At our 2021 AGM some new Trustees were appointed to the Board and we asked them to share a little bit about their story and their involvement in Urban Saints. So, please meet Mark Instone...
I have been involved with Crusaders/Urban Saints for over 50 years, receiving my 50 week Bible in 1974, first understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus on a holiday at Combruith in Scotland in the early 80s. Since then I have been involved as a volunteer and employee, serving on Area Committee and Council, joining the staff team as Regional Director for the North West of England from 2006 to 2017. I continue to be involved as a Group Leader, apparently for over 25 years now, in Lymm, and am involved in Spree activities in the North West. I am married to Deb with three beautiful girls and looking forward to two weddings next year!
I am so thankful for all those Group Leaders who faithfully served in my youth and I consider it a privilege to walk alongside young people today, encouraging them to enjoy and experience the fullness of a life following Jesus. I have been wonderfully blessed to have many times of joy working with young people from standing around a campfire in Mexico hearing them share what God has been doing with them to watching on as a tent full of young people engage with Father God at Spree. Such highlights are a real blessing; however much of the leg work is done week by week as teams work with young people challenging, supporting, praying, playing, teaching and meeting them where they are.
I absolutely love that the heart of Crusaders before, and Urban Saints now, is to see young people discipled in their faith, encountering God and being supported in their transformative journey.