Val Drake

Hi, I’m Val. I have been married to Mick for 34 years; we have two grown up sons and a daughter in law. We live in Acton, West London, a vibrant multicultural area, where we have been in ministry for the last 23 years. I have spent most of my life working voluntarily with children and young people and I currently run a baby and toddler group and oversee the Children’s and Youth work at our Church as well as being a Deacon. I also work part time as a Senior Clerk in a Church of England Multi Academy Trust, I love my job, and it is not that dissimilar to being a Minister’s wife.

I first joined Connexion in 1991 when I was at Spurgeon’s College and was invited onto the Exec in around 2003. I have to say I am passionate about Connexion having served as Conference Secretary, Vice President, President, and Newsletter Editor. I love the fact that it is made up of all different people, from diverse backgrounds and together we are stronger and able to share the ups and downs of life in the ministry and to support one another. It really is a privilege to serve on the Exec and I particularly enjoy being able to help put together our Weekend away, which I hope continues to support and encourage you all.