Arrow Ministries is the equipping ministry of Stephen and Rachel Kerry, the Senior Pastors of Family Church in Lancashire, England. The idea for Arrow Ministries was birthed on 5th June 2018, after the Lord woke Stephen up in the night and spoke to him out of Isaiah 49. It was clear that he and Rachel were called to take God’s message of salvation ‘to the ends of the earth’ and take seriously the need to raise up others to do the same. God also gave Stephen a mandate that night to ‘make the bride ready’, as he looked forward to Christ’s return (Revelation 19:7; cf. Luke 1:17). Stephen passionately believes that the only way to do this is to follow the bride-preparing blueprint of Ephesians 4:7,11-16, which results in the church measuring up to the ‘stature of the fullness of Christ’ (4:13). Therefore, church strengthening sits centrally within Arrow Ministries, as it functions to strengthen the local church, by providing training and equipping through its Arrow School.
Stephen and Rachel are perfectly primed to invest their skills in this church building ministry, as both of them are trained teachers with a longstanding call to vocational church ministry, which has prophetically hung over both of their lives, since they were very young. Having worked for 10 years as a teacher, whilst Rachel was managing banks, the Lord called Stephen into vocational Christian ministry, which involved Masters level theological education and ministry ordination for him, within Elim Pentecostal churches, as an ECI minister. At his Maters graduation, Stephen achieved the ‘Siegfried Schatzmann Prize for Post-Graduate Academic Achievement’, graduating with an award of ‘distinction’. Stephen is a published academic scholar too, but, whilst a good theorist, he is also a strong practitioner, pastoring Family Church, a growing multi-site church in the North West of England. He is a prophetic voice, with a strong teaching gift and enjoys equipping the saints in power evangelism, where he often sees miracles, healings and accurate prophetic insight, unlocking many hearts to receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. People who get to minister with Stephen often start operating in the same gifts and power. There is a strong call on Stephen’s life to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry, in various capacities, both inside and outside of the church.
Rachel complements Stephen’s gifting, bringing a pastoral heart, a prophetic voice, great people management skills and administrative excellence.Whilst Rachel is an accomplished communicator, she mainly functions as the administrator for Arrow Ministries, operating as a PA for Stephen, establishing / finalising mission trips and graduate opportunities for Arrow Students, plus liaising with the wide range of gifted speakers for the Arrow School, ensuring their travel and accommodation experience is both smooth and comfortable. In time, we believe the Lord will release Rachel to travel and teach alongside Stephen, but, at the moment, she is a busy mum of two as well.