American minister takes over at Whaley churches

The Uniting Church Partnership in Whaley Bridge, Fernilee and Kettleshulme is to get a new minister. American-born Rev Keith Sandow will be welcomed at an induction service in the Whaley Bridge church at 10.30am on Sunday (31 Aug).

Keith is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He achieved a BA in music at university in Cleveland. Later, at Emory University, he received a Masters of Divinity degree. At one time, he studied under the legendary Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was once an intern at the Jimmy Carter Centre in Atlanta. He received an award for volunteer work in the Ecuador rainforest.

Keith came to Britain in 1999 and served in the Sale Methodist circuit. He was ordained into the British Methodist Church in 2002, serving as a superintendent minister at Ashton under Lyne for eight years.

Keith is the second American to lead a church in Whaley Bridge in recent years. Rev Cheri Pinner was priest in charge of the Church of England parish until two years ago.

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