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Julie and I have been in ministry for over 25 years and have been in Cheddar since 1994.
Our first ministry was in the South Wales valley town of Maesteg (a centre of the Welsh revival in 1904), where we ministered for 12 years, seeing a dying church come to life - it was an amazing experience. During that time we began linking with like-minded churches, which led to a Network of churches forming. It became known as Christian Network, which we led for 5 years full time, seeking to bring unity to a divided South Wales church. Our role was to organise conferences, develop ministry schools, draw local leaders together for prayer and fellowship, and to link with other networks (e.g. the north of the country). It was a great privilege and extremely challenging work.
In 1994 we were called to Cheddar and a very different proposition, but we found a heart for revival, mission and prayer alive here which have been, along with unity, the burdens of our hearts.
We are excited over what has already happened here but are aware that the best is yet to come.
Wendy and I met after becoming Christians at the Billy Graham Mission England campaign in 1984. We became involved in our local church in South Gloucestershire as it grew from 12 or so to over 200. We went to Bible College in 1993, and following training, we pastored a small church in the Weston-super-Mare area for 4 ½ years and have more recently spent time tent making [supporting ourselves whilst working in our local church]. We joined Cheddar as John and Julies associates in the spring of 2008.
Over the years we have been involved in many areas of church life and ministry, including worship, drama, mime and puppet ministry, teaching, counselling, youth and childrens work and have led teams in all sorts of mission and evangelism, both in the UK and abroad. We have a heart for unity between churches, for strengthening Christian marriage and encouraging family wholeness, and to see Christian young people equipped and trained to take the gospel to the next generation.
We are excited about being a part of all that God is doing in Cheddar.