Position within the church: Youth Pastor
How long have you been a Christian? I have been a Christian for my whole life and was brought up in a Christian family. I can remember a specific moment, at the age of 14, when I realised that I could actually have a relationship with God, and I committed to following Him seriously then.
How and why did you become a Christian? I have been brought up in a Christian home and was always taken to church as I was growing up. I was always searching for God as a child but I remember being worried that I couldn’t seem to engage with Him, even though I really wanted to know Him. I went to one church where I found it difficult to make friends, and from that point I just didn’t want to go anymore.
However when I was 10 years old, I met a very good friend who invited me to All Saints’. I started to go along to the youth group and different services, made good friends, learned more about God, and saw my friends worshipping. From this point I believe I matured more and more in my faith, and finally when I was in secondary school I remember a time when I actually wanted to worship God myself. I remember realising at that point that I could have a relationship with God and that there was so much more to living a Christian life than I ever imagined before. I committed to God seriously then and have been on an amazing journey with Him ever since.
What are your hobbies and interests? I am passionate about Jesus and spending time with Him. I love to spend time with my husband, John, and the rest of my family. I also love music and play keyboard in the worship band at church. Whenever possible I also try to see live music – Beyoncé and Coldplay have been particular favourites so far! I love to travel and see different parts of the world and different cultures, and I enjoy getting out into God’s creation – we particularly love the Lake District and the Dales. We also have a Cocker Spaniel called Ruby.
I am massively passionate about seeing young people come to have an amazing relationship with God, where they trust Him and follow His plan for their lives. As well as this I am passionate about gender equality and I love to do all that I can to equip and empower girls to be all that God has created them to be, and to be released into His calling on their lives. And finally, something else I really love is seeing young Christian leaders raised up across Teesside and beyond – I am part of the Doulos leadership team which aims to do exactly that!
I am a trustee of Tees Valley Youth for Christ which aims to ‘Reach every young person in the Tees Valley in relevant ways’!
Do you have any family who attend church? My husband John comes to at All Saints’ and serves in the Youth Ministry and as a worship leader. My mum is the Priest in Charge at St John’s in Egglescliffe, and my Dad also attends St John’s regularly. My sister currently lives in York where she loves attending St Michael Le Belfrey.
What are your aspirations for All Saints’ Church for the next 12 months? I would love to see the Church grow in the next 12 months and I would particularly love to see more and more young people coming to know God and encountering Him. Within our Youth Ministry we are going to be meeting young people where they are at within our community, particularly in the local skate park, so I would love to see those young people meet with God. On a practical level we are praying that God will provide for us to have a camper van of some sort which will allow us to have a base at the skate park, serve hot drinks to the young people, point them towards any help they might need, and engage them in different fun and exciting ways – we’d love to have a big screen built into the side of the van which could be linked to consoles etc!
What are your long-term desires for All Saints’ Church? My long term desire is that we would be a relevant 21st Century Church and a welcoming, loving, caring community that people really want to be part of because they recognise our passion and love for Jesus above all else. My other desire is that we will follow God obediently and boldly wherever He leads us.
Finally, what has been the best advice/guidance that somebody has given you as a Christian? To cover everything that you do in prayer – I have seen such a difference in my life and ministry when I have really prayed about things, and I know that prayer is absolutely essential.