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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : Bob Young

Heptonstall church

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 I was born and brought up in Sheffield, mainly in the south of the city and very much in the red end of town in footballing terms, an allegiance passed down through generations of the family.  I was also born into a Methodist family but have spent many years in both United Reformed and Baptist congregations  before returning to the Methodist Church at Central in Brighouse.  This is where our family worship now and where I serve as a worship leader.  My wife Denise is a local to these parts and works as a secondary school teacher in Halifax.

 I spent many years working for ‘The Halifax’, starting in Sheffield before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne and then to Head Office in Halifax.  Having worked in a variety of training and management development roles in the company I left five years ago to become a freelance training consultant.  This enabled me to combine many of the things I love doing, including a desire to devote more time to working for the church, which has mainly involved serving as the Convenor of the District Learning and Development Team.  It has been a real privilege  working within the district and the wider connexion, as well as ecumenically.  Just recently I have also begun working for the York Institute of Community Theology where I am a member of the governing body and an associate tutor.

 Whilst I have been living in West Yorkshire our family has grown considerably, and I now have three daughters and three grandsons (a certain balance there!) and several nieces and nephews who are a very present part of our family.

 I  feel very fortunate that very little of what I do feels like ‘work’.  But outside of work and church life I enjoy walking (especially in Derbyshire where I return as often as possible), gardening and running a taxi service for my youngest daughter and ad hoc child-minding business for my grandsons.  I am also researching my family tree with my mother, a highlight of which has been following the journeys of a very Methodist branch of the family around the country and beyond.

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