Life and Leadership – Tracee McAtear – 2
Interview series from 2019 with church leader, Tracee McAtear.
So you’re an Australian missionary in England? How and when did you discover your calling? What happened next?
In terms of calling, I haven’t got a defining moment when I heard God tell me what I was going to do with my life. It has unfolded as I have tried to live out my relationship with Jesus as I read it in the Bible. Right now, my husband and I consider ourselves missionaries to the UK.
When I was a teenager, I felt challenged after a youth camp to stop living differently at school than I did at the weekend at church. At that point I went public with my faith in my state secondary school and started leading the lunchtime Christian Union group.
Ever since then I have tried to live publicly for Jesus and make Him known wherever I was situated, whether in my studies or later in my work as a secondary teacher. Looking back, I was living missionally, whether it was running outreaches on campus while I was at university or teaching Christian studies in a state school in Australia.
I have always loved the church from a young age; while I was studying and working I served in a volunteer capacity wherever I could. I started by being involved in creative ministries, as well as childrens and youth ministries.
When I first met Kirk I was the youth leader of our church. Kirk’s first involvement in youth ministry was serving on the youth team I was leading!
When Kirk and I first married we were bi-vocational leaders in the church; we had day jobs and led in church ministries in our spare time. We loved it! One of our pastors was particularly passionate about Mission; he invited us to join his church planting team and Kirk became an employed pastor. As part of this church plant we had the opportunity to be involved in local mission outreaches, as well as participating in short term missions trips.
On the back of two separate short term missions trips in 2008, Kirk and I individually sensed God stirring us to pursue a longer term mission abroad. We prayed a crazy prayer – ‘Lord, I will go anywhere in the world for you.’ We resigned our jobs and the next day the Global Financial Crisis hit!
Tracee is the Executive Pastor of Connect Church in Birmingham UK. Tracee is passionate about effectively stewarding resources to release greater vision and impact not only in her own church, but across the Kingdom of God. A former mathematics teacher, Tracee has learned that faith requires action beyond calculations. Tracee moved to the UK with her husband Kirk, son Josiah & daughter Ruby, 11 years ago from Australia to undertake a big faith adventure. They have fallen in love with the people of Birmingham but still occasionally miss Tim Tam biscuits.
Life and Leadership
–is an interview series with leaders involved in the Global Leadership Network and the Global Leadership Summit. Interview by Will Salmon.