Why did you decide to enter the ministry?
I decided to enter the ministry because God has been calling me in different ways. I have been leading ministry continuously as an organist since I was 15 years old. I wanted to develop my ministry in a different way and God called me in 2007 to Reader Ministry, which focuses on teaching and preaching in a pastoral context. My role then changed to Licensed Lay Minister. Following on from this, I felt called to ordained ministry.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small rural village in a farming community in Cumbria.
Why did you first come to Wanstead?
I first came to Wanstead because my late husband began a new job in the area.
Is there anything you’re proud of achieving as a member of the clergy?
I am proud of being a member of the Ministry Team in Wanstead, particularly with my work with young families and the introduction of the 9am Family Service in Christ Church on Sundays.
Do you have a favourite memory as a member of the parish?
My favourite memory is from a number of years ago at St. Mary’s. At the beginning of July on Youth Sunday – pre- Picnic Sunday– after the outdoors eucharist service, our youths were in charge of the BBQ. As we ate, they provided a classical interlude on their various instruments.
Do you have any interesting facts about yourself?
I loved athletics as a young person and was a sprinter. I also loved the sport of netball. My outdoor activity is now walking.
Why should someone want to get in contact with you?
I am a good listener and I have focused on pastoral care all the years I have been in the parish.