Queensland-born Margaret Thornton, who served in Kenya as a CMS Missionary from 1967 to 2002, worked closely with Bishop Neville Langford-Smith and his wife Vera for eight years and witnessed the remarkable growth of the Anglican Church in East Africa over thirty years. She served in various capacities, earned a Masters Degree in Distance Education and finally worked as Provincial Director of Theological Education by Extension (TEE) in the Anglican Church of Kenya, facilitating courses, editing and publishing. Her second book, The First 80 Years: A History of St John’s Anglican Church Burleigh Heads, was published by St John’s Parish in 2011.

Why Margaret enjoys writing …

History has always fascinated me, as has English language, so to blend these two interests together in producing something expressive, and as true to the events as it is possible to be, is a challenging and stimulating task. Writing is a wonderful way of preserving history and capturing a picture of life as it has been lived or is being lived around us. It is exciting that one can write for the pleasure of writing and that others may read it, reflect upon it and perhaps find in it something meaningful, entertaining, or useful. As a Christian writer, I also hope that what I write will be a blessing.