The elders are responsible for the spiritual and pastoral oversight of the fellowship, setting the future vision of the church and equipping the members to serve through teaching and example. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church.
There is no hierarchy with the eldership, each serving as an equal.
I moved to Hereford from my native Bristol when I married Kim in 2003 and have been attending Challenge since that time. Between us Kim and I have five children and seven grandchildren ranging from toddlers to teens.
Baptised at the age of fourteen I have many years’ experience of church leadership as a deacon in a Baptist church and then elder at Challenge. In 2016 I was appointed as Lead Elder (or Pastor).
It is a huge privilege to lead God’s people and I am humbled that so many within Challenge give sacrificially of their time to enable us to show the power of Jesus love within the community. I am also excited by the generation of younger leaders that we see maturing within the fellowship.
I believe churches are stronger when we work together therefore I enjoy serving as a Street Pastor and as Ecumenical Companion to Hereford Cathedral.
To relax I enjoy watching rugby, walking my beloved border collie and enjoying the occasional pint of real ale.
A born and bred Herefordian I am married to Julia; we have a daughter, Katharine who is married to Foster. They are both greatly involved in the life of Challenge Community Church. We also have three delightful granddaughters Niamh, Lois & Taliah. Our son, Jeremy, lives near Norwich with his partner, Ian.
Myself and Julia have been attending Challenge since 2010 having previously spent many years worshipping at Ballingham Chapel. One of the things that thrills me about Challenge is the diversity of our fellowship with members of all ages, interests and gifting. This diversity is actually celebrated as one of our core Family Values.
Having enjoyed a long career in the office supplies industry I am now retired giving me more time to pursue my interests including country pursuits, local history and gardening.
I’ve lived in Herefordshire all my life, growing up as a farmer’s son. I work as a general builder which I have done for the past 30 years. I’m married to Marion and have two grown up children Faye and John who are also actively involved in Challenge.
I’ve been involved in youth work for over 40 years and church leadership for 30 years. Part of my responsibilities at Challenge include; the building and its maintenance, leading one of the weekly Life Groups and leading the Community Action Team.
My hope, prayer and belief is that God will use us, along with other churches in Hereford, through the power of the Holy Spirit to have a real impact for the gospel in this city and see many people coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In my free time I enjoy watching cricket and rugby and I like to read.
I was born and bred in Bangor Northern Ireland and moved to Hereford in 2001 with my wife Katharine. I have 3 beautiful daughters.
Since I was 13 years old, I have been involved in youth work of some description including street work & coffee bars, helping lead missionary teams in France and am now oversee the youth work at Challenge.
Family values are at the Heart of Challenge and our work with young people is flourishing through Friday night youth groups, Sunday schools, Koffee and Kids, Holiday Clubs to name but a few.
I have always been passionate about telling people about Jesus and even though I have attended Challenge Community Church for the last 16 years, I remember being part of missions on a local estate in Hereford in 1992.
In Hereford I am a secondary science teacher and hold the position of Learning Manager at Whitecross High School.
I still love to play squash, however I’m afraid that my rugby and football days are now consigned to history. I support, for my sins, Liverpool Football Club and still watch rugby and cricket when time allows.