My name is Tina Burgess and I have recently been appointed as Assistant Curate at St. Peter’s Church, here in Redcar. I am married to Neill and we have three children: Imogen (25), Alec (23) and Susie (21). Before becoming ordained Deacon into the Church of England, I worked as a primary school teacher. Neill and I moved to the North East in 1989. I am originally from Oxford and Neill is from Oldham in Lancashire.
As a child, I always believed in God and believed that Jesus was the Son of God, but I didn’t know that God could become so close to me. By my later teenage years, I was beginning to ask the big questions of life…’What’s my life for?’, ‘Where do I belong?’, ‘There must be more to life than this?’. After some years of moving about and trying to find answers to those questions in all the wrong places, I cried out to God for help. He answered me in a very definite way and shortly after that, I had the opportunity of committing my life to Christ.
Each one of us has our own unique story to tell but this was, for me, the start of a new life experience of beginning to know and trust God in a closer and more real way through His son, Jesus.
Being a Christian hasn’t always been easy and I’ve definitely experienced the ups and downs of life, but prayer has always been my first port of call. I think one of my favourite scriptures is Jesus’ promise, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’ (Hebrews 13:5) and I take great comfort in echoing the Psalmist’s declaration, ‘Whom have I in heaven but thee?’ (Psalm 73: 25) God is with us all of the time so we can always put our faith and trust in Him, even if the future may seem uncertain.
Neill and I are so happy to serve here in Redcar and to be part of St. Peter’s church family…and many thanks to Rev. Rachel for having us! If you see me around, please come and introduce yourself. I would love to say hello.