Although born in Davyhulme, Manchester my roots were firmly fixed in Bolton when my parents’ moved to the town when I was a young child. I was taken to church throughout my childhood but in my early teens decided that church was "boring" and religion "irrelevant to my life".
I am eternally grateful for those in my home church who began a weekly youth fellowship. What began as a place where I could do my homework and meet with my friends became central to my life. Through the guidance of the leaders, their encouragement and support at the age of 16 I gave my life to Christ, discovering that faith was not at all irrelevant but gave my life meaning and purpose, though I am most definitely not a religious person.
I’m also grateful for the youth fellowship as it was there I met my husband, Les and we have now been married for over 30 years, have two daughters and five grandchildren.
I felt God calling me to ministry in my teens, becoming a local preacher at a young age. The first time I ever spoke in public was on the old Harwood shopping precinct, though I never fully responded to that call to full time ministry until I was in my 30’s. Instead I worked in accountancy working for some very diverse companies over the years from stockbrokers to motorcycle manufacturers, including 18 months at Whitakers department store, as it was then.
I became a minister in 2002 and have served in the Chorley and Northwich & Winsford circuits before returning home to Bolton, though it has changed remarkably in those intervening years.
I am passionate about growing healthy churches where Christ is central to our faith and our love for him is expressed in the relationships we share not only with those in the church family but within our communities and wider world. I am most fulfilled when working in a team with others to find inspiring ways to share our faith.
On my days off I enjoy reading, photography, socialising with family and friends and supporting Bolton Wanderers.