New Staff Welcome

We have been so excited to welcome eight new members of staff to our team since the end of August. Our team is expanding and we want to introduce our new staff to you in this monthly edit! We asked them some questions about their roles at CCV as well as some fun questions to help you get to know them. If you see them around they would love to chat with you!

 Jenny Harte  Creative Assistant

Jenny Harte
Creative Assistant

What’s surprised you about working at CCV?
Jenny: There’s so much creativity and work that happens behind the scenes that I didn’t realise happens for a Sunday service.

What’s your ideal holiday?
J: A trip to Scandinavia, or for a wildcard I’d love to go to Hawaii- it just looks so beautiful.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
J: Growth doesn’t happen when you’re comfortable.

Tell us something we might not know about you.
J: I was allergic to glitter glue when I was little (not sure if I still am - I haven’t had to use it as a graphic designer!).

 Sammy Aiken  Compassion Housing Manager

Sammy Aiken
Compassion Housing Manager

What is your favourite part of your new role so far?
Sammy: Connecting with people on their journey of life. I love being a part of that and seeing God bring radical change to their life circumstances.

What does your perfect day off look like?
S: Right now, it’s spending time with my wife and kids, even though it can be a little crazy at times on days off. I love going to the forest or beaches, bike and scooter riding, reading books with my kids and watching TV with them.

What TV show/book are you loving right now?
S: The book I’m reading right now is a John Wimber book, The Way In is the Way On. This must be my 3rd or 4th time reading it and it gets better as it gets older.

 Connor McCracken   Administrator

Connor McCracken
Administrator

What’s surprised you about working at CCV?
Connor: Before becoming part of the team, I knew that CCV was a special place, but I never knew that it would have been one of the most encouraging places I would have worked in. I have been more encouraged in this place than any other workplace I have been before.

What does your perfect day off look like?
C: My perfect day off would be getting in the car and going on a spontaneous day trip with my fiancé; trying new coffee shops and restaurants, walking and hiking new beaches or trails and being outside together.

Tell us 3 words others use to describe you.
C: Gentle, thoughtful and empathetic.

What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
C: Anything with caramel!

 Ellen Spence  5-11’s Sunday Manager

Ellen Spence
5-11’s Sunday Manager

What is your favourite part of your new role so far?
Ellen:
Getting to work alongside our incredible volunteer team on Sunday morning and hearing the stories shared by our children. They are amazing as they model child-like faith and it challenges me every week to live the way they do.

What TV show are you loving right now?
E: I have been watching documentaries by Stacey Dooley for years. She’s a journalist who looks into social issues, frequently focusing on child labour and women in developing countries. The latest episode I watched was about the environmental impact that the fashion industry is having on the world and it was extremely eye-opening.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? (apart from Jesus)!
E: A fluffy blanket or onesie.

 Lydia McIlvenna  Education Pastor

Lydia McIlvenna
Education Pastor

What’s surprised you about working at CCV?
Lydia: I don’t know if it’s surprised me but I love how much staff operate as a team. Each person is willing to step outside of their own lane at times and help others. It’s family and is beautiful to watch.

What does your perfect day off look like?
L: Ooh tough question. It would probably involve a wee run in the morning, or a gym session if it’s raining! Then I just love spending it with my favourite people. If there happens to be some spa time in there as well I’m always up for that!

Tell us 3 words others use to describe you.
L: Adventurous, spontaneous, fun (apparently!)

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? (apart from Jesus!)
L: Mascara? Spa day? Sweets (sorry that’s 3!)

 Sarah Miles  Compassion Housing Manager

Sarah Miles
Compassion Housing Manager

What’s surprised you about working at CCV?
Sarah: Great prayer times at work - I never had this in nursing!

What does your perfect day off look like?
S: Getting up without an alarm, having a relaxing breakfast with Rich, my husband and then a day out walking along a coastal path, with maybe a pub lunch or afternoon tea thrown in.

What TV show/ book are you loving right now?
S: I am currently reading ‘The Supernatural Ways of Royalty’ by Bill Johnson & Kris Vallotton. It’s great!

What advice would you give your younger self?
S:
To not take life quite so seriously and to laugh much more - it’s good for you!

 Peter Harrison  Youth Pastor

Peter Harrison
Youth Pastor

What’s your favourite part of your new role?
Peter: Getting to know the young people!

What TV show/book are you loving right now?
P: I’m re-watching the US Office and loving the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.

What advice would you give your younger self?
P: Keep reading and learning.

Tell us something we might not know about you.
P: I was once 5 metres away from getting struck by lightning (come find me to hear the story!)

 Joel Rosborough  Staff Assistant

Joel Rosborough
Staff Assistant

What’s surprised you about working at CCV
Joel: How much goes on during the week.

What’s your ideal holiday?
J: Sun, food and very little movement.

Tell us something we might not know about you.
J: I very randomly have really stretchy skin.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without (apart from Jesus!)
J: Good coffee.