Durrington Community Church is lead by a team of committed and experienced Christians. Allow us to introduce them to you.
I was born in London and spent my youth in Stevenage and then in Tiverton, Devon. I became a Christian at university in Southampton where I studied German to degree level, training after that at Exeter University to become a teacher. I taught for 13 years in Swindon after marrying Shirley whom I had known ever since I was 14. My wonderful wife and I have 3 great children, two of whom live with their lovely families in Durrington. My son and his family live in Barnstaple, Devon. After Swindon we moved down to south Wiltshire where I was in the Senior Management team of Stonehenge school for 13 years. We have 8 grandchildren and 3 honorary Romanian grandchildren.
Like everybody’s my life has had its ups and downs and I have been healed of MS and cancer at various times. After leaving teaching I became the Director of the Bridge project which works in local schools leading acts of worship and RE lessons which was easily the best but worst paid job have ever done. In the last 10 years we have formed deep bonds with the country and people of Romania and my own son-in-law is from Brasov, Romania. I now work in the community as a governor of the Infants’ school and on the town council as well, of course, as a leader of DCC.
I was part of the group of Christians who felt led to start up the Community Church under its former name of Durrington Christian Fellowship and I still feel as I did in 1991 that the Lord wants to build a group of His people to work and witness right here in Durrington to the wonderful change He can bring to anybody’s life if they are prepared to place their future in His nail pierced hands.
Lynda moved to Durrington in 1982 to start her teaching career in Durrington Junior School. Since then she has worked in almost every primary school in the county as an advisory teacher and ended her teaching days in Bulford St. Leonard’s Primary School. As a retired teacher, Lynda can be found in the community helping transport the elderly to their Day Centre or on the golf course trying to get her handicap down. Lynda has been part of Durrington Community Church (originally Durrington Christian Fellowship) from the beginning.
Leader and finances
Pam Wreford has lived in Durrington since 2002 and is mother of 2, grandmother of 4. She likes to keep fit and is a member of a local gym which offsets the lack of exercise in a full time office job. She has been the treasurer of the church for some time and continues in this and various other roles.
I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where I worked in local government as a Building Regulation and Planning Inspector. I relocated to the UK and have lived in Durrington since July 2014. Currently I am working at Salisbury District Hospital as a maintenance carpenter.
I was radically born again and filled with the Holy Spirit at the age of seventeen and have been involved with church life and missions since then. I studied Discipleship, Evangelism and Biblical studies, training through the University of the Nations, and Youth with a Mission.
I have been involved with outreach, missions and church planting in Southern Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and squatter camps in the Cape Town area.I am passionate about following Jesus, church unity, church growth and seeing God’s Kingdom come
A Key Scripture for me is: 1 Peter 1: 3-5
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
William is currently taking a sabbatical from leadership duties and will be getting married to Helen in October
Youth and Community Worker
Daniel was recently appointed as the church’s youth and community worker, following his graduation from Moorlands Bible College with a degree in Applied Theology and Youth and Community Work. He is married to Deborah, and they moved to Durrington in 2013 and live here with their two young sons.
In his role, Daniel will work for the church in promoting the Gospel among the village community through various avenues. This includes working for the Bridge Project – a school- based outreach organisation that DCC supports and works with in Durrington’s three schools.
Prior to Moorlands, Daniel followed his father into the funeral industry and was a funeral director for over twenty years. He became a Christian after being invited to the Elim Pentecostal church in Yeovil at the age of twenty. Away from church life, Daniel is also an actor and supporting artist and you may have blinked and missed him in various films and TV programmes.
We are blessed to have a number of different worship leaders, helping us every week.
We have three experienced keyboard players and a bass guitarist, as well as a rhythm guitarist and a drummer. We thank Helen, Hannah, Steve, Shirley, Graham, Brian, Andy and all who help-not to forget the indispensible Vernon on computer.
We sing a good mix of modern worship songs and traditional hymns.
We are blessed that many of our congregation are also members of the local community choir, which meets at the Pavilion on Monday nights at 7pm.
Worship is for everybody to experience and you are more than welcome to join us!
Find out how by contacting us at:
Durrington Community Church
High Street, Durrington
Or use our online contact form.
October 2016-September 2017 is our 25th anniversary year and we have looked for ideas for ways to mark this special occasion. Please read the section on our 25th year..