Inglewhite Church has recently appointed a youth pastor as part of their ministry.
John Kirby, 29, currently lives in Poulton-le-Fylde, is married and both he and his wife have been attending Inglewhite Church for just over a year.
John was originally a member of the youth group, Oasis, held at Inglewhite five or so years ago and attended the church for three years, was baptised and brought into membership, before leaving to take part in leadership training with another organisation.
John has worked with children and young people for eight years and says he has a real passion to see them grow and develop in their faith.
Having worked for a number of church organisations, working with youth and children as a volunteer, he says he know feels he has the experience to lead the youth work done at Inglewhite.
In 2008, he was employed as a nursery nurse for Toddle-Inn Nursery in Fleetwood, where he achieved qualifications in child development and also took a leading role in the development of letters and sounds.
John is a practicing musician and worship leader and is currently studying music production at Uclan, producing and writing his own Christian music and says he would like to use his gifts within the church.
For the past 12 months John has worked for Blackpool Council as a universal youth worker.
This year, alongside his degree, he is studying for a diploma in youth and community development, which he hopes to use to benefit the work he is involved in.
John says he is very grateful for his upbringing and continues to praise the efforts of his parents and youth leaders for making him the person he is today.
He said: “My primary intentions are to equip the young people with lasting faith that will remain with them throughout their adult life. In order to do this, I aim to involve the church in promoting the participation and development of the young people.”