Rev Dr. Andrew Stobart

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I've been a minister in the Darlington Circuit since September 2010. I live in Hurworth with my wife Rebekah, our daughter Charis and son Micah. Before Darlington, we lived in Durham, where Rebekah began her work as a medical doctor while I trained at the Wesley Study Centre. Before Durham, we lived up north in Aberdeen, where Rebekah and I met through the Christian Union at the University where we were both studying. We also both happened to be attending the Methodist Church in Aberdeen, and after many walks along the lovely beach front at Aberdeen (so romantic...and so cold!), we were married in April 2008. My family roots are in Cumbria, and Rebekah's are in Northern Ireland, but we've really enjoyed getting to know the North East of England.

I've probably been to church most Sundays throughout my life! But early on I realised that it wasn't enough to rely on the faith of my family -- I needed to make a decision myself to follow Jesus. I certainly didn't know as much about the Christian faith then as I do now, but I knew enough to recognise that it was worth committing my life to, and I've never looked back. I've spent 10 years studying the Bible, Church history, and Christian thought (at London School of Theology, Aberdeen University and Durham University), and all that study has made me more excited about life with God! It's incredible to think that God wants to straighten up the brokenness in our lives and in our world -- and that he does so, not by overpowering us with force, but rather by forgiving us and loving us into his good and gracious kingdom. For me, being a Christian is the greatest adventure of life, life as God intended it to be lived -- seeing every moment as an opportunity to love and serve God, by loving and serving others. I feel privileged that my full-time work as a Methodist minister is to invite as many people as possible to share in this adventure of life with God!

Andrew's publications include contributions to the Collins Dictionary of the Bible, Collins Bible Handbook, IVP's New Dictionary of Theology, and the Christianity section in the DK Religions Book. His series of 24 studies on the life, ministry and significance of Jesus has been published as a Kindle download called Knowing Jesus.

Andrew is Circuit Superintendent, with pastoral oversight of the Circuit Churches, and is team leader for the Staff and Stewards. He also serves as Chair of Darlington Area Churches' Youth Ministry and is the Commissioning Editor of the Holiness Journal, published online by Wesley House, Cambridge.

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