It was at an elders’ conference in 2012 during a conversation over coffee that I heard that the Sannox Christian Centre had just been established. Having come to love the Island of Arran through family holiday visits over many years, this news greatly warmed my heart and I quickly made contact and became involved with the work.
Arran is a very special place and to hear of God adding in this way to His work on the island was very exciting. Because of the history of the church around which the centre is being developed I am greatly encouraged to feel the long spiritual continuity embedded in this project.
I am a member of a Baptist Church, but grew up in the Church of Scotland and until recently worked in their offices in Edinburgh. Previously I worked with Tearfund and Interserve, both interdenominational overseas Christian organisations, so my background is both interdenominational and international, and so it is a delight to see Christians of all persuasions come together around the fellowship that is the Sannox Christian Centre.
D G Weir
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Jim has lived in Kirriemuir for 23 years having moved there from Dundee and the Full Gospel Church with his wife Angie and their family. Soon after moving they joined with Strathmore Christian Fellowship and Jim quickly became a core part of the worship team. In time he took on the role of worship team leader and later served for 6 years as an elder. He is a guitarist and worship songwriter who loves to help and encourage others to write their own songs. Both Jim and Angie have been captured by Sannox, by the sense of God’s near presence and by the vision to see a centre for worship, creativity, rest and restoration there.
Ken was brought up in a Christian family, and soon became very involved in running Portrack Baptist Church in Stockton-on-Tees, eventually as a deacon and church secretary. It was during this period that Ken first met Roy Searle, when Roy took up his first pastorate at Portrack!
Later, after moving to Wensleydale, Ken experienced the “Toronto blessing”, became a Kinship leader in the North Yorkshire Vineyard, and after some years, the pastor of the Dales Community Church.
Ken moved to Arran in 2003, and has been involved in Christian work on the Island, but specifically at Sannox from the beginning.
Ken is married to Jackie, and despite being “retired”, both are very busy, Ken particularly with part time consultancy work as a chemical engineer.
I lived on Arran for 50 of my 67 years, and the people of Arran are very close to my heart. My formative years were in the Shiskine Valley, where, as a child, I attended St Molios Church of Scotland. I’m not sure if it was being forced to wear my kilt to church, but I stopped attending as I grew up. I found faith as an adult when my second daughter (aged2) was fighting for her life. God answered my prayers and she is now a healthy mother of 3 of our beautiful 5 grandchildren.
Sannox Christian Centre is such a special place, where I believe God is waiting to meet with anyone seeking Him. The Board of SCC are working tirelessly towards this end. I am thankful to be a very small part of this vision.
Jacqui McFaul lives in Dumfries and is married to Francis they have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. She has worked as a Learning Assistant for children with severe and complex needs for the past 16 years and before that was a full-time mum. She became a Christian over 20 years ago and has a heart for God’s Word, Worship, prayer, Scotland, Israel and creative arts. Jacqui loves to see people flourish in their relationship with Jesus and believes that Sannox can help people achieve this and is excited about the future of the centre. She was Worship Pastor along with her husband at a church in Wishaw for a number of years and now is a member of Dumfries Baptist Church.
Francis McFaul gave his heart to the Lord in 1986. Since then he has served the Lord as a worship leader, singer and songwriter. During that time he has been the worship leader at Clan Gathering and also the worship leader for an organization called European Apostolic Leaders. He believes God has given him an apostolic ministry to mentor young worship leaders and to go to other churches helping them to set up worship teams. Francis was the worship pastor for a number of years at a church in Wishaw. In 2007 he was invited onto Arran to take part in a worship event and actually ended up leading worship in the chapel at Sannox and so began his continuing relationship with the Christian Centre. Over the years he has continued to take part in events at Sannox and is now a member of the inhouse worship team that exists there. Francis has also led worship at Ffald-y-brenin another Christian centre in west Wales. Francis is completely commited to the ethos and mission statement of Sannox and has a heart to see people restored in the Lord. He also has a vision for 24/7 worship and hopes to see this develop at the centre. Francis is married to Jacqui and have 5 children and 7 grandchildren and are members of the Baptist church in Dumfries.