Rowland Whitehead (Bilbo) visits Orkney

S635757570 5184Rowland Whitehead is only here for a day but its an enjoyable time together. Rowland was part of the UK house church movement in the 1960’s and is now encouraging new things in Barbados. We have been chatting about the history of the Jesus movement and the similarities with the current emerging church movement. I am helping him set up a blog right now – the man has LOTS of stories that should be told. His blog, a few seconds old, can be found at

Rowland went with the Bilbo name because he was asked recently whether his gift to the church was like Frodo or Bilbo and since he has been around for some time and is now helping the next generation find their place, he went with Bilbo.


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • upon a second read (which is almost always necessary here due to the depth of insightfulness..) I’m not sure if he’s Bilbo or Biblo – either of which could contain spiritual meaning. Furthermore, since many creative people pay not attention to spelling, I don’t know that it mattars.

  • Cheers Mate…
    This post made me reflect further on the influence (or non-influence) of the house church movement on the ‘missional emerging church movement’ and how many lessons I think we can learn from that (especially in the UK). We’ve talked in the past about how hard we find it to learn from the generation just before us. One of the sayings which has stuck from June, is the one which went…
    “When I was 18 I thought my father was an idiot, now I’m 38 I can’t believe how much he’s learned in 20 years.”

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