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David Turner

Business career has been predominantly in property management within the Utility sector (British Gas, Thames Water and Network Rail). Trustee and volunteer at CIRDIC in Reading and founder member of The Family Business. Attends The Chapel, West End Mortimer and active in a number of church activities and initiatives in Reading area for many years. Has interests in charitable activity in India and more recently, Macedonia.

Grace Turner

On the management board of 'School Pastors' for the Willink School. Trustee for 'Breakthrough Learning' a registered charity dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults by developing learning and thinking skills. Team member at 'Time4U' a place where mums can come and have their child cared for while mum enjoys doing a craft. Teaches School Staff on 'Child Abuse' and Students on 'Internet Safety' in various parts of India. Strong connections with Macedonia and Bulgaria. Enjoys spending time with four grandchildren.

Mark Macdonald

Mark says that what gets him out of bed in the morning is the opportunity to see people reach their potential, engage with others and see God's creativity at work.  As Springboards facilitator Mark has the opportunity to engage with others and help promote their dreams.  As a medical doctor Mark has always engaged with people in need.  Years of working with people affected by leprosy granted the privilege of helping those in desperate situations.  Mark has trained in community development, worked in remote rural communities and urban rubbish dumps.  Working with others in Springboard he brings a blend of skills and life experiences to tackling some of the challenging issues of Reading for the Kingdom.

James Butler

James has been involved in social action, prayer and mission through 24-7 Prayer, Latin Link and a number of other groups and organisations.  He works as a private tutor in Maths and Physics and is currently studying a PhD looking at how social action relates to the life of the church through studying a number of Small Missional Communities.  He is a member of St Laurence's Church in Reading.

Christine Burton

Chris has been in IT for over 20 years, working to improve customer support through quality management and continual improvement. She is a foster carer for Reading Borough Council specialising in teenagers as well as looking after 3 of her own children. Chris is involved in Youth Ministry at English Martyrs Parish, aiming to fulfil the vision of the new evangelisation of Portsmouth Diocese. She enjoys cooking, tennis and climbing mountains – in both nature and in life.

Malcolm Pierce

Malc began his working life in the financial sector before spending 17 years in teaching. Since then he has been involved with Sound Foundation, The Call England and the 24-7 prayer movement, co-founding Reading Boiler Room and travelling to a number of European countries sharing the vision. He was appointed Director of Faith Christian Group in April 2006. Having a passion for the poor and marginalised, at "Faith" he has at overseen the development of the Food Bank, ReadiFood, into one of the largest in the U.K., set up a small housing project for recovering addicts and launched Reading’s winter night shelter “A Bed for the Night.” Malcolm is married to Kate and is a member of LifeSpring Church on the Oxford Road.

 

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