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Ruth Haldane

Role: Reader Member CRC Executive
Born in Leeds, and brought up in Cambuslang, Glasgow, I have been married to Graham since 1979, and we have three sons and two grandchildren. I moved to Edinburgh in 1974, and graduated with a BSc in Social Science. We spent 19 years living in Godmanchester, Huntingdon, before moving to Clitheroe, Lancashire, in 2011.
Serving as Chair of Governors at our local primary school for 8 years, Vice Chair of Governors at the local secondary school for 7 years, as well as working for a medical publisher, administrating a part time bible college and working in a senior management position for a large housing association – at the same time achieving an Executive Diploma in Management - have all been part of my life journey. I was brought up in the Baptist denomination and first found faith there, was a member of independent churches, and joined the Church of England when we moved to Clitheroe. Another part of my life journey was in 2008 with the death of my son Jon at aged 20 in a tragic accident. Graham and I are now befrienders for Care for the Family – Bereaved Parents network, helping other parents going through grief.
I have a passion to reach out the community with the message of the Gospel – both in word and deed. I manage a Trussell Trust foodbank in the Ribble Valley, with 75 volunteers from local churches, two centres, and a 15% rise in numbers in the last year. I have always been very involved in church, and am on the leadership team for St James (a sub-group of the PCC), with a particular focus on mission – including our local CAP centre.
I was licensed as a Reader in 2015, and appointed as Deputy Warden for Blackburn Diocese (one of two) in 2016. I feel a strong call to preach and teach, and am also involved in pastoral work – as well as taking a great interest in the emerging role of Readers within the Church of England.

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