Chris Gidney – Founder & Director
Chris comes from a show business family and at age nine formed a comedy magic double-act with his father. Since then he has spent a lifetime in the profession as entertainer, producer, director and author, working with numerous artistes from the legendary Frank Sinatra to Sir Cliff Richard. Joining London’s West-End in 1980 he enjoyed twelve consecutive productions before moving to BBC Television, working on such classic programmes as `Blue Peter` and `That’s Life` with Esther Rantzen. Chris has authored 28 commercially published books covering various aspects of life and faith in show business including best-selling books with classic entertainers Sir Harry Secombe, Cannon & Ball, Paul Daniels & Bob Monkhouse and many others . Apart from several Pantomimes, Chris has also written for the BBC and a number of newspapers and periodicals.
As a freelance Director and Producer, Chris is responsible for a number of unique stage, television, radio and cruise ship productions, alongside music, audio and video releases. He created That’s Entertainment Productions`, which specialises in bringing high quality family entertainment to the commercial theatre. TEP regularly produces touring shows and seasons for popular resorts such as Blackpool, Eastbourne, Clacton and Bournemouth and often has several productions on the road at any one time including its latest Comedy Legends series with well-known faces from such classic TV series such as Dads Army and Allo Allo. His `Liberace – Live in Las Vegas! ` show recently enjoyed a spot at the London Palladium, and Chris produces several consecutive Pantomimes each year across the UK. Chris enjoys creating and producing specialist themed cruises which have taken him around the world, including the Christian Cruises which feature Christian professionals from the entertainment business. Chris enjoys taking some of these special events to churches across the UK.
Chris formed the show business charity `Christians in Entertainment` in 1982 when working on the original West-End production of EVITA. CIE provides backstage support for professionals at every level of the entertainment industry, and is recognised as a well-respected organisation within the industry. Chris has a grown up family and enjoys living in Sussex.
Rev. Rosemary Taylor – Prayer Chaplain:
Originally from Lancashire, third daughter in a Vicarage family, I have lived in several different counties in this country. Twice in Nottinghamshire, twice in Lancashire, twice in Cambridgeshire and once in Staffordshire.
I also spent four years training, qualifying and working as a nurse in London, in the swinging sixties! Later working in hospital, nursing home and on the district. I undertook further training and qualified as a Health Visitor, a career I returned to after a prolonged break in which I looked after home and five children and did voluntary ministry in the Church alongside my husband who was a Vicar.
As a young child I accepted Jesus as my saviour and have always kept that commitment to the Christian faith. Fifteen years ago I trained for Ordination in the Church of England and am now a Vicar of nine churches in the Fens of Lincolnshire, I live in a very rural area with my Irish Setter and chickens! No time now for other hobbies apart from reading and knitting for a first Grandchild!
Two years ago whilst assisting George Carey, who was the Chaplain on a cruise ship, I met Chris Gidney and several entertainers who were on the Christian themed cruises, that meeting and subsequent conversations and correspondence led to the invitation to take on the role of a prayer chaplain for C.I.E. I am delighted to support people in this way and believe that it is a further caring ministry in Christ’s name. All matters can be brought to The Lord with thanksgiving or in concern and with request, in good times and in bad. Always too there is prayer for the witnessing of believers to be effective and for those seeking to find peace in Christ.