19 Jul Alumnus Receives British Empire Medal
Congratulations to alumnus, The Revd Neil Roberts (Theology, 1990), minister of Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church in the West Midlands, who was recently awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Chelmsley Wood and North Solihull.
The Other Side of Solihull blog, describing Neil as ‘a well-known member of the local community’, highlighted how in recent years Neil has helped drive the refurbishment of the church’s Three Trees Community Centre. He has also been heavily involved in the debate about the North Solihull Regeneration. In 2013, he was one of the leading voices in the ultimately successful campaign to rechristen Craig Croft as Chelmund’s Cross.
Neil said: ‘It was a surprise and really is a recognition of what we have all achieved together as a church and community. The church has worked hard to make the community centre, now called Three Trees, a real centre of community life and beacon of hope and love for our area… We still have a way to go but this is a great encouragement along the way and celebrates all that the church and community have done so far.’
Congratulations, Neil, from all at Regent’s Park College!
Source: The Baptist Times