Minister and Elders

MINISTER

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Rev. Leonora Jagessar-Visser’t Hooft.

Leonora was born in the Netherlands and spent a happy childhood in Belgium and Holland. She studied at the Universities of Oxford (BA Theology), Utrecht (MPhil Theology), at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey (Diploma Ecumenical Studies) and the University of Birmingham (Diploma Counselling Skills). She also spent a few months at the Theological College of the West Indies (Jamaica) as research student.   Leonora is married to Michael, has two grown up sons and a dog called Lucky (a very friendly and bouncy Border terrier)! She loves reading, walking, listening to classical and modern music, watching movies and plays, listening to/participating in a good debate, and keeping fit by swimming or cycling.

CHURCH ELDERS

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Mrs Wendy Allum
Wendy has lived in or near Slough most of her life, attending Slough primary and grammar schools. She is married to Paul and has 2 children. Much of her spare time is taken up with voluntary work with the scouts.

 

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Mrs Sarwat Bakhsh – Pastoral Elder
Sarwat is married to Adeel and they have one young son. She works as a ward clerk at Wrexham Park Hospital and is our pastoral elder, visiting the sick and those in need.

 

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Mrs Jenny GudgeonTreasurer
Jenny is a retired Senior Chief Audiologist for East Berkshire having worked at all the local hospitals. She retired in 1998 after 25 years in Slough. She was born in Wokingham and like her husband Denis is also in Scouting, having been Cub Leader, followed by District Commissioner and now District Secretary. She enjoys cross-stitch embroidery and knitting and also researching family history. She and Denis have three children and seven grandchildren.

 

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Denis was born in Wanstead, Essex (now North East London). A retired electrical engineer and quality assurance manager in the electrical power transformer industry, Denis has been married to Jenny for 56 years. The couple lived in Crawley for 11 years after they were married and came to live in Slough in 1971. Denis is a lifelong member of the Scouts Association and from 1973 took on leadership responsibilities in the 1st Datchet Sea Scouts. He is now on their executive committee and is Records Keeper for the Windsor and Eton District. He has a keen interest in family history.

 

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Tyrone Namasivayam
Tyrone was born in Colombo Sri Lanka, was educated at Wesley College Colombo, and was involved in his local parish at an early age and was one of the core members in the “Youth for Christ” which worked with the youths from families with hardships and domestic problems and moved into the UK in 1985 and since has attended church regularly and has been a Eucharist Minister, Parish member and served as a Children’s Liturgy leader for over ten years. He currently works as Head of Commercial Operations for a Pharmaceutical company based in Hertfordshire, joined Kingsway URC 3 years ago and currently serving as elder.

 

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Dr John Wilding
John retired from University teaching and research in psychology 16 years ago and has been Church Secretary for some 10 years. He is deeply committed to making the church relevant to contemporary life and has always been involved in campaigning against inequality, racial prejudice and environmental destruction. In recent years, as the number of children in the church has increased, John has become very interested in thinking about how we present the Christian faith so that they can understand what it means for their lives.

 

Mr James Maingi and Mrs Naseem Gill
are new elders – more details to follow