Jack Doonan Jack Doonhan

Jack Doonan was born and brought up in Lenzie near Glasgow. His parents were staunch Baptists and, as a result, Jack was given a firm grounding in Christianity from a very early age. Jack accepted Jesus as his Saviour in 1957 and was baptised in and became a member of Kirkintilloch Baptist Church then.

After completing his schooling at Lenzie Acadamy, Jack joined the Fleet Air Arm and spent the next twenty years serving his country in a variety of aircraft carriers and land bases around the world, including a two year stint on a Commando Helicopter Squadron in the jungles of Borneo during the confrontation with Indonesia.

In 1960 while stationed at RNAS Lossiemouth, Jack met Moira and they were married in her local Church of Scotland, which she had attended from a child, in 1961. Their marriage has been blessed with one son and three grandchildren.

Unfortunately, in 1977 Jack´s naval career came to a premature end when, as a result of injuries received, he was invalided from the Service.

As a result, he had to pursue a totally different career. He chose public relations and spent the next twenty seven years following that profession in places as diverse as Aberdeen, Milton Keyes and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Jack and Moira joined La Siesta Evangelical Church in March 2007.


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Irene Arch  Megan Wright

I was born and grew up in Barrhead, Scotland, where I attended the Church of Scotland.  I was a member of the Youth Fellowship and also a Sunday School Teacher.

At the age of 18, after training as a Nursery Nurse, I went to work in America for 3 years, then returned to Scotland, married and had 2 sons.  As a family we travelled to Kuwait, where my husband had a 2 year contract.  My marriage broke down and I moved to England to be near my sons.  I met Colin a few years later and in 2002 we retired to Spain.  Sadly, Colin passed away in 2006.

I attended various churches, finally coming to La Siesta. The warmth and friendship shown to me was so uplifting that I became a member in November 2016.  I feel very privileged to have been asked to become an Elder, joining a wonderful team in April 2017.

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Debbie Capewell  DEBBIE CAPEWELL

I come from the Midlands, living in Halesowen through my school and college years.  I left in 1970 to get married, first moving to Bedfordshire, then to Kent and then to South Wales, as my husband was a Quantity Surveyor and had to move with his work.

I worked in a bank for many years, until the birth of our daughter, Nicola.  When Nicola was quite young we moved to Essex, where I worked as a Bar Maid serving many of the staff and pilots from Stansted Airport.  In those days it was only a small entity.  Our next move was to a small village in Bedfordshire.  After about 5 years we returned to Kidderminster to be nearer our parents, who had retired and, as I needed to go back to work, they helped with the care of Nicola.  I worked in the kitchen at Kidderminster College, cooking and serving students and lecturers, then obtained a job as a receptionist at a local doctor’s surgery.  I left there to go to work for Kidderminster Hospital, as a Ward Clerk, a very busy and rewarding job, where I worked for 15 years until I took early retirement aged 55.

My husband retired when he was 60 and that was when we decided to move to Spain.  By this time both my father and Tony’s mother had passed away and my mother was in a Nursing Home suffering with severe Alzheimer’s.  We moved to Spain in 2004, Nicola buying her own apartment in La Mata, and moving here with us.

My childhood was a very happy one, and I was encouraged to go to Sunday School, firstly at the Methodist Church and then later to the Church of England, where I was confirmed in my early teens.  I have always tried to attend church and when moving to Spain I went to the local Anglican services in Los Balcones, which is where I first met Pastor Keith and his wife Kathy, moving to La Siesta Evangelical Church a few years ago, I have been very happy here since and became an Elder in 2017.

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Howard Cook  Howard Cook

Howard was born in Lenzie, on the outskirts of Glasgow in December 1940.

As a small child he started in the junior section of the Sunday School of Lenzie Union Church of Scotland. He progressed through the Bible Class to become a full member at the age of seventeen shortly before setting out on a career in the Merchant Navy which was to last forty three years.

On marrying Fiona in 1971, he joined Shawlands Cross Church of Scotland which latterly merged with Shawlands Old to become Shawlands Church of Scotland.

Very shortly after retiring to Torrevieja both he and Fiona joined La Siesta Evangelical Church and in October 2002 he was ordained as an Elder. Sadly Fiona died in 2013.

Presently Howard acts as Treasurer and is also editor of the church newsletter.

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Mary Hatherell  Mary nell

I was born in Slough and attended Gilliat Hall Sunday School and Services at St Paul’s Church.

In my teens I attended the Methodist Central Hall Church where I was to meet my future husband who was a flugel horn player in The First Slough Boys’ Brigade. We were married in Malaysia in 1957 where he was stationed with the RAF. Our son was born in 1960 and inherited our love of music, graduating from The Royal Academy of Music as a trombonist. I was confirmed by the Bishop of Reading at RAF Benson in 1963.

In 1988 we bought a holiday home in Spain and as a result of the first Gulf War when we had to leave Bahrain where my husband was working we decided to move here permanently. I joined the La Siesta church choir in 1991 and was an Elder for five years. Sadly my husband died and 1992 after a long illness and I received wonderful support from everyone.

Eventually I became the organist for the church for 17 years, retiring in June 2008 and became a member of the choir, occasionally helping out with playing for the church. I was invited to return as an Elder in 2010 and have found many changes – all for the betterment of La Siesta Church.

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David Linsell  header

David was born just outside Romford in Essex, the youngest of four children. He had three older sisters who spoilt him! He attended a very large boy's school where he excelled at athletics, became deputy head boy and was very upset on having to leave after staying on for GCEs.

He went on to an apprenticeship as an Instrument Maker with Cable and Wireless. He met Elaine who introduced him to her Christian family and he became a regular at Elaine's church

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They married in 1961 and had four children who were all brought up in the Christian faith. He was confirmed with his daughter Maxine at Alresford church in Essex where he and Elaine sang in the choir.

During his working life he always worked as an engineer and finished up at Essex University. They moved to Spain on retiring and met some wonderful people including Pastor Keith and his lovely wife, Kath.

They returned to the UK in 2008 and settled in Harwich, attending Dovercourt Central church and sang with them. David and Elaine joined a Ukelele club and went around to old people's homes to entertain and did many gigs at local venues. Due to Elaine's poor health, they returned to Spain for the better weather and recently became full members of La Siesta Evangelical church and proud to be so.

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Jean McNary  JeanMcnary

I was born in Belfast in January 1945 the only child of Ann and Robert McConnell. I was fortunate to have loving, Christian parents. From an early age I was taken to Sunday School and soon came to know the Lord.

As a family we attended Seaview Presbyterian Church and for more than twenty years I was an Officer in the Girls’ Brigade. I married there in 1966. I have one son Warren and two grandchildren Ryan and Amy. Unfortunately my marriage ended in divorce in 1988.

I remarried in 1993. My husband Chris was a Regional Manager for Media Marketing and for a short time we lived in London and West Yorkshire.

We returned to Northern Ireland and built a bungalow on the County Antrim Coast. We joined Whitehead Presbyterian Church and I became a Committee Member and a Sunday School Teacher.

My working career was a varied one. I was a P.E. Teacher, a Sales Rep. and prior to retiring for twenty-two years a Property Valuer/Manager for Private Clients, Banks and Building Societies.

My husband and I retired to Spain in 2004 and after visiting many local churches we found ourselves at home at La Siesta Evangelical Church. We became members in 2006. Sadly my hushand Chris died suddenly in June 2010.

I am a member and Treasurer of the Fellowship Committee and now an Elder. With Gods help I will continue to serve him and La Siesta Evangelical Church.

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Gordon Newlands  head

Born, brought up and educated in Edinburgh where I had a long association with the Boys’s Brigade as a boy and later as an officer.

I worked in the Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland for seven and a half years and then left to train as a Primary School Teacher. I taught in Edinburgh and West Lothian before becoming Head Teacher of Fox Covert Primary School in the west of Edinburgh in 1982.

After fifteen years there I took early retirement and moved to Spain with my wife Wilma. We first came to La Siesta Evangelical Church in 1997-1998 while renting a property in Calle Purcell. On completion of our home in Cuidad Quesada we moved there in September 1998.

Sadly Wilma’s health deteriorated and she died in San Jaime Hospital in January 2010.

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Sharron Rippon  Megan Wright

I am Elizabeth Sharon Rippon and was born on 5th June 1952 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.  I was born into a very loving family and was one of four children.  After finishing school I worked in the Head Office of a Bank for several years and then changed jobs.  Before I left Zimbabwe I was a Credit Controller for a Finance Company.  I was married in Zimbabwe and we had a son.  We decided to leave Zimbabwe when our son was two years old because we didn’t want our son to be brought up in a very unstable and violent country.  We moved to England but I had to leave my very close family behind in Zimbabwe, which was very difficult to do.  Unfortunately, my marriage broke-down, however, I stayed in England because by this time my family had also left Zimbabwe and are now living in South Africa.

I was living in Skegness and did seasonal work for several years until I joined, what was, the DHSS, where I worked for 23 years.  While in Skegness I met Terry and we were married on the 29th July, 1985.  Between us we say we have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  We moved to Spain in 2007 and said we would give it two years.  We are still here and loving it!!

I was brought up as a Christian and attended Sunday school and regularly attended church.  In Skegness I was a member of the Skegness Methodist Church.  While I was there I was in the Choir and a Steward.  Moving to Spain I have always attended La Siesta Evangelical Church, although only officially became a member on the 23rd February 2014.  Since then I became an Elder on 23rd April 2017.  That day was one of my proudest and most profound of days.  I now hope to be an example to my Church and to also be able to lead by example.  

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Sue Stacey  head

I was born on the Isle of Wight but I grew up in Brighton and Hove in Sussex. My parents were not regular church goers but we had an Anglican Church at the top of our road where I joined the Brownies and the Sunday School. I believe this is where my faith first started and has never left me.

Although life and work prevented me from attending church on a regular basis, as I grew older I never stopped praying on a daily basis and drew strength from reading the bible. I married my first husband but this was not to work out and we divorced. I have never been blessed with children.

After a couple of false starts in my working life, I found my vocation in working in Personnel where I was lucky enough to obtain Day Release to study for my Institute of Personnel Management. I also met my best friend and future husband, Bob. We married in St.Luke’s Church, Ironbridge and were very happily married for twenty seven years. During this time we moved to the West Midlands as Bob’s work took him to Wolverhampton and I began to work for H.Samuels the Jewellers at their Head Office in Birmingham as their Personnel and Training Manager.

We moved house several times but after taking early retirement we moved to a tiny hamlet in Shropshire where we spent ten happy years. Little did I know but we were destined to make one more move and that, of course, was to Spain. I have lived here now for eight years. Sadly Bob passed away in 2015 but I know he never regretted the move to Spain. They say God works in mysterious ways and Bob's passing brought me to this Church for which I am very grateful. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be welcomed here and feel so much a part of the Church family.

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Helen Tudor  helenTudor

I was born in Oswestry, Shropshire in 1945 and completed my schooling at the local high school.

At 17, I joined the Women’s Royal Army Corps and after basic training had my only overseas posting to… Anglesey. After two years analysing film of (mis)guided missile flights I was posted to Guildford to train new recruits for a further 2 years.

After a brief spell working in a hospital pharmacy, I served 2 years in the Police before finding a niche in t he Post Office where I worked for 30 years spending the last 20 in the financial headquarters in Chesterfield. It was here that I be came a member of the local Methodist church.

We bought a holiday apartment in Spain in 1990 and enjoyed this “bolt hole” so much that when I gained early retirement, we decided to live permanently in Quesada in 2000. I was pleased to be introduced to the Evangelical church in La Siesta and have enjoyed these years as part of the church family.

I look forward to making a useful contribution to the church’ s continued success, as an Elder.

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Kathy Walton Brown  head

My name is Kathy Walton-Brown I was born in Yorkshire on the 20th March youngest daughter to Roy and Edith Walton. I had 2 brothers and 1 sister I lost my eldest brother Darren 2 years ago in Canada.

My eldest sister Lyn lives in the U.S.A. and my other brother Shaun lives in Canada with a number of my other relatives.

My mother was Roman Catholic so I grew up in the catholic faith being baptised and confirmed and always loved going to Sunday school and learning all about my Lord He has guided me all my life.

At an early age I would sing in the church choir which I loved, joining in with the small shows they would put on. It became quite clear at an early age I would become an entertainer always showing off, my stage name came about when I was offered a spot in a summer show in Skegness.

Kathy Walton did not run off the tongue, Carson was my mother’s maiden name and that's how Cathy Carson was born.

I turned professional at 11yrs old missing out on a lot of school but going out into the great big world I soon learned about life.

My faith was always with me leading and guiding me. I sang all over the world and went to many different churches even getting to sing in some of them.

I met and married my first husband John while on summer season and he was the drummer in the Group, The Three New Pennies.

After my singing career I worked for the Lincoln Co-op starting on the tills and then as a troubleshooting Manager visiting branches that had a serious problem before running my own Co-op branch in Woodhall Spa which brings back so many happy memories.

John and I were married for 23 years but sadly the marriage was dissolved.

I would always find time to put on a charity event to raise money for the church.

I met and married Keith while working as a care assistant at London Luton Airport once again God lead me to change directions.

Keith and I found ourselves going to an Anglican Church but most times I found it too high for me and I preferred a lower church which is how we found ourselves attending and being very involved at a Church in Kempston in Bedfordshire.

Keith and I came to live in Spain 12yrs ago and we soon made many new friends.

Again I took up singing and led a group of singers for a few years singing for many charities, but have now retired from that life style.

We have been to many churches here in Spain but were eventually led to La Siesta Evangelical Church which led me onto where I am today in his tender care leading me in my faith.

Becoming an Elder was an honour and I pray that with our Lords guidance I can continue with his work here in La Siesta, Spain.

Yours in Christ. Kathy

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Sue Weaver  Megan Wright

I was born and raised in Loughborough, Leicestershire, the eldest of 3 children.  My father attended the local Baptist Church on a regular basis and, whilst I attended with him, it was not every week.  I married and, although the marriage did not last, I had five beautiful children. 

I met and married Andrew and we have been married since 1982.  We moved to Spain in February 2008. 

I worked in the NHS for thirty years as a Nurse.  During these years I always had Christ as my companion but, following a trauma in my life, I questioned my belief and entered into a spiritual wilderness.  The following years were lonely and I felt a huge part of my life was missing.  After many failed attempts, I reconnected with my God here at La Siesta Evangelical Church.  After attending Church for some 18 months I became a Member and now feel privileged to have become an Elder in April 2017. 

I am an ordinary person who has been given the extraordinary gift of Faith, Hope and Love.  I look forward to serving my Church and its congregation.

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