Name - James McAlister
Position - Centre Co-ordinator
Qualifications - BA Honours Degree in Youth & Community Work and Practical Theology.
About James - Important things to know about me:
I am a husband to Gillian, and a dad to Benjamin, Ethan and Emma. I have a love for eighties and nineties movies; much to the misfortune of family, friends and young people. And I love board and card games [this seems pretty sad, right? It gets worse.] I am a Liverpool FC supporter, and yes I am aware that in my lifetime they have never won the Premier League, and each year I make that statement, "this is our year".
All of this aside, I am the product of youth provision. In my teenage years I was supported, cared for and encouraged by some of the finest individuals that a person could know. It is through their friendship and example that I became a Christian; modelling Jesus in conversation and in practice, and supporting me through some of life's difficult times. These experiences as a young person, ultimately led me in a clear direction; a career in youth work and ministry.
It has been over ten years since that journey began, gaining experience in various organisations and growing in confidence in my understanding and ability in working with young people. This has led me to Comber Youth for Christ, locally known as The Net Youth Project, where I have had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most amazing young people.
I love what I do, and I'm thankful that I get to do it with The Net Youth Project. We have worked hard to develop the provision that we currently offer, incorporating theory and theology into our practice and methodology; all the while ensuring that all that we do is to the benefit of every young person and reinforcing the simple fact that we are all made for more.
Name: Steph Doherty
Position: Youth Worker
Qualifications: BSc Hons in Community Youth Work
Well where to start…. I am a Comber girl at heart! Went to Comber Primary and people will know me mostly from playing Mogli in the Jungle Book in P7, always acting a lig in 2nd Comber’s Christmas panto’s and shouting my head off on stage at Comber Fair in the Square (while freezing my butt off).
I am married to Phil and we have an awesome wee boy Caleb who is constantly attached to my hip. I love to dance, act and sing (even though i can’t really do any of the these!!). I love watching sport and my favourite time of year is when the six nations starts in February.
What people may not know: I have a passion for young people and letting them know that God loves them completely. I have been a youth worker now for nearly 10 years and always wanted to work in my hometown. This is what has brought me to The Net Youth Project and I pray God uses me to help young people in any way I can to achieve their full potential and maybe come to know a bit more about Him in the process!
Name: Anna Boyd
Position: Youth Worker
Qualifications - BA Honours Degree in Youth & Community Work and Practical Theology.About Beth:
I’m Anna, wife to Gary and mum to two toddler boys, George and Jesse (give me all the caffeine!) Also not forgetting our miniature schnauzer, Toby, who is very much our third, and undoubtedly easiest, child.
I’m a big time milk drinker and lover of anything if it’s covered in sweet and sour sauce. Also an avid watcher of property programmes (favourite hands down - ‘Phil and Kirsty’s Love It or List It’) and love a good Channel 4 documentary.
I worked in youth and children’s ministry for over five years before moving into youth and community work over the past four years, which included schools mentoring and family support; Im really looking forward to putting all the skills I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had to good use at The Net and to see how God is going to use me in Comber.
I have a real heart for working with young people and love the community that comes with that; I’ve worked with some amazing young people in the past who I’ve watched grow into incredible young adults and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to experience this at The Net; supporting young people and their families.