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John Howard

Since my early days as a Christian in my teenage years, I have had an interest in how real lasting change happens in society. I have felt the injustice of people brought up in poverty, the sense that the violence and insecurity of many people within the nations that they live in — is unnecessary. I studied the ideas of Gandhi and Rev Dr Martin Luther King concluding that non-violent civil....

Brian Hutton

Hello beautiful people of Darlington. I am Brian Hutton, born in Scotland, moved to South Africa as a young boy and now we are back home in the UK. I am married to Lara, we have two daughters Emily and Rachel and two dogs Hamilton and Drogheda. I love guitars, mountain biking, hiking and all matters regarding spiritual and church growth. I have been told I have a British sense of humour,....

Selby White

I was an active minister in the Circuit from 2003 to 2014 and remained in the town as a Supernumerary. Currently I hope I'm helping to move the Circuit forwards in faith as we tease out what our vision of God's purpose for us all means in practice.My journey into faith was family-based, starting out in an Anglican church in Manchester in the days of bible-story stickers in Sunday....

John Bower

I was born in Richmond, North Yorkshire opposite the castle walls in 1942. Home was in Darlington where I was brought up. I have always been grateful for loving parents and a younger sister which made for a happy home life. After leaving school I took up an apprenticeship with a local Radio and Television Company and in the course of my secular working life took up employment....

Lyn

I am Lyn and I am one of the Pastoral Missioners for the Darlington Circuit. Before I became the Pastoral Missioner, I was working as a supply teacher, having spent 19 years in the same school in a full time role. In 2012 I realised it was time to move on and experience the wider world. So the last few years have been transient but mainly a lot of fun and a lot more freedom to teach than....

Chris

This is one of those occasions when I would like to be able to write that although I trained as a nuclear physicist my working life has been dedicated to saving a little known species of marine creature that holds the key to curing every disease know to the human race and in my spare time have invented an extremely delicious calorie free chocolate. Alas. Although I can write it, none of it....

Me

I am the Administrator at Elm Ridge Church and the Circuit Administrator, have lived all my life in Darlington and David and I have been married for 40 years. We have 3 grown up sons, Stephen works for Royal Mail and lives in town, Stuart trained as a teacher in York, met and married his wife there 9 years ago, have 2 daughters, Amy and Holly aged 5 and 1, and Andrew, our youngest is still....

Edwin

I am part of the admin team, looking after finance and property. Before I came to Darlington I spent most of my working life in finance and IT, and I am qualified as a Certified Accountant. Born in Hartlepool, I lived my early life in Station Town and Wingate in the east of County Durham, before moving to various parts of England. I attended the local Methodist Church as a child,....

Margaret Garrett

I was born a Lancashire lass in Rochdale to Methodist, Liberal parents. As a teenager I became a member of a group called The Rochdale Crusaders which went round the area leading meetings for other young people. With this group I attended a Billy Graham meeting in Manchester and there committed my life to Jesus. At the age of 7 I wrote, 'When I grow up I want to be a Nursery....

Simon Charters

Simon is a Local Preacher and organist. He is married to Shirley and has 5 children, the eldest is married with one daughter. Simon works at Northgate Vehicle Hire in Darlington, and in his spare time enjoys cycling and walking, and endures following Bristol Rovers.Simon is the....

Hazel Neasham

I have been married to Clive for 30 years and we share our home with two rescue Patterdale Terriers. Our twin daughters now live independently; Abigail is a newly qualified doctor at the Bolton Royal Hospital and Catherine who lives in Darlington works for the RSPCA. I retired three years ago after a career of 40 years in social housing. Whilst I loved the variety of my role, meeting....

Morvyn

Hello, I am Morvyn Sanderson, the Circuit Children and Young people's worker. I am not 'Darlo' born and bred but I have lived here since I was 7 and Elm Ridge is my home church. Married to my fabulous husband Paul, for I am sure to him seems like an eternity! I have returned from maternity this year after adding number 5 to our brood of children, Euan, Isaac, Niamh, Rowan, and....

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