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My name is David and I joined the Middlesbrough and Eston Circuit as Superintendent minister in August 2020. I grew up in Bedfordshire, trained at Queens College in Birmingham and have been in circuit ministry since 1994. I have served in: The Isle of Man (3 years), Hinkley in Leicestershire (8 years), York (10 years, with 7 as Superintendent of the old York North Circuit), and in the Thirsk and Northallerton Circuit as Superintendent (5 years). I enjoy cricket, books, food (especially chilli), exploring remote places, walking, bread making, family time, cricket, rugby, golf, any sport involving a ball, and … did I mention cricket?
I am married to Carolyn and we have two grown up children Ruth and Rachel who both live away. Carolyn works as the Regional Safeguarding Officer for the Darlington and Newcastle districts of the Methodist Church.
M&E Circuit has some great work going on with exciting mission projects and some wonderful people. God is always doing something new in our churches and community and I am confident he is with us as we navigate through challenging times. We enjoy living here, making friends and being part of the Church family. I wish you every blessing.
Revd. David Godfrey
I’m delighted to be part of the Middlesbrough & Eston circuit ministering alongside Linthorpe Road and Trinity Methodist Churches.
Prior to coming to Middlesbrough I expressed my ministry as part of the Connexional team in the Yorkshire Plus region of the Learning Network. Before that appointment I was a circuit minister in inner-city Leeds. I trained for ministry at Wesley College, Bristol after spending a number of years as a community worker in areas of multiple deprivation and working in university chaplaincy.
I grew up in Cumbria & the Lake District and so I really enjoy spending time outdoors whether being active or simply being mindful of creation. I like cooking for others and spending time with people, and when I’m on my own I can be found with my head in a book… something you’ll see line the walls of the manse!
I still feel an immense sense of privilege and excitement that my identity is caught up in the story of ministry and I’m looking forward to sharing this part of the journey with you.
'Hi, my name is Rachel Pinkney, and you may have seen me appearing at worship or on Zoom meetings. I am in my first year studying to be a Methodist minister and am on a three month placement in the Middlesbrough and Eston Circuit, shadowing David and learning from his ministry. I am studying the Theology, Ministry and Mission course at the Queen's Foundation in Birmingham as a part time student. This involves attending Queen's one weekend a month and seminars, reading and essays in between times. Although at the moment the 'attending' at Queen's has been via Zoom! I live in Richmond and in my 'day job' I am the Schools and Families Worker for the North Yorkshire Dales Circuit. I have lived in Richmond for 17 years with my husband and two children. My daughter is now studying at Northumbria University and my son is just finishing his GCSEs. I grew up in the Birmingham suburbs and my love of history took me to the University of Bristol. After getting married I moved first to Edinburgh and then Southern California before arriving in Yorkshire. I have been a life-long Methodist and first felt a call to preach and ordained ministry many, many, many years ago sitting in the Albert Hall at a Methodist Association of Youth Clubs - MAYC - London Weekend. My preferred forms of relaxation are reading and cooking, and as I still love history my ideal afternoon is sitting curled up reading a book about culinary history whilst eating chocolate and drinking tea! It has been a pleasure meeting some of you and I look forward to getting to know you all better over the next couple of months.
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