Circuit Webteam: September 2019
Starting work on the 1st September as the new Methodist Minister for Churchdown and Quedgeley, the Revd Dr John McNeill brings a different skill set to the church's work in Gloucestershire.
Born in Glasgow and brought up in South Lanarkshire he initially trained as an archaeologist, gaining his Bachelor degree in Near Eastern Archaeology in Liverpool followed by his Masters in Archaeological Science at Southampton, during which time he spent several summers excavating prehistoric sites in the UK, France and Israel.
After working for IBM and Globespan in Glasgow, John sensed a call to full time Christian Ministry. Following training in Edinburgh Bible College and 5 years as an itinerant evangelist in the Scottish Highlands, he finally settled in Shetland where he worked for more than 3 years as a Methodist Youth worker.
His journey into full time Methodist Ministry included study at Cliff College and Wesley House Cambridge, before moving to Leeds in 2007 and then Ordination at the Methodist Conference in 2009 at Wolverhampton. Three years later he moved back to Scotland, serving in Aberdeen, much of the time from 2013 as Superintendent Minister.
John says coming to Gloucestershire will be a new learning curve. "I look forward to learning more about Rugby Union so a visit to Kingsholm would be a great place to start. During my visit earlier this year I met many people there who made me feel at home immediately. It is a big step for me moving south of the border again, but I sensed God's call in it all, knowing many people were praying for me, which I very much appreciated".
A committed writer, John has used his work with children to publish a book entitled 'Children before God'. With the Foreword written by Prof David Ford of Cambridge; the book was launched at Cliff College in May 2018. His next book is on the life and work of George MacDonald of Huntly (1824-1905), who had a major influence on modern fantasy literature (Lewis, Tolkien, Rowling) with publication during 2020.
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