We both have a Christian history but from opposite sides of the pew. I (Stan) was raised in a Christian family and Paula in a pastor’s home. Paula came to believe in Jesus at a camp. I had been converted as a small child when I prayed with my pastor at church.
The next stage of our journey happened at a Christian college. As a student, I visited England three times and gradually morphed from tourist to missionary. In this time, I met Paula at college, and my letters from England convinced her of God’s call.
That was nearly 40 years ago. Over the years, Paula and I have pioneered a church and trained leaders, and we continue to lead the congregation. Within the community, Paula and I serve in a variety of contexts, including public school teaching, hospital chaplaincy, and a range of informal relationships.
Our next steps are to secure new pastoral leadership, but that is a challenge. Secularism, theological liberalism, postmodernism, and a host of other cultural factors have created a spiritual vacuum as well as a dearth of Christian leadership. The UK needs people to give their lives in service to the Lord.