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Trevor Gay

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Circuit Steward with responsibility for Stream 3: Evangelism and Church Planting.

It is my privilege to lead Stream 3 and it's fair to say that this role is probably the most exciting one I've had in my church life. As I see it my role is to work, with others, to create new opportunities to share the Good News that God loves us and that Jesus died for us.

I was born in a small village called Parson Drove in deepest rural East Anglia where it was compulsory to go to church on Sunday. No discussion – my siblings and I were simply told by Mum and Dad"You're going to church."It was ok but I got bored in my early teens as I discovered more 'interesting things' and there followed a long time away from what I call 'organised church'. Family weddings, funerals and the occasional christening were the only times I went to church for the next 40 years.

Following a painful divorce, I met my now wife Annie who had been a Methodist since her teens. I went along to her church in Solihull one Sunday morning in 2004, in my mind, 'to offer Annie support'. God clearly had other ideas and since then I studied for 5 years to become an accredited Local Preacher; I've attended and now lead Alpha Courses and all in all God hooked me completely to work for Him in so many ways. Annie, it is fair to say, brought me back to church.

I've come to realise that although I may have been away from 'church' God was never 'away' from me. I am in awe of the fact that I am (just like you) a very special child of the one true God. He knows me better than I know myself. He continues to forgive my many mistakes and faults.

I am passionate about my new role in Evangelism and Church Planting and we've already made a great start withCoffee Shop Sundaystarting in December 2019 at Costa Coffee on Gallagher Retail Park, in Coventry.

On a personal note I have three children and five grandchildren. I live with Annie in Coventry city centre. My working career was as a Manager in the National Health Service of which I am a passionate defender and advocate. I studied Management at the University of Plymouth and was awarded my MA Management (Healthcare) in 1998. My Dissertation was onLeadership- a subject I continue to read about and study.

A personal prayer"Thank you Father for giving me this opportunity in our circuit to help spread the Good News of your unending and unconditional love."

And my favourite verse from the Bible: Matthew 28:20"And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

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