I have been a part of Witham URC for over 30 years now. In the mid 80’s I trained as a lay preacher but then felt a call to ministry where pastoral and preaching work could be combined. After training I was ordained and inducted to Witham URC in February 2003 as an SSM (self supporting minister). My secular work is administration in a small business my husband I run called SAILSetc.
I am originally from Cape Town in South Africa, but moved with my family to Britain when I turned seventeen. I trained to become a teacher and spent five years in secondary comprehensives in Hampshire and Oxfordshire teaching Religious Education. I have always felt a call to work with youth, but it became more obvious that teaching was not the way forward for me, and I felt that I needed to work with youth out of a school context. That's where Witham URC came in! My husband and I moved to Essex where we married and I took the youth pastor position being offered, I have now been here for several years. I love the challenges and the joys of the job and its always exciting to see what God has in store for us.