AN INTERNATIONAL rugby league star took centre stage at a Leyland church gathering.
Rampaging Leeds Rhinos and England forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan crossed the Pennines to delight a packed parish church with his revelations on rugby and life.
As part of a busy week of mission events under the umbrella of Life Week, headed up by a specially selected team from Oxford, Jamie sat alongside the Super League champions’ trophy to be interviewed.
Despite being a sporting superstar, a keen family man and a true ambassador for his chosen career, he revealed that nothing meant more to him than his Christian faith.
He said: “I love my family, I love my sport and what it has brought me.
“I always strive to be the best I can and put something back into the community. But all that pales into my love for God and my gratitude for what he has done for me.”
Jamie delighted fans with a great sense of fun, alongside insights and amusing anecdotes about the daily rigours of the toughest of sports while delivering the most powerful of personal testimonies.”
Dave Lewis, a minister at St Andrews, interviewed Jamie and said: “We are extremely grateful for Jamie giving up his time to be with us.
“He has been entertaining, accommodating and powerful, in every sense.”
St Andrew’s Life Week, under the auspices of renowned evangelist Dr Michael Green from Oxford, has also included presentations from illusionist Todd Alexander, High Court Judge Sir Jeremy Cooke, celebrity nanny Rachel Waddilove and BBC presenter Dan Walker.