Response Pastors

Emotional & Physical Support in Times of Crisis

When a disaster or crisis occurs it often affects all parts of a community and there is usually a need for emotional as well as physical support. Response Pastors is an initiative of Ascension Trust. It has evolved from discussion with the Metropolitan Police and several regional Police Services, as well as local authorities’ Resilience Forums and others involved in the operational side of major incidents and crisis situations. It was launched in August 2014 in London boroughs, and is now established in many areas around the UK, with 150 volunteers trained in the first 18 months.

A response pastor is a street pastor who has received additional training to provide support to those affected by a disaster or crisis. 

Response pastors can be called upon any day or night to support and assist where appropriate. A response pastor is a crucial point of contact and an additional support to the established emergency services. Their primary task is to offer support and compassion to all in the event of a crisis or emergency, this may be outside emergency cordons at an incident or specifically to assist in a Humanitarian Reception Centre for survivors, evacuees or other persons affected by the event. After training a local Response Pastors team will be established within a community to be called upon if required. All deployments will be initially managed by the national Response Pastors Coordinator at Ascension Trust.

The initiative has now trained over 700 Street Pastors in the role of Response Pastors, many of whom now deploy as Response Pastors in many areas of the UK.

Upcoming Response Pastor training events :

  • London 18th May 2019

For further information email

For more information on Response Pastors please contact the development department using the forms below.

Response Pastors Application Form


Response Pastor training opportunity (on line)

We suggest that the following two seminars at ‘virtually Keswick Convention’ would be most useful for Response & Street Pastors, to equip them further in their support of individuals & communities. Seminar: Hope and grief 11:15am Tuesday 28th July 2020 Grief...