In 1983 I planted the Masterton Church (now Equippers Church) in the home of Jonathan and Margaret Hooker. Jonathan was then in the police force, but eventually became the Pastor. 15 months ago Jonathan resigned as the Senior Pastor so as to pursue a new direction, but they remain part of the church.
Sancha, Jonathan's mum was also part of the first meeting.
Churches are able to move forward when they value those who have laboured sacrifically in the past, build with the people God has linked now, and reach forward to an inspiring future.