Husband to a force of nature (Anji) & Dad to two amazing kids (Amy & Aiden), Ash has spent over 30 years living and serving on the front line of urban poverty and has a passion to release the unique potential of urban people & places through Jesus.
Since 2014, the Barkers have been based in Winson Green, Birmingham, UK. They founded Newbigin House which as started two new local congregations as well as innovative organisations such as Newbigin Community Trust, Red Letter Christians UK & Urban Shalom Society now led by others.
Currently, Ash leads Seedbeds (the new name for Newbigin School for Urban Leadership which merged with the Community for Reconcilation) focusing on growing leaders & communities into fullness of life. Ash & Anji are also URC Ministers of Lodge Road Community Church with Anji leading Newbigin Community Trust.
An inspiring speaker & lecturer, Ash earned a PhD on the rise of urban poverty & is the author of eight books including Risky Compassion.