Reverend Liz Singleton
Devon has always been home to Liz. She was born in Exeter and spent most of her childhood growing up in Newton Abbot. Joining the RAF straight from school, and then her subsequent marriage, meant that she spent the next few years living in various parts of the world but she eventually moved back to Newton Abbot with her first husband and three daughters.
Although Liz attended Sunday School as a youngster her teenage interest in sport meant any interest in church soon waned and it wasn’t until she had a family of her own that she began to seriously think about issues of faith. Helping with the Junior Church at the local Methodist Church quickly led to an involvement in JMA, Youth Groups and, eventually, a challenge to consider a call to preach.
Those seeds sown many years before by faithful and dedicated Sunday School teachers began to grow and whilst Liz felt sure that God was prompting her towards the ordained ministry, but she looked for any other option to avoid this! Eventually the running ceased and she entered the process to candidate for the Methodist ministry in 1999.
After four years studying on the South West Ministry Training Course Liz was ordained in 2003. In 2004 she took up a full time appointment in Jersey where she served in St Helier for nine years and then in the east section of the island for three years. Her youngest daughter has remained in Jersey; as has her middle daughter and Liz’s two grandchildren. Her eldest daughter and husband live in north London. In 2013 Liz married Peter. They share a love of photography, football, rugby and music. When time allows Liz also enjoy cross-stitch, knitting and reading.
Liz says “I come to the West Devon Circuit conscious that the church today faces a great challenge in terms of how to reach into 21st century society and culture. The gospel message of love and healing through Jesus is as relevant and as needed as it ever has been. And it’s a message that many people are still willing, indeed wanting, to embrace though not necessarily in the context of traditional church. So we have interesting and exciting times ahead.”
Liz can be contacted at 01837 52302