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My Life My Faith: Cherrie Galvin

January 9, 2015

Cherie Galvin Cherrie is the Chief Executive Officer of Faith in Families, an amazing Charity, that delivers effective, energetic and far reaching services to Children, Young People and Families. She is also a member of several councils, trusts and advisory bodies all of which contribute to making a difference in the life of disadvantaged children in Wales. She is the proud mother of three grown up sons. She became a Christian after attending Swansea’s first ever Alpha course run at Greenfields Church 18 years ago Place of birth: Swansea. I was born and brought up near the Gower beaches and always want to live near a beach where I can dance in the waves on a daily basis. What is your happiest memory? Sitting on the beach, with my three sons watching the waves and eating burned sausages. How do you like to relax? My job can be quite challenging and at the end of the day, I grab the dog, nag the boys if they are around and head down to the beach, just to catch the sea air, in rain or shine, some days with a glass of wine others with a flask of tea, but any free time you will find me on Pwll Du. What are you reading at the moment? A lot of my work is research so bedtime reading is Welsh Governments Tackling Poverty Agenda. That sounds so sad! What about TV? I am not a great TV watcher unless it is something that brings us all together. (Living in a household of three young men who adore sport, I rarely get a look in; they refuse to share the off side rule with me - and I am bombarded by match of the day and football fixtures). When has prayer been most important to you? My first real heartfelt prayer was when I fell pregnant for my eldest son, after the heartache of miscarriage; the miracle of his birth began my life as a Christian. Prayer is always important to me; it’s my relationship with My Father in Heaven. It’s not eloquent (sometimes a rant!) but it’s how I make the relationship real. How does your faith shape your daily life? I work with the children and families that live in poverty. Today people in different social circumstances experience avoidable difference and this, quite simply, is unfair and action needs to be taken. My faith gives me the strength to tackle the challenges that come with working to make a difference. What would your top Desert Island Disc be? ... If I were sitting on a beach, and my sons were with me, I would be singing Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” Share a favourite bit of the Bible with us: Jeremiah 29 v 11  “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” How would you like to see your church making a difference? I believe that Church is us, not a building. Church is everyday not just Sunday. I believe that coming together as Church should get us out of our comfort zones and send us where we are needed. That for me is true worship – as Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”