Ann Owen

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Ann Owen

I was born in South East London and moved to Chesterfield, North Derbyshire when I was eight. On leaving school at sixteen I worked as a Civil Servant for the Dept of Health and Social Security. Married life began with Andrew's job taking us to Gibraltar where we lived for fourteen months. In 1978 we moved to the West Country, and during the years at home raising our two small sons, my interests were in cub scouting, dressmaking and embroidery, and a volunteer parent in school. I later reconnected in the work place, training in the area of small business management accounts. My work along with Andrew's professional career, cub scouting and leader training, brought me into contact with people from diverse backgrounds and interests. Andrew was the faithful Methodist whilst I persistently remained on the edge of the church (and avoiding the church) living a quite ordinary life believing in God and Jesus, until I was surprised by the movement and love of God in my life in 1998. After training at Wesley College in Bristol and completing an academic degree course in theology and ministry, I served for eight years in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire Circuit. I now have responsibility for St Marks in Cheltenham, Winchcombe, and Sheepscombe churches. I know I have a privileged life as a sinner in need of God's grace, and am passionate about walking alongside people in their diverse experiences of life and sharing God's love for us all. I enjoy reading and anything creative with material, embroidery threads, or wool, swimming and having fun in water. With two adult sons, and a granddaughter, Andrew and myself are now being 'kept on our toes' with a new addition to our family which will in time get us out walking more in the Cotswolds on days off.