I have been called to serve as an Ordained Local Minister in the Parish of Headley with Box Hill. However, I have been seconded into the Parish of St Martin of Tours, Epsom, for my Diaconate due to a vacancy in my home parish
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
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/
From ‘The Wey’ Magazine July 2016