It is with great pleasure and excitement to announce the recent appointment of a new DNA team member; Eleanor Hearing!! Eleanor has been serving DNA on support staff for a number of years; providing team and trainees with much needed and very tasty sustenance, leading small group, praying for trainees and helping deliver the course as well as much more.
Time and time again Eleanor has shown her value and gifting in her role; blessing the DNA team and the trainees alike. Her growth and desire to serve over the past couple of years has been inspirational and we are really excited to see how that continues. Highlighting the fact that she is far more than a support member of staff.
So please help us in giving a VERY warm and well-deserved welcome to Eleanor as she starts this new role as a DNA Team Member. Congratulations Eleanor!! Read on to find out a bit more about Eleanor in her own words………
I did my first year with DNA all the way back in 2002/3 and then my DNA 2 (DNA Online as it was then) year in 2004/5. As part of my DNA 2 year I also served as chef and general support staff with another former trainee at all the training blocks in Battersea. It was probably at this point that I discovered I could cook!
Since then I have got married, had an 8 year career as a carer for the elderly with dementia, given up that career and now have a varied life doing lots of voluntary work. Thankfully my wonderful husband Richard shoulders the responsibility of earning money as an Electrician, for which I am very grateful.
I have never really left DNA and have served in many roles, often involving cooking but not exclusively. Three years ago I took on the role of full time chef for all the residentials, taking over from my friend Penny who had done the job for 10 years! My personal aim is to beat her record!
I have also been support staff and cook for all the Bromley training blocks for the last three years alongside other wonderful DNA family members including Jack Robson, Freddi Wilson & Will Little with whom I have also led small groups. Joining these roles together (residential & blocks) has meant that I have been able to improve things such as the variety of meals as well as making the best use of the budget.
I have always loved being involved in DNA and it is a privilege to get to work with my friends and have input into the lives of so many trainees over the years.
Outside of DNA I have many other jobs! I am part of the leadership of my Church, in particular I am the small group coordinator. I also co-lead the Community Bible Study in Luton where I lead a small group and do some of the teaching. I also do some work with a charity in Luton which works with the women working on the streets of Luton, this mostly involves eating dinner and talking about Jesus!
For relaxation I love to cycle, cook (obviously), watch movies, do anything that has to do with elephants and drive anything that moves (including tanks)!