Joe was licensed at a Service on 19th January here at Stoke and he and Nikki gave us a bit of their background to share with you all
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your community. Joe is very much looking forward to working with you all and joining in with what God is doing in the Callington Cluster.</span>
Joe and Nikki have five children and two grandchildren between them. Mackenzie (Kenzie for short) our son is the youngest at 16. He still lives at home with us. Mackenzie is mad about football and is hoping to attend Duchy College in September. He plays in goal and is very outdoorsy. The other children are scattered in Plymouth, Oxford, Northumberland and Scotland. We love spending time with our grandchildren who are five and one years old, and on days off you can find us both creating songs for them and chasing them around in play parks. They keep us young and exhaust us in equal measure!
In the past Joe has been a Teacher, Baptist Minister and a Research Engineer. For many years he was a guitar tutor and examiner. He has been playing guitar since was a child. Nikki is an artist and singer, and together she and Joe write and perform both their own songs and covers in a duo called Sweet JoNi. Both have been worship leaders for many years. Nikki is currently attending Plymouth College of Art where she is taking a degree in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Joe and Nikki are both creative and this comes through in the way they lead worship, prayer, retreat days and outreach. With a passion for Mission they are really excited to be coming to a Diocese and Cluster that values this so highly. They arrive with expectant hearts that God is going to do a new thing both in terms of deepening our walk together as disciples across the Cluster and as we seek to grow fresh expressions of church in order to reach the missing generations. We pray that God will enable us all to acknowledge and celebrate our differences in the name of Christ and that we will continue or learn to love one another and to love those who have lives that are messy in the name of Christ.