Alastair and Helen Kerr
Working for OM Ireland
Alastair & Helen Kerr have been working with OM Ireland since August 2002. In February 2013 Alastair was appointed National Director. As well as heading up the work in Ireland, this role also requires him to travel overseas at times to attend Leaders meetings, training courses and speaking engagements. Helen has been a stay at home Mum for the past 12 years, but is now in the OM office once or twice a week to help with administration.
Alastair grew up on the family farm in Co. Donegal. He moved to London in 1989 and studied accountancy whilst working in central London. After qualifying Alastair worked for three months in Malawi before joining OM in January 1998. He was based at the OM UK headquarters in Shropshire for four and a half years, also taking on the role of Area Finance Officer for Latin America (until 2004).
Helen grew up in London. She took secretarial studies at College and went to Edinburgh for a gap year with Edinburgh City Mission in September 1991 – but stayed for seven years! As a member of St Paul’s & St George’s church, she was involved in many areas of P's & G's ministry. After completing the Network course Helen joined OM UK in May 1998 to use her administration skills for God in mission.
Alastair & Helen met at OM UK and were married in Helen’s home church in London in August 2000. Then in 2002 an opportunity arose to set up an office in Ireland.
OM Ireland started in County Donegal in August 2002 with two families and three year-team participants. In August 2008 OM Ireland moved to Lacken House, Co Rosommon in the heart of Ireland. Since then the ministry of OM Ireland has developed to now having 35 full time staff and nine one year students.
OM Ireland is well known by its Big Red Bus ministry, a double decker London Bus with space upstairs for puppet shows and downstairs for crafts and activities, and a kitchen. In 2012 OM Ireland purchased a newer bus which has been converted and painted red of course!
The Creative Arts team does multimedia shows which are very popular with the schools in Ireland. There is a Youth department which goes into secondary schools to lead all-day retreats and Social Science and RE classes. OM Ireland's gap year programme, Immersion, gives students training for two months at the OM Ireland base followed by church placements. They finish off their year in Ireland by leading one of the summer outreach Impact teams.
Alisha, Hannah and Daniella all attend the chess club at their school (which Alastair teaches) Alisha goes to Irish Dancing, Hannah plays Gaelic Football and Daniella loves ballet. Ruairi and Callum also show great potential at chess, and enjoy numbers. Alastair plays football, loves listening to music and eating Mexican food! Helen is enjoying adult Irish Dancing classes and meeting up with other mums. They attend a local international church in Roscommon town.