Kerry Evans - Head of Open the Book
Kerry leads the OtB team of Regional Training and Development Officers and they, along with our Associate Trainers and Volunteer Trainers support thousands of Storytellers across England and Wales. Kerry is excited about what the coming years can bring.
Kerry has a passion for children hearing Bible stories and churches serving their whole community. She sees schools as a crucial part of Children and Family ministry,
Matthew Cooper - Digital Audience Developer
Matt will also be focusing on a number of communication projects to engage our audience digitally. Matt brings a wealth of digital and editing experience and has worked with young people and children across North and East London. He is a gifted creator and animates our Christmas and Easter children's booklets.
Martha Flavell - Children and Family Development Lead
Martha lives in Northumberland and has been with our team since 2017. She has enjoyed working with the amazing storytellers in her region and seeing the work of Open the Book grow and flourish in the Northeast. The pandemic has changed the way we work and Martha’s role has grown to include not just Open the Book, but now she is also developing and supporting wider Children’s and Family work within Bible Society.
Kristin Stevenson - Children and Family Development Lead
Kristin started at Bible Society with the church engagement team in 2016 and has always enjoyed encouraging people to get involved with Open the Book. Her role allows her to not only share Open the Book with others but also to begin work on a young leader’s pilot involving secondary school children as storytellers. Kristin is keen to equip and engage with school chaplains and sees them as a vital in sharing the Bible with the next generation. As children and family development lead, Kristin hopes to not only draw on her previous experience as a children’s worker but to play a vital role in equipping a new generation as well as growing confidence in the scriptures.
Sarah Morris - Wales
Sarah, our Wales Training and Development Officer lives in West Wales. She trains Welsh and English language teams in South Wales and supports Volunteer Trainers in North Wales.
Rachel Cully – Wales and South West England
Having worked in education for over 25 years, Rachel is passionate about creative, engaging experiences for children and excited about using storytelling to share the word of God. Rachel is looking forward to training and supporting OtB teams in Wales and the South West of England.
Ruth Holden – Mid and North West England
Ruth is passionate about religious literacy, storytelling and education, and so the OtB project is very close to her heart. She will be training and developing OtB teams in Mid and North West England.
Heather Land – East England
Heather lives in Norfolk and will be training and supporting volunteers in the East region. With a background in teaching and youth work, she is excited about Open the Book developing further so more primary school children can benefit from hearing Bible stories.
Martha Flavell - North East England
Martha enjoys seeing the work of Open the Book continue to grow and flourish in the Northeast.
Kristin Stevenson - South East England
Kristin enjoys encouraging people to get involved with Open the Book in the South East of England.
In 1999 a small group of church volunteers started going into primary school assemblies in Bedford to read and act out stories using The Lion Storyteller Bible. The Open the Book project was taken to Gloucestershire in 2001 and spread out to other counties from there. Later, in 2007, it was formed into a national charity. With increasing growth of volunteer numbers into the thousands, OtB joined Bible Society in 2013. In 2019, we celebrated 20 years of Open the Book and a growth of over 1000 storytellers throughout the year!
There are lots of ways that you can get involved with Open the Book! Our wonderful growth has happened because people love being volunteer Storytellers. Teams from local churches, find interested schools, get trained, sign up as a team, order resources and then visit schools to do assemblies/acts of Collective Worship in their local school on regular basis.