Church of England Vicar: Rev Ann Kosla
I have lived in Essex since the age of 6 years, only dipping out for the odd few years. I married Charlie in 1982 and we have three grown up daughters, two grandsons and a granddaughter. Charlie was a telecom engineer then later was ordained as a Church of England vicar, he is currently Associate Minister at Church Langley Church..
I trained as a nurse and have worked as a community midwife until 2012 when I became vicar at Church Langley Church. I have really enjoyed my time here getting involved in the local community and alongside other churches across Harlow.
I love getting to know people and discovering God's love for them, I believe relationships are central to who God is. It has been a great privilege to be working with such an experienced and diverse team from different church traditions and partnering those people who work hard to build community.
Baptist minister: Rev Alison Taylor
Alison is Minister at Potter Street Baptist Church and is one of the Baptist element of the ecumenical team at Church Langley Church. Alison says:
In the past I have been: a civil servant (4 weeks); fork lift driver (1 year) Gynaecological Nurse at PAH for 11 years and a District Nurse before going to London Bible College in 1998 to get my theology degree. After that I returned to PSBC (Potter St Baptist Church) to minister to my church family there.
Church of England Reader: Mrs Lis Scott
Originally from Slough, I moved to Harlow in 1984 to work as the first music therapist at what was then Tye Green special school, a job I really loved. I am married to Mike and have more recently worked part-time as an accompanist and piano teacher as our sons have grown up.
After completing the Course in Christian Studies, I spent the next two years training as a Reader (sometimes known as a Licensed Lay Minister) helped by the supportive nurture and opportunities at Church Langley Church.
Baptist Lay Pastor: Mr Vic Brown
I was born in Potter Street in 1942 and am married to Beryl. We have 2 adult children and 2 teenage grandchildren. I worked for the Ford Motor Company for 30 years on new engine projects in Germany, Spain, Wales and England as a Chartered Engineer in a multi-disciplined team and often found commuting to Cologne easier than going to Dagenham!
As a teenager I played football for Harlow Town and was a founder member of Potter Street Baptist Church Football Club. That sporting activity took its toll and in 1997 I had both hips replaced. Without excellent surgery and care I would not be mobile today.
I became a Christian in 1958 and was baptised at Potter St. Baptist Church 50 years ago. I served as deacon before moving to Church Langley Church in 1994, where I became an Elder and then Baptist Lay Pastor. I enjoy working with other Christians and believe that a caring loving church can help us see that life is far more than just the things we possess!"