Rev. Tina Swire came to the Northampton Circuit having served in the Connexion for nine years, her previous posting being in the Chester and Stoke on Trent District. Prior to that, she has served in the United Church of Canada and in May 2012, celebrated twenty years in ministry. In the course of this ministry Tina has served in many positions and lived and grown in the faith in many settings, including chaplaincy and wider church work.
Tina is originally from Canada, from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her home town in Carbonear where her family still live. She and her husband John try to go and be with her family as much as possible.
John is from Stoke-on-Trent, and is an agricultural journalist. They are both keen Stoke City Football Club supporters. As well, they enjoy rugby, walking, swimming and spending time with John's family in Stoke-on-Trent.
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. Recently Becky and I celebrated our 25th anniversary married very young! I was minister in Shefford for 9 years, and moved to Northampton in 2008 where my ministry is very much focussed in the Emmanuel Group, a three congregation LEP on the east side of town. I aim to help people grow in Christ-likeness through worship, teaching, Bible study and healing ministry.
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’.