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Helping your church reach its community through planting, revitalising and growing churches

We aim to work alongside local church leaders to:

  • identify opportunities to plant and grow churches
  • replant where a previous church had existed or is coming to the end of its current life
  • provide training and resources to equip larger churches to support a local plant and re-plant


We share your heartbeat, your vision for church planting is also our vision.


Martin Erwin

Leader of M4 UK
Involved in local church missions, schools work and agricultural show outreach, Martin also wrote the evangelism programme ‘Dying to Meet You.’ In 1996, along with others, he planted Challenge Community Church in Hereford, and until taking up his role as CEO at Counties, he was on the leadership team at Challenge. Martin is married to Rachel, and they have three daughters – Keren, Anna and Emily. After studying at GLO in Scotland, (now Tilsley College), Martin joined the Counties training programme in 1991, subsequently becoming the Counties evangelist for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Tim Cracknell

M4 Assessment
Tim combines the role of being senior pastor at Forest with his work for Counties Planting Network, where he seeks to share from his experience to support and encourage the growth of new churches and replants across the UK using the M4 process. Tim was called from dairy farming to replant the old gospel hall in Cinderford, Gloucestershire in 2005 with his wife Katrina. Over that time the Forest Community Church has been birthed, grown and is currently resourcing other churches.

James Hyde

M4 Coaching
Until 2019 James was a trustee of Counties UK and chaired our Training Group. He brings a broad experience of coaching and facilitation to the M4 process and Counties Neighbourhood Chaplains. James was a solicitor in the water and waste industry until leaving to work at Grosvenor Church in 2004, where he is the Admin Elder. His 2020 Masters in Applied Theology dissertation focused on Christian Mentoring in Counties. He is married to Debbie and they have two sons. They live in the south-west of England.

John Townley

M4 UK Leadership Team - National Leader FMC UK & Ireland
John Townley has had the privilege of being a Free Methodist Pastor since 1994. He began as Pastor of Helston Light and Life in Cornwall. During his time in Cornwall, he pioneered five church plants before moving to Bristol in 2017 to plant Freedom Church in Kingswood. After serving part time as a member of the National Leadership Team for almost 13 years, he then became the fulltime national leader in January 2021. John was married to Caroline for over 24 years before she died of cancer. In 2008 he married Becky. He has four children and six grandchildren. John’s interests include walking, DIY and the ups and downs of supporting Leeds United. His primary passion is seeing people enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ and becoming integrated into vibrant local church communities where multiplication happens naturally.

Andy Hodson

M4 UK Leadership Team - UK Director for Greater Europe Mission
Andrew Hodson is a church planter who has pioneered and planted several churches in the Dudley and Stourbridge Area of the West Midlands. He is a Counties Evangelist, part of the M4 UK Leadership team and serves as UK Director for Greater Europe Mission. Andrew also heads up the Engage West Midlands Strategic Leadership Team

Luiz Cardoso

M4 UK Leadership Team

Andy Godfrey

M4 UK Leadership Team

Dan Cronin

M4 UK Leadership Team

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