New Provincial Board Members

Peter Madsen Gubi

- New Provincial Board Member

I was born in Barbados in the West Indies. I am the son of Rev Peter Madsen and Joyce Gubi, and the grandson of Bishop Peter Madsen and Maude Gubi. We came to live in England when I was 12 years old, and I had my schooling at Fulneck School, where I was Head Boy in my final year. From Fulneck, I trained to be a teacher and a counsellor, and started my professional life as a teacher of Religious Studies. However, I gained more fulfilment from the pastoral side of teaching, and so pursued the counselling aspect of my life more fully thereafter. I have regarded all of my life as ministry/vocation, but I have exercised my ministry/vocation more outside of the Church than within it. I have worked as a counsellor in various GP practices, in a bereavement agency and in private practice. I have also pursued an academic career in counselling, alongside being a practitioner. I have three doctorate degrees and two fellowships, and have authored/edited six books and many peer-reviewed articles that have been published in reputable journals.

In 2015, I was made a Professor of Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment by the University of Chester (the first serving minister in the British province to be awarded a 'Chair' in a British University), in recognition of my work and international reputation in the interface between mental health and spirituality/faith. I am also an Honorary Professor in Pastoral Theology at Teofilo Kisanji University in Mbeya, Tanzania, and publish with, and mentor, members of staff there via Zoom. I continue to work two days a week at Chester in my capacity as a Professor, where I supervise a number of doctoral students in their research. I also have a practice in pastoral supervision in which I offer support to clergy who work in several denominations in the UK.

I have always been a member of the Moravian Church and have always looked to use my gifts and abilities in the service of the Moravian Church - and beyond. I have served as a lay preacher and on several provincial committees. I was ordained as deacon in 2012, and consecrated as presbyter in 2014, and have served Lower Wyke, Wellhouse and Dukinfield congregations as a Minister. When I have some time from writing, accompanying others and doing ministry, I enjoy simply reflecting, gardening, playing table tennis, walking with friends and cycling. I love the variety of my life, and feel incredibly blessed, although I have had many knocks along my life's journey. I can sometimes be experienced as being like a bit of grit in the shoe, in that I honour and value others, but can also challenge where I feel challenge is needed. I look at the enormity of the task ahead for the province and the provincial board, and whilst I feel completely daunted, I have a strong faith in God, and in my ability, that will uphold me, and I look forward to playing my small part in the work of the Provincial Board.

Br Peter Gubi
Provincial Board

Michael Newman

- New Provincial Board Member

I was born in Swindon in 1978 and was baptised at the Moravian Church there. My father, Br David Newman, entered the Moravian ministry when I was ten years old and we moved to Baildon, where I was confirmed, and where I did my GCSEs. We then moved to Fairfield, where I did A-levels in Maths, Physics and Geology at Ashton Under Lyne Sixth Form College. It was at Fairfield that I met Claire, although we did not start going out until I was in my third year at Oxford University. I spent a lot of time playing sports while at university, captaining the Lincoln College football team in my second year (we were relegated!).
In 1999 I was awarded a degree in Physics, and then worked for four years at Stagecoach UK Bus in Stockport, becoming part qualified as a Management Accountant. Claire and I were married at Fairfield in 2000, and we lived in the settlement at number 23A. Our first son, Daniel, was born later that year, and Ethan followed in 2002. During my time at Stagecoach, I also played football in the Lancashire and Cheshire League, winning several medals that still sit on the mantlepiece in my study.

In 2003 I began training for the ministry at Luther King House in Manchester. I was awarded a degree in Contextual Theology four years later. I served the Baildon and Horton congregations for four years, during which time I was ordained as a deacon and consecrated as a presbyter. I have been serving the Fulneck and Gomersal congregations for ten years, and we have just recently moved to Hornsey, where I will begin serving later in August. I am currently part way through a Masters in Contextual Theology, also at Luther King House.
At the Provincial level, I served for a full twelve years on the Church Book Committee and have just completed twelve years on the Church Service Committee. I have also served on the Faith and Order and Ecumenical Relations Committee for six years. I have been vice-chairman of Synod on two occasions and was chairman of the recent Zoom Synod, which went remarkably well! I also had the privilege of representing the Province at the Unity Mission Conference in Cape Town in 2017.

Over the last few years, I have been encouraged by a number of brothers and sisters to consider putting my name forward for the Provincial Board. I hope and pray that I can repay their confidence in me now that I have been elected. I look forward to working with the other members of the board as we approach the 300th anniversary of the renewal of the Moravian Church, and the exciting ventures that are part of Project 32.

Br Michael Newman
Provincial Board