PFS Annual Meeting and Conference 2019

About our Speakers

KEYNOTE: Professor John WYATT

John Wyatt is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, University College London and a Senior Researcher at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge University. His background is as a paediatrician caring for sick and premature infants and as a medical scientist researching into the prevention of brain injury in newborn babies. He has a long-standing interest in ethical challenges raised by advances in medical technology and has frequently engaged in public and professional consultations and debates from the perspective of the Christian faith.

His book Matters of Life and Death has been translated into more than 10 languages. His most recent book is Dying Well, also published by IVP. John is chair of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics and President of the Christian Medical Fellowship. He is lead for the clinical ethics network at University College London Hospitals and a member of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He and his wife Celia are longstanding members of All Souls Church in London.

Dr Jennifer BUTE

Jennifer was previously a GP, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She retired early as a GP, due to Young Onset Dementia. Since then it has become her passion to try and help people understand dementia, and believes it is a great opportunity, and indeed for her a God-given, unexpected gift to so do.

Debs FIDLER

Debs is a community worker at Hope Community Church (Mottram) and is passionate about the biblical role and value of older people. Over the last five years, alongside enthusiastic volunteers, Debs has established a vibrant ministry from the church and within the community. She is studying for a BA in Third Age Mission and Ministry at Cliff College and more recently, developed an inter-church befriending service (Silver Cord), working alongside the police and statutory services in Tameside. She enjoys live music, a good film and occasionally playing in a five piece folk band.

Rev. Roger HITCHINGS

Roger has spent almost 50 years working with older people. Having worked with people with sensory loss in Bristol, he then engaged with the wide range of issues that affect people in later life in Birmingham. That was followed by full-time pastoral ministry in the East Midlands. His involvement in working with older people has, including through speaking and writing on the whole range of older people’s issues. In particular he has focussed on the teachings of the Bible in respect of later years and how an understanding of this teaching should enhance the way we minister to people in their later years.

Janet JACOB (with Sally Trigg & Jo Dunne)

Janet has a career spanning over fifty years in nursing and caring for older people. She trained as a psycho-geriatric nurse before moving on to manage residential care homes for older people. Many of those years were spent working for the Pilgrim’s Friend Society, supporting God’s people in their later years, and then in being involved in speaking at seminars and conferences. She considers it a joy and a privilege to be able to help those caring for their loved ones and to pass on her experiences and knowledge.

Sally and Jo have been running Brain & Soul Boosting sessions at Stapleford baptist Church Nottingham since April 2016. They meet alternate Fridays and have been thrilled with the opportunities to be part of, and share such a wonderful resource with, a very responsive and enthusiastic group of seniors. The whole programme structure and format fulfills the key principles in the workbook and is easy to follow.

Louise MORSE

Louise is an author of leading books on dementia and old age and is a frequent contributor to Christian media. A journalist with a diploma in international marketing, and a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (with a small private practice), Louise currently heads up Media and External relations activity for Pilgrims’ Friend Society.