Rev. Romeo Pedro
Rev. Francis M'Itiiri
Rev. Phil Snelson
I grew up in a Methodist family and made a commitment to Jesus aged 13 through my youth group leaders. I first felt called to ministry when I was 18 and spent the following year at Capernwray Bible School where I really learned my way around the Bible and grew in confidence in my faith and mission. After that I met and married Becky, we had a family and I followed an 11 year career in IT technical support until God renewed the call. Recently Becky and I celebrated our 25th anniversary, I married very young! I was minister in Shefford for 9 years, and moved to Northampton in 2008 where my ministry is very much focussed in the Emmanuel Group, a three congregation LEP on the east side of town. I aim to help people grow in Christ-likeness through worship, teaching, Bible study and healing ministry.
Deacon Richard Beckett
I can always remember being part of a church somewhere and it was during teenage years that I made a series of commitments to following Jesus through the influence of youth club leaders, Methodist Association of Youth Club events and the Christian arts festival – ‘Greenbelt’. I was able to use God given gifts and skills as an engineering draughtsman and Contract Engineer for many years as well as working in the church with children and young people in a variety of roles.
Around 1990 God upset my priorities by prompting a call to preaching and eventually to ordained ministry in the church – specifically to the Ministry of a Deacon with a heart for sharing God’s love with those with little or no experience of church life. My first appointment was in Milton Keynes.
I try to give time to my wife Alison and our two children, Rebecca and Christopher as well as enjoying kite flying, making music, walking and (gentle) cycling.
My brief in Northampton is to share time between supporting work with Young People, University Chaplaincy and helping churches to respond to the challenge of working with the ‘lost generation’.
Rev. Alan Sharp
Rev Brian Kennard
I came to Northampton as a young music teacher in my first job – and I am still here! I attended Queensgrove Church where I soon became involved with the Choir and Girl Guides, and later ran a Mums & Tots group, a Rainbow Unit and a Youth Club. I met Roy at Queensgrove and we married and raised a family. Over the years we have enjoyed working together leading worship music, and we still do, although our membership is now at Great Billing chapel. I value the support of working ecumenically in a village and I especially enjoy meeting for Prayer Breakfasts at Billing and Bible studies at Roade.
We have two sons and now two lovely granddaughters. I play the viola in several orchestras and my hobbies are Scottish Dancing and learning Spanish.
My motivation as a Circuit Steward is to be a support to the ministers, an encourager to the local churches, and a facilitator of good management procedures in the Circuit. One of my favourite worship songs when I was younger was “I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation”. Even though I am retired and in an older generation I still love the challenge of these words!
Married to Jenny with three children Naomi, Matthew and Rebecca.
I have worshipped at St Andrews since it opened, and prior to that attended the old Harlestone Road. I have been an accredited local preacher for 32 years. I am the Financial Controller at Northampton General Hospital where duties vary from ensuring charity donations are banked to preparation of the Annual Accounts.. Prior to this I was a Rail Industry Accountant.
Spare time ? Gardening, supporting the Saints and railway modelling.
Sarah Eason (Circuit Administrator)
My parents Jim & Pauline attended Sandhill Road Methodist Church, & we continued to worship at St Andrews Methodist Church for many years until we transferred our membership to Harpole, where we live.
I have been an Officer in the Boys Brigade for at least 34 years and currently run the Junior Section for lads of 8-11 years old, as well as the admin and am the treasurer for the company.
I am a Trustee of The Harpole Charities & am Secretary and Safeguarding Officer in Harpole Methodist Church.
I am a keen gardener, I like walking, bird watching, I love the sea and I enjoy spending time with my friends & family.
I am here to help you where required, no job is too small – just ask!
John Brown (Lay Pastoral Assistant)
I was recruited to the role of Lay Pastoral Assistant for the Eastern Section of the Circuit in 2000. My main task is to meet the pastoral needs of the members and adherents at Park Avenue and Great Billing, where necessary liaising with the Pastoral Visitors at those churches and the Ministerial Team. This mainly involves visiting, as the need arises, those who are sick, bereaved or are experiencing other problems. Also visiting on a regular basis those who are no longer able to attend church services or events to provide an ongoing link to their church and to supplement the visiting undertaken by the Pastoral Visitors. The work is sometimes demanding but always satisfying and rewarding.
I am a founder member and heavily involved with the Live at Home Scheme which is a volunteer based scheme offering support and friendship to older people in the community who may be isolated and lonely. The scheme, which was initiated by, and operates from Park Avenue as a form of outreach, is supported by the church generally and by individual members.
Kate, my wife, and I have been members at Park Avenue since 1985. We have family in Spain and France so make regular trips abroad and to Yorkshire where Kate’s family live. I am also a Committee Member of the local Probus Club which provides another link into the community and provides me with an interest beyond my involvement with church activities.