Hannah Flint / Church Leader.
I never dreamt I’d be doing this. Maybe the moving to LA part, but not the church bit. There are a lot of church leaders and missionaries in my ancestry, and it was never what I had planned.
I grew up between England, the States and Asia as a pastor’s and ‘mish’ kid (alllllll the baggage); the second of five sisters. By15, I’d decided for certain that christianity wasn’t for me, but after a decent search for meaningful experiences, via some stuff that sucked a lot, I found myself in a church again by my mid-20s. It was St Marys - our church in London - where I had a series of powerful and healing encounters, both with Jesus and other christians.
I wooed Ed after a long and highly competitive campaign in 2005. (Thank you. I know.)
I’ve spent the last few years running the animation department of a digital agency in London. I write, i pastor, i keep clients happy, and i mother our 3 girls, usually juggling it all with the dexterity of a circus clown.
I’m passionate about finding a way for everyone to thrive in church, especially those who have never done so before. I’m not into many of the models and ‘ministries' women might have - historically - seen and been subjected to. We view women as fully-inheriting, badass kingdom-bringers, with equality of calling and opportunity. (The crafting part is entirely optional.)
Despite never having planned on leading a church, I have learnt to live by the philosophy that if it’s what God’s doing, there's no better adventure to be on and no better life to pursue.
The prayer ministry at the end is always my favourite part of the service.
jumping off high stuff into deep water / barolo / that every day is new / travelling without advance booking / pink skies / yorkshire / joni mitchell's blue / oversharing / dancing with my girls / the magical combination of cilantro, lime and chilli / knowing what i did exactly a year ago today / lake kivu / the under-water guess-this-song game / petrichor / happy hour oysters / tormund giantsbane / a precise coincidence / mad men / spring / sonoma /cholula hot sauce on absolutely everything / old saabs / a crunchy harmony / my avocado tree / pat conroy novels / staying in the bath until the water goes cold / caitlin moran / self-awareness / early kings of leon / the big forests of the pacific north-west / lists.
unpacking / sequins / a missed joke / an unavailable condiment / when people say ‘just kidding’ after obviously doing so / being told i’m mumbling / being told to smile / every single thing about bowling / cryptic crosswords / excessive levels of ‘hygiene’ being inflicted on children / the term 'yummy mummy' / motion sickness / naked trees in winter / picking the wrong queue / repetitive sniffing /the squirrel that half-eats my avocados / gender-based assumptions / yelp / compulsively ‘keeping an eye out’ for something lost forever / that I usually don't leave enough time / tinned meat / junk mail / fox news