Roehampton: Duncan & Shay Forbes
New Life Church, Roehampton, (South West London)
Duncan was born and raised on the Alton Estate, Roehampton South West London. Keen to move away from the area, his heart was set on joining the Parachute Regiment until he felt God call him to serve in God’s army instead. Since then Duncan has been involved in missionary work in Albania, prison ministry in England and youth outreach in various council estates. In his home estate in Roehampton, Duncan started a music studio for the local youth, which eventually became the ‘Wandsworth Youth Inclusion Project’. During this time Duncan married Shay from the USA and together they started a project called “HigherVibe” which used Christian urban music & Bible studies to outreach to the youth of London.
In 2004 Duncan & Shay started a Bible study in their house which eventually outgrew their living room, and the church was started in December 2005.
Duncan and Shay have two children, Jayda and Josiah. Until recently, Shay worked as an interventions co-ordinator at Wandsworth Youth Inclusion Project, and Duncan was a music technology lecturer at South Thames College. Duncan has a Theology degree in Theological and Pastoral Studies from Oak Hill College, and is presently doing Doctoral Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary.
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