Building relationships in Amsterdam

You like mountains and open spaces. What brought you to Amsterdam?
I used to live in Den Bosch working for ICI implementing SAP so I knew the Dutch culture. When I was coming to the end of my first training job as a minister I saw the job in Amsterdam and felt I fitted the profile. That was back in 2001!

What does your job involve besides preaching on a Sunday?
A mixture of management and personal coaching. Christ Church has four congregations and I am the senior minister in the team. I am also responsible for my colleague Anglican church ministers in the Netherlands. The coaching side has various aspects. Counselling people with difficulties, running courses on marriage or the basics of the Christian faith, and getting alongside people in their places of work. Plus there is a lot of just getting out and meeting people. For example, I recently took part in the art and culture festival Nuit Blanche at the NRC offices on Rokin.

Can you describe the Church you are minister of, Christ Church, in 3 USPs?
Diverse (more than 30 nationalities).
Welcoming (you can be yourself, find community and connect).
Accessible (it is easy to become involved and join in).

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