How did you become a Christian?
My parents are Christians and so I’ve always been involved in a church and I grew up with the stories of Jesus. As a teenager I went to a youth event with my church and I remember being impacted by the fact the people I met there seemed to have something I didn’t have. I couldn’t put my finger on what that was, and remember feeling like an observer during the meetings – like I was behind a pane of glass. However, on my return home I began to talk about this with my Mum and my youth leader, and I suddenly realised that the ‘story’ of Jesus dying on the cross wasn’t just something I’d learnt about in Sunday School – but that Jesus actually died for me. And that required a response!
This was a journey, rather than a one time moment, but I remember a night in my bedroom singing along at the top of my voice to the Delirious song “I’ve found Jesus”! I knew then I’d asked Him to come into my life and take away everything that stood between me and God, and that life would never be the same again! I was baptised shortly afterwards, a week before my eighteenth birthday.
What is your favourite Bible verse and why?
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
These verses help me to keep looking to Jesus.
How did you become part of Jubilee Church?
God was already speaking to me about moving to Solihull to be nearer family and friends when I visited Jubilee one Sunday morning. I already had connections with Jubilee through friends and because I’d led the children’s work at a Jubilee church weekend away, but I couldn’t believe how much I felt like I was “home”. I had a memorable conversation about this with Rob and Alison in their conservatory during a terrific thunderstorm. Timely thunderclaps during the conversation seemed to confirm that this was the right move!
What are your hobbies?
Anything I can do outside…walking in the countryside, running, visiting new cities. I also enjoy discovering new bands and going to gigs, as well as baking and reading.
Who has had the most influence on your life and in what way?
My family and my friends constantly call the best out of me and I’m so grateful for each of them. Also a lady called Anne from the church I grew up in. She invested in me when I was a young Christian, and gave me the bug for getting alongside and pastoring others. There have also been many men and women of God that have influenced me through the pages of their autobiographies, including Isobel Khun, Jackie Pullenger, Smith Wigglesworth, Evan Roberts and Heidi Baker.
Sum up your role in the church in 7 words
Encouraging and equipping others to love Jesus.
Which is your favourite book in the Bible and why?
The books I find myself returning to most frequently are Paul’s letters, especially Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. I love reading about Paul’s heart for the people in these churches and seeing how he encourages them.
If Jubilee Church had a pet what would it be and why?
A unicorn. Why not?
If you had to give up either chocolate or cheese forever, which would it be?
Cheese. Although I’d really miss brie.
3 top tips for children’s workers
- Get to know the children and have fun with them.
- Prioritise God’s presence and create lots of opportunities to encounter God.
- Share stories about what God is doing.
Answer with one word your choice from each of these either/or questions
1. Coffee or tea? Tea!
2. Books or movies? Books
3. PC or Mac? Mac
4. Cake or pie? Cake
5. Ice cream or yogurt? Ice cream
6. Board games or video games? Board games
7. Adventurous or cautious? I think a mixture of the two, but am learning to be more adventurous!
8. Saver or spender? Bit of both
9. Read on a Kindle or paperback book? Paperback
10. X Factor or Strictly? X factor
Thanks Becky. It’s been great to find out more about you.
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