REGISTERED CHARITY NO. 1071480
Maritime Christian Ministry exists to serve all seafarers arriving on Merseyside docks, through providing pastoral and spiritual care to seafarers of all backgrounds, and by meeting their material needs as appropriate. Ultimately, we exist to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with seafarers everyday.
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“Holding forth the Word of Life.”
Without the work of Maritime Christian Ministries there will be little to no Evangelical presence in the ports of Liverpool, Garston, and Eastham. This means that we serve as Ambassadors of Christ in preaching the Good News of Salvation to seafarers who arrive on these ports.
Think about this: historically, and by nature of their mission, conventional Christian missionaries are sent out to reach the many peoples of the world. In the case of Maritime Christian Ministries, the peoples of the world come to us.
What a great opportunity to share the gospel!
What a great blessing to bring seafarers to Christ!
What a great joy to hold forth the Word of Life!!!
Without the work of Maritime Christian Ministries, there would be little to no evangelical presence in the Ports of Liverpool, Garston and Eastham. This means that we serve as ambassadors of Christ in preaching the good news of salvation to seafarers who visit these ports. Historically, and by nature of their mission, conventional Christian missionaries are “sent out” to reach the many peoples of the world. In the case of Maritime Christian Ministries, the peoples of the world come to us! What a great opportunity to share the Gospel! We have no excuse, but to humbly heed the call to take the good news of salvation to the peoples of the world who arrive at our doorstep! During the recent lockdowns in the UK, as an essential worker, our Port Chaplain was unhindered in his work to minister to the seafarers.
Maritime Christian Ministries (MCM) was formally established in 1998 to continue the Christian Witness in the Port of Liverpool. Stan and Irene Sherrington pioneered this ministry when Stan retired from Seaman’s Christian Friend Society (SCFS) on his 65th Birthday. Not wanting to see this work and witness disappear – Stan’s vision was to begin this new work in the Port under the banner of MCM. The work had been long-established over 50 years.
In the July of 2003 Dave and Dot Robertson came into the work from York. Dave originally had come from Liverpool and had previously worked as a volunteer as part of Stan’s ship visiting team back in the late seventies and early eighties. By the time Dave retired from the work towards the end of 2020, he had visited well over 5000 ships.
Now, Chriswin Raj is appointed as Port Chaplain with MCM. Chriswin is married to Sangeetha and they are based in Liverpool.
MCM, as a registered Charity, is overseen by three Trustees and a Committee of like-minded people who have taken the interests of the work to heart.
Chriswin and Sangeetha Raj are based in North Liverpool within two miles of the Port of Liverpool. They are members of Ebenezer Chapel in Walton. Chriswin visits the many crew on cargo ships to provide pastoral care and support. While he serves seafarers of all backgrounds, Chriswin offers fellowship to Christian seafarers. At any given opportunity he shares the good news of Jesus Christ with the crew on board. If possible, as the Port Chaplain, Chriswin will be invited to hold a Bible Study or a Gospel service on board. Taking the crew on shore leave, out for shopping, helping them find medication, a rare tool or some exotic cuisine – all is part of our Chaplain’s ship visiting agenda. Many times, an amazing shore leave reaches its crescendo when Sangeetha hosts dinner at their home.
Chriswin and Sangeetha are originally from Tamil Nadu, India, and moved to Liverpool after their wedding in December 2019. Sangeetha has a background in Computer Science Engineering and currently works for a bank. She loves shopping around charity stores on Allerton Road and enjoys cooking for people. Chriswin loves Sangeetha’s cooking and enjoys supporting Manchester United. Since 2008, Chriswin pursued academic interests at the University of Manchester – moving from a career in Immunology to Theology. He is currently writing up a Doctoral Thesis in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester.