Canal Ministries Boats at the Newbury Mission 2017
Canal Ministries
Sharing God’s Love on the Waterways

Canal Ministries - on the Inland Waterways

Peter & Lin Atwill

Peter & Lin Atwill 
Peter & Lin Atwill

We would like to introduce ourselves.

We are Rev Peter Atwill and Lin, my wife. We were both widowed when we were in our thirties. Together we have four children: Debbie, John, Lee and Mark, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild, Rosa Louise.

I had been a pastor in two Churches for 21 years, but God called us to work on the Canals and Rivers, and we have lived on our narrowboat called “Gospel Belle” for almost 20 years. We travel the country sharing the Love of God with those we meet. My work as Canal Chaplain is supported by “Canal Ministries”, a Charitable Trust. There are 10 other boats with the Mission with whom we work. The Canal Ministries Team and Trustees are like a family and the fellowship is wonderful.

We attend festivals and canal days, getting involved with Churches in Mission and Training in Evangelism. We have recently been involved in Alpha Afloat, holding sessions on a boat called “Litania”. Part of the ministry is to support the liveaboard boaters in any way we can, which could mean food parcels, benefit help, assisting a boater obtain a licence or just being there to talk and to pray with people.

I still preach in the winter months and take meetings talking about Canal Ministries and would be happy to visit your Church on a Sunday or at a midweek service. We can be contacted by the website or email

Our boat name is drawn from the verse in Roman 10v5: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news”.

The word Gospel means “Good News” and Belle means “Beautiful”. This is the beautiful Good News we want to share with others on the canals.

Love in Jesus
Peter & Lin Atwill

Canal Ministries - sharing God's Love on the Inland Waterways.