Spring Harvest is delighted to announce that from Easter 2017 Gavin Calver will be taking over as the new Chair of the Spring Harvest Planning Group (SHPG), a post he will fulfil alongside his duties as Director of Mission for the Evangelical Alliance. Malcolm Duncan will continue to play an active role as deputy chair.
The SHPG gives leadership to the entire Spring Harvest event – coming up with the theme, inviting speakers, devising the programme and so on.
Speaking about his hopes for Spring Harvest’s future, Gavin Calver said “I am both humbled and delighted to take on this new role. Spring Harvest has a wonderful history and I want it to be a place of real Evangelical unity where many different Christian groups can come together to worship our amazing God and be inspired to change our world for Him. I also want us to innovate and model things at our larger gatherings that can then be used to serve the local church on the ground.”
Gavin Calver started going to Spring Harvest before he was born and says, “As the son of one of the founders I’m very much aware of my family heritage when it comes to Spring Harvest. I hope that my unique perspective on this will help me to serve Spring Harvest well. I’m 37 years old and as such am grateful to have the wisdom of so many others around me to journey forward together. I’m also aware that I’m going to be privileged to lead a strong team that’s already in place and am particularly thankful to Malcolm Duncan for his help and support at this stage.”
Current chairman Malcolm Duncan has come to the end of his five year term. Commenting on the new appointment, he said “When I took on the leadership of Spring Harvest in 2012, I wanted to develop a transitional model of leadership so that a new chairman could be appointed every five years. 2017 is the year in which that transition will take place, and I am delighted that Gavin is stepping into this role. He has my full support and I am excited about continuing to play my part in the leadership of Spring Harvest moving forward as part of the team.”