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Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network

Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network (DMLN)

East Central Region

There are 3 Districts covered by the East Central Region:  Lincolnshire, Nottingham & Derby and Northampton.  There are 4.5 DMLN posts within this region including 1 Regional Co-ordinator and 3.5 Learning and Development Officers.  As well as working more broadly, eachpost-holder will hold one of 3 specialist areas of development: Church and Community, Discipleship and Ministry.


Jane BinghamRegional Co-ordinator– full-time | Jane Bingham Church and Community 

Jane has worked within the learning and development field for the Methodist Church for a number of yearsPrior to that she worked as a training professional, amongst other things, in the public and private sector including the worlds of banking, customer service, power generation, the NHS and the civil service. Although a Midlands girl at heart, she has been an honorary Yorkshire woman for 25 years and worships at Sprotbrough Methodist in the Sheffield District. The great loves of her life are the cinema, chocolate, music (occasionally folky) and her teenage daughter although not necessarily in that order.


Gill ThomasLearning & Development Officer – full-time Gill Thomas Church and Community

Gill started out her working life with Lancashire Careers Service until her early 20's when she took up a District Training Development Worker post working across the Liverpool District (funded by Joseph Rank Benevolent Trust) and qualified as a Youth & Community Worker.  After spending 8 years within the statutory Youth Service in Wiltshire and Northumberland, Gill moved into the world of FE where she lectured in Youth Work, Play Work, Drugs Awareness, Early Years and Health & Social Care at Northumberland College.  Following a move to North East Lincolnshire in 2010, Gill became Area Youth Work Co-ordinator for Airplay (a national project delivering play & youth work at RAF Stations) where she gained a real understanding of military communities.  Gill is married to Rob, a Primary School teacher, and has one son, Max (aged 9).  She lives in Grimsby where she is a Local Preacher ‘on trial’ and Christian Aid campaigner.  She enjoys films, books, travelling, walking, cooking and spending time with her family.


Adam SandersLearning & Development Officer – half-time Adam Sanders (from 1st September 2016) Discipleship
Adam is currently the Mission and Development worker at Coventry Central Hall. He is responsible for worship development and work with young adults amongst many other things and is a great addition to our team.  A little nearer the time of his start date I’m sure we will have much more to share about him, his experience and the work he will be involved in.   

Nigel Pimlott photgraphLearning & Development Officer – full-time| Nigel Pimlott | Discipleship

Nigel has spent much of his adult life working with young people, youth workers, churches and community organisations, most notably for Frontier Youth Trust. As a trainer, thinker, strategist and coach he has a passion for mission, innovation, creativity and helping people make a difference in the world. He has written several books, most notably Youth Work After Christendom, Glimpses, and Embracing the Passion. He currently lives in a village near Newark where he is involved in his local church and community. He is married to Sue, who is a headteacher, and enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, listening to music and supporting Manchester City. His MA examined models of participation and his PhD considered faith-based youth work and social policy, exploring the principles of human flourishing and the common good.

How to Contact us

If you have queries or wish to discuss potential ways in which we can work with you, please contact - in the first instance - Gill Thomas:

Gill – email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Tel: 077 999 02581

Other team members contact details

Jane – email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Tel: 077 999 00487

Nigel – email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Tel: 077 999 00468

Adam - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel: 


Social Media

We also have a Facebook group and twitter account:


Twitter ID: @dmlnec  Name: East Central DMLN