John and Karen Goddard
Karen and John moved to Saffron Walden in 2013, together with their teenage sons Sean and Liam. They have been married 25 years, having met whilst students at the University of Nottingham. Karen works locally as a PA and Office Manager, and coordinates our Explorers group on Sunday mornings – for children aged 5 to 10. John is the minister at SWBC, having previously led churches in Oxfordshire and Cumbria. He grew up in a Methodist family and became a local preacher when he was just 16. John loves to help others explore the Bible, and encounter the Christlike God revealed there. Issues of peace, justice and equality are important to both John and Karen and they are both committed to seeing the wider church become more fully inclusive.
Since moving to Saffron Walden Karen and John have enjoyed becoming a part of the town’s community. They both volunteer at our local classical music concert venue, Saffron Hall, whilst Karen also volunteers at our community cinema Saffron Screen. Liam has been part of the choir at St Mary’s, the local Anglican Parish Church, since 2013 and Karen and John enjoy being able to join him for worship occasionally, especially for Choral Evensong. It is good to be in a town where the churches work together in friendship rather than competition, and John is involved in helping to coordinate the activities of Churches Together in Saffron Walden.