I have been a Companion for the last five years, and have been a member of the newly formed Hub for the last year, a role which I have hugely enjoyed and valued. Living in Nottinghamshire I am part of a small local contemplation group, and we hope to extend CF activities in the Midlands further over the coming year.
I am the current chair of trustees. I have been a Companion on the Way since 2005. I am divorced and have two grown up daughters and four grandchildren. I taught French in mainstream secondary education for 22 odd years before retraining and free-lancing as a translator. Though very different in their praxis, both professions represent ways to serve, which I see as my calling.
I have come to Contemplative Fire from a childhood absorbing the sound and sensations of Epping Forest and the Orwell and Blackwater estuaries, through a Baptist upbringing in a village, continuing through various free churches in my adult life, until someone started a contemplative group within the conservative evangelical church where my then husband was the administrative leader. I became a Companion of CF six years ago after the church hierarchy used its power to damage my family and we left for the overarching shelter of the Church of England temporarily.
I became a Christian over thirty years ago and come from an evangelical and charismatic church background. I worked with Youth With A Mission (a Pentecostal missionary organisation) for about ten years, with their Christian counselling training programme in Merseyside and helped to set up this counselling training in Uganda.
I spent my career in urban regeneration helping local people to rebuild their neighborhood and their lives. My wife Jane and I are founding members of Contemplative Fire Sheffield with Philip and Gill Roderick.
My name is Jeremy Timm, and I live with my husband Mike in a tiny village called Saltmarshe, in East Yorkshire. I first engaged with the Christian faith in the setting of a University Christian Union in Leicester. Following Uni I worked for the Diocese of Hong Kong and Macau, with a missionary society, CMS.
I have been a committed Companion of Contemplative Fire from its earliest days, and have seen it through many phases, venues and its recent development since Philip stood down from its leadership. Most recently, I have been a regular attender with my wife Charlotte at the gatherings at Wendover, Buckinghamshire, as well as joining the Wycombe group for the Woodland Walks and gathering.