Further information

Our Mustard Seed Ministries Trust is a charity and its purposes are:

  • to provide affordable meals and refreshments in a welcoming and friendly environment to those who come to the café.
  • to sell Christian books and gifts on site and through local churches and other organisations.
  • to share the good news about Jesus in our community in a sensitive and respectful way.
  • to encourage people in life’s journey.

We see ourselves as part of the whole church, regardless of tradition.

Part of our continuing focus, in 2021, is to develop our bookshop ministry so that more people buy and read Christian books.  We also want to develop The Mustard Seed as a community hub where friends and groups can gather for meetings, activities and talks.

We presently have five Trustees who have overall responsibility for the shop and café. They are:

     Ruth Ray – Ruth is a business psychologist by background but currently spends time holiday letting and raising four young children.  She has lived in Sidmouth since 2013 and is proud to support The Mustard Seed for the important role it plays in sharing God’s love within the local community.

     David Lewis – After twenty five years in Anglican ministry in inner-city Liverpool, David and his wife Wendy retired to Sidmouth in 2009.  Different, but equally enjoyable!  They quickly became involved with The Mustard Seed as volunteers, recognising the value of its contribution to the life of the town, and its work with other agencies in supporting the homeless and vulnerable.  In his spare time David supports Manchester United, which is much less rewarding – Wendy, wisely, supports Liverpool!

     Michael Brown – Michael is a patent and trade mark attorney and lives in Honiton with his wife Elisabeth.  They are members of Good News for Everyone, formerly known as the Gideons.

     Jo Davis – Jo’s family have had connections with Sidmouth since the 1940’s so moving here in 2016 did, literally, feel like ‘coming home’.  Jo is sometimes called upon to don her yellow gloves and wash up in The Mustard Seed which carries on a tradition as her mum used to do this too.  As a Christian Jo feels that The Mustard Seed encompasses the love that God wants us all to be a part of – a community that cares for each other.

     Kieth Sparks – After working in local government for 30 years Kieth moved to Sidmouth in 2012, joining The Mustard Seed a year later.  He served in the shop and tried to make superb coffee!  Worshipping at All Saints, Sidmouth, Kieth is a firm believer that the church is called to service and The Mustard Seed is a fine example of this.  His prayer is that as we seek to serve, encourage and bring blessing, the Lord will sustain our work for many years to come.  Kieth is married to Susi and enjoys walking, holidaying and family.

Information on how you can support us can be found here.

You can also see a summary of our history here.

If there is anything else you’d like to know please don’t hesitate to contact us on businessadmin@mustard-seed.org.uk or 01395 512225 and say whether your enquiry is directed to the Trustees or a member of staff.  Many thanks.