A. Shepherdson

 

 I was born in Yorkshire and it was through the local Methodist Church I experienced the love of God in Jesus. In 1978 I felt called to leave my employment and trained at The Queens College Birmingham to be a Wesley Deaconess. Beginning Circuit ministry in 1981 I have served in the Coventry and Newcastle Upon Tyne city centre Churches as a Deaconess. I then attended Lincoln Theological College to train to be a Presbyter and have served in the Gateshead and Jarrow, Bath, Stockton on Tees and West Durham Circuits. In the last two appointments I was the Superintendent Minister. I have also been a Chaplain to two Durham University Colleges.
As a Deaconess I served on the Connexional Home Missions Board and Chairman’s nominations Committee. As a Presbyter I have been the convenor of the Connexional Authorisations Committee. Presently I am a member of the Newcastle Upon Tyne District Probationers Committee along with others overseeing those new to Circuit Ministry.  I have been a Director of the Methodist Recorder Newspaper for a number of years. I have written a book of prayers for adults who are terminally ill entitled ‘Comfort for the Journey Home’ foreword by HRH The Duchess of Kent.
When not at work I enjoy being with family and friends and listening to music. I feel blessed to live in beautiful Northumberland with its rich Christian history. I am privileged to be the Padre of the newly formed Royal British Legion Blyth Branch and Minister of Blyth Central and Cowpen Methodist Churches who offer both traditional and (modern) fresh expressions ways of being Church.