Introducing the board of DtN
Jesus spent a night in prayer selecting the right men to carry His message to the world. They came from varied backgrounds but had the right heart for the task ahead. The board members of DtN come from different denominational, educational and cultural backgrounds but have a common vision to teach, equip and qualify men and women for the work of the ministry.
Dr David Carr
David Carr, born in Birmingham, was involved in professional football for 21 years, managing the financial portfolio of over 700 footballers.
David is married to Molly and together they founded the Renewal Christian Centre in August 1972 where David has served as Senior Pastor for 43 years. Renewal is now one of the largest churches within the West Midlands. Serving the Elim Pentecostal Church for 28 years as District Superintendent and part of the Executive Presbytery, David then joined the Free Methodist Church where he is currently on the European Overseers Board with responsibility for Bulgaria and Chief Chaplain UK.
David is also the founder of the Order of St Leonard (OSL) that seeks to link leaders of denominations for mission and relationship. This is now covering 8 nations, almost 100 denominations and 5,000 churches. David is also a bishop with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches covering the Province of Europe.
David has a prophetic teaching ministry and has published a number of books as well as preached in many parts of the world. During 2015 he met with both the Pope and the Prime Minister. He serves a Hon. Chief Chaplain for the Heartlands Group of Hospitals in Birmingham and is a member of College of Health Care Chaplains. He also serves as Chaplain to the Birmingham Bowls Association, is Vice Chairman of Lode Heath Academy, Solihull and Patron of The King Solomon Academy, Birmingham.
Karen Van Der Poll
South African born, Karen began her career in the late eighties after completing her studies in Business Psychology. Her passion for seeing people develop to their full potential led to a career in education & training where she was responsible for the learning and development of dynamic, motivated and successful professionals. As a certified coach and L&D professional, Karen manages her own training consultancy, mainly focusing on leadership, team and self development with a particular focus on developing young leadership. Karen and her husband are also involved in marriage coaching and together oversee the marriage ministry at their local church. Karen is currently training as a chaplain.
John became a Christian in response to a school assembly when he was 4 years old and has walked closely with God since that time. He has a Masters degree in Research Physics and spent several years working in the Defence and IT industries. Along with his wife, Karen, he was pastor of a church for 10 years. He is a graduate of Charis Bible College, has a Masters degree in Theology and is currently working towards his doctorate.
After completing his Charis Bible College apprenticeship he worked full time for the ministry for 10 years, initially as IT manager for AWME(Andrew Wommack Ministries – Europe) and then as Senior Lecturer in the Bible College. During this time he travelled and taught extensively.
John is the Director of Discipling the Nations and Principal Lecturer.