We wouldn’t have a New Testament if it wasn’t for Paul. But we wouldn’t have Paul…

…if it wasn’t for Ananias.

In Acts 9 we read that Ananias was a man of prayer who courageously responded when God called him to pray for Saul of Tarsus. We don’t know much of Ananias’s story, but we know that through his prayers and teaching, the bloodthirsty Saul became Paul the Apostle.


What Does the Ananias Project Do?

  • Undergirds the Fresh Expressions movement through a concerted, coordinated prayer ministry.
  • Trains prayer ministers for churches and prayer teams to support fresh expressions pioneers
  • Through regular retreats, builds like-minded and prayer-focused individuals and teams

“As Bishop Graham Cray has said, ‘The Fresh Expressions movement is a wave of the Spirit and we’re trying not to fall off’. Prayer is foundational to this movement. If we’re not training prayer teams in our churches and networks, we do a great disservice to those Pioneers who need the spiritual nurture and support to remain on the edge.”

-Gannon Sims, Director of Ministry Formation

About Cheryl:

Cheryl serves as the Director of The Ananias Project and the Fresh Expressions US Coordinator of Prayer Mobilization.  She brings over 25 years of Intercessory Prayer experience as she and her husband, Bill, have served in Anglican church plants. They began at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA then served in the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA) for 7 years. Cheryl served as the ACNA Canon for Church Planting of the Anglican Mid Atlantic Diocese and Executive Director of Titus Institute, Tom Herrick, as his Head Intercessor for 5 years and was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The SEEDS Ministry for 6 years in New Bern, NC. SEEDS established Kingdom Transformation across denominational lines by Prayer, Connecting, and Empowering the community fueled by the Holy Spirit. Cheryl and Bill lead Ananias Retreats for FXUS and Ananias Project Encounter Prayer Rooms for FXUS and Missio Alliance National Gatherings. Cheryl and Bill reside in New Bern, NC with their quiver full: Caela, Isabella, Daniel, Gracie, and Liliana.




Get Involved!


Email Cheryl McCarthy to learn about how you can build a strong foundation of prayer within your church to undergird the fresh expressions movement in your community.