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.
When I returned to the UK, having been selected for training for ordination in the Church of England, I went to Durham, took up my place at Cranmer Hall, and trained fully for the Priesthood. At the end of my training, because of an overwhelming sense of responsibility to a family business, where I was the fifth generation of a flour milling family, I returned to Goole and worked with my family there. I studied for a Masters degree in business administration at Bradford University Business School.
My training in Durham was put to use as I served as a reader for many years in the local Church. I am a Spiritual Director, previously on the York Diocesan register. To continue my interest and passion for theology, I studied for a Masters in Theology and Religious Studies at York St John University.
Following a break in Reader ministry, a few years ago I was granted permission to officiate in a team of six churches. Sadly, my PTO was withdrawn when Mike and I decided to get married. At this point I felt that the Church of England was no longer a place of growth for me, and decided to leave. CF has been such an important part of my journey since those difficult times.
I have been a trustee and Chair of a Charity called Changing Attitude for a decade, working for the full inclusion of LGBT people into the life and ministry of the Church of England. We have been working towards a merger with another Charity, working in the same area – this merger is now complete with the formation of OneBodyOneFaith.