Minister

Revds Mark Meatcher and Melanie Smith
Well, somebody asked if Melanie and I could write a little about ourselves so that you can begin to get to know us.  What can we say?

I am relatively young, only having had 13 birthdays (I was born on 29 February), but have had over 21 years looking after property in different ways including several listed buildings and before becoming a minister was a Chartered Surveyor.

I trained for the ministry in Salisbury alongside Anglicans and Methodist students, being one of the last URC students to train in that way, and then spent nine months on placement in Petersfield, Hampshire, spending one day or more each week at Westminster College, Cambridge, theologically reflecting (I think that is what they call it...).

I have been a minister since 2009 and have worked in multi-church pastorates (no less than 3 at any point in time), as a hospice chaplain, and sat on various synod committees and planning groups for church growth conferences and events, listed buildings, resources and pastoral committees.

I have three children from my first marriage. Paul, my eldest son, is 30 and lives just north of Sydney in Australia in December. He recently made me feel even older by announcing that his wife, Jasmine, is intending to make me a Grandad by the end of the year as they are expecting their first child in November.

I have two other children from my first marriage, Andrew, who works in a law firm on the south coast and recently got engaged to Amanda, and Laura, who completed a degree in drama, music, singing in Chichester last year. Both of them are well and truly grown up, being 28 and 25 respectively.

Melanie had a career as a Chartered Accountant working in the public sector before training for the ministry at Westminster College, Cambridge.  As she spent her childhood in Cambridgeshire and her first job after leaving school was in a bank opposite Kings College, the very idea of studying at Cambridge has felt absurd, but is a daily reminder that God’s horizons are far broader than our own.

Melanie has been a minister since 2012, ordained at Crowstone St. George’s United Reformed Church, in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.  She was the Chaplain to General Assembly Moderator Michael Jagessar during his term of office (2010 to 2012). Melanie was additionally called to minister at Westcliff URC and, with the church building at Westcliff URC being no longer fit for purpose, was happy to help the two congregations to unite last autumn as one new church, Kings Road URC.

We are both looking forward to building relationships with all of you, and working together to see what God might want to do in and through us in the days ahead.

“...let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action...”
(1 John 3:18)

Your (new) minister,
Mark
Revd Mark Meatcher

Mark can be contacted via:

  • Email: minister@bhpurc.org.uk
  • Telephone : 020 8374 0509
  • Post : Revd Mark Meatcher, Bush Hill Park URC, 25 Main Avenue, Enfield EN1 1DJ


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