As someone presenting the weekly faith show, you'll be pleased to hear that the church plays a massive part in my life! I'm an accredited Local Preacher in the Methodist Church, regularly preaching at churches in the Hyde and Denton area - and in others places by special request. I've been a Methodist all my life, and worship with my family in Hyde. Aside from that, I'm quite musical, playing a number of instruments as well as singing - though I don't get to play as often as I would like.
Having quite literally grown up around the studios of Eight Towns Radio (embarrassing photos can be found!), finding myself with a radio show to present shouldn't really have been much of a surprise - but it was! I have always seen myself as a listener to music, and never thought I'd be sat in the chair each week! But on being approached by the station to take over the faith show in January 2016 that is exactly where I found myself! Somewhere in my distant past I had been trained in music production, and for a short time I had a job helping on the sports show for another local radio station - so it wasn't all scary buttons and sliders! And so I approached the show with some nervousness, but knowing that this was not an opportunity I could pass by!
Each week we have the Christian Album Top 10 as well as some of the new releases. I also promote faith based events taking place in Tameside and Greater Manchester. But for me, the important part is the inclusion of some thoughts and reflections either on the importance of the day in the Christian calendar, or in light of something of importance in the contemporary world.
Presenting the faith show each week is a real honour. It gives me the opportunity to take matters of faith directly into the lives of our listeners.