Julian was born near Windsor in 1964. Brought up in a Christian family, he became a Christian through the Christian Union at his secondary school. He read English at New College, Oxford, also serving on the CU Executive Committee, and then studied at the London College of Printing before working in the printing and publishing industries. This included more than two years working for the notorious Robert Maxwell, though Julian did get all his pension contributions back in the end.
In 1991 after working as Production Manager at IVP, the Christian publishers, he joined the staff of Cornerstone Evangelical Church, Nottingham as Church Manager and Pastoral Assistant. From 1993-1996 he studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago, USA for an M.Div. After graduation in 1996 he joined the staff of Eden as Associate Pastor.
Julian was appointed as Senior Pastor of Eden in September 2002.
In 1989 Julian married Debbie, who is a community dentist. Their three children, Robin, Fiona and Kitty, were born in 1993, 1995 and 2000. Julian has published three books: Maximum Life: All for the glory of God, Idols: God’s battle for our hearts and The Joy of Service (which draws on twenty years of ministry at Eden) - see bibliography. After many years as a trustee on the boards of UCCF and IVP, he is currently on the Trust Board of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Outside work, Julian runs, including the odd marathon. He also enjoys walking with his border collie dogs, painting with oils, political biographies, and opera. He cherishes an ambition to eat in every Cambridge college hall.
Matt grew up in sunny Margate in Kent. He had the great blessing of being brought up in a Christian home, however it was not until his teens that he became a Christian, while on a CYFA camp. Soon afterwards he was encouraged, and just about plucked up the courage, to introduce himself to Anika, a fellow Christian at school.
After school Matt and Anika travelled the length of England to study Medicine in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, getting married halfway through, in 2004. After qualifying in 2006, Matt trained in Care of the Elderly Medicine and also spent two years working part-time as a Staff Worker for the Christian Medical Fellowship.
In 2013 the Lillicraps left the North-East for London, with Matt spending four years studying at Oak Hill College. He joined Eden in summer 2017.
Matt and Anika have six children. When not working he can be found watching, playing, or attempting to educate his children in pretty much any sport going… but especially cricket. He has been known to become absorbed in various P.G. Wodehouse novels, from which public readings may occasionally ensue, especially when paired with a fine single malt.
Genevieve comes from London and studied English Literature and Italian at Leeds University. After graduating, she worked as a Technical Author for five years at a computer company in Dunstable. It was there that she heard the gospel for the first time, becoming a Christian in 1984. She subsequently joined a local church, West Street Baptist Church, and attended the Bible College attached to it.
She went to Japan in 1991 with Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ (WEC International) and, after studying Japanese for two years, worked in evangelism and pastoral care. She lived in Hikone and in the university city of Kyoto, which is the cultural capital of Japan. When back in the UK, she was on the staff team at West Street.
Genevieve likes art exhibitions, reading, swimming and coffee-shops and, above all, knowing Jesus!
Mark grew up in Bicester in a Christian family, and started following Jesus at a young age. He first came to Cambridge in 2010 to study maths at Queens' College, and benefited tremendously from the teaching and discipleship he received at Eden. He also enjoyed a selection of racket sports and won several minor pool trophies.
Mark then trained as a secondary school teacher, got married to Katie, and has spent the last two years teaching maths in Cheshire. They are both excited about being back at Eden and being involved in student ministry! When not working, Mark enjoys trying to persuade Katie that cricket, snooker and maths really can be fun.
Ruth is a qualified teacher and has taught in a primary school in Calne, Wiltshire and also English as a Foreign Language to both adults and children in Portugal. She was involved in everything from cleaning to cooking in a conference centre in Seaton, Devon and at Wycliffe Bible Translators in High Wycombe she did administration, conference centre work and looked after international volunteers. Most recently she has worked for the Jubilee Centre, Cambridge and in administration and finance for Romsey Mill Youth and Community Centre in Cambridge.
Ruth took up her post as church administrator in July 2004, having previously served the church as a deacon. Her brother David is one of Eden’s elders.
Ali Campbell Smith
Ali was born in Surrey and lived there for most of her childhood apart from 2 years in San Francisco. She first came to Cambridge as an undergraduate in 2003 and has been at Eden ever since. In 2007 Ali joined the staff at Eden as a Church Assistant for a year, before returning to postgraduate study in Chemistry. Having continued throughout this time to be involved with the young people’s ministry at Eden, she then spent 3 years working part-time in Cambridge while also training part-time to do youth work at Oak Hill College in London. She was delighted to return to the staff team at Eden in September 2014 as Eden’s Youth Worker.
When not working, Ali enjoys making music, exploring the local countryside by bike and spending time with friends. Secretly she’s still a bit of a chemistry geek and would be delighted to help you with your science homework.
Sara was born in Nigeria and brought up in Northamptonshire before coming to Cambridge as a student and new Christian in 1983. She studied Spanish and French at Gonville & Caius College before completing a PGCE and working as a primary school teacher locally.
She married Doug (an electronic design engineer) in 1989 and they have three children - Alice, Phil and Matthew. Since having children, she has worked as a supply teacher, registered childminder and in a pre-school.
Sara enjoys walking, gardening, reading and wild open spaces.
Nathanael was brought up in a Christian family in Upminster, Essex. In 2013 he came to Corpus Christi College to study Computer Science, and began attending Eden. At the end of his first year of university Nathanael became a Christian, and was baptised at Eden in 2014. After finishing his undergraduate course, Nathanael completed a Master’s in Computer Science before joining Eden as a Church Apprentice.
Nathanael is a fan of most sports and has been known to play Hockey, Lacrosse, and Ultimate Frisbee. Other than sport, Nathanael enjoys reading, programming, and watching films.
Jen is from Edinburgh and grew up in a Christian home. From a young age, she never doubted God’s existence and was aware that she needed Jesus in her life. However, it wasn’t until she began studying at university that God gave her a renewed desire to wholeheartedly live for Him.
Jen recently graduated from Edinburgh University in 2016 where she studied to be a primary school teacher. She has since spent the past year teaching just outside Edinburgh. She has participated in short term mission trips throughout her university summers which have deepened her desire to see many people from all nations brought to Christ.
Jen enjoys travelling, hanging out with friends, coffee shops and sunny days!
The role of elders at Eden is explained here.
The role of deacons at Eden is explained here.
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