Wow! I have to say how very impressed I am by Exeter Foodbank. In the first few weeks I’ve been bowled over by the passion and energy that our 100+ volunteers bring, and the amazing amount of support from schools, churches, businesses, supermarkets and individuals all across the city. The enthusiasm and ‘buzz’ from the project is really exciting.
First things first. I can already see that Joy is going to be a hard act to follow. She has done a fantastic job and I will try to carry on with her work and honour that as best as I can. But this is a big ‘thank you’ from me to Joy as she has left a great legacy for us all.
I have been in Ordained Ministry for 12 years at Windsor Baptist Church in Berkshire. When I arrived, the church was the most traditional Baptist Church that I had ever seen. Over the time I was there we went on a real journey together and the church is now a vibrant and thriving part of the local community. During my time there, we started Windsor Homeless Project, Windsor Foodshare, The Windsor Street Angels and the church is now open every day as The Tree House Cafe. It is a wonderful place and all of these initiatives are an important part of the worshipping community.
What we discovered as a church was that the more we became involved in the life of the local community and in serving them, the more vibrant the work of the church became. We realised on our journey that our ‘worship’ was about trying to practice things that reflected Christ in our community – and the more we worked with the local community, the more we saw how many problems people were encountering.
Windsor was a really encouraging time. However, as things were growing and flourishing, I felt very strongly that it was time to move on from there and to move to Exeter. So, as the journey in Windsor continues for them, a new one starts for me.
I moved to Exeter with my wife Claire and my two children Ally (he is 9 years old and is totally obsessed with football) and Frankie (she is 6 and loves art, fashion & dancing). Claire is a Youth & Community Worker in Exmouth. We are thoroughly enjoying exploring Devon (Dartmoor and the coastline in particular). Claire is an artist and I am a musician / songwriter. I have a love of acoustic music, any instrument with strings or keys, forests, countryside, photography, seaside, walking, theology, films, football – and good coffee!
I look forward to helping the foodbank ‘revive dignity and restore hope‘ among those it serves.