This Methodist year we have seven Circuit Stewards, whose responsibilities have been divided into ‘Streams’, they are:-
Mary Hobbs – Circuit Steward with responsibility for Stream 1: Children, Youth & Family.
I was raised in a Christian family & was brought up in the Church of England, before attending Baptist or Methodist Churches from my teens. I am now a member at Earlsdon Methodist Church & I am keen to ensure that young people across the circuit have the same opportunities to learn about the Christian faith that I had as a child.
I have an administrative background & I’m keen to use my skills to enable churches across the Circuit to work both independently & together in sharing the Christian faith with our children & young people, whilst supporting their leaders in making the best use of available resources.
The Children, Youth & Family Stream is responsible for supporting the Circuit churches in their work with all of these groups, including arranging training & shared resources.
Peter Dipple – Circuit Steward with responsibility for Stream 2: Discipleship through Learning & Caring.
Hello, I am Peter Dipple and was born in Nuneaton, I was christened at Holy Trinity Parish Church, but my earliest memories were at the Chapel End Methodist Church on Coleshill Road.
I returned to the Holy Trinity Parish Church in my early teens where I joined the choir.
I’ve taken early retirement from Jaguar Landrover Ltd where I started with Jaguar Cars Ltd in August 1975 at Radford, Coventry, then over to the Browns Lane, Allesley Plant, my final plant move was over to the Jaguar and Rover Plant at Castle Bromwich Plant in Birmingham.
I believe that we are all brothers and sisters and should treat each other accordingly, we have a Father, who with his only Son and the Holy Spirit are worshipped in very similar ways have learnt that each denomination of the Christian Church teaches and practices much the same as each other and seek, in their own ways, to deepen their relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
I have been a member of the Nuneaton Methodist Church (formerly St.John’s Church) for 10 years, I am currently a Worship Leader, a Church Steward, a Church Choir member and have been co-running a Bible Study group for 4½years, in addition to being recently becoming a circuit steward.
I’ve been reading the Christian Theologian, Tom Wright amongst others, to gain a greater understanding of what God is calling me to do, say, think and believe with an even stronger conviction. With this improved understanding, I’m able to be a witness for God for those who categorise themselves as atheists or people who think there is a higher being but cannot ‘buy in’ to Christianity.
Trevor Gay – Circuit Steward with responsibility for Stream 3: Evangelism and Church Planting.
It is my privilege to lead Stream 3 and it’s fair to say that this role is probably the most exciting one I’ve had in my church life. As I see it my role is to work, with others, to create new opportunities to share the Good News that God loves us and that Jesus died for us.
I was born in a small village called Parson Drove in deepest rural East Anglia where it was compulsory to go to church on Sunday. No discussion – my siblings and I were simply told by Mum and Dad “You’re going to church.” It was ok but I got bored in my early teens as I discovered more ‘interesting things’ and there followed a long time away from what I call ‘organised church.’ Family weddings, funerals and the occasional christening were the only times I went to church for the next 40 years.
Following a painful divorce, I met my now wife Annie who had been a Methodist since her teens. I went along to her church in Solihull one Sunday morning in 2004, in my mind, ‘to offer Annie support.’ God clearly had other ideas and since then I studied for 5 years to become an accredited Local Preacher; I’ve attended and now lead Alpha Courses and all in all God hooked me completely to work for Him in so many ways. Annie, it is fair to say, brought me back to church.
I’ve come to realise that although I may have been away from ‘church’ God was never ‘away’ from me. I am in awe of the fact that I am (just like you) a very special child of the one true God. He knows me better than I know myself. He continues to forgive my many mistakes and faults.
I am passionate about my new role in Evangelism and Church Planting and we’ve already made a great start with Coffee Shop Sunday starting in December 2019 at Costa Coffee on Gallagher Retail Park, in Coventry.
On a personal note I have three children and five grandchildren. I live with Annie in Coventry city centre. My working career was as a Manager in the National Health Service of which I am a passionate defender and advocate. I studied Management at the University of Plymouth and was awarded my MA Management (Healthcare) in 1998. My Dissertation was on Leadership– a subject I continue to read about and study.
A personal prayer “Thank you Father for giving me this opportunity in our circuit to help spread the Good News of your unending and unconditional love”
And my favourite verse from the Bible.Matthew 28:20 “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Christine Wellham – Circuit Steward with responsibility for Stream 4: Justice, Compassion & Peace.
Christine moved to Coventry some years ago when she retired as a Methodist Layworker in the S. Essex Circuit. Having been a member of the circuit staff team for many years she was keen to develop a ‘circuit focus’ for the Nuneaton and Coventry Circuit. She is a Local Preacher with a strong musical interest.
Andy Pinks – Circuit Steward with responsibility for Stream 5: Staffing and Staff Well-being.
Hello, I am Andrew Pinks (Andrew or Andy is fine). I was born in Coventry and have lived in the City my entire life. I have traced the Pinks family connection to the village of Berkswell back to the 16th/17th century.
I was christened in the Church of England. However, involvement with Scouts and my first marriage I have experienced Christian life in a number of Anglican, Baptist and Roman Catholic church. I started worshipping with my parents at Central Hall back in 1994. Through this very varied experience of worship I have learnt that each denomination of the Christian Church teaches and practices much the same as each other and seek, in their own ways, to deepen their relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
I have been in an active participant in the life of the church at Central Hall over more than twenty years. I am currently a church steward and junior church leader as well as having an active involvement with Alpha courses, in addition to being a circuit steward.
I believe being a Christian is a whole life experience and see all my varied meetings etc. as opportunities to spend fellowship time with my Christian friends. Whilst my involvement with young people most Sundays means I have less opportunities to fully participate in the Sunday worship services, I find my relationship with God is strengthened and encouraged through my fellowship at our weekly life group meetings.
I believe that God is calling Christians to be constantly ready to evolve our ministries to ensure that, Like Philip (Acts chapter 8), we are actively meeting people where they are, physically and spiritually, to help them develop a relationship with the God through our saviour Jesus Christ.
Mike Hobbs (Treasurer) – Circuit Steward with responsibility for Stream 6: Financing and Resourcing.
I was raised in a Christian family & have attended Baptist or Methodist Churches all my life. I am married to Mary & I am a qualified Chartered Accountant. I have held the post of Treasurer at my previous churches prior to becoming Treasurer for this Circuit.
The Finance & Resourcing Stream is primarily responsible for the stewardship of Circuit funds, helping other streams with financing of their projects.
Helen Holdforth – Circuit Steward with responsibility for Stream 7: Worship & Spirituality.
Helen moved to study in the Physics department at Warwick University after graduating with a degree in Physics and Astronomy from St. Andrew’s University. Bill and I (both from the north-east town of Hartlepool) were married when he came to do his PGCE and we’ve been in Coventry ever since as he was promoted through the school to eventually be Assistant Head.
We began worshipping at Lime Tree Park and took part in many church and circuit activities. I stopped being ‘Mrs Bill’ helping to run the Youth Club when our first son, Paul, was too old to take around in the carrycot. Mark was born three years later. We started to worship at Earlsdon in 1989 as we had moved to a house by Hearsall Common. We now have three granddaughters – two in Coventry and one in Croydon.
I have helped to plan worship since we first came to Coventry, with many of the ministers and some local preachers and was one of the first authorised Worship Leaders in the Coventry circuit.
I’ve been involved in alternative worship services particularly meditative forms using multimedia and interactive prayer.
Since the autumn of 2004 my friend Alison and I have been setting up prayer rooms which give individuals the opportunity to spend time with God by means of several themed prayer ‘stations’. I have made several labyrinth carpets which are also used for meditative prayer.
Since Earlsdon started using a data projector I have enjoyed preparing the necessary Power Point presentations for worship and experimenting with using the technology to offer worship in different ways.
I believe that worship is a way of life not just an hour on Sunday so I would like to encourage the people of the circuit to have a wider view of worship (different forms and other days), and I hope to help those leading worship in the circuit to explore new ideas and improve how we offer worship to our eternal, loving God in the 21st century.
Further personal statements & pictures will follow.