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Pete Walker

May 13th, 2011

Pete Walker recently joined the Churchcentral staff team in what we believe is a crucial role as we look to multiply further sites across the city.

CC: Pete, could you could start by telling us a little about yourself

PW: Hi! I am Pete, a civil engineer, (or as a good friend once put it: Civil Pete Walker, Engineer). I became redundant 18 months ago, so am now semi-retired. Me and my amazing wife Lizzie moved to Birmingham 3.5  years ago to join Churchcentral.

CC: …and in 20 words can you tell us what your staff role is at Churchcentral?

PW: I was asked a few months ago to take on the part-time role of  Logistics/Maintenance Officer for Churchcentral

CC: Exactly 20! But maybe you could tell us a little more about what’s involved.

PW: I am working with others to prepare both our sites for Sunday morning meetings and making sure the venues are set-up in an efficient and welcoming manner, as well as being set-down tidily with due regard to the requirements of the schools we meet in. My role is to help release others to do other tasks; for example we have reduced the work for our set-up team at our Lordswood site as I (with others) now go in on Friday afternoons to set-up. Another part of my role is the maintenance and improvement of equipment, so running repairs, and the making of trolleys has been a major part of my work so far! We hope to develop a system that will enable us to move to other venues and resource the set-up of multiple sites in the future.

CC: How is it going so far?

PW: Having spent an exciting and interesting life working with teams of people, building underground railways; aircraft hangers; multi-storey buildings; (just to name a few) this is my first opportunity to practically help in building a church. I think it’s right that the timely putting out of chairs, signs, setting up PA while liaising with the staff  of our venues to ensure the smooth running of our meetings is considered such an important part of growth. If we cannot do that well, then it’s unlikely people will feel as welcomed as we want them to.

I want to thank so many people who take such an interest in what I am doing, and have come up and offered to help, and also those who take part so consistently. I have to say that if I had not taken this role, I would never have had the experienced the droll wit of the PA teams as they solved yet another impossible problem; or the priceless demonstration of Andy Back and Pete Halford on how NOT to put a drum kit together. It is good, I enjoy it and the hard work has kept my trouser belt on its last notch!

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Introducing the FP Team:

November 30th, 2010

Well, we’ve already been here for three months now but we thought it was time to officially introduce the Churchcentral FP team of 2010-2011. You may have seen us rushing around on a Sunday morning but you might not have realised who we are and what we are actually doing. So here is a quick introduction to us…

First up we have Miss Jo Sharman. Having already lived in Birmingham for three years she is a well established member of Churchcentral who decided to dedicate this year to the church after graduating in African Studies with Development last year. She’s the international brain box of the year team and works with several different organisations. One of the projects she is involved with is working for Raddlebarn Primary School where she teaches English to international pupils. She is also heavily involved with Restore, a charity that works alongside and supports newly arrived asylum seekers to the UK. Talk to her for any amount of time and her passion for this work is clear to see. She is also involved in Churchcentral’s Totz work as well as acting official tour guide to me and Sam when we first arrived in Birmingham three months ago!

Next up we have Sam. Sam is newly arrived from Bromley and is currently residing in the Bavingtons basement! (Converted basement I hasten to add!) So having fully immersed himself into life in Birmingham Sam is our go to guy when it comes to technical matters. As technology is neither a friend of mine nor Jo, Sam is a life-saver in the office when it comes to technological difficulties! It is Sam who helps ensure that Sunday mornings run without a glitch a task now that we have two sites is no small feat! He is also involved with the Bearwood toddler group as well as ‘KidzKlub’ on a Saturday so he’s kept busy as well as having to cope with an otherwise female FP team.

And finally there’s me, confusingly also called Jo (in the office it’s a nightmare!). I’m an Essex girl born and bred and have been mocked mercilessly about white stilettos and fake tans since arriving in the West Midlands. I’m involved in several projects; helping to write and manage the newly launched blog, writing materials for Kidzcentral and I am working alongside a couple of local charities. One of these is Karis, where I help with general admin as well as visiting several of their elderly clients where I enjoy being fed cake and tea! I am also involved in ‘KidzKlub’ on a Saturday which is always fun (so far a noodle and mussel foot spa has been the oddest experience!) and am generally enjoying life as a part of Churchcentral.

So this is the summary of the team so far. We have been here for three months now and have already begun to come together as a team. We’ve had a laugh and are really excited for the year ahead of us. We want to serve you as a church to the best of our abilities and we are looking forward to the future adventures and challenges that are facing us!

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Lynda Kelly

March 1st, 2010


CP: Lynda, how long have you lived in Birmingham?

LK: I’ve been living in Birmingham since August last year when Jonathon (my husband) and I moved here from Kent. We were both members of the Newfrontiers’ Medway Family Church in Rochester, which is where we met and subsequently married in 2006. I was born and bred in Leicester but after graduating from Brighton Polytechnic, I spent many years living and working in Europe and Africa so it’s rather a novelty to be so close to my roots.

CP: We understand your husband is a bit of a stickler for time?

LK: Well yes… let’s say he’s working on it! After a career in engineering, Jonathon took a big decision to make a change and last September he became a full-time student studying Horology, the study of time, clocks and watches, at BCU in the Jewellery Quarter.

CP: Before joining the CC staff team, how have you been spending your time?

LK: Painting, decorating and generally getting sorted in our new house took up a lot of my time and energy in the first few months of arriving, so it was good to become involved with some Churchcentral events such as Senior Life Group and ‘Time for Tea’. I also became part of a student disability support team at BCU working as a note-taker, which has provided a lot of variety particularly as I’ve been attending all sorts of lectures such as criminal justice, braille and even electronics at the various city campuses.

CP: What do you love doing in any spare time you have?

LK: I love everything to do with growing vegetables and flowers, particularly on allotments. I have been known to get very excited about compost heaps. Last year I was introduced to the art of beekeeping, so who knows what I’ll get up to when I finally get my own allotment!

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