Who’s Who?

Senior Steward

Hilary MacCallum, can be contacted by email using seniorsteward@parkavenue.org.uk

Church Administrator

Contact Alan Brett for general enquiries about the church, room lettings, weddings, baptisms and funerals using office@parkavenue.org.uk. Alternatively, you can ring the office on 01604 720624.

Website Administrator

For any comments or queries about the website in general contact webmaster@parkavenue.org.uk

Ministers

The Northampton Methodist Circuit operates a team ministry; they can be contacted at

office@methodist-churches-northampton.org.uk

Rev. Romeo Pedro

I am married to Firita. We have 3 children. Our eldest is married and lives in Namibia, our home country. We are blessed with a beautiful granddaughter.

I grew up in a Christian family. The Church was always the centre of our life. It was on a youth camp in the 1980’s that I first sensed a call into ministry. I started my theological studies in 1990 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Since then I have studied and ministered in several places in Namibia and South Africa. Our last appointment was in Cape Town (Strand), before we moved to the UK.

I have a passion for issues of justice and service, and have worked in the field of HIV/AIDS – training lay counsellors and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children. I am also very passionate about creating safe spaces, wherein people can begin to have “healing conversations” – specifically so in multi-ethnic congregations.

I am an ardent reader and enjoy gardening.

Rev. Francis M’itiiri

I was born in Tigania West, Meru, Kenya and I was ordained by the Methodist Church in Kenya in 2004.

Married to Faith, we have two children. My leisure and hobbies are: listening different types of music, swimming, reading fictional and inspirational books, yoga, jogging, cycling, drama, and entertainment. In the life of the church I find myself passionate in Preaching and teaching God’s word. Additionally, I enjoy evangelism very much, church planting, inspiring, encouraging Christians and churches.

I hold a Masters’ degree in religious studies, a Post graduate Diploma in Education (university of Nairobi), and a bachelor’s degree in applied theology (Kenya Methodist University). I have written two research articles: Factors that impact student’s strikes in secondary schools in Meru countyand the mental impact of pornography among the young people (both published by the University of Nairobi. I am a former Pioneer Chairman, Kenya Methodist University Alumni Association (Kemuaa), and Nairobi Synod Methodist men’s fellowship.

My journey for overseas ministry in England started early in 2013 and was actualized in July 2017 after a successful interview and subsequent matching with Northampton Methodist Circuit. I arrived in the UK in August 2018 to take up an assignment as Church Presbyter and to be a new member of the Pastoral Team.

I currently represent Northampton Methodist Circuit as the Methodist chaplain at University of Northampton and I provide Pastoral care to the Northampton Kenya Swahili community on a part time trial basis.

Rev.Phil Snelson

I grew up in a Methodist family and made a commitment to Jesus aged 13 through my youth group leaders. I first felt called to ministry when I was 18 and spent the following year at Capernwray Bible School where I really learned my way around the Bible and grew in confidence in my faith and mission.

After that I met and married Becky, we had a family and I followed an 11 year career in IT technical support until God renewed the call. Becky and I have been married for 35 years now, our 3 children are all married and we have 3 grandchildren with a 4th on the way around end October – we married very young! I was minister in Shefford for 9 years, and moved to Northampton in 2008 where my ministry was very much focussed in the Emmanuel Group, a three congregation LEP on the east side of town.

More recently I have moved to working with the wider Methodist Circuit of churches in Northampton, with particular focus on working with the village churches. I aim to help people grow in Christ-likeness through worship, teaching, Bible study and healing ministry.

Deacon Richard Beckett

I can always remember being part of a church somewhere and it was during teenage years that I made a series of commitments to following Jesus through the influence of youth club leaders, Methodist Association of Youth Club events and the Christian arts festival – ‘Greenbelt’. I was able to use God given gifts and skills as an engineering draughtsman and Contract Engineer for many years as well as working in the church with children and young people in a variety of roles.

Around 1990 God upset my priorities by prompting a call to preaching and eventually to ordained ministry in the church – specifically to the Ministry of a Deacon with a heart for sharing God’s love with those with little or no experience of church life. My first appointment was in Milton Keynes.

I try to give time to my wife Alison and our two children, Rebecca and Christopher as well as enjoying kite flying, making music, walking and (gentle) cycling.

My brief in Northampton is to share time between supporting work with Young People, University Chaplaincy and helping churches to respond to the challenge of working with the ‘lost generation’.

Supernumerary Ministers

Rev. Alan Sharp

Rev. Brian Kennard

Brian is a supernumerary minister who was previously Superintendent of the Market Harborough Circuit. He and his wife Clare still live in Harborough, but he is helping out in the Northampton Circuit on a limited basis.