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My first home was a village near Whitby where from a few weeks old my parents took me to the Methodist Chapel.
I was joined later by my sister and brother. I did lots of jobs as our three sons grew up - from farming with my father to working in a post office and becoming a County Youth Leader. I began leading worship at the tender age of fourteen and felt God calling me to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. By the time my youngest son was born I had started to Candidate for the Methodist Ministry. I trained at the Wesley Study Centre in Durham as one of a group of ' Guinea Pigs' training non-residentially and alongside our full -time work. During this time I became a Lay-Pastoral Assistant, working for three years in the Whitby Circuit. I served for ten years in the Ryedale Circuit at Helmsley and then a further five years as Superintendant. I came to serve in the Middlesbrough and Eston Circuit five years ago. It is my honour to work with the people of Stainton, Marton and Nunthorpe as well as being Chaplin to the Methodist Asylum Project.
Revd Lawrence Law
Revd Lawrence Law
I was born in Hong Kong, China. Growing up, I attended a free church in Hong Kong and after immigrating into the UK twenty years ago; I started working for the Chinese mission organisation. After that, I became a lay worker for King's Cross Chinese Methodist Church to serve the Chinese asylum seekers for seven years. From there, I started my candidating as a Methodist minister and did my training in Queens College, Birmingham. I then served five years in Darlington District and now I am currently stepping into my sixth year in Middlesbrough & Eston Circuit, as well as Newcastle Central & East Circuit.
May God continue to guide me each step of the way, according to His will.
I have been asked to introduce myself and left me with a totally open field in writing terms – fatal for someone who talks as much as I do! What to say and what to leave to the imagination or for future reference?! I was born the second daughter, but an only child, to Angus and Doreen McLean. Dad was working in Bury but because of concerns about my Mom I was born in city centre Manchester at the old St Mary’s hospital – a true Mancunian! As a child I moved around the country a lot due to Dad’s job. A recent advertisement on television said that on average people move 8 times in their life – Middlesbrough will make 23 for me! I lived in Bury, Hull, Hartlepool and between Rochdale and Oldham before heading off to train as an Occupational Therapist in Derby (the three years there involved 7 changes of accommodation!) Leaving college I worked in Sheffield, then Manchester, Oldham, Bury and finally Wakefield leaving my post as Head Paediatric Occupational Therapist to train as a presbyter in the Methodist Church in Durham. I met Colin at work in Oldham when working in mental health – he was a psychiatric nurse at that time –we have now been married 27 years (yes, I was a child bride!!) Before we met I had taken on leadership of the local church Youth Fellowship and eventually Colin and I clocked up some 17½ years as voluntary youth leaders. I became a local preacher at the age of 23 (you can guess for your- elves how long ago that was!) – my final oral examination was the same day as my driving test – suffice to say I passed both. Upon leaving Durham I was sent to work in (very) rural Lincoln- shire – the top end where there is a little more height to the land – and spent 6 years there. We then moved to N.E.Wales and I was there for 8 years before joining you here in Middlesbrough. It is always sad to say goodbye to people you have come to know and love and rub along with for a number of years but new places and new people bring their own joys, surprises and excitements. Colin and I are looking forward to getting to know people but please bear with me if I re-name you for a time as I have a nasty tendency to make a grab at the right name, get it wrong and then persist in calling people what I thought they were called rather than their real name – I do eventually sort myself out. I am looking forward to being back in the North East and Colin is excited at the prospect of getting to know a new area of the country. Without saying much more I can add that Patrick – my furry canine companion – is anticipating great new snuffles and Pippin – our 18 year old totally deaf cat – is hoping for sunny spots and lazy days. As I write we have started to tackle the garage clear out - having already accomplished a clearance of some bookshelves - and have already filled three boxes for the local charity shops. We look forward to being with you in August at some point and getting to know you all. This is really a very broad outline of the basics – for more detail you will have to grasp the mettle and ask! Every blessing to you all as we start this new phase of life’s journey together. Una and Colin McLean – not forgetting Patrick and Pippin.
As the newly appointed Presbyter in the Middlesbrough and Eston Circuit, I have been asked to introduce myself. I am Christopher. The brief biographical details are that I was born in Edinburgh, and grew up close to Durham City. I am married to Judith and between us we have six children. All of them are grown up and live in Manchester, Durham and on Tyneside. We have one grandson, Alfie, who is five. He likes coffee mornings almost as much as his granddad does.
I grew up in a Methodist family, my grandfather was a Methodist Local Preacher, and I have known since I was aged about ten that I too would be a Methodist Preacher. It took some time for me to accept that calling and to realise that it was a call to full- time ministry. I trained in Manchester and have served in the Harrogate, South-West Tyneside and Castle Eden Circuit. Preaching in the broadest sense has always been at the heart of my calling, a desire to share the excitement I find in the Gospel. I see following Jesus as the greatest adventure.
For fun, I enjoying riding my motorcycle, I love music and play the autoharp and the mandolin, and I can speak Esperanto.
No doubt we will discover much more about each other in the months and years to come.
Best wishes and every blessing Christopher
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