The Leadership Team

“Along with our team of coaches and mentors, we would be thrilled to have you be part of an EQUIP Britain team.”

David & Teresa Fittro

Executive Director &
Administrative Director

David & Teresa have lived and worked in England since 1991. They lived in Northampton and Nottingham prior to relocating to Birmingham in 2015. Their ministries have included church plants and missional communities with teens and adults. They have two amazing children, Nathanael and Rachael, who were born and raised in England and they receive great joy from knowing they are involved in mission.


The Fittro’s passion for being and making healthy disciples led them to start EQUIP Britain in the 2nd largest city in the United Kingdom. As life-long learners, they welcome the opportunity to learn and grow with each EQUIP team. In addition to EQUIP Britain David and Teresa lead a house church and are involved in various discipleship relationships.

Jennifer Newingham

Coach & Administration

Jennifer works and lives in the super-diverse city of Birmingham, England. After spending 10 years in the field of early childhood education, she trained with EQUIP Britain and moved into full-time ministry. 

 

As a part of a church planting team, Jennifer desires to make disciples who make disciples, creating a movement for Christ. Utilising Contagious Disciple-Making (CDM) strategies, modelled on the life and ministry of Jesus, she focuses on building relationships with a few to impact many. She is the Community Minister of Religion with Global Community Church, Coach and Administrator with EQUIP Britain, member of Companions for Hope, and a Technologist / Content Developer for a social media ministry.

 

Jennifer loves to walk along the canals and in city centre. She loves working from coffee shops, listening to music, reading, and crafting.

Sam Ewell

Spiritual Formation

Sam Ewell is a U.S. national and permanent resident of Brazil, where he served as a missionary from 2003-2010 with his wife (Rosalee) and three children (James, Isabella, and Katharine). Since 2010, the Ewells have resided in Birmingham, UK. Currently, Sam is a community connector with Companions for Hope and a co-director of Eat Make Play, a neighbourhood-based community co-op focused on regenerating a circular economy that is citizen-led.


He is a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where he combines prison and community engagement, urban permaculture, and theological facilitation as a way of cultivating abundant community at the edges of inner-city Birmingham (UK). He is the author of Faith Seeking Conviviality: Reflections on Ivan Illich, Christian Mission, and the Promise of Life Together.


Alongside the work in B16 with Companions for Hope, Sam loves cycling along the canal networks of Birmingham and playing guitar in Soul Caminho, a duo with Handsworth-based soul singer Mabowunje Harrison.

Tim & Tammy Aho

Mentors

Tim and Tammy arrived in the Birmingham area in 1994. In that time, they have planted a church and experimented with a simple form of church to learn more about mission and discipleship. They moved into the inner city in 2015 where they started a missional community with friends, launched missional training, formed discipleship groups, and started mentoring with EQUIP Britain. The Ahos are passionate about seeing people follow Jesus and just as excited to help disciples mature and multiply themselves.

 

Tim grew up in Minnesota and loves the game of ice hokey. While playing days are diminished, he still enjoys refereeing. Tammy was born in Oregon. She enjoys watching a good movie with Tim to relax and wind-down. They raised two children, Andrew and Jess, in England. They now reside in California. Tim and Tammy are grateful for the ease of modern technology to converse. 

Sheri Smith

Mentor

Sheri has lived and worked in Birmingham since 2018. She is married to Matthew and they have one child together.

 

Sheri spent over five years working in Spain with a team of people who were passionate about making and being disciples who love the Lord with their whole beings. They worked to make disciples who make disciples.

 

This same passion is what first drew Sheri to EQUIP Britain. She is excited to be a part of the team, as a mentor, in Birmingham (UK).