Our Church Leaders

 

Diane Le Masurier, Secretary, Trustee

I started going to church in 1984 with my Mum after she was diagnosed with cancer. It was here that I came to faith and was baptised on Easter Sunday 1989. I have been serving God ever since. Growing up in Devon, I was privileged to attend some very large Baptist churches with excellent teaching and where my faith was anchored.

Life wasn’t always easy and after being left with three children I faced many challenges. During this time I always knew that God was by my side.

In 2007 I met my late husband Robert and had eight wonderful years with him. In 2013 we moved to Witney following the birth of our first grandchild. We visited many local churches and found the newly formed Witney Baptist Church where we felt immediately at home.We both became founder members and trustees.

Following Roberts death in 2015 I have found comfort in belonging to a small, friendly and loving church.
I have three lovely daughters who are a constant support to me and three gorgeous grandchildren whom I love to spend time with.

I am currently church secretary and trustee for our newly launched Witney New Life Church. I believe doing church differently is the way forward. I am excited to see what God will do through us in Witney New Life Church.


Steve Page Treasurer, Trustee 

The story of my journey of faith, started at the age of 6, when a travelling evangelist in a big tent near Weston-super-Mare, challenged young and old to accept forgiveness for sins through Jesus Christ and to open our hearts and invite Him in.  He showed a picture of a valley between earth and heaven, which represents the wrong things we have done in our lives.  Then explained how Jesus’ death and sacrifice on the cross, makes a bridge between earth and heaven, enabling us to be certain of eternal life in heaven, if we accept his gift of eternal life.   Despite being very young, I remember this commitment changing my life and my parents reflect how my behaviour was different.  

In teenage years studying evolution and reflecting on Creation, I remember praying for God to reveal himself to me.  One night in a meeting at a Pentecostal service somebody had a message from God for me, that God had heard my prayers and was going to fill me with his Holy Spirit.  He met me in a supernatural way which again changed my life and gave me a certain belief in a God who hears and answers prayers.

Now in my 50s with three lovely children and two step children I can look back and declare that God is faithful and cares for each one of us.  Despite having been through a divorce and losing my second wife to Lymphoma two years ago, he has never left me and I believe holds my future in his hands.

The psalmist writes “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”. 

Through every storm and every dark moment, his word promises that he will not leave us.  It takes a step of faith to call out to him, but his word promises that he will answer, not necessarily how we expect.

As a worship leader, it is my joy to lead Witney New Life Church in sung worship at our Sunday Gatherings.   To do this is a joy and an overflow of the song of praise which he has put in my heart.  I lead from the keyboard and sometimes we use videos, particularly for children’s action songs.

We are a small but friendly new church.   As a founder member and Trustee, I feel called to be part of this exciting new church and to use my gifts of worship leading and alternative café style service leading.


 


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