Rupert and Janet were supported by Glebe Chapel when they served as missionaries for 19 years doing agricultural development work in Pakistan and working with an International Church in Chiang Mai, Thailand. When they returned to the U.K. at the end of 2011 Rupert was invited to work part-time for Glebe Chapel in a pastoral capacity, so he does that for 2 days a week and for the other 3 days he works as Operations Director for Echoes – the Mission Service Group with whom they served when they were overseas. Rupert and Janet are foster carers and they have 5 children and three grandchildren.
Ian has been privileged to live and work on a dairy farm, enjoying and experiencing God’s creation. Glebe has been part of his life since as a child, he accepted Jesus as Saviour. At 18 he responded to God’s call to be involved in work with children and young people. During this time Ian met and married Ju (who also was a youth leader) and later felt God prompting him to become involved in Glebe’s leadership team where he is presently serving the Lord as an elder.
Andrew joined the Eldership team at Glebe in 2013. He is married to Andrea who runs many children’s activities for the church. After a spell in the Army, Andrew now works in the High Dependency Unit at GRH. In his spare time he is part of a team that travels to remote parts of Tanzania in order to support the developing medical services in that region.
I was born and bred in Ayrshire, Scotland, I moved to Gloucestershire when I was 20 to study at University. I now live in Newent with my wife Emma-Louise and our little girl Rosie. We love the town and really enjoy Glebe. As Glebe embarks on the project of running the Community Centre and continues to evolve as a church my role is to value everyone in the community and the church. To ultimately help to achieve Glebe Chapel's vision and the Community Centre's vision. I have worked in various other settings before where I have gained experience in community work, mental health and working with people from all different backgrounds. I believe everyone has something to give and to receive in community and I hope to help people reach their potential. Having one little girl and another on the way hobbies currently take a back seat, however I was happy to hear Newent has a thriving rugby team and big sports centre so when I manage to find some time I might see you there.
Development and Ministry
Originally from the Hampshire/Dorset border, Jan has lived in the Newent area since 1987. He is married to Lindy and they have 2 ‘grown-up’ married children, Luke and Rosie. After university, Jan taught chemistry in a number of schools before moving into school leadership. He has worked in the UK and overseas and currently juggles a number of education and charity consultancy roles including work that oversees the development at the Newent Community Centre. A Christian for 20 years, Jan enjoys sporting and outdoor activities and, when time allows, music, art and theatre too.
Stephen and Christine Smeaton
Steve worked in the nuclear industry for the last 34 years, he took early retirement 7 years ago and now works just two days a week for the same company. Christine worked for the Probation Service for 28 years and took early retirement 5 years ago. They now have 6 grandchildren and enjoy the fellowship at Glebe Chapel.