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Revd Gwyneth Owen

Hello, my name is Gwyneth Owen and I am the Superintendent Minister of the Christchurch and Wimborne Methodist circuit. I live in Wimborne and am responsible for Blandford, Colehill and Wimborne Methodist churches. I believe the Christian faith continues to have relevance in a fast-changing society and that God is very much alive and active inside and outside our churches.I come from....

Nigel Deller

Hi, I'm Nigel Deller and I live in Verwood where my largest church is. I also have responsibility for three others. In my work I try to encourage young schoolchildren and families to think about faith in God through offering assemblies, Messy Churches, and being a school governor. I also work with our youth and schools worker, Dan Desmond, to support older young people on their....

Revd David Hollingsworth

As the minister with pastoral charge at Highcliffe, Mudeford Lane Christchurch and Bransgore Methodist churches, I am moving towards completing my fourth year in post. This is my first appointment as a presbyter in the Methodist Church — beginning as a probationer minister for two years, followed by my ordination in 2014. I have been an accredited preacher within the Methodist church for....

Ros Hollingsworth

I'm Revd Ros Hollingsworth and have pastoral charge of Barton on Sea, Milford on Sea and Brockenhurst Methodist Churches. I live in Barton on Sea with my husband David who is also a Methodist Minister. Between us we have eight children and eleven grandchildren. We also have a black greyhound called Sally who I enjoy taking for walks on the glorious....

Deacon Alison McMillan

Hello, my name is Alison McMillan and I am a Deacon working alongside the Blandford and Wimborne churches. As a Deacon I am a minister and a member of a Religious Order. My role in the circuit is about making links with the community. I am passionate about serving God and others and reaching out to those who find themselves on the edges....

Revd Mike Shrubsole

Hi, I'm Mike Shrubsole and I live in the Ringwood Manse, but I have pastoral responsibility for four churches in the area — Trinity United Church, Crowe Hill Methodist Church, Horton Heath Methodist Church and Fordingbridge URC.I'm married with two grown-up sons. I enjoy countryside walks and wildlife studies, and follow detailed developments in environmental issues as my area of....

David Ellis

Hello, I'm David Ellis. After 40 years in Ministry, and on retirement from full time ministry, Ceri and I have moved to Barton on Sea to be closer to our family. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place and have had days out in the campervan, reacquainting ourselves with some of our favourite places. I have also been able to spend more time on gardening, the model....

BJ

Hello, I'm Barbara Jeffries. I have lived in Bransgore for 40 years and now I am looking after the Methodist Church there. It is a pleasure to do almost all my visiting on foot — as I love walking. Usually I am walking my dogs in the Forest. One of my dogs comes to Church services and events with me. I have spent many years teaching children of....

Andie Blake

Hi, I am Andie Blake, I am the Family and Children worker while training with South West Youth Ministries (SWYM). After being self employed as a Magician and Juggler I decided to finally take up youth ministry full time and train after working for South Wight Area Youth, a Christian youth project on the Isle of Wight where I had lived for twenty years bringing up my Daughter there. In my....

Di Browning

My name is Di Browning and I work alongside the ministers giving pastoral care over three churches within our circuit. I am a member at Wimborne.I trained as an SRN at the Royal London Hospital and worked in nursing for twenty three years.In my spare time I enjoy singing and am a member of the National Rock Choir. I also like to walk, preferably along the coast or in the New Forest.I....

DanD

Hi there. I'm Dan Desmond and I am the Circuit Youth and Schools Worker based in Verwood, Holtwood, Ringwood and Wimborne. I have been a Christian since 2002 and after the impact my youth workers had on me, began full time youth work in 2006.When I am not at the local schools or the church, I enjoy playing music, going for a walk or....

Louise Shrubsole

I'm Louise Shrubsole, Pastoral Assistant working alongside the minister to give pastoral support in the three churches of Trinity United Church, Crowe Hill Methodist Church and Horton Heath Methodist Chapel.I have two grown up sons, in their twenties, who live in London and who enjoy the opportunity to come to the New Forest for some country air. In moments of relaxation I enjoy....

Rob White

Hi, I'm Rob White. I am the Circuit Administrator, appointed in May 2016. I've lived in this area with my wife, a daughter and two sons, now all grown up and in their twenties, since 1988. Back then, we soon found our local Methodist Church and we've been there ever since. I am an Organist and one of the circuit's Local Preachers. In March 2016, I retired from a long career....

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My name is Chris Lusher. I am the Lead Circuit Steward and worship at Holtwood Church.I was born in Calcutta but returned to the UK when I was 6 and grew up in Barton-on-Sea. My working life has been spent in a variety of administrative roles and I am now the Office Manager of a local building firm where I have worked for the last 16 years.Married to Bernie, who I met at the Dorset....

Margaret Symons

Hello, my name is Margaret Symons. Since retiring from the post of Circuit Administrator in August 2016, I have taken on the role of Circuit Website Coordinator — it keeps me in touch with what is happening in the circuit! If you would like any articles or photos posted on the web, please do send them to me.I attend Wimborne church with my....