Revered Nathan Javed and his wife at the Royal Garden Party hosted by HM King Charles

A Pakistani Christian, and much-loved community leader from Bradford, says it was an honour to attend the recent Buckingham Palace Royal Garden Party, hosted by His Majesty King Charles.

Amidst the grandeur of the royal gathering on 8th May, Reverend Javed and his wife Urpha, revelled in the experience, deeply grateful for the recognition of their dedicated service to the community.

The event held special significance as it marked HM King Charles’s return to hosting duties after a period of illness, making the occasion even more poignant for the attendees. For Reverend Javed and his wife, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity filled with gratitude and awe.

Their journey from Pakistan to Bradford had been one of service and dedication to making their community a better place, and the invitation to the Royal Garden Party was a testament to their contributions.

“The opportunity to be in the presence of royalty was a moment of profound significance for myself and my wife,” comments Reverend Javed.

“Though not everyone could personally meet HM King Charles and the Queen, the chance to catch a glimpse near the Royal Tent was a blessing we cherish.”

A journey spanning continents

Reverend Javed’s story is one of resilience, faith, and unwavering commitment to serving others.

Bradford had become their home, and Reverend Javed’s involvement across various sectors, particularly through his work with the church, had been well-received and impactful.

While Pakistani Christians were not uncommon in the community, Reverend Javed’s deep commitment and extensive involvement locally and beyond set him apart.

Arriving in the UK from Pakistan at the age of 11, his journey took him from pursuing a degree in Information Technology to answering a higher calling in theology and community service.

“After leaving my IT degree behind, I embarked on a new chapter, enrolling in a diploma program in Theology,” he says.

“My time at Bible College in Bridgend from 2004 to 2007 broadened my understanding of comparative religion and equipped him with the knowledge to serve his community in Bradford and beyond.

“While studying, I began to actively engage with my local church in Dewsbury, volunteering in various activities and setting up English classes that attracted participants from diverse backgrounds, including Muslim leaders seeking to learn.

“This fostered invaluable understanding and community cohesion with which I have continued throughout my life.”

In Bradford, Nathan’s involvement extended to preaching engagements with African Christian Churches, hosting Urdu Hindi Bible studies on Asian radio, and providing online preaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching audiences globally.

During the pandemic, Nathan’s compassion and dedication shone brightly as he organised food distribution for vulnerable communities, assisted stuck students on campus, and provided companionship to the elderly isolated at home. His involvement in Bible study activities and providing literature for care homes brought comfort to many during challenging times.

But Nathan’s impact wasn’t confined to the UK. He extended his support overseas, sending financial aid to struggling students and impoverished communities in Pakistan and India. He ensured that persecuted Christians had access to Bibles and supported orphanages and music groups, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to global Christian outreach.

Even before his theological studies, Nathan dedicated a year to work with a church in Lancashire, laying the foundation for his future endeavours in community service and ministry.

Nathan Javed’s story is a testament to the transformative power of faith and service. His journey from Pakistan to the UK and his tireless efforts to uplift and support others exemplify the true essence of compassion and solidarity across borders and cultures.