Meet the Team
Michael Bushby: Gateshead
My name is Michael Bushby and I am from Gateshead, where I have lived for most of my life. I have been married to my wife Maria for the past 27 years and I have two wonderful daughters from my marriage called Jennifer and Helen. My background is Police, Revenue Control Inspector and I currently drive passenger service trains for a German Rail Operator. I am also a City Centre Chaplain based at St Andrews Church In Newcastle, where I have served for the past 5 years.
I was introduced to the Christian faith back in 1993 through a work colleague and was subsequently baptised as a borne again believer in a small charismatic Church called the North East Christian Centre in South Shields, where I worshipped for several years. Sadly, the Church is typical of many small independent Churches and with dwindling numbers was forced to close. I guess my walk with God has been fairly straight forward, but in May 2013 my faith was surely tested because I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer with tumours in my neck, chest, stomach, spleen and bone marrow. The oncologist also told me that my condition was incurable. I recall hearing the news and feeling quite spaced out because I just didn't get it. I also remember feeling a sense of peace as the story of the woman with the issue of blood came to mind and now it was my turn to press through the crowd of doctors, nurses, scans and treatments keeping my eyes on Jesus. I have always believed in a God of love and so I turned my faith over to him for healing. I received 6 months of chemotherapy and there were times when my faith was completely tested, and this was challenged when I was locked away in isolation with an infection and hooked up to strong antibiotics and drugs, but my faith never wavered and I received tremendous support and prayers from my fellowship and friends. It is true to say that I had friends praying for me the length and breadth of the country, but there was one prayer warrior who stood out from the crowd, and that is my dear brother Richard Trotter because Richard would often send me a prayerful text message when I needed it most. " I don't know what you're going through, but I know you will come through this ." Thank you Richard, I shall never forget the love and support I received from you because we got through this together !
I am now in remission and I have put this behind me because God is amazing ! Doors continue to open for me without so much as an effort. My Chaplaincy work is going well and I have just joined a new Church in Felling called Christ Church, where we recently held a meeting for CVM. I am registered as a contact for CVM and I am now looking forward to taking up the challenge as co-ordinator for Gateshead. God has given me a good network of blokes to work with and I am in no doubt that some of these guys are keen to get alongside me in my new role with CVM.