Commonly known as Annie, my roots stem from Belfast. I was not brought up in a Christian environment but was the first to commit my life to Christ, shortly followed by my brother, Mum and Dad. I had a very godly Grandmother.
I was baptised in water when I was 15, baptised in the Holy Spirit around 16 and this experience has ushered me into a life that I could not have imagined.
Met my husband, Paul, at our home church , Apsley Street Elim, Belfast. We married in 1971 and our three children arrived at regular intervals of four years. I love them to bits and am very proud of Lesley, Neill and Simon. I feel very fulfilled at being a Mum. We have one grand-daughter, Minnie May, who has brought much love and blessing to us and a newly arrived grandson in 2009.
I did not marry a Minister. When Paul was called to the Ministry I always held to the belief that, as his wife, I would come under that calling. That meant that we would commit when we BOTH were ready. It was six years before we went to Bible College mainly because I wasn't ready. I believe our different giftings compliment each other. That calling has taken us from Belfast to Capel in Surrey, back to Belfast, on to Cheltenham and now, Loughborough, where we have been for over ten years.
As the 'Pastor's Wife' I love supporting Paul in ministry - that is my primary calling. I like being with people. I'm a part of the Charis Ministry, getting alongside of those who, by the very nature of their hurt, suffer in silence. I see God much more at work because I'm involved with them one to one.
I am compassionate - through the Holy Spirit and practice. Hospitality - Oh yes! I love to see people come through our door (I also love cooking, this helps). Wisdom - God gives it when required. Patience - wait and see.
Now, under God, I am content whatever my circumstances because I have Christ in my life.