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Canal Ministries
Sharing God’s Love on the Waterways

Canal Ministries - on the Inland Waterways

John Schofield

Secretary

John Schofield 
 
John Schofield

Having been previously widowed, I have been married to Vivien for nearly 14 years. I have a 24 year old daughter, Amy, who attained a Masters Degree in ‘Clinical and Abnormal Psychology’ and is now working in the residential care industry with the elderly and those suffering with dementia. Amy lives not far from us in Trowbridge. I became a Christian when I was 35 and have been in full time Christian work since 1984, when I went to work for a missionary society in Scotland and attended Bible College there as well.

After graduating from college, I took on a small independent church as a student pastor and was formally ordained into the ministry in 1988. I spent a while managing a Christian bookshop in Rochdale. After my first wife died, I returned to Scotland for two years and tutored at the bible college. The majority of my time in Christian ministry has been as a full time pastor in small village chapels in various places in England. I work alongside ‘Village Hope’, formerly ‘Fellowship for Evangelising Britain’s Villages’, in a mainly rural ministry. 

I first met Peter Atwill at a midweek meeting in a local village chapel, where he was speaking about the work of ‘Canal Ministries’. I was immediately drawn both to him and the work of Canal Ministries and had a desire to be involved in some way should the Lord ever direct me to do so. My friendship with Peter and his wife, Lin, grew and I spent many happy hours aboard their narrowboat ‘Gospel Belle’. I took groups from both the chapels I was pastoring at the time to Bible Studies led by Peter aboard the boat, which also included a trip along the canal and delicious cream teas. When Stella Dutton (another of the Trustees) was stepping down from her role as Secretary to the Trustees, I was asked if I would like to take on the task and also become a Trustee, to which I readily agreed, and have now been doing for the past six years or so.

I am now retired from a formal pastoral role, in that I do not now have responsibility for a church. However, I still preach regularly in a number village chapels, have pastoral care of several folk and mentor 2 church leaders. Vivien and I are volunteers with several narrowboat charities, work among the elderly, and support rural ministry wherever the Lord opens the doors. Vivien and I are very grateful to our Heavenly Father for the varied ministry He continues to open up for us.

At 71 years of age I still enjoy motorcycle riding, which I have done since I was 16, and when I get the time I also like to go fishing. Vivien is kept busy working with me, as well as fulfilling her own God given ministry, and looking after her 91 year old mother, who has lived with us for the past 15 months or so.

John Schofield

John Schofield 
 
John Schofield