Introducing our ministry team:
Rev. Stephanie Njeru – Minister
Stephanie is a Methodist Minister serving in LUPC. Her background is varied, having worked in youth work, a variety of admin roles, but most recently spending 5 years as a Probation Officer. She has ministered in Kenya and was chaplain to a girls’ secondary school whilst there. In Kenya, she met her now husband and they have been blessed with a son. Stephanie’s passion is for people to know that they are beautiful creations of God, no matter who they are or what they have done. Living in that knowledge will enable people to flourish and reach their true potential within the love of God. She is currently researching how the personal encounter with Jesus can be transforming and lead to liberation of both the individuals and society. She is also interested in social justice and encouraging ways to challenge how society acts.
You can contact Stephanie at Stephanie.Njeru@methodist.org.uk .
Darren Philip – Youth & Children’s Development Worker
Darren is responsible for LUPC’s work with children, young people and schools. An escapee mathematician, he worked in student recruitment for the University of Edinburgh before joining the Church of Scotland as a youth worker establishing a series of youth cafes across Scotland. He joined LUPC in 2009 and works to involve children and young people in the life and worship of the church by building an intergenerational community. Darren writes resources and articles on children’s ministry for a variety of publications, including Roots, Learn, Life & Work and Different Voices. He enjoys spending time in South Africa where he can indulge his interests in wildlife and liberation history. He is married with one child and has two cats.
You can contact Darren at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Rev. Ken Brown – Church & Community Development Worker
Ken has over 20 years of experience helping churches engage with their local communities in both town and country settings. He is responsible within LUPC both for community development and exploring new ways of doing and being church. He is married to Norma and has 3 grown up children. He is chair of trustees for The Bridge Community Project which seeks to provide practical and relational support to families and individuals in West Lothian. He is passionate about partnering with others to achieve goals, is enjoying exploring the idea of new monastic communities and when he has time he enjoys his politics and uncovering family history secrets. However, nothing beats a fun filled family day out with his growing band of grandchildren.
You can contact Ken at Kenneth.Brown@churchofscotland.org.uk .
Follow The Bridge blog at bridgecommunityproject.org.uk/blog .
The team member on duty can be contacted on 07933 085186.