Gaynor Shaw

Gaynor Shaw has been playing the piano for over 30 years and singing into a hairbrush for much longer than that. At the tender age of 14 she was thrown some guitar chords and expected to know what E minor 7th diminished was immediately. Or was it B flat augmented? The photocopying wasn’t the best quality in those days. Welcome to the world of the worship band.Gaynor

On coming to Oxford as a student in the heyday of Britpop, she joined Oxford Community Church and before long was leading worship on Sunday mornings, at national conferences and in the Christian Union (where she came across a certain ripped-jeans-and-mullet-sporting guitarist).

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Since then (plus a brief relationship with a saxophone in the late nineties) she has been playing and singing in countless churches, festivals, concerts and reality TV auditions. She is currently enjoying leading a children’s choir, and is seeking to promote the creative arts in the church and the city of Derby.

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Gaynor has been working her way north for the past 40 odd years from Hampshire to Oxford where she lived for 20 years and now is based in Derby, as far from the coast (or rather creeks!) she remembers from childhood days. She and her husband Simon have a reputation for their ‘down to earth’ leadership style, so the Blue Door project encapsulates much of her vision to introduce and equip people to connect powerfully with God in the context of homes, community and everyday life. To quote Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk:

“Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone.”

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