Christopher Hancock ordained Deacon 3rd July, 2016
I have been called to serve as an Ordained Local Minister in the Parish of Headley with Box Hill.
I was blessed to have parents who took me regularly to church. In my teenage years, I questioned my instinctive, childhood faith but continued to seek a divine truth which I believed underlay all things.
At Oxford, I discovered the glories of the Anglican choral tradition, and began exploring the mysteries of the Eucharist, its liturgy and ritual. I began reading the bible with a purpose and experienced a call to holiness – which I resisted.
Instead, I entered finance and was blessed to meet my wife, Kate. We were married in her parish church of St. Mary’s, Headley, in 1994. The births of children (William, George and Christabel) provoked discussions about baptism and church attendance which forced me to review my theology and discipleship.
On moving to Headley in 2001, I served first as PCC Treasurer, though Rector David Wotton identified in me a priestly vocation. His successor, Linda Harknett, concurred and encouraged me, initiating my lay ministry through the Diocesan Occasional Preacher and Worship Leader programmes.
In 2012, I witnessed the transforming power of God’s love when communicating a Box Hill resident who was suffering from advanced dementia: I knew it was time to offer myself for Ordained Ministry.
I trained with the Local Ministry Programme: Guildford and was ordained Deacon on 3rd July, 2016 at Charterhouse School.
I served my Title at St Martin’s Epsom before being priested on 1st July, 2017 and in due course returning on 5th November, 2017 to my home parish – Headley with Box Hill which is now in a United Benefice with Walton on the Hill.
My other main interest is sailing. Prior to ordination I competed regularly at Cowes Week and completed the Fastnet Race in 2011
You can read more sermons, thoughts and reflections at https://thewordonthehill.wordpress.com/