Frontier Project (FP) is our internship programme, run in conjunction with our Newfrontiers family of churches.

The programme lasts for ten months, from September to June, and consists of five key elements:

1) Church work: interns choose one or two projects through which they can serve our church, for two-and-a-half days a week. Previously, interns have chosen social action, youth work, student work, worship and media and administration.

2) Theological and leadership training: there are six training weeks during the year, consisting of teaching from respected leaders on aspects of theology and church leadership. These involve interns from across the region and are supplemented by weekly discussions led by Ali Scott, our students and 20s pastor, and private study.

3) Mission: the year includes both a UK and an overseas mission trip. Additionally, there are mission opportunities in Durham and the surrounding area.

4) Discipleship: interns will be in one-to-one discipling relationships – both being discipled and discipling others.

5) External placement: interns service the community through a charity or an external organisation.

If you’re interested in finding out more, email John:

FP INTERNS 2017/18

Our FP interns for 2017/18 are Hannah Pereira, Tom Widdowson, Ashley Corke, Micah Cox and Chloe Boyd.


Ashley Corke

Ashley has been in Emmanuel church for 4 years and is excited to be doing the FP internship. He studied Chemistry at Durham University and is volunteering with Durham Money Advice Centre this year as well as helping run the student work at Emmanuel. He loves all things music and sound tech, especially in worship, as well as running and being outside.

Chloe Boyd

Chloe recently finished her degree at Durham university and is super excited to be staying on in Durham to do FP this year. Her project focus will mainly be student work, as well as whatever else God sends her way!

She has a heart for loving, pastoring and inspiring teenage/student girls and loves to see people fall evermore in love with Jesus. She is also passionate about pressing into, and enabling others to explore, the prophetic. She loves to have people round for dinner and to have heart-to-hearts over hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows, of course).

She enjoys baking, kayaking and chilling with chums


Hannah Pereira

Hannah has moved from Dubai to spend a year serving Emmanuel Church Chester-Le-Street. She has a heart for church planting and discipleship.

This year, she will be involved with the Communications Team, Students work, Children's work and various other things happening at the church.

She's passionate about reading, meeting new people and playing [winning] board games.

Micah Cox

Micah recently graduated from Durham University having studied law at Butler College. He joined Emmanuel at the start of his second year and has never looked back since, falling deeper in love with Jesus and making some brilliant friends during his time here. He enjoys most sports (especially basketball), as well as walking, reading and making bad jokes. He also likes being around friends, getting to know new people, and writing about himself in the third person.

This year, Micah will spend the majority of his time working with our Students and 20s community, and also hopes to volunteer with Durham police as a Special Constable. He is really passionate about people, and loves seeing them grow, both on a personal level and in their faith – something that really excites him about the year ahead.


Tom Widdowson

Tom graduated from Durham at the end of last year after spending 3 years doing Geography. He is originally from Wakefield, Yorkshire and is a proper Yorkshire lad, drinking tea by the bucketload. He joined Emmanuel in his first year at Durham and became a church member after being baptised in his second year. He enjoys football, cricket, and reading.

This year on FP he is interning at Chester-le-Street and will be helping Ali for the year, as well as doing some student work during the week and at the Hub. He has a real heart for the local church, the Bible and for evangelism. Nothing gives him greater joy than seeing people come to know Jesus. You will find him walking, eating far too many desserts, ducking under doors, or watching the Lost box set