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Phil Stainer (Generalist Leader)
As a son of a Congregational minister, church attendance was the norm. Although I knew early on the importance of personal faith commitment, it was when we moved to an Evangelical Church, in my early teens that I was really challenged. I am indebted to my Covenanter Leaders.That church was responsible for sending out several young people as missionaries and had a heart for the lost. Although I only travelled to Sussex, I was one of those missionaries. There I joined a rural evangelistic mission, serving in administration, and occasionally joining the mission team.
I met my wife Heather during this time, and our sons Sam & Nathan spent most of their ‘home life’ living within this Christian Community. Looking back, many of our skills emanate from this experience.
The time came when God moved us on to start a ‘new’ life in Nottingham; job, friends and church; to work as part of the finance team for a local charity and as a local authority youth support worker. Our neighbour recommended us to Queensberry, where we have made many new friends. I enjoy living close to the countryside, which enables me to support young people in their expeditions.
Sam left the community to train as a Sound Engineer and has served with Operation Mobilisation onboard their ship ‘Logos Hope’. Sam and Sanna, who he met onboard the ship, live in Finland with their son. Meanwhile Nathan lives in Hastings.
I am still discovering what the role of ‘Generalist Leader’ entails! The specific requirements are: – Someone who has a’ gift, of leadership. This person will be a leader ‘without portfolio ‘ and will therefore need to be flexible, being able to offer support to the leadership & take responsibility for ‘areas not covered ‘by our existing leadership structure. One of these areas is to support the ministry of the door stewards. Within the church I love chatting to the ‘older’ members of the fellowship as they have so much to teach us.
To summarise, I wish to serve the life of Queensberry Baptist Church, drawing upon my relationship with God and my life experiences.