Message for September
From our Minister
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said: 'here I am send me' (Isaiah 6: v 8)
Greetings, wow if I was to sum up how it feels to complete a stationing profile it would have to be the words from Isaiah the prophet, 'here I am send me.' I started the process of applying to return to circuit ministry in February this year, not through the normal route, trusting in the stationing process. Leaving my current role as Lead chaplain was a difficult decision, but, felt a strong call back into circuit ministry.
I grew up in Salford and accepted Christ as my Lord and saviour in my youth whilst preparing for confirmation. I began training as a Methodist local preacher in 1985 whilst working in industry and gaining valuable life experience.
I applied as a presbyterial candidate from the Newcastle District in 1994/5 and trained for ministry at the Wesley Study Centre, St John's College, Durham University from 1995.
My first appointment Was in the Ashfield Circuit (now Borders Mission) 1997-2007, moving to the Worksop and Kiveton and Bolsover circuits jointly 2007-2014. I currently work for the NHS as a hospital chaplain in Chesterfield.
I am married to Lesley and we have two grown- up children, both married and two grand children.
I have been involved in church life most of my life and have enjoyed serving the Methodist people, who have cared for and nurtured me. I am conscious that our church faces many challenges, not least in the Newcastle West Circuit! Yet, alongside the good people of Heddon, Milbourne and Scots Gap, we come to apply ourselves wholeheartedly to what Christ has given us to do and trust in Him to equip us to become the fruitful congregations we are called to be through: Radical hospitality, Passionate Worship, intentional faith development, Risk taking mission and service and extravagant generosity. The Five practices highlighted by Robert Schnase, we have chosen as a circuit, to fulfil our calling, to be a 'discipleship movement shaped for mission'.
We move to Heddon in August and very much look forward to sharing in what promises to be exciting church life. I believe I have the gifts and graces to both enjoy leading as your minister and together move forward and enjoy bearing fruit.