Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am Peter Rae, and I’m based in Manchester, where I have served at Nazarene Theological College since 1996. I am currently Dean and Vice Principal at NTC – a place I have long connection with, since my father served as Principal in the early years of the College. I have also served at Canadian Nazarene College – and it was in Canada where I met my wife, Patricia. We have two adult children: Jennifer (married to Alex) based in Manchester, and Robert (married to Katharina), based in southern Sweden. I’m an active member of the Longsight Church of the Nazarene, and lead a worship team there (and serve as treasurer!). Patricia and I love walking. I enjoy cycling (mostly urban, these days), am an omnivorous reader, and confess to being a long-time Manchester United fan.
Tell us a bit about your role:
I have been serving since November as part-time regional education coordinators, alongside Revd Antonie Holleman – someone I’ve enjoyed working with over many years on various regional initiatives. We’re really facilitators, encouragers, resourcers: we work alongside the districts, fields, and educational institutions, as advisers and co-labourers (we’re certainly not in charge of them!). So our key role is to build good relationships, to think about how education helps serve the causes of the Church and the Kingdom, and to see ways to ‘hold up the arms’ of those who serve on the front edge of ministry on the region in meeting our common goals, and shaping a common strategy.
What is a highlight you have experienced being part of the Region?
A particular joy in the work I have been involved in has been to see young, emerging leaders take on key roles in the church, and to help nurture a more diverse group of leaders from a greater range of contexts step into responsibility.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Just to celebrate the close working relationship between Church and Schools in our region – and a commitment to seeing this develop further, in places where there are tensions, or where the provision of education is vestigial.
How can we pray for you?
Pray that Antonie and I might find that these dual roles – for the region, and for College and Church – might prove to be a fruitful innovation, with one strengthening the other, rather than proving unmanageable.