Marion Sims

Marion Sims with Robert BucklaHi, I’m Marion and am married to Peter. We married at 40 and have been married for 30 years. Sadly we have no children but love and appreciate the children in our families and church family. Having been a Geography teacher, in a former life, I have a great love of nature, especially coastlines and mountains. A big soft spot also for animals.

Having retired from teaching I trained as a Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and have worked at a local Counselling Agency as a in a voluntary capacity for the last 7+ years. Challenging and yet very rewarding work. I trained with my husband who is also an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and currently a Trustee of the Agency.

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 I have been told that groups have been established in other islands and that students from the islands meet  together 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 me working with Scripture Union and in 1984 I was appointed South West Regional School’s Worker, a four and a half challenging years but enjoyable and exciting. After myrole with Scripture Union, I did a “year out” at a Bible College, then worked for a Japanese  company, developing cultural exchange programmes in the UK.

Not long after this I met and married Peter.  In 1995 we moved to Wiltshire an this was when we joined Dayspring Church. I served for a number of years as Church Manager and now I serve on the Core Team. 
I would say I am passionate about God’s Kingdom and serving him wherever that may be and with who ever he leads me to.


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