Visiting Ministers

REVEREND JEREMY ARTHERN


Jeremy Arthern is a retired Methodist minister who worships at Priory Methodist Church, Newnham Avenue and lives in Biddenham. Prior to entering the ministry he worked for over thirty years for the Legal & General Insurance company, spending most of his career in
management training and personnel work. In 1992 he took early retirement to enter the ministry and worked full-time as anon-stipendiary minister at Priory for eight years. He retired from this ministry in 2000 but continues to take occasional services and to be
involved in some pastoral ministry.


Since retirement Jeremy has sought to be involved in the life of the local community and he is currently Chair of the Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford and Chair of Biddenham Gardeners’ Association. He is an enthusiastic gardener and a member of Bedford Choral Society and tries to keep his mind active in the study of French.

 
 
 

Rev Nigel Lindsay


Minister at Anchor Church South West London and also working for a national
charity Family Action. Is keen to encourage people to go and look out to the
community in which they live and show Jesus love through action.
Nigel has done development work Africa and has energy to engage young
people through children and youth activity like Messy Church.

Mrs Thea Lee

I’m a retired Nurse Practitioner and got there via working at Luton & Dunstable Hospital, working for Marie Curie home care team, then on to District Nursing before settling into General Practice, first as a Practice Nurse and latterly a Nurse Practitioner.

I’ve been married to Brian for nearly 50  years, have a lovely son and daughter in law as well as three amazing grandchildren 2 teenagers and one about to turn 20 – I know, I don’t look that old! Ha Ha.

My favourite thing is singing, listening and participating. For well over 30 years I have sung  with The Flitwick Singers, as well as taking part in the Churches Together Choir, run by Angie Woodcraft. I also enjoy making cards and knitting as well as other crafts.

As for my Christian journey, I was brought up in the Catholic tradition, attended Mass and all the Holy Days and have always known about and believed in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, however, I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus In fact, I turned my back on Him at the age of 16.

It was when I started my nurse training, that I began to feel the pull and the challenge to come back to God and thanks to an amazing hospital chaplain, my faith was sparked into life again. Joining The Flitwick Singers, brought me into contact with my dear friend and soul sister, Izzie, who invited me to “come and see” what the Methodist Church was all about.

When I was a district nurse, I was travelling with one of my mentors who had the most battered bible I had ever seen and I commented on it. Having told me it was her help throughout the day, she then asked the question that changed my life.

“are you a Christian”, without thinking, I answered ‘yes’ and at that moment, in her car, I became a ‘born again Christian’.

God has a habit of moving people on once that commitment has been made and it was the same for me.

Thanks to Izzie, the good folk of Flitwick Methodist Church, my ministers and tutors and of course God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit I’ve been privileged to be a Local Preacher in the Methodist Circuit for 15 years.

 

Mr Mark Taylor

Mark is a retired Local Government Officer who lives in the lovely market town of Newark, Nottinghamshire with his wife Deborah. He has two grown up daughters, Rebecca and Hannah.

 

He stared life as an Anglican, was a member of a URC and then became a Congregationalist when he moved to Newark 30 years ago. 

 

A visit to Zambia with the Congregational Federation changed Mark’s perspective on life. When he returned, having witnessed African poverty at first hand, he decided he wanted to preach social justice and enrolled on the CF’s Foundation course (now GIFT). 9 years later he is still studying – in year 5 (of 6) of a BA course in Practical Theology.

 

Mark runs the regular Café Service, Bible Study Group and Film Club at his church and also preaches occasionally at a number of other churches, mainly in the East Midlands. His latest venture is a Pub Theology group in a Newark tavern, which combines two of his chief interests.

Dr Robert Hunter

Robert was born in Kilwinning Ayrshire, Scotland, and is married to Carol. They have two sons, James and Alex. He was baptised in Kilwinning Congregational Church, becoming a 4th generation Congregationalists at that Church. Fully participated in Sunday school as a child and became Bible Class leader for 14 -17-year olds. By approval of Church meeting became a full member of the Church, aged 14.

 

Having worked throughout the UK, Germany and the Middle East he has worshiped in various Christian denominations as well as synagogues and mosques, but is currently a member and Deacon of Ashby De La Zouch Congregational Church and now in the final year of the Congregational Institute of Practical Theology training programme, responding to God’s call to serve in pastoral ministry. In the process of being appointed Congregational Chaplain to the University of Derby Chaplaincy department.

 

He has a B.Sc. Physiology from St Andrews University; studied Medicine at the University of Wales, Cardiff and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Founding Member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Derby.

 

On qualifying as a doctor, he served for 5 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a medical officer with service in the UK, Germany, the first Gulf Conflict and Northern Ireland. When he left the Army, he pursued a career in psychiatry. However, after three years he changed to Accident and Emergency Medicine and for 11 years worked in Accident and Emergency Medicine at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital. There he was appointed Trust named doctor for child protection and clinical lead for major incidents, bioterrorism, chemical and radiation decontamination.

 

Since medical school, he has developed an interest in forensic and legal medicine and worked for seven years as a Forensic Medical Examiner with Merseyside Police, developing a specialist interest in the forensic investigation of the body at the scene of death and the forensic description and interpretation of wounds and wounding. In 2001, following completion of law degree, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Coroner for the County of Cheshire and was appointed Her Majesty’s Coroner for Derbyshire in October 2007.

 

He enjoys cooking, particularly Asian, and rustic French and Italian cuisine; photography; modern languages, (he speaks French and German); Theatre and foreign films.

 

 A busy, town centre Christian Church affiliated to the Congregational Federation and the Baptist Union of Great Britain

and home to the John Bunyan Museum & Library, and the Basement at Bunyan Gallery

 

Minister - Reverend Chris Damp MA, BD

Reg. Charity No: 248195 

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