Fiona is the General Manager for PSALMS. She joined the staff of PSALMS in 2010, having served as a board member for a number of years prior to this. She initially worked as the Strategic Children and Families Advisor developing local and area-wide initiatives. She has a business degree and professional background in IT and project management. She has many years of experience of working with children and young people, and finds it a privilege to have such a great job with an opportunity to share my faith, and to support and care for people in so many different ways. She is married to Graham and has two children.
Director of Sports Ministry
I work as the Director of Sports Ministry for Psalms and started in January 2017. I have been in the wonderful county of Gloucestershire since 2009 when I first came to study Sports Education at the University of Gloucestershire. I then worked as a Community and Sport Worker in Upper Rissington (near Bourton- on- the- Water) for three years with a Christian charity called CUR:ve. These were three fantastic years for me as I discovered some of the ways God can use sport in bringing communities together, building relationships and encouraging people to move closer towards Jesus. During this time I also completed a Masters in Sport and Christian Outreach. More recently I have worked for the Langley House Trust in a home that supports adults who are seeking to live crime free lives and make a positive contribution towards society. I love Jesus, humans and sport and am excited to see God at work through sport across Gloucestershire and beyond!
Nailsworth & Stonehouse
Andy worked as a youth outreach worker and sports coach in an international school in Waterloo Belgium for 1 year before he arrived at PSALMS to take his career to the next level. He studied at Nexus-Institute of Creative Arts in worship and secular music studies in guitar and theology for 3 years. He also has a National diploma in sport specifically in coaching development and fitness. Andy is passionate about working with young people in sport and giving young people an opportunity to grow in their faith through working in sport. “Showing the love of God to young people is the greatest privilege in life”.
Chalford & Thameshead Benefice
Anton has been involved with children’s and youth work for most of his life, in a volunteer, trainee and now full time capacity. Living all his life in a rural location Anton understands the unique challenges faced by young people and those trying to work for them across a big area with limited connections. Coming from a business background in IT and having run his own retail business, Anton went onto complete his BA (Hons) in Schools Work, Youth Work, Community Work and Practical Theology in 2012 during which he was training with PSALMS. Married, with three young children, Anton longs to see children and young people reach their full potential and works in the community through sports, creative arts and informal routes with the aim that people will know that Jesus came so ‘that they may have life, and have it to the full’.
Strategic Sports Minister / Beacon Benefice
I work as one of the Strategic Sports Ministers for Psalms and only recently started in September 2017. Prior to this I had the pleasure of working as an Assistant Chaplain for 2 years in Dean Close School in Cheltenham, where I thoroughly enjoyed supporting and getting alongside young people through the combination of sport and faith. However, my interest in this type of ministry stretches back to my degree in Sport & Exercise Science, and provided me with a exciting direction with which to place my passions. Due to this, I stepped out of university and straight into an internship with Ambassadors Football, working in South & East London. That year, helped blossom my attitude and confidence in the way sport could break down barriers, build community and bring people to Jesus, and has stayed with me ever since.
Trainee Sports Minister
I have joined Psalms as a trainee sports minister having just graduated from Chester University with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. I have played a variety of sports from a young age alongside coaching and working with young people in sport over more recent years. During my time at university I started to get the vision for how sport could be used to share the gospel with those who don’t yet know Jesus and I quickly became passionate about using sport as a mission field. I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with young people in my new role, journeying with them as they meet and get to know Jesus through sport.
Trainee Sports Minister
Hi I’m Jake and I’ve taken up the role of working on a new and exciting project with PSALMs and as a Trainee Sports Minister. I’m originally from South Wales but have most recently been in Chester where I was based for university, worked a year for a church as a Student Worker and found my wife Elly (who is also working for PSALMs this year). I graduated in 2016 with a Religious Studies degree which had particular focus on Christian Theology. Following my studies the church I was part of offered me a place as an intern, heading up the student work for the year. I have a passion for sport and am delighted to work with PSALMs combining my love for sport, faith and working with young people.”
I am the Sports Ministry Intern for PSALMS and I started in September 2017. I had previously spent three years living in Cambridge, where I completed an undergraduate degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education at Anglia Ruskin University. During my time in Cambridge, I was also a part of a Christian organisation called Student Life Society, who held events for anyone and everyone who wanted to discuss faith and explore what being a Christian was all about. I have been involved and interested in sport my whole life, that mainly being football, but I enjoy virtually any sport on offer! One of my biggest passions in life is seeing how sport can be used as a starting block for children and youth to explore and discuss what they believe. I am excited to a part of the team and I can’t wait to see what is in store for the year ahead.
I’m currently studying for my Youth Worker Degree at the University of Gloucestershire and my placement is with PSALMS.