David Gleed was brought up in the West Country and
trained as a teacher in Wales before
pursuing Theological and Pastoral studies in Bristol. Home is in the
Pembrokeshire town of Tenby close to the UK´s only truly coastal National Park. David founded Pilgrim
Adventure in the 1980s and has been involved as Leader of the organisation, and Journeying, from its very earliest days,
leading many holiday journeys in Britain and Ireland.
Atkinson has a background in Nursing and is married to Geoff. She currently
works for Prospects, a national Christian organisation that helps adults
with learning difficulties.They have two grown up children. Coming from
Ireland Daphne loves Celtic heritage and has a passion for the great
outdoors, where she finds the grandeur and mystery of God displayed in
all its vagaries. She enjoys being with the folk who choose to journey
with us and risk ‘Wandering for the love of Christ’.
Atkinson lives in Cornwall and is a retired teacher and Housemistress, with a grown-up
family and two grandchildren. She has a keen interest in Celtic Spirituality,
fostered through visits to the lovely offshore islands that straggle much
of the western seaboard of the British Isles - ‘thin’ places where
the Celtic Christians felt creation and Creator to be very close. Jill
first travelled with Pilgrim Adventure to Orkney in 1997. Her first journey
as a pilgrim leader took her to Ireland in 2003.
Lyn Barritt writes : "I am very attracted to
Celtic spirituality, and this led me to Iona where I enjoyed the worship and the
building of community, and then to Lindisfarne.
I love quiet remote places where there is space and time to reflect and to just
‘be’. I have enjoyed exploring Orkney, Croagh Patrick & Inishbofin, St David’s
& Tenby, and Fair
Isle with Pilgrim Adventure. I like walking, wildlife, and Taize
music. I was a primary school teacher before taking early retirement. I live in
Chester with my husband, a dog called George, and
a cat called Alice".
Tina Barton's strong Christian commitment has led to short term work in the
Philippines, Brazil and the Sinai but retirement from nursing brought
the thrill of new challenges. She
began to do things which she had wanted to pursue all her life - inc.
travel and a degree in History and Theology. After an MA Course at
Redcliffe College she taught in Africa (schools, rural communities and
churches) with teams of young students from the UK. Tina greatly appreciates Britain's many secret corners known to Celtic communities long ago and her first Pilgrim Adventure holiday
was in the late 1990s and she has travelled 'on the edge' to
Inishbofin, Ballycastle & Corrymeela, Colonsay, Orkney and Fair Isle
amongst others. Tina lives in Warrington.
in his native Isle of Man where he enjoys exploring the hills and
coast. He loves walking to recharge his batteries, and particularly fond
the SW Coastal Footpath & the English Lakes. He’d like
to see a fairer division of the world’s resources and is involved with
Christian Aid. Back in the 80s he spent a couple of years working
in Pakistan with Church Mission Society, for whom he later co-led groups
of young people to Russia and Pakistan.
in his 50’s, Steve Evemy spent most of his working life with Royal Mail,
travelling all over the country, though in September 2004 he started a
new career working near his home in Southampton, where he has lived
since 1979. He is married with two teenage sons. His first journey (with
Pilgrim Adventure) was in 2001 to St Kilda, where he enjoyed the
companionship offered by a small group of fellow Christians from a
variety of backgrounds. Since then Steve has enjoyed becoming a leader
and has tried to facilitate similar experiences for others in those
remote places where the spirit seems more accessible than in our busy
Heppleston was brought up in Wales and after graduation did wildlife research for
seven years, followed by 27 years teaching.
He is married to Hazel, from Aberdeenshire, who has spent most of her working adult
life with 3-5 year olds. Both follow an ecumenical pattern of worshipping
in a number of different churches. They have a grown-up family of
three daughtersand currently live in Derbyshire, where Paul is a writer and musician, particularly involved in churches and in the community, leading
music events and reflective days. Together they have visited numerous islands and have led Journeying and Pilgrim Adventure journeys to many parts of the British Isles, including Orkney, where they lived for 20 years. Paul belongs to the Iona Community which reflects his concern for prayerful action and social justice and a desire to reveal
the Christian faith as relevant today. They are both are committed to mission in its broadest sense - and to the Celtic and Ignatian approaches, seeing
‘God in all things’ - in both people and in the natural world.
GrenvilleJones lives in Sale and is a part-time Physics lecturer.
Lewis has lived in Bristol for most of her life and now works as PA to the
Chief Executive of a large NHS Hospital Trust. She worships at St
Mary's, Fishponds, is involved with two choirs in the city and enjoys
'walking on the wild side' (of Britain). Having enjoyed several day
walks with Pilgrim Adventure, her first full trip was to St David’s in
Pembrokeshire) and since then she has never looked back. The Celtic
approach to spirituality and life has appealed to her for many years and
'finding God in Creation' is a wonderful complement to her busy
Cate Macfarlane, who is of Irish descent, has worked in
nursing most of her adult life, enjoys exploring the furthermost reaches of
Great Britain and Ireland and especially areas bounded by hill and
mountain. Since joining Pilgrim Adventure she has enjoyed sharing journey
experiences with others to Iona & Tiree, Fair Isle, Dingle & the
Blaskets, Donegal & beyond. She
appreciates the richness of Spiritual Ecumenism and in particular exploring the
ways in which Celtic & Creation Spiritualities can be expressed. She
enjoys keeping fit & maintaining a holistic view on life - and shares the ethos of the Iona Community.
Andrew Ross has has been interested in natural history and the Christian faith
since a child. He studied Biology and has spent much of his life
teaching in schools and colleges. Kate too is a Biology graduate, but
works supporting victims of crime. Soon after they were married they
spent five years as missionaries in Rwanda with their three young boys
who are now grown up. Andrew and his wife Kate live in Hampshire where they keep
busy tending their two allotments, growing apples, walking in the
national parks, being involved in local church activities - and with
Eastleigh Sustainability group. They enjoy holidays in Scotland and the
Iain Tweedale lives in Wales with his wife Sue and two grown-up sons.
His family tree includes branches in Scotland, Ireland and Cornwall which might
explain his love for remote Celtic landscapes. He is interested in the history
of Celtic Christianity and in how its characteristics can be applied to life in
the twenty first century, with some of these themes being explored in his novel
about a journey on the old pilgrim trail through Wales to St David's. Iain's day
job is in the media industry where he works for the BBC.
Jon Wilkinson is a vicar, married to Libby and has two young daughters, Rebecca and Hannah. They have lived in central Gateshead since 1998. Jon has enjoyed walking (especially in the Lake District) for many years. He also enjoy playing the drums, local history and playing golf "when I get the time ".