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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : Eilidh Gunson

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I was born in Teesside, have a Gaelic first name (pronounced “Ayley”) and a Danish surname. I’ve lived in Lincoln and Grimsby as a child, moved to Bridlington for A-levels, studied at Manchester University and am now resident in Stainland!

I have a lifelong association with Methodism, currently worshipping at Bethesda Church in Elland. I was accredited as a Local Preacher in 2009.

My dad is a Methodist Minister (formerly Chemistry teacher) and is supported in his ministry by mum (formerly a primary school teacher). They are due to retire to Epworth this year. I have a brother, Oli, who now lives with his wife and twin boys in Australia.

After graduating from Manchester Medical School, I trained as a GP. I have worked in General Practice for 10 years and, for the last 18 months, have also worked at Overgate hospice. I love General Practice, but feel as called into palliative care as I did into Local Preaching. So, after Christmas, I’ll be leaving GP land and devoting my time to hospice medicine at Overgate.

I love music and am assistant musical director of Elland Male Voice Choir as well as conducting the Beth Greet Singers at Bethesda.

I am a partner in SonRise (the Risen Son) Publications, promoting and selling the music of Janet Revill (music for churches, schools, choirs). I also have links with a medical clinic in West Africa (brought about by the link between Bethesda Church and Temple Emmanuel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) and support its work in whatever way I can.

Despite having the most unlikely sporting physique, I enjoy walking, squash and badminton, and recently had a go on a climbing wall. I also enjoy theatre, reading and eating (hence the unlikely sporting physique)! I’m scared of spiders, like fancy socks and have been described by some friends as slightly eccentric!

I feel God has been, and is, with me in all of this – and I am so thankful for that.

I feel very humbled and yet honoured to have been called to share my faith through preaching, as well as (I hope and try) through my work and personal life.