I am looking forward to living in the fifth place beginning with the letter ‘B’! When I was six years old my family moved from Ballybay, Co Monaghan to Belfast in Northern Ireland. Although we belonged to a Presbyterian Church I went to school at the Methodist College in Belfast. While studying chemistry at Aston University in Birmingham I met Andrea. In 1980 we were married in Brentwood, Essex. I taught science in three large secondary schools for over a 30 years and Andrea was a mathematics teacher. In 2005 we took a year off to study at All Nations Christian College in Hertfordshire before travelling to Arua in Northern Uganda as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission. After two years working in a secondary school, we had to return to the UK due to Andrea becoming ill. For the last four years I have been employed by Brentwood Baptist Church in Essex as a Schools’ Worker to provide pastoral support to children in two primary schools and one secondary school.
Both Andrea and I have been active members of Brentwood Baptist Church since 1978 in a range of capacities including leading children’s and youth activities, a home group and members of the Leadership Team.
We have two children, Richard (in Manchester) and Laura (in Exmouth) and also fostered 20 children between the ages of 2 months and 15 years during a five year period.
We support the work of Christian Aid and, with some persuasion from our daughter, Laura and I are currently training for a “Euro City Cycle Challenge” - 300 miles in 4 days at the beginning of September. Neither of us has ever cycled more than 25 miles in one stretch so it really is a challenge!
While we are sad to be leaving our friends in Brentwood, both Andrea and I are really looking forward to living in Devon and to making new friends.
James starts with us on 22 Sept 2014