The Compost Cleric Has Landed

Our new assistant minister, Revd Tim McGowan, has landed!   Tim and his family arrived in South Africa on Tuesday.  They will be moving into the Top House soon and become part of our church family.

Who is Tim?

Tim has the Twitter tag “compostcleric” because he literally started off work digging in gardens. He began as a manual worker for Siddeley Landscapes Ltd in Battersea and worked his way up through the company to management. He ended up as the head of department for some fairly sizeable landscaping contracts. He was responsible for staff and sub-contractors on-site and for negotiating with suppliers on a daily basis.  He studied horticulture and landscaping at Writtle Agriculture College and landscape design with Inchbald School of Design. Tim eventually formed his own company, McGowan Design.

That gives you some insight into the compost side, but what of the cleric?

Tim studied for the ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford – a fairly well known university.  He has been on several mission trips to Mozambique including the Diocese of Niassa and a life changing experience with Iris Ministries on the Boccaria rubbish dump outside Maputo.  Tim served as a curate at St Matthews in Fulham where he initiated a Fresh Expression evening service called ‘godspace’ as well as taking a ‘church service’ in a local pub and park on occasions.  Most recently, Tim was an active member of a church planting team into a dying church in West London.

Some of you may be interested in the fact that Tim has run the London Marathon and sailed across the Atlantic in a small yacht… We’ll share with you more about his family when they’re here, because, of course, it’s not just about Tim.

We’ll welcome the McGowan family at both services on Sunday, 6 July 2014.

Tim McGowan