A century after a high street chapel opened its doors, its minister has been nominated for the Pioneer’s Your Champions.

The Rev Christine Jones from Trinity Church in Ellesmere Port retired last month but many believe no one can deny she made a massive difference to many lives in the town.

Under her stewardship Trinity is said to have become ‘so much more than just a church’ and to have extended its embrace to all residents, believers of any faith or none. Former town mayor Pat Merrick first met Christine during her year of office in 2012/13.

“I attended many events and functions that she championed, Fair Trade, the Foodbank, building a real nativity outside, making Trinity a welcoming hub in the middle of the town where people could go for a cup of tea and a chat, or lunch at the splendid cafe,” she says.

“Everything run by volunteers but always with Chris and her husband at the centre of things.”

She added: “It was with trepidation that I accepted her invitation to chair the Arts Committee that brought the Methodist Collection of Modern Art and the first ever Arts Festival to the Port in 2014.

“Christine had achieved this wonderful opportunity for our town singlehandedly and set up the committee but had decided she needed someone other than herself to act as chair.

“I agreed but in all fairness Rev Chris was the driving force. She had a talent for organising and working tirelessly on projects, then pushing other forwards to accept the glory while she clapped enthusiastically in the background.

“Chris will be missed by many. I hope the festival will continue for many years and be a lasting tribute to a very special woman.”

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