SPEAKERS

JO CLAIRE

Jo is the Youth Pastor for New Life Church; she has two daughters who keep her extremely busy and a dog called Neil who is a regular feature in her preaches!

During Covid Jo wrote her first book ‘The Great Gardener’ which was published in 2022- the adventures this has taken her on still make her pinch herself and marvel at the goodness of God!

To purchase Jo’s book click on this link

The Great Gardener


CATHY WHEELER

Cathy Wheeler is a prayer minister, teacher and author, the founder of Hearts Resounding Ministries. Cathy and her husband Phil have been members of Broadmead Church for several years, and both have served in the past as worship leaders, elders, and leaders of a Christian12-step programme.

They now work alongside Elijah House, an international ministry offering schools and seminars focused on healing the heart, reconciliation and transformation.

Cathy’s new book, “Kingdom Keys”, looks at why we sometimes get stuck, and how we can find the paths that lead to hope and freedom.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the day or by clicking this link. Kingdom Keys


KATE WORTH

Kate spent most of her childhood in an idyllic Essex village thanks to her Dad’s job as an Anglican priest. She studied Architecture where she met her husband Paul, and they moved to his home town of Northampton when they married. Paul now leads New Life Church in Northampton and St Crispin’s.

After working in a large firm of architects in London for 9 years, the financial crash caused a rethink of careers and she retrained as a teacher. She and Paul have two daughters who are both away at university. They have 3 cats and Kate loves gardening and lino cutting and printmaking.

Gillian Murray

Hi I’m Gillian originally from Scotland but moved south when I went to Bible College. I worked as a youth worker for 5years before moving to Northampton to work in the hospitality industry. I have had a variety of roles within the same organisation and learnt many skills along the way.

Broadmead Community Church has been my family for many years and I have served in many ways. I love being part of this community hence why I call them family.

I like reading, catching up with friends, watching TV, and going for walks. having pampers and generally chillin.


MARY NGATIA

Mary is the Community Pastor at Broadmead Community Church and has recently started her training to become a Baptist Minister. Mary is married to Godfrey, and they have 3 children together.

Mary’s early life was unusual in that she grew up in a Christian commune and went through many traumatic and difficult times, Mary left church all together when she reached adulthood however God never left her side, He walked with her during those 10 years and eventually she was drawn back to church with a deep desire for better understanding and truth.

This desire has driven Mary to ask many questions and take many steps of faith. Mary has been led down exciting paths as she has been transformed by God’s power. Though Mary struggles with long term health issues, she completely trusts that God has a plan and tries not to let it stop her journey to whatever God has instore for her. Mary is currently studying Theology at Regents Park College in Oxford as she trains to become a Baptist Minister.

If you would like to continue to follow Mary’s journey you can subscribe to this blog Rise Up Lioness

You can also support Mary’s training financially by clicking on the link on this page The BU: Mary Ngatia


YVONNE DESROCHES

Yvonne spent most of her childhood in the farming community in Hertfordshire. Trained as nurse at St Mary’s Paddington London and later moving to Northamptonshire. With Over 40 Years’ worth of work in Nursing, the Police Authority and community resettlement, Yvonne says that this has enabled me to view life through many different perspectives and with different lenses.

In later years Yvonne followed God’s calling into full time ministry and retrained as a commissioned Evangelist with Church Army, Yvonne is now an Ordained Pioneer Minister (Assistant Curate here in Northampton).

Yvonne has experienced many life changing events However, lives life to the full. “I love to play the Saxophone although this is a very new skill, so playing is a little hard on the ears for those listening, I live in hope that this improves over time”.

Photography is something I enjoy and took over from my passion of scuba diving. I am no longer able to visit the bottom of the ocean, due to an ongoing disability!

I love trying new things, having fun with our family and friends, and being around others.


KINTSUGI HOPE

Kintsugi Hope is a charity based in the UK striving to make a difference to peoples’ mental wellbeing. “Kintsugi” is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold. The word means ‘golden joinery’ in Japanese. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique than it was prior to being broken. Instead of hiding the scars it makes a feature of them. A Kintsugi Hope Group is a safe and supportive space for people who feel or have felt overwhelmed, providing tools for self-management in a facilitated peer mentoring style setting.

Janice, Karen and Sally have been involved with Kintsugi Hope since 2019 when we trained to lead the wellbeing groups. In the groups they look at various aspects of mental health, how it can affect us and strategies that can be used to help improve our resilience and wellbeing. During the seminar they will tell their stories of how God has been working in their lives, enabling them to find the treasure in their scars, as they have led the Kintsugi Hope groups here at Broadmead

SALLY

I am married to Bill and am a mum to two grown up children. I’m a “lady of leisure” having retired from work, although I always seem to find plenty of things to fill my time. One of my main pastimes is crafting. I love being creative and have recently started to learn to paint with watercolours. I also enjoy knitting, crochet and making cards. I’m a member of the CraftnChat group and help at the Just Be café here at Broadmead. Having had personal experience of mental health issues, I am passionate about working alongside people to enable them to discover how God can transform their mental health and wellbeing.

JANICE

I have been a member of Broadmead Community Church for 7 years. I am a full-time, self-employed Carer in the Community. My passion is serving God, serving my church family and serving the community. Kintsugi Hope fits this goal perfectly. It is a course designed for people of faith or no faith so is great to offer to the community. My desire is to see people improve their well-being and experience the transforming love of God.