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Sandra Goodwin

Sandra Goodwin

MWiB President 2017-2019

God moves in mysterious ways and the early ending of my career in the Health service in 1999, because of carer needs at home, opened up new and exciting opportunities. I had the time to take a more active in my local church in Nantwich and subsequently trained to become a local preacher.

Also having the time and opportunity to become more involved in the circuit Women’s Network, I soon realised that not only was it a caring and prayerful group, but that amazing work was being supported on a global scale by women of the Methodist Church.

Following my late husband’s death in 2004, I returned to work on a part-time basis but soon realised that God had other plans for me and between 2006 and 2011 I served as a volunteer in two areas of Brazil. Visa regulations restricted my time there to a maximum of 180 days in each calendar year so I was able to continue to serve in the UK too. Alongside my local preaching and work within my local church, I was an active member of the ecumenical Christian Aid and Fairtrade committees and the Street Pastor team.

My experiences in Brazil had given me a new ‘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 my Christian responsibility to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

In 2011, I was privileged to serve as the President of the Chester and Stoke on Trent District of the newly launched Methodist Women in Britain movement and also as the District Forum Representative. This new movement encompassed Network and the British Unit of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women. As Forum member I served on the Dalit Solidarity Campaign Taskgroup and was pleased to have the opportunity to share in the hosting of our Indian visitors Meena and Priya in May 2016.

Having served as Vice-President of MWiB in 2016/17 I am now honoured to serve as President, working alongside others with a heart for mission, social justice and a longing to walk in the way of Christ, sharing our faith as we journey together.

Sandra Goodwin