Our team

Building the KINGDOM


Our team are passionate about the renewal of the Church in these lands. Here’s who’s who.

Our leadership

Gary Stephens

Chief Executive Officer

Gary is married to Joanne and together they have seven children and seven grandchildren. He has been involved in evangelisation ministry since 1992.

In 2018, Myles Dempsey, founder of New Dawn, appointed him his successor as Leader of the Prince of Peace Community, CEO of the New Dawn Pilgrimage Walsingham and International New Dawn Chairman.

Accredited with a Bachelor of Divinity, Gary speaks at numerous Catholic conferences, retreats and seminars, both nationally and internationally. He is also involved with the Men of Saint Joseph and has an established prison ministry.

Tom Marsden

Facilities Manager

On completion of 24 years in the Royal Engineers Tom moved into Further Education, where he is responsible for the strategy and estates at Lincoln College. A New Dawner since 2010, with Merla and his three boys, Tom felt the Lord ask him to give Gary a hand during New Dawn 2022. He subsequently joined the Team in 2023 looking after the planning and delivery of the New Dawn Pilgrimage.

Daniella Stephens

Operations Manager

Daniella is a young Catholic Evangelist who travels all over the UK and abroad to speak at events, churches, schools, conferences, retreats, prayer groups and more. She has been speaking for nine years both nationally and internationally. She has been involved in New Dawn Walsingham since 2018.

She holds a First-Class (Hons) degree in Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity from the Maryvale Institute and a Pontifical Degree in integrating Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church.

Myles & Joan Dempsey

Our founders

Myles and Joan Dempsey were married with three children. They founded the Prince of Peace Community in south-east London in 1985.

On the 26th of August 1985, Myles attended the Lion of Judah Catholic Charismatic Conference in Ars, France, and was deeply moved by the crowd’s fervour. Whilst standing at the famous statue of the Cure d’Ars, Myles said to the Lord, “This is France, what about England?” Immediately he received the words, ‘New Dawn, Walsingham.’ The first New Dawn was then held in 1987.

Myles, Joan and members of the Community went on to run New Dawn for the next 31 years. The final base of the Prince of Peace Community was in St Emilies Oakhill, Liverpool.

Before his passing on 12th June 2018, Myles made Gary his successor. Joan later passed on 3rd February 2021.

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