Helen is a native of Swansea, near the Gower peninsula, location for our Partner In Action, St Madoc Centre. She grew up amid the wonder of nature, on one of these islands’ most stunning coastlines.
She earned a geography degree at university. Helen then spent some time as a volunteer in Kenya for Africa Inland Mission. She went on to study agriculture and development – before working in telecoms, most recently in corporate responsibility.
Helen recently studied sustainability and responsibility – an attempt to reconcile her love of nature, evident from a young age with her Christian faith. ‘They’d seemingly been on parallel paths,’ said Helen, ‘and I wanted to explore why I’d been slow to recognise caring for God’s earth as an integral part of our Christian mission.’
She first began to notice that divergence at our ‘Hope For The Planet’ event in 2005. That brought together theologians, scientists and conservationists to look at how the Christian message is one of liberating hope for creation.
Helen became an A Rocha UK supporter – and an Eco Church champion at her home church in South London. Now as Church Relations Manager, she wants to see more and more churches challenged by – and connecting with – each other, in caring for God’s earth.
‘There’s a big role for churches in being part of a movement for change,’ said Helen. ‘I’m very much encouraged by stories of what churches are doing. I’d love to see more churches getting involved, deepening the good work already going on!’ She is married to Tim, who works for Network Rail. They have a young son, Noah.