Russ Lees (Facilities / Technical Leader)
Born in West Yorkshire, I was brought up in Batley and, at 18, came to university in Nottingham to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Having been brought up in the Anglican Church and confirmed at 12, I had much background knowledge about the Bible and Christian things, but only came to understand that Jesus died for me, and that I needed to make a personal step of commitment, when away at university through contact with Christians involved with the Navigators, when fellow students shared their faith with me. The following week, on 2nd May 1976, I asked Jesus into my life. I was baptised a year or so later at Beeston Free Church. On completing my course, God led me to stay on in Nottingham, and continue working with the people I’d met in the Navigators, and find a job relevant to my degree.
Within 6 months, after a spell as an industrial cleaner, I joined a small/medium sized electrical engineering firm, and was with them in different roles for over 40 years until I retired in early 2019.
Sally and I married in 1983, and I became a member at Queensberry at about that time also. We have three amazing children (now adults) and three grandchildren of whom we are very proud.
As Facilities/Technical Leader at Queensberry, I attempt to assist other Leaders, and lead the Technical Team as we operate and maintain the Audio/Visual and other electrical/electronic equipment and services required to keep the work of the church running in the 21st century. Our aim is to facilitate more efficient and effective worship, service and outreach, in co-operation with the Holy Spirit, through correct use of modern technology and facilities.