Brian Edgeley Brian Edgeley is one of the Directors of Wessex Filling Station and a regional HOPE Practitioner for Roy Crowne's HOPE Together.

Brian was born in Upminster, Essex and was taken to Sunday School each weekend by a family friend with their children. He became a Christian at an early age and took to the guitar like a fish-to-water aged 11 at a Crusaders Summer Camp in Swanage. He acutely remembers sitting crossed-legged on the grass in the sunshine with the guitar upon his lap dedicating his life to the Lord.

After training as a Toolmaker Brian decided to see more of life and spent 2 years abroad hitchhiking. During this time he purchased a Spanish guitar in Valencia, the home of Spanish guitars, and could be found singing for his tea in many a foreign restaurant. He had two incredibly powerful encounters with the Lord on a cliff top in Portugal and hill top in Andorra la Vella which opened his eyes to Gods glory and His call upon his life.

On returning to the UK he became involved with the Good News Crusade (GNC), the ministry of Cornish Evangelist Don Double, and led worship all over the country with several GNC evangelists including Yan Hadley (New Life Ministry Trust) and Dr. Peter Gammons (Peter Gammons Ministries International) with a group called 'Living Proof'. He also travelled abroad leading worship and speaking at various events.

It was during this busy period of his life that Brian worked as an Field Service Engineer for various white goods firms by day as he continued leading worship and writing songs under the umbrella of 'Fan Into Flame Ministries' which he founded in 1990. He also studied computer tech before moving to Dorset in 1997 to study as a mature student at Moorlands College. Chosen as the college Worship Leader he led worship at the Moorlands 50th Jubilee celebrations and the inauguration of Dr. Steve Brady as College Principal. During Easter 1999 Brian led worship at Spring Harvest with Doug and Sue Barnett and a small worship team from Moorlands.

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After graduating Brian was invited to work as Coordinator at HOPE FM, Bournemouth's Community Christian Radio Station and helped build up the studio during a crucial period of the stations history. He presented many shows including the Saturday Morning MAD, a youth magazine show; The Lunchtime Byte with Jonathan Chadd; and M:Brace, a Sunday evening after church show. He could often be found talking about the need for the church to come together in unity and worship. He was also on the team who began planning for Soul Survivor Bournemouth in 2005 although this never came to fruition.

Today, Brian works for himself as an ICT professional and runs ICT Media Tech. He also works part time as the Administrator of the Local Evangelical Alliance in the New Forest (LEAF) since 2012. He originally became involved in LEAF as Technical Manager of Forest Fire 2012 after taking redundancy from his ICT Aerospace Management job and whilst he set up ICT Media Tech.

He has been talking to various people for over a decade about setting up a regular unity celebration event. His friendship with neighbour Andy Selby has meant that they have spent many hours talking about the possibilities, pros and cons of such a venue. Wessex Filling Station is the outcome.