We will be introducing our new readers over the coming weeks and finding out how they heard God's call. Dr Emily Ball is first to share her story.
Q. Why do you think reader ministry is important?
I think Reader Ministry is important because all ministry is important. People can be called to do a variety of things, all of them vital. For me, personally, I feel that my ministry will probably be preaching based for now. There are lots of things I would love to do with it, but I have a young family.
Q. Where are you from originally, and have you lived/worked elsewhere?
I am originally from Crosby, though I didn't return until I was thirteen and came via Cork, Newcastle and Massachussetts. Aside from medical school in Nottingham I've stayed close, and now live in Formby.
Q. Was your interest in reader ministry gradual, or something you knew you have always wanted to do?
It was more of a "ah, that's what I'm supposed to do" moment. My suspicion was backed up by some fabulous friends who have done more for me than they will ever know.
Q. What roles did you hold in church before your licensing?
I only came to full faith in 2009 and was confirmed that Easter. Everything happened pretty fast for me, though I somehow managed to fit in helping to start up a Messy Church. I've been preaching and leading at services throughout the course. I am phenomenally blessed to be part of a supportive and encouraging ministry team.
Q. Do you have an interest in a particular kind of ministry, and how would you like to develop this? So many choices, so little time. I'm trying to listen to what God feels He can best use me for.
Q. Do you have any interesting hobbies?
Not really, the usual literature and music etc., though I'm trying to learn some Polish at the moment. I'm a GP to a large Polish population and it seems only right to be able to at least be able to greet them properly.