space for God’s forgiveness to flow in. Pour our as much details as possible, this helps deal with the issues thoroughly. There is a humility in opening up to others about your sin, it’s not easy but it can have a life changing impact.
  3. (FREEDOM) You are totally forgiven, if you don’t feel forgiven it’s no surprise, repentance a change of knowledge needs to happen. Just accept forgiveness, not by feelings but by faith and soon enough your feelings will follow your faith. For many people their faith follows their feelings (Confess and discuss the following verse: ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace’ (Ephesians 1:7). ‘Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?’ (Romans 2:4). You are the righteousness of God in Christ free by faith in Jesus alone and all your sins have been paid for ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace’ (Ephesians 1:7).

GoT Learning:

GoT learning is available through TICCN and New Life Bible College, the impact of understanding Biblical truth can be tremendous. Let’s look at repentance as an example: One of the most frequent words associated with Christianity is ‘repentance.’ However, repentance is an English word and the Bible was not originally written in English. In the New Testament the Greek word we often translate as ‘repentance’ is ‘metanoia’ and it means ‘a change of mind.’ It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with salvation or penance, those correlations came later through the Latin Vulgate.

A return to the original Greek text came through the reformation. ‘Meta’ comes from the root for ‘after’ or ‘beyond,’ and ‘noia’ is ‘to think.’ So metanoia means to reconsider or rethink something.

This is a Biblical route to healing: ‘Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ (James 5:16). Also, ‘Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy’ (Proverbs 28:13). Also, ‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’ (Acts 3:19).

This apparent weakness will cause the power of Christ to enter into your life: ‘And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me’ (2 Cor 12:9).

Church Leader Is Humbled and Amazed by Community

Church Leader Is Humbled and Amazed by Community

A newspaper report from Wigan Observer tells how worshippers have come together to help the less fortunate. The article says:

Bishop Steven Evans, who runs the Living Faith Church in Orrell, has spoken of the way congregations in the network he leads have stepped up to support people in the pandemic.

Bishop Evans. who is also a councillor in the Wigan chamber, is presiding bishop of The International Christian Churches Network (TICCN), made up of around 2,000 churches in 30 countries.

Worshippers and their leaders have provided a variety of services and help to those who have been affected by the massive upheaval the novel coronavirus has caused.

The network also hit the headlines spectacularly when the amazing story of drug dealer turned minister Pastor Mick Fleming in Burnley, who trained under Bishop Evans in Wigan, was featured on national news and generated a huge public response.

Bishop Evans ordained Pastor Mick and spoke of his pride at the huge effort he is putting in to support people in often-desperate circumstances in the east Lancashire town.

Bishop Evans said: “It is thrilling for me to see what he is doing in Burnley. He has such a genuine love for people and his story is a compelling one.

“I think the way he has translated that into a love for other people is at the heart of the gospels. I have been brought to tears by his personal testimony, it is very moving and harrowing in places.

“There’s now a real momentum around the work that he is doing.”

The public, touched by the story of Pastor Mick’s road to redemption, have now donated a six-figure sum for his work helping those on the breadline.

Across the network churches in TICCN have delivered more than 250,000 meals to people who needed them during the pandemic.

In Orrell hampers have been distributed to older residents and a foodbank has been facilitated.

Bishop Evans, who is also a Conservative councillor for Orrell ward, and his volunteers have also been running a telephone support service for those worried by the pandemic or just in need of speaking to someone.

He said: “I have been humbled and amazed at what the network has been able to do. We’ve brought people together and inspired them during this time, we’ve delivered PPE equipment, we’ve delivered food in different countries, we’ve given uplifting messages and love.”

For 2021 Bishop Evans is hoping to preside over increases in the network’s reach, with more pastors being trained and churches in more countries coming on board.

Having been unable to welcome people from across the world to Orrell for a 2020 conference due to Covid, he is also hoping that will be able to take place in October.

The network has learned a great deal about how to serve people’s needs this year and he hopes churches will learn from each other, so ideas that have worked in one community can be tried out in others.

And sadly, it is unlikely the social problems TICCN’s churches tried to help tackle in 2020 will be solved any time soon.

Bishop Evans said: “It’s traumatic to see people on the streets without anything. If you miss three appointments you are no longer able to see a doctor.

“For many people there is no-one there to look after or care for them. We have to step into that gap and provide something. We feel compelled to do that.

“We’ve done some short-term things, like setting up night shelters in Burnley, but going forward we are looking for long-term answers.

“We’d like to help meet needs in Wigan in areas like homelessness and mental health. We take services in nursing homes and we’ve been looking after vulnerable and elderly people. We think we’ve had a real impact and can make a difference.”

https://www.wigantoday.net/news/people/wigan-church-leader-humbled-response-covid-19-3102394