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“Here at Railway Mission, it’s our aim that nobody working in or connected with the railway industry needs to feel alone. Our trained chaplains offer support on the whole of life’s journey, especially during the bumps in the road.
We’re proud of the fact that each of us brings our own special character and life experiences to our work. My own career began in industry and I fully understand the challenges faced by today’s employees and managers. I’m also an expert in the trials and tribulations of family life!
My years spent in Christian ministry, including time as a regional Railway Chaplain, taught me that it’s impossible to separate work and life issues and that pastoral and spiritual wellbeing is the key to a fulfilled life.”
Serving the North East of England (York area)
“Trains are part of my everyday life because my house overlooks the goods line in York. Before joining Railway Mission, I worked in customer care and as a chaplain in the retail industry. People’s wellbeing really matters to me.”
Serving the North West of England (Manchester, Crewe)
I’m Mike and I’m the Railway Mission Chaplain for the Greater Manchester and areas. I’ve done various things during my life, including some time as a Baptist Minister in Yorkshire and Dorset and now live in the North West with my wife, Rebecca, who is a vicar for a church near Warrington.
To relax I enjoy watching cricket and Rugby League and I will spend any spare moment I can find reading and I love escaping into a really good bookshop and searching for a great book. I really enjoy photography and try to walk as much as I can.
Being a Railway Chaplain has opened doors and conversations that have been great ways of getting to know people and start to journey with them. I’m excited about what God has in store for the future.
Serving London North
Although I have not worked in the rail industry before, I do have experience of working in mission. I spent three years travelling around the U.K., France, Belgium and Spain sharing about my faith with anyone who would listen. Quite often I would do this with music – I have been a violinist and singer since the age of seven – and it is wonderful the way that people who would not normally be interested in hearing about Christianity would enjoy listening to and joining in with the music that I played. One time, I played open air with a band in Donostia. We had driven 850km to do that, in a car with faulty brakes. We were very thankful that God got us all there and back safely!
I also had a career as a web copywriter. The last company I worked for was a holiday villa company. For three years, I enjoyed writing about holiday villas in lovely locations. I would also photoshop the pictures that the photographers sent me. The professional pictures didn’t require any work, but when I received photos taken by the villa owners, I sometimes wondered what they had been up to when they took them!
Fundraising and Marketing Officer, based in Rugby
Karen works part-time in the office at Rugby
They are involved with people of all levels and positions within the Railway Industry, helping with all sorts of issues and enhancing the support network provided within the Industry.
I was a train manager whose life journey had hit some ups and downs. Railway Mission were there to show some care, listen and help straighten out my life. I am so grateful