The Core FamilyLife Team
From left to right: Chris Murfin, Systems Coordinator ; Lisa Murfin, Network Coordinator; Jane Josten, Events Coordinator; Mark & Christine Daniel, Directors FamilyLife UK.
Dave and Jo Arkell, London & South East Team
Dave and Jo live in Walthamstow, East London and were married in 2002, not wanting to hang around they produced four beautiful boys before 2008 was out – pretty good going! Dave is a Software Developer and works full time and Jo is at home with the children – working full time and a half! Family life is fairly busy (British understatement) but on top of that, they enjoy being part of their local church and building relationships with people in their community. Dave enjoys playing guitar, football and fiddling with his computer. Jo is a keen gardener, producing lots of veg on the allotment. She also enjoys cooking and reading. Daniel, Ben, Tom and Reuben mostly enjoy a good rough and tumble!
Mark and Odette Clayton, Manchester & North West Team
Mark and Odette Clayton live in ‘Sunny’ Manchester. They met each other in September 1995, whilst away on a Young Adults Retreat and married one year later. They have one grown up daughter and one grandson. Mark works full time as a Project Co-ordinator for a National Charity and is a trained Life Coach. He enjoys relaxing, IT and loves playing a round of Golf (when he finds the time!) Odette is a trained Parenting Practitioner/Coach and is really excited about joining the FamilyLife Team Part time. She enjoys gospel singing, doing jigsaws and loves playing games (Mark thinks she’s very competitive!) In their ‘spare time’ they enjoy going to the cinema, eating out and spending quality time with family and friends’.
Alasdair and Olivia Coles, Cambridge Team
Alasdair and Olivia Coles have been married for 25 years. Having moved twelve times over the years they are now settled back in Cambridge learning to become city folk after many years living in the Fens. They have two teenagers Alex (17) and Kana (15) who seem to need endless taxiing around for their sport and social lives. Olivia who began her working life as a drama and English teacher has had a very mixed bag of mostly non paid jobs. In this second half of life she has ended up working as a full time curate in the Church of England which she loves. Her main hobby is drinking cappuccinos in nice cafes while catching up with friends. Alasdair, a doctor mainly researches multiple sclerosis but is also the chaplain to the hospital staff. At home he loves nothing more than baking bread, building bikes and making a mess according to Olivia! They occasionally manage to get out for a long walk together – which is their new favourite thing after watching a good film with a nice glass of wine & cheese!
Sean and Miriam Conrad, London & South East Team
Sean and Miriam Conrad live in Tottenham, North London and have been married since 2012. They grew up together as neighbours who attended the same church, but weren’t exactly childhood sweethearts all along (long story…)! Sean is a Building Surveyor and Project Manager who loves fast cars and KFC. Miriam is a secondary music teacher who loves playing the piano and eating out at Italian restaurants (so much classier than Sean’s fast food addiction…). They both share a love of the sea and snorkelling, particularly during their caravanning holidays at Durdle Door in Dorset, their favourite beach. They enjoy their role as youth leaders at their local church and are both excited and nervous about their new role as parents.
Mark and Christine Daniel, Directors FamilyLife UK
Mark and Christine Daniel live in South Bucks, they have been married for nearly 30 years. They have two grown up daughters. Mark is the extrovert and loves the outdoors (especially offshore sailing), action and being with people. Christine keeps Mark under control and is the completer/finisher of the family; she enjoys drama and creative projects, the outdoors and solitude. Mark and Christine joined Agapé in 2003 to lead the FamilyLife Ministry in the UK. Prior to this Mark was a Sales Director in a number of IT and high tech companies, after having served as an Army Officer at various locations around the world (he used to do Bomb Disposal!) Christine used to be a Bank Manager, choosing to stay at home after the birth of their first child.
Bob and Seringa Dudley, Midlands Team
Bob and Seringa have been married for over 25 years and have so far survived each other and two grown up children. Seringa, a trained nurse now teaches first-aid part time and Bob is happily early-retired from a busy corporate life and delighted to be a full time volunteer and currently working through the challenge of learning how to work in Seringa’s house. They live in the Midlands where they speak and teach on various subjects including marriage, spirituality (together) and men’s issues (Bob). They enjoy walking their dogs, travel and really good coffee.
Bill and Lynda Edwards, Cambridge Team
Bill and Lynda have been married for over 30 years. They live in Cambridge and have two children Alex and Niamh, and have recently increased their family by introducing two rather large rescue dogs, which have made life very interesting. Lynda has an accounting back ground, and is also a qualified counsellor and family consultant spending her time juggling family, work and church. Bill works in the very busy world of procurement, spending time on the allotment and has a new project for 2013, which is to complete the renovation of a 1971 yellow Volkswagen Beetle, he started 10 years ago in time for their daughter to start learning to drive in July.
Jane Josten, FamilyLife Team
Jane has been married to Martin for over 30 years and they have 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Jane has had a varied life, beginning as a Physiotherapist specialising in treating brain damaged adults. They lived in Norway when the children were very young which gave them a taste for seeing the world. Back in the UK she worked with the Citizens Advice Bureau and then joined FamilyLife as Events Co-ordinator. Jane says she seems to like helping people! Martin should have been an explorer so they have travelled extensively around the world. She loves all things crafty, cooking, gardening and reading.
Chris and Lisa Murfin, FamilyLife Team
Chris and Lisa live in South Bucks with their teenage son Ethan. Chris was born and grew up in the UK; Lisa, grew up in the Midwest United States. Chris emigrated to Germany in 1991, but met Lisa in Brussels, Belgium four years later while working on a business project – they married in the US the following year. After many years working in the financial sector, Chris and Lisa joined Campus Crusade for Christ in 2007 and served for several years at the FamilyLife Ministries headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas until 2012, when they relocated back to England to serve with FamilyLife UK. Both Chris and Lisa speak fluent German (which is useful when the two flavours of English aren’t working). Chris enjoys technology, flying, photography and cooking. Lisa is a hobby nutritionist, loves to speak German, is passionate about helping people know God in truth. A fan of X Factor, she can be caught singing at the top of her lungs if she thinks nobody is listening.
Gary and Jan Palmer, London & South East Team
Gary and Jan have been married for over 27 years after getting to know each other in one of those ‘next desks at work’ romances. They live in Buckinghamshire and have three children, Amy (now married), Josh and Meg, and two loveable black labs. Following a long career in the mobile telecoms industry, Gary now works as an interim IT Manager with a current focus on the charity sector. Jan was a Computer Consultant until the challenge of juggling 3 children, a job and church responsibilities required something to give – it was the job that went. After a 19 year career break she has returned to the IT contract world! In the gap, she qualified as a life coach and spiritual director, work which she continues to carry out today, alongside everything else. They’ve been involved in running youth groups, parenting courses, marriage preparation and marriage enrichment through conferences, seminars and small groups. Gary keeps his rugby boots clean in the hope that one day he will have the opportunity to play again! Jan dabbles in singing, art and all things creative.
Nick and Judy Raymont, Cambridge Team
Nick and Judy have almost stopped counting, but have been married for over 40 years. They live in Cambridge. They have a son and daughter, who between them, have produced four wonderful grandsons. Judy was an infant teacher before retirement. She now does a little supply teaching, has taken up writing, and is happy to have more time to spend with family and friends. Nick trained as an accountant. He worked in the furniture trade before entering the rather more rarefied atmosphere of Magdalene College, Cambridge where he became Assistant Bursar, until his retirement. Judy and Nick enjoy walking, photography and classical music. Their holidays in Italy have yielded memorable experiences, although their recent Italian lessons were less fruitful! They are involved in a lively church in Cambridge that has a large student ministry.
Etienne and Karen Van der Poll, Midlands Team
Etienne and Karen Van der Poll met at University in sunny South Africa where they both grew up. Married in 1987 they have so far survived life’s many challenges, some self-inflicted, which included moving to the UK in 2000 to settle for the country life in Warwickshire. Their family consist of two human children, Lise and Xander and two adopted non-humans, Kenco, the crazy Flat-coated Retriever and Milo, the talkative Siamese, which keep them on their toes. Karen, a Personal and Professional Development Coach, sees herself as an encourager of people. Etienne, a Business and IT consultant, keeps her grounded and focused with his calm forward thinking “Big Picture” approach.
Roger and Donna Vann, Midlands Team
Roger and Donna met in Reception class at the tender age of five and have been best friends ever since. Originally from Texas, they now live in the West Midlands as British citizens. They have three married children, two living in the UK and one in the US, and three grandchildren. In spite of their close friendship Roger and Donna faced many struggles in their early years, partly down to being polar opposites in temperament. To put all that hard work to good use, they led marriage enrichment seminars for several years throughout Europe. Their book Secrets of a Growing Marriage is designed to help couples communicate on the issues of marriage. Currently Roger travels on the Continent as a strategy consultant for an international Christian charity, while Donna writes books for children.
Mark and Jan Willows, Midlands Team
Mark and Jan met as students and it was love at first sight! After six weeks Mark plucked up courage and asked Jan to marry him. Jan said yes straight away, but wanted to know why he had waited so long! They have now been married for over 35 years and have four children two of whom are married themselves. They first became involved in marriage work in the late 1980’s and have really enjoyed presenting both marriage preparation and marriage enrichment courses. Mark and Jan live in the Staffordshire where Mark runs a small business restoring instruments for classic cars and Jan works for an Adult Education Charity. In their spare time Jan likes to swim and read books and Mark likes to tinker in his garage.