I was born and brought up in Nottingham and studied Chemistry at Oxford and Southampton before candidating for the Methodist ministry and training in Manchester. The Church first sent me to York in 1984, where I began my ministry at Heworth and Stamford Bridge, since when I served as Chaplain to Birmingham University and as Superintendent Minister in Sheffield until 2001. I returned here as Superintendent Minister in 2017.
Between 2001 and 2017 I worked for Methodist Homes (MHA) as Senior Chaplain and Director of Chaplaincy & Spirituality during which time I developed a particular interest in end of life issues as well as a general understanding of the spiritual aspects of ageing. Away from work, I still enjoy singing, cricket and the radio, as well as travelling and exploring the Lake District.
Sadly, my wife Helen died in May 2019 after a short illness, and I have taken the decision to retire in Summer 2021. The on-going Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the things we can do together, but I hope that in the coming year we can continue to pray and explore what kind of Church it is that God is calling us to become. I've suggested that this is a year for flying kites — trying things, playing and exploring, knowing that while everything will not work, it is in the trying that we will be open to the prompting of God's Spirit.
Rev Keith Albans has pastoral charge of: