Letter form the Manse

Dear Friends,

Let me say 'hello' to you all and introduce myself, for as of 1st September I shall be 'your minister'.

A Yorkshire man by birth and Methodist by Baptism, I spent much of my early life in the North East. I have always been fascinated by science and so studied Materials Science at Sheffield University, gaining a Ph.D. in Glass Technology. During this period, I began to train as a Local Preacher in the then Sheffield Ecclesall circuit.

From Sheffield I went to work at Southampton University, developing Optical Fibres and continued to train as a local preacher. At the end of my contract I worked for a scientific glass manufacturer in Wallsend near Newcastle upon Tyne.

I became a member of Cullercoats Methodist Church and became an accredited Local Preacher. It was towards the end of my training that I felt called by God to the Presbyteral Ministry and began the candidating process.

It was during this period I met my future wife, Catherine, a daughter of the manse.

I trained at Queen's College in Birmingham for two years, gaining a BD. On leaving College Catherine and I were married and went to live in Stockton on Tees where I was a probationer minister and was later ordained at the Bristol conference in 1995. Our daughters Rachel and Hannah were born in Stockton.

From Stockton we moved to Darlington where Timothy our son was born. From Darlington we moved to Alsager in Cheshire (well known amongst the teaching fraternity) and then to Sutton Coldfield. We have now been in Sutton for seven years, where for the last five years I have been the Superintendent Minister and seen a number of changes during this time!

I am still interested in the interface between Science and Religion, and have an interest in Celtic Spirituality. In my spare time I do battle with the manse garden, try to be adventurous with my cooking, and attempt to train our 11-week old Miniature Dachshund puppy, Rolo. I am looking forward to working with you all at Streetly Methodist, getting to know you and your plans for the future, and I am particularly excited about your Eco-church projects.

Grace and Peace to you,

Alan.