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Sandra Goodwin

MWiB President 2017-2019

My career in the Health Service ended in 2001 when I needed to take on a full-time carer role at home. I had worked as a diagnostic radiographer for over 25 years, latterly taking on pastoral and management responsibilities as Deputy Imaging Services Manager in the University Hospital Complex of Stoke on Trent.

God moves in mysterious ways and the early ending of my career opened up new and exciting opportunities. I now had the time to take a more active in my local church in Nantwich and subsequently trained to become a local preacher.

Becoming more involved in Women’s Network, I soon realised that not only was it a caring and supportive group, but that amazing work was being supported on a global scale by women of the Methodist Church. In 2011, I was privileged to serve as the Chester and Stoke on Trent District President and District Forum Representative of the newly launched MWiB organisation.

In the intervening years, following my late husband’s death, I worked as a volunteer with the children of Fazenda Betel, Goias, Brazil and ‘Maos Que Criam’ a project working with a community who survived by scrounging off a rubbish tip in the Amazon region. These experiences gave me new insights and a ‘heart for justice’. My eyes were opened as never before, to inequality, poverty, child exploitation and human suffering. Micah 6: 8 speaks loudly to me of our Christian responsibility to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

Two years ago I married David and between us we have 5 adult children and 4 lovely grandchildren. Moving to Bedfordshire I now have a foot in two counties and many wonderful, supportive friends in MWiB of both the Districts. I feel very honoured to have been given this opportunity to serve as Vice-President/President of MWiB, to work alongside others with a heart for mission as we seek together to know Christ and to make Him known through our calling to serve.