iamRefuge: Owen

carried through the hard times

My childhood wasn’t easy, by the time I was 11 I had not only lost my Dad but my little sister and three out of four grandparents and I also really struggled with school and church. When I was 12, I became a Christian at the Scripture Union mission at Whiting Bay on Arran after being given the comic version of the Journey Into Life pamphlet. This was the first time that the story of Jesus had been presented to me in way that I could understand. 

Since becoming a Christian, I have continued to experience loss in my life. In December my wife, Jen, and I found out that we were pregnant. After a number of years of experiencing infertility it seemed like our prayers had been answered—however, it was not to be as we found out a couple of weeks later that our pregnancy was ectopic. During this time, I was reminded of how much God carries us through the hard times.


how did you come to be part of Refuge?

Jen and I were looking for a Bible-based church and we had known of Refuge from Jen being involved in its early years. And from the first time walking through doors we knew it was the right church for us.


What are some of the things you think are really great about Refuge?

The thing that is great about Refuge is the people that make up the church and the family atmosphere that it creates.


How are you involved in life at Refuge?

I serve on the set up and tear down team, sound and slides team and recently I have started to become involved in the kids ministry at Refuge.


what about Refuge encourages your faith?

My prayer life has grown significantly since joining Refuge, because having someone pray for you and pray into your life was so alien to me before. 


If you could tell anyone Just one thing about Refuge?

Refuge is for everyone no matter what your background, everyone is made to feel welcome.


I am refuge | series 2

During the run-up to Easter, we are introducing a number of folk from our church family in this IamRefuge series. Ensure that you don’t miss them by liking our Facebook page!

View the original series from last year
here.