Introducing... Ash Porter!

Ash is a recent addition to our office team, working two days a week looking after a bunch of things, including organising this year’s Onelife Challenge in Dartmoor. We asked him a few questions to get to know him better…

How did you come to join the Onelife staff team?
I’m a second year student at St Mellitus Theological College in London, studying for a BA in Theology, Mission and Ministry. I moved to Watford a few years back and encountered Onelife, and had the amazing opportunity to deliver a seminar at this year’s Rise Up Conference. I’d got to know the amazing Onelife staff pretty well and was so excited to join the office team at the start of April this year. I love the work we’re doing in the lives of young leaders – it’s so important and makes such an amazing impact!


What’s your big focus at the moment?
The first thing I’ve thrown myself into is this year’s Onelife Challenge. I haven’t been part of one before so it’s been an adventure! On 8 June, fourteen of us will be heading down to Dartmoor in Devon to hike 18 miles in a single day, and visit ten of Dartmoor’s tors in celebration of ten years of Onelife. 


Sounds great! Are you a seasoned Dartmoor trekking pro?
Not really…honestly we don’t really know what to expect! None of us have done any trekking on Dartmoor before. We’re pretty likely to get lost at least once…


Who’s part of the challenge team this year?
The most amazing thing this year is that quite a few of the people coming with us haven’t been directly involved with Onelife, but have heard about our work and want to help raise funds to support us! The support has been amazing – especially from the guys at Bovey Tracey Baptist Church who are putting us up overnight on the Friday. 


Why should our friends and supporters get behind us by sponsoring the Onelife Challenge this year?
The more I get to know the Onelife team, the more inspired I am by their heart, vision and passion for our work. Even though I haven’t experienced Onelife’s training directly, I’ve seen its massive impact on young leaders. The Onelife Conferences, School of Leadership,  Youthwork Learning Communities and the Onelife Sessions are all incredible ways that we’re seeing young people raised up to be character-first leaders in every sphere of society.


So how do people get involved?
You can sponsor the team through JustGiving: Every donation counts – we’re so grateful for your support. 

 We’ll be keeping you up to date with our progress during the Challenge on 8 June on the Onelife Instagram and Facebook pages too.