Get to know Revd Hilary Buckingham
Hilary joined the ReSource trustees in 2013. Hilary worships at St John’s in Corby, Northamptonshire, where she and Paul have lived and ministered for the last 45 years. Hilary is a Lay Reader in the Church of England and is an evangelist and pastor by gifting. She has worked as a nurse, a JP and more recently as Chair of an NHS Hospital Trust.
Until I was 19 I only knew about Jesus in my head. I attended Sunday school, sang in the church choir and reluctantly attended RE lessons at school in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Then, when I was invited to the Nurses Christian Fellowship in London, I prayed to ask Jesus into my life and as well as knowing Jesus in my head, he now lived in my heart and the rest, as they, say is history.
Paul and I married in 1971; we have two married daughters and three grandchildren, and I have lived and worked in Northamptonshire since 1973. Over the years I have built up a wide based knowledge of the local Church of England, the NHS, the Magistracy, Gartree prison and the voluntary sector. This has helped me to become a practical, and responsible individual with a broad base of competencies though I am the first one to point out I am not an academic!
In Ghana I have worked as an Evangelist and a minister of the gospel for the Lord from 2003 to 2012 helping to establish the Serving Africa Mission Base and then I was privileged to be part of Rooted in Jesus discipleship teams in South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.
My skills include being able to relate to a wide range of people from all walks of life. I have cared for others in sickness and in health. I have good communication skills though I am not a linguist! I believe that I have proved that I am able to work hard, both in a team and independently. Africa has helped me to learn how to adapt to different situations and develop strong interpersonal skills. Through all my activities I have strong desire to enable everyone to live life to the full, regardless of any disadvantage.
I enjoy walking, reading, knitting and I attempt to keep fit at the gym regularly.”