Marion Sims

Marion SimsHi, I’m Marion and am married to Peter. We married at 40 and this year we will celebrate 24 years of marriage. We have no children but are kept on our toes by our ageing, very talkative and deaf cat – Barney.

I was made redundant from teaching in 2010, which was a tough experience, as I was looking forward to handing in my resignation the following year when I reached 60.  However, as I enjoy teaching I managed to get a part-time job teaching 1:1 with the local Young People's Support Service working with young people excluded from main stream education. That ended due to a local government re-think.

It was about that time that I felt God highlighted to me the fact that I had always been interested in helping people, and so I started counsellor training. I have just completed over 3 years training along with my husband and both of us have qualified as Therapeutic Counsellors, linked to both the ACC and the BACP.

I was born on the island of Tobago in the West Indies to missionary parents. While there, I was actively involved with children’s programmes and helped to start the island’s first Christian Union at my local High School.  Now there are a number of CU groups and students from the islands meet annually.

Our family returned to the UK when I was 18 where I trained as a Geography teacher at St Luke’s College, University of Exeter. My first teaching post was at a girl’s Catholic school in Exeter.  I thoroughly enjoyed teaching, but also had a real passion for my students to encounter Jesus. As a teacher the involvement in the spiritual lives of these students led to working with Scripture Union and in 1984 I was appointed South West Regional School’s Worker, a challenging few years but very exciting.

After SU, I did a “year out” at a Bible College, then I worked for a Japanese company, developing cultural exchange programmes. Not long after this I met and married Peter.  After two years in Exeter we moved to Wiltshire in 1995. This is when we joined Dayspring Church. Now as well as being on Core Team I am also a part of the Dayspring Planning Group. I would say I am passionate about God’s Kingdom and serving him wherever that may be.

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