New minister for Gloucester City Centre churches

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John Kime

With immediate effect the Revd John Kime is the new Minister for two Gloucester City centre Methodist churches, St John's in Northgate and Barton Street. John replaces Revd Tim Harrison, who is continuing his ministry by pioneering a cooperative engaging with networks tackling the stigma of mental health and suicide prevention.

Revd Kime is no stranger to Gloucestershire. He trained as a teacher at St Pauls College, Cheltenham. He taught at Newent Comprehensive, Winchcombe Comprehensive and neighbouring Bredon Hill School in Worcestershire. John was also Deputy Head at Walkwood C of E Middle School Redditch, Headteacher at St. Edward's C of E Junior School Leek; and Deputy Director of Education for the Lichfield Diocese. During his time in Gloucestershire he also served as a Police Constable pounding beats in Cheltenham Whaddon and Tewkesbury. Following 3 years with the West of England Ministerial Training Course, John was ordained in 1996. He initially served at the joint Anglican/Methodist partnership at St. Michael's Church, Whaddon and then to Leek/Moorlands Methodist area of Staffordshire. Now he has begun his part time role in Gloucester City, with pastoral charge of Northgate and Barton Street Methodist Churches plus a continuing pioneering ministry role with other churches and agencies, in Gloucester City Centre.

Born in Chatham, Kent, the son of a Methodist Minister, with his Mother a Methodist Local Preacher; John is married to Gill. The couple have two married daughters and grandchildren. In his spare time, John is a keen motor sport and photography enthusiast. He also likes to keep fit by walking, cycling, sailing and climbing.

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