Welcome to our newest blog feature – Profile. Here we hope to feature some of the faces you’ll see around Harvest City Church and dig a bit deeper into who they are and how they live for Christ in their daily lives.
How long have you been married?
We have been married for 2 years.
How many children do you have?
We have one beautiful daughter Naomi (and Dan is investing in weaponry!).
What do you do for a living?
Dan: I’m a customer service representative for Barclaycard.
Bianca : At the moment I’m a full-time mum on maternity leave, but my job role is administration.
How long have you been partners at Harvest City Church?
Dan: I’ve been a partner for 7 years and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Bianca: I’ve been a partner for 4 amazing years.
Did you know from a young age the career path you would choose or did you figure it out along the way?
Dan: To be honest, I wasn’t sure on what career path to take but the leaders in church saw certain qualities in me and they have helped point me in the right direction career-wise.
Bianca: I started off wanting to be an accountant, then a ballerina, then a businesswoman – and I’m none of those! Finding the right career for me is an ongoing journey and I pray that I find the perfect career someday soon, but the journey has been interesting and I have been blessed to have some great jobs along the way.
How do you overcome the pressure to compromise your beliefs and views at work?
Dan: We probably spend more time with our work colleagues than we do with anyone else which means they can potentially have an influence in our lives. I have found that the key is having a strong grounding in seeking God daily and having someone (a mature Christian) in church you can share your struggles with. As we confide in one another we strengthen one another. It’s also about being stern with your beliefs because either you are influencing them or they are influencing you. Be strong and courageous!
Bianca: I have always made it known when I start a job that I am a Christian who attends church and follows what the Bible says, and I always try to let this show through my actions. Because of this people have always left me out of anything they think I would say no to or would oppose: clubbing, drinking, using foul language or telling rude jokes. I often remind myself that I am the light and I am the example, and compromising will only send a mixed message and result in me being a hypocrite.
As Ignite leaders what do you think makes Ignite unique from all the other groups in church?
First of all we just want to say we LOVE our igniters. We love their playful, adventurous attitude. We throw some crazy games and activities at them and they always take part and make things fun. When they don’t understand something they are not afraid to challenge it and ask questions. They are very transparent, what you see is what you get. Most of all being with them will brighten anyone’s mood. They are just crazy, fun people!
What advice would you give to young people about career choices?
Bianca: It’s important that you enjoy what you do at work because you will spend a lot of time there. But don’t base your happiness on your job; it will not satisfy you. Only God can satisfy you. As you make big choices in your life, church comes first, then career; not the other way around. If you get it in the right order you will be on the right path.
Dan: I couldn’t say it any better than my wife! The only thing I’ll add is that there are many skilled people from different sectors in church who can give you a good insight into almost any career path you are interested in. Talk to them, they’ll be very happy to help you.