Matt is the Director of CROPS leading the team of staff and volunteers. Matt underwent theological training at Mattersey Hall Christian College where he obtained a degree in Biblical Theology and since then a Masters in Missional Leadership. He has over 16 years full-time experience in working with young people and in schools.
CROPS is a Christian Educational Trust committed to communicating and demonstrating Christian truth and life-style to this generation of children and young people.
We get asked this a lot, but CROPS stands for Christian Options In Peterborough Schools
CROPS began in 1989 and was the natural development of the work in Secondary Schools which was already being undertaken by Scripture Union and several local churches over the preceding ten years.
CROPS has a body of Trustees drawn from the local church, business & educational communities, and they are jointly responsible for the policy and direction of all activities of the charity working alongside Matt Wild our director.
Those involved in CROPS come from a broad cross section of local churches.
CROPS is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Registered No. 1157651.
Associate Primary Schools workers (Rachel Jessup and Richard Kean), our gap year team, a growing team of volunteer mentors for young people in schools, as well as many other local people who play a vital supportive role in various teams which deal with management, pastoral support, youth events, publicity, promotions and intercession.
Chris Wild is our secondary Schools Mentoring project leader, we go into 15 secondary schools around Peterborough.
Sheila Bucknell is our Administrator here at CROPS.
Rachel Jessup is one of our Associate Primary workers.
Jo is one of our admin volunteers who supports fundraising for CROPS mentoring.
Ethan Smith is currently studying theology at Ridley Hall Cambridge, as part of his studies he is a placement student here at CROPS.
Ezra Upton is a volunteer working as a schools worker.
Amy Charlton is one of our volunteers who goes into schools and does mentoring.
Beth Rosbrook is one of our volunteers.
Richard Kean is one of our Associate Primary workers.