Glyn is the Minister of Christ Church Henley, and notoriously a man of few words, far too modest to admit to anything but a love of the Lord and a love of the Scriptures. When not preaching he loves hill-walking and sea-fishing. He has served in Suffolk, Essex and Devon, before moving to Henley in 2011.
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I was born and brought up in Edinburgh and joined the Scottish Congregational Church in Leith where I was a Boys Brigade member. I met my wife Maureen through the Scottish Congregational Youth Fellowship movement, and we have two sons both working in London. We both became members at Christ Church in 1988 when I moved South to join the Board of my company, working in print and packaging my whole career I eventually retired as CEO of a major international packaging company. I was first ordained as an elder in 1975 in Scotland and have served eight times as an elder at Christ Church over the last 30 years or so. I am a member of the Fabric and Finance and Centre Management Committees at Christ Church. It was important to us when looking for a new Church in England to find one committed to outreach in our community and Christ Church is certainly that, the dedication of its members to serving both Christ and the community was impressive then, and still remains so today.
I was brought up in London with my brother and sister by Christian parents, in the Congregational church, though my father was away in the war for three years when I was very young and we then lived with my grandparents. Tony and I met when we were both students and married in 1963. We’ve lived in several places, including a short spell near Boston, USA, and settled in Henley in 1972. Our three children are all married with children of their own who give us much joy. Most years we have a family holiday all together. I’ve been retired from my teaching career for many years and enjoy singing with South Chiltern Choral Society, rambling in our beautiful countryside, and exploring London with a local group. Tony and I also love to take interesting holidays in many parts of the world. Alongside all this I have been part of the Christ Church community for more than forty years and am just beginning my third term as a serving elder.
Judith trained as a nurse and a midwife. In the 1980’s, she travelled and worked in Australia, USA and British Columbia (Canada), and attended the Northwest Baptist Theological College in Vancouver. She has also worked as a health visitor in High Wycombe and Marlow and, after recognising the strong core of Christ Church members, she joined the team in 2006 and is actively involved in the outreach programs.
I grew up in Essex in a fun and sporty family and have fond memories of swimming in the sea, trampoline competitions and lots of music making. I went from school to study medicine at Nottingham University and trained as a GP in the Midlands before moving to Henley in 1996 and working as GP in Reading. I’m married with three children, 2 still at school and one at college and I enjoy music, hiking and cycling. I was invited to a fun and inspiring Christian group by close friend whilst a teenager and after a few years took a step of faith. I’ve been a member of Christ Church since 2007 and became an elder in 2017. I’m looking forward to getting to know the church and its members better and helping with music and worship.
I grew up not far from here, and attended Catholic convent schools until the age of 18. Imbued with a strong sense of Christianity to provide the guiding principles of life, I consciously became a Christian while at University. My husband and I moved to Henley in 2006, and shortly after that joined the Christ Church community – attracted by the down to earth community and the strong Junior Church. We have four children and they love attending Junior Church as part of the Sunday morning service. I relish being part of a weekly Bible study home group and am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of being an Elder at Christ Church. When not on full-time ‘mum’ duty I have worked as a Management Consultant, and more recently followed my interest in the environment and responses to the issue of Climate Change.
I was born in southern California and grew up in a Christian home. I became involved in Campus Crusade for Christ while at university, where I learned how to share my faith and became interested in defending the faith. I have been involved in ministry since that time. I enjoyed most sports growing up, but it wasn’t until I went to university in Washington State where I got involved in rowing competitively and fell in love with it. I later graduated from Long Beach State University in California with a degree in Physiotherapy and have worked in the profession ever since. I met and married Rob and moved to Windsor, UK. We moved to Henley in 2009. I am currently deputy manager of physiotherapy at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor and I also teach Pilates. I enjoy living in England and, in particular Henley, especially as it’s home to the Henley Royal Regatta. I also enjoy volunteering at various activities. Rob and I are Windsor and Eton ambassadors and volunteer at various events, which have included royal state visits and the 2012 Olympics (rowing, of course). I enjoy walking, traveling, being on the water and time with family and friends.
Rob was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, and took on an international work assignment in Windsor, back in 2000. He, along with his wife, Diana, started attending Christ Church, shortly after moving to Henley-on-Thames in 2009. Rob completed his engineering and MBA studies at Drexel University (where he currently is an Adjunct Professor) and completed executive programs at both M.I.T. and Harvard University. Rob has held senior leadership roles in the executive search industry and has worked in over 25 countries throughout Europe, North America and Asia. He currently serves on education boards in both the USA and in the UK and is a frequent conference speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of corporate governance. A former competitive sailor in PHRF, Division 1, Rob’s current hobbies include gardening, reading history books, hiking and visiting new places. Rob became an elder at Christ Church in 2017 and is humbled and honoured to be serving the Church community as a member of the dedicated leadership team at Christ Church Henley.
Shortly after my mother was widowed, we returned to Northumberland from London where my younger brother and I were born. I was brought up in a happy Christian family and at 13 years of age became a believing Christian. It was two years later when I was baptised. In my late teens I moved to an Evangelical Free Church in Newcastle upon Tyne and it was there that I met Bill. We were married in 1963 and moved directly to Bath in Somerset for Bill’s work. I began work in The Admiralty before our daughter Joanne was born. Then in 1971, soon after our son Steven arrived, we moved to Shiplake. I became a member of Christ Church, Henley, and enjoyed attending house groups, prayer and Bible study groups and also assisting in the youth club. During this period I served as an elder for six years. I am now entering my third year in another term in eldership and fully enjoy the fellowship of Christ Church.
SANDRA PORTER (Sandy)
I came to live in Henley in 1983. I grew up in the Middle East and Aberdeen, Scotland where I attended the Church of Scotland services whenever possible. I have two sons and five grandchildren who live in London. I joined Christ Church in Henley during a low point in my life and found the kindness shown me and the friendly people a great healer. I served as an Elder before and am returning to help the Church move onward. I help at Open House on Mondays and at Messy Church. I’m on the Centre Committee and also do flowers for the Church.
Muriel is originally from France and has been living in Henley for 30 years. She is married to Peter and her daughter Emily is currently at university. She started her own business in 1988 procuring specific electronic components for large European companies. Her passion is golf and she plays for the county league games which take place from April to September. Christ Church has been part of Muriel’s life for 25 years. Muriel hopes that serving as an elder will help her to better understand the work and mission of our Church.
Lynn has always lived locally and joined Christ Church as a member in 1997 after she was made to feel very welcome when she visited the church. Apart from running her own catering business, Lynn worked as a carer. During this time she came to respect the people under her care when she learnt their backstories and saw their bravery under difficult circumstances. Family is very important to Lynn who is the grandmother of 4 children and 5 step-children. Her hobbies are bowls, upholstery and Pilates. Lynn focuses on encouraging people to develop their strengths and grow as individuals within the supportive environment of Christ Church.