I came to live in Glasgow in 2009, just as Street Pastors were getting started in the city. With my wife Sheena, I completed the training and we did our first shift in 2010, on a Saturday night when the temperature went down to -6C. Many years later, I’m still enthusiastic about GSP and the vital work we do serving people on the city’s streets and sharing God’s love for them by caring, listening and helping. I have retired from my main job, but still do some work in textiles sustainability and look after an allotment. Sheena and I have a lot of grandchildren to keep us busy, too.
Glasgow has been my home city since my late teens. Now as a wife, mum, gran, and minister I’m more aware of the challenges and concerns faced by many in our city. Serving as a Street Pastor is just one way of demonstrating God’s love and compassion for all - it sums up faith in action for me.
My parents are Glaswegian and I came to live here in 1998 with my husband, Mark and sons; Alick, Andy and Dougie. I joined SP in 2014, just in time for the Commonwealth Games and found a perfect way for me to practically demonstrate God’s love to the people of this amazing city. I work as a Chartered Surveyor, am a Director of our family businesses and of the Community Development Trust in my home parish of Baldernock, near Milngavie.
I am a member of Clyde Valley Community Church In Motherwell, where I serve on the woman’s ministry group - GEMS. I enrolled as a Street Pastor in 2014 during the Commonwealth Games. I am very grateful that through my work as a Street Pastor I get to “spread the love of Jesus across Glasgow “. One of my favourite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11 - “for I know the plans I have for you “declares the Lord,”plans to prosper you & not to harm you, plans to give you hope & a future“. I also enjoy keeping fit, cooking & spending time with family & friends.
I'm married and have three grown up children. I'm a Chartered Engineer and have been a follower of Jesus since 2005. Street Pastors gives me the opportunity to follow Jesus' teachings in a practical way. Jesus didn't stay in the temple or synagogue. He conducted His ministry among the people - meeting their immediate needs. Street Pastors allows me to do something similar in an inevitably imperfect way.
Alan worked with Bank of Scotland until early retirement. Now works part time with Revive MS Support in Glasgow as a Welfare & Benefits Officer. A member of Langside Parish Church, and happily serves on the Board of 2 other charities. Love being with my family and grandchildren. Enjoys walking, golf and watching football. Being a Street Pastor has completely changed my life approach.
I am James and I have been a Street Pastor since 2015.
Someone once posed the question to me "what is your mission field"? This really got me thinking. I am Glasgow born and I came to the conclusion that the people of this fair city are my neighbours, my people. Then the opportunity came along to serve God and the people of Glasgow through Street Pastors.