WHAT IS YOUR STORY OF ORIGIN?
I’m British & I live in London!
WHO’S IN YOUR FAMILY?
I’m married to Dan Blythe.
WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Banff National Park, Canada- I’d love to explore Canada’s untouched oldest national park.
I’d love to trek through Torres Del Paine in South of Chile to see all their nature, wildlife, glaciers, mountains and lakes.
A proper safari.
A trek through the Amazon.
And last but certainly not least- I’D LOVE LOVE LOVE TO MEET THE QUEEN.
(Basically, I’m a nature geek and I love the Queen!)
WHAT “FIELD” DO YOU FIND YOURSELF IN? WHAT DOES YOUR “EVERYDAY” LOOK LIKE?
I am the Hillsong UK Youth Pastor, which means that my days are filled with Ieading the brilliant youth and young adults of Hillsong UK. I’m also A21’s UK Director, which keeps me busy leading the UK branch of A21.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR “PATH” TO BEING FOUND IN YOUR FIELD? From a young age I have always had a heart for those in need, especially young people. From the age of fifteen I regularly travelled with my mum to Thailand to work with children rescued from the sex trade and refugees escaping ethnic cleansing in Burma.
At the age of 19 I started working with young homeless people. I knew that working with young people was definitely something God had put on my heart so I decided to go to university to study ‘Informal Education, Youth Work and Community Development’ in order to increase my understanding and knowledge on how to work effectively with them.
Since then, for the last ten years, I have worked with a variety of marginalized client groups including youth offenders, domestic violence victims, those suffering with substance misuse and mental health issues and victims of human trafficking.
Today, I am so grateful that I get to work with young people from all walks of life and help, inspire and encourage them to do their journey well, with Jesus at the centre.
Over the years my responsibility has increased considerably from when I started out at 19 years old. When I started out I remember feeling incredibly inexperienced and out of my depth. Today, ten years on, I have the exact same feelings! Truth is, I’ve learned that I’m never going to feel fully qualified for what God’s calling me to do and God will always take me out of my depth so that I don’t rely on my own strength and abilities but in His!
HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS “ON MISSION” IN YOUR FIELD?
As soon as we accept Jesus into our lives, we’re on mission. So I really see my “field” as my everyday – . My field isn’t my professional job or my role in Church- it’s the life that I live, the people I do life with, it’s the daily interactions I have.
WHAT’S NEXT TO BE DONE IN THE FIELD?
There’s always more to be done! I don’t think I’m ever going to feel I’ve accomplished enough. The field is never ending, ever changing and always full!