Council of Reference

The Bethel Sozo UK Leadership team and Trustees have invited the following people to serve as a Council of Reference.

While supporting and endorsing the Sozo ministry, they represent diverse backgrounds and churchmanship.

While they have no legal liability or responsibility, they are the people that the UK leadership team consult over new or unforeseen issues that may arise where we would benefit from a wider viewpoint, theology and church practice.

Ruth Burnham

Ruth Burnham

As a Licensed Lay Minister (LLM) in the Rochester Diocese  for the Church of England, Ruth is an active member of her local Anglican community working especially with marginalised people groups.

This resonates well with Ruth’s professional career in the health and social care sector for 21 years.

As a qualified counsellor, helping people to break free from the past and walk in their God given destiny has taken many forms over the years

Ruth has been involved in the Sozo since Dawna and Teresa first brought this ministry to the UK in 2008 when they delivered the first UK 4 day training at her home church.

From 2009 to 2022 she enjoyed leading a Sozo team and mentoring and training teams in the Bethel Sozo ministry in the South East of the UK.

Ruth served as joint National Facilitator with Christine from 2013 to 2022. In 2019 Teresa Liebscher released Ruth to train and mentor church teams in the Shabar ministry, Ruth is currently the only person in the UK able to deliver that training.

The joy of seeing many, many people experience freedom and real connection with Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit through the Bethel Sozo ministry fuels Ruth’s passion for this ministry to become more and more widely available in churches in the UK. She considers it an honour and a privilege to partner with Christine and David in serving individuals and churches.

She is mum to two daughters and proud grandma to six grandchildren..

Teresa Liebscher

Teresa Liebscher

Teresa Liebscher founded and has led the Shabar Ministry of Bethel Church since 2002. She is now offering training for the Shabar ministry.

Teresa is a leader of the Transformation Center at Bethel, and has been a teacher of the Sozo Ministry since 1997. She has been traveling and teaching Sozo Basic and Sozo Advanced seminars since 1998, and has recently been on the teaching team for Children’s Sozo.

Her passion for connecting the body of Christ to Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit is an ever-increasing love of her life.

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith has been a practising barrister for over 40 years from London-based chambers. He is also an experienced  ‘dispute resolver’ and is qualified both as an arbitrator and a mediator.

John and his wife, Annie, have been married since 1981, have three adult children and, currently, two young grandsons. Having been part of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) they moved to Norfolk in the early 1990s.

As well  as founding and co-leading the North Norfolk Filling Station for the last seven years John and Annie also minister including, from time to time, through Holy Trinity Brompton’s Healing Room.

Amongst John’s other appointments, he served as a Churchwarden of their local rural parish for 10 years, the Board of YWAM (England and Wales) for 14 years and has, since 2016, been a trustee of The Filling Station Trust.

Mark Ruoff

Mark Ruoff

Mark is currently Vicar of Pip & Jim’s Ifracombe, Combe Martin & Berrynarbor in the Diocese of Exeter. Mark was the Associate Vicar at St Paul’s, Hammersmith. Previously he was a curate at HTB after being a young adults Pastor with Kingdom Faith Church, in Horsham and then Worship Pastor with St Mary’s, Loughton. He has a great passion to see the Kingdom breaking in, in revival power!

Mark has also had wider working experience as a development manager on the police’s Safer Parking Scheme and had interesting stints in a hedge fund and in relationship management with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mark is married to Tandy, they have a fun and active home with wonderful 4 children. Mark loves watching and playing cricket, golf and tennis with friends and family and when time permits escapes into the world of oil painting!!