I was born in Ghana and moved to the U.K. almost forty years ago
with my late husband who was a Sierra Leonean.
He worked as the Liaison Officer for Africa with the Miners
International Federation and his office was based in Blackfriars, London.
We naturalised and become British citizens and have been here since
then. I became a widow in December 2002, have three adult children, step
children and a large extended family. I come from a Christian family with
uncles who were Methodist ministers. As a child, I was nurtured and
brought up in a Christian home, became a member of the Girls’ Life
Brigade and was very involved in the Youth Ministry.
I pursued a
degree in French and German translation at the Thames Valley University in
London, sadly I have not put this to use due to family commitments and
have become ‘very rusty’ in both languages, German in particular. I
worked as a legal secretary for a while in London, and before my
ministerial training worked as a Medical Secretary at the West Middlesex
University Hospital, West London for over 15 years.
church was Chiswick Methodist Church in the Richmond and Hounslow Circuit,
where I trained as a Local Preacher and subsequently candidated for the
Methodist Ministry. I had part of my Foundation Training at the South East
Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), and partly at the Guy Chester
Centre under the able leadership of the Reverend Mark Wakelin
(Ex-President of Conference) and his team. My ministerial training was at
Wesley House, Cambridge, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Theology from the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
In 2008, I
was stationed as a Probationer in the Farnham and Alton Circuit in Surrey
(it comprised four churches), with pastoral charge of one town church and
two village churches (Farnham, Hale and Rowledge churches).
The circuit later amalgamated with few nearby circuits to form a
larger one called the Hants Surrey Border Circuit (HSBC). As an itinerant
Methodist Minister, even though I was aware that ‘the world is my
parish’ borrowing John Wesley’s words, I had hoped to be stationed in
London after my five years in Surrey just so that I could be nearer my
family, but that was not to be.
At Farnham, I
served as the Chaplain for the Boys and Girls Brigade and started a
“Silver Service” with a Christian Organisation.
It is basically a short service for the elderly in the community
followed by refreshments. Other activities that I initiated were ‘The
Mums and Tots Group’ and the ‘Messy Church’ in the Farnham church.
There was a CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) and ‘BRIGHT HOUR’ groups
among others that were already in existence in the other churches before
my arrival at Farnham. I led the occasional services in Residential Care
Homes in the Community. There was a strong ecumenical relationship among
the clergy at Farnham that as a new minister, I learned a lot from my
colleagues as we celebrated our diversity and unity in God.
I was invited
to the Romford Circuit in Essex in September, 2013 – in pastoral charge
of Harold Wood, Gidea Park and South Ockendon Methodist Churches.
Sadly, my wish to be in London was once again not granted, but I
felt that was where God wanted me to be as they needed my pastoral skills.
2018, I accepted an invitation to join the High Wycombe Methodist Circuit.
I have pastoral charge of Tylers Green, Holmer Green, Downley and
Cryers Hill Methodist Churches. The four churches seemed a bit challenging
for me, but with the assurance of support given to me by my colleagues and
the four congregations, I now feel confident to take up the challenge
strengthened by God’s Grace and guidance.
ministerial duties, I am most passionate about pastoral care and willing
to visit those in need of pastoral care from the minister. As I mentioned
at my Welcome Service, I am a people’s person ready to walk with those
who are willing to walk with me on their faith journey. My hobbies are
cooking, listening to music and dancing.
am a down-to-earth person, ready to learn and also share my gifts with
everyone. I hope to
encourage the four congregations to develop and deepen their faith, and to
assist individuals in sharing that faith in a way that draws other people
to God. Getting to know my new congregations and their needs in terms of
ministry will be on the top of my agenda.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:20 “We are therefore Christ's
ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.
We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God ”(NIV).
As Christians, we are all called to be ambassadors for Christ, and
I hope that together we will be become good ambassadors for the Lord.
by the Holy Spirit, I hope and trust that God will equip and grant me the
necessary spiritual guidance, so that I can be a good leader, be involved
in the Circuit’s mission, and also enjoy my ministry here at High
With love and every blessing