Caroline introduces herself:-
I was born and brought up in a devout Christian family, in a small town of North India. Since childhood, family devotions and Sunday school were of prime importance. Although, I belonged to a Christian family, I, like many young people, did not have a deep understanding and personal relationship with Jesus. In my understanding, salvation was my birth right, since I was born into a Christian family. I was wrong. I had a personal encounter with Jesus whilst hearing the message at a youth conference on Hebrews 2:3, “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.” At this point, I knew that my parents’ salvation had led me to Christ, but I had to confess Him to be saved and begin my journey with him. God has been faithful in all his promise ever since.
I am married to Rev Ramesh Pathak and God has blessed us with our son Vinay. They are serving God with the Methodist Church in India – in Delhi and Rajasthan.
I have always been passionate about sharing the love of Jesus and the good news of salvation by telling my story and teaching from the Word of God. I was an introvert by nature. God’s enabling and empowering Holy Spirit, in His grace helped me with my passion of sharing Jesus. I don’t claim to be someone who knows everything but I do believe in the One who does and enables his children for his mission. Being an overseas trained teacher, I had the privilege of working in Christian schools in India. Being the warden over 80 teenage girls gave me ample opportunities to reach out to students of all backgrounds, both national and international.
The passion of evangelism led me to apply for theological training. I came to the UK and, against all the odds, God allowed that to happen. It was not an easy road, being away from my family. However, by their prayerful support, encouragement and sacrifices and by God’s grace, I was able to complete my Ministerial Theology (B.Th.) from the University of Roehampton in 2013. During the last two years of my studies, I did my placement for a year and then further one more year as Pastoral Assistant at Fulham United Reformed Church. Then I left for India to be with my family.
Currently, I am in the role of Lay Pastoral Worker alongside the Urban Missioner on the Alton Estate at Roehampton Ecumenical Parish and Church Family Worker at Barnes Methodist Church. Working in these two places and caring pastorally for both the churched and the unchurched, running parenting course (Parent Talk), being intentionally present within the community has been a blessing. Both the roles are mainly to engage with the community, families, visiting people, pastorally care for both the young and the elderly.
I have recently been appointed as Host Evangelist at Northcliffe Church and I am excited and looking forward to be involved in Christ’s mission and vision of Northcliffe Church.
My hobbies and interests are singing, listening to music, playing chess, badminton and table tennis.
The time is soon approaching to move up North. I am praying for you all and will appreciate your prayers for us as family and as I begin to pack.
Thank you and God bless you.
Looking forward to see you all soon.
PLEASE NOTE A Service of Commissioning and Welcome will take place at Northcliffe Church at 2.30 pm on Sunday 4 September, led by Rev Andrew, to which all the circuit is invited. Please come along to support and welcome Caroline. The appointment of a Host Evangelist is a new venture in outreach and it deserves the full support of the circuit.
Please pray for Caroline and for the venture.