Church of England Vicar: Rev Ann Kosla
On Sunday March 8th, at her final service, we said goodbye to our vicar Rev Ann Kosla, and wished her well in her new role as chaplain to St Clare Hospice.
We thank Ann for her hard work and dedication over the last 7+ years. In particular, her leadership of Messy Church, the Alpha Courses and Youth Alpha Course have been much appreciated, as has her work in building and strengthening links to the local community.
Although we are in 'interregnum', please be assured that the ministry and mission of Church Langley Church continues. Many thanks to our Baptist minister, lay ministers and church wardens who make this possible, and the members of Church Langley Church for all they contribute.
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!"