Circuit Webteam: September 2019
Having completed two years of testing, study and practical training to be a minister at The Queens Foundation in Birmingham, the Revd Rachel Leather took charge of Bishop's Cleeve and Cheltenham St Mark's Methodist churches on 1 September 2019.
Rachel traces her calling to Ministry back to when she was 17, but finally acknowledged that after a period of near tragedy six years ago when her youngest son spent time in a neurological ward, she let God in and a period of healing and transformation began.
Brought up in Barnstaple, North Devon, Rachel studied at Birmingham University and supported by her family has spent the last 18 years living in Worcester with her husband David and two teenage sons Gabriel and Jared.
Before her training she spent most of her career working in volunteer management for the Citizens Advice Bureau. This included training volunteers in legal advice and representing clients at welfare benefit tribunals.
Rachel enjoys yoga, reading good thrillers and watching Netflix box-sets with her husband. She loves walking with their dog, a retriever, where she can hear bird song and not traffic and is looking forward to being in Gloucestershire and experiencing more of this beautiful county.
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