Name: Samantha Paynter
What church do you attend?
Hope Church Nottingham, based in Clifton
What do you do at Kingdom Bank?
I am a Savings Officer so I have the privilege of helping people find the savings or investment product to suit their needs.
When did you start working at Kingdom Bank?
I started in 2007 and then left for two years in 2013 when I got married. I joined again in 2015 when I moved back to Nottingham.
What is your Kingdom Bank story?
I never fully appreciated what it means to be family in God’s family until my husband Nigel was hospitalised in November last year for three and a half months. He had endocarditis following dental treatment he had at the end of July which led to a stroke. My colleagues at work and church family really carried us through this torrid and challenging time – they lifted me up in prayer when I needed God’s strength and healing for Nigel. This has been invaluable to me and I cannot express the gratitude I feel for them.
Do you have a work ‘good news’ story?
I have too many, I am always amazed at how God brings people into our lives at exactly the right time. Recently, I spoke to a lady from Northern Ireland that opened an account with us and she didn’t know there was a Christian bank in the UK. She was so excited to find out about us that she asked us to send a newsletter to include with the church notices they send out. Many churches do this electronically now so it’s a really good idea.
Does your work empower you to serve your church in various ways?
Sometimes God equips us for the next season of life, at the moment life is so full with working full time and I do children’s work at church but the main way my work empowers me is in prayer and that is something I tend to do on my own, with Nigel or at our weekly staff team prayer meeting.
If you were introduced to someone, how would you tell them about your job and Kingdom Bank?
It’s my joy to serve Christians in my job on a daily basis. I do this by investing savings for customers that produce a monetary return and the knowledge that the funds are used for Kingdom purposes. The mortgages allow the church, church workers or missionaries a base to call home and frees them to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities!
What would you say is your vision and your values?
My vision comes from Colossians 3:23–24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”. My values are to go the extra mile, and treat people as I would want to be treated.
Do you often seek God’s guidance in prayer at work?
Yes, when the circumstances of life shake me, when I need wisdom or when I have the opportunity to pray with customers or colleagues about whatever trials they are facing. Also in thanksgiving when God brings us investments and when He opens doors.