An ex-sheep farmer from Virginstow, I began in Launceston as a priest in 2018. I love the town, the folk, and of course the breath-taking views. My legs are learning to enjoy the hills. My passion is sharing my faith with those who do not know Jesus: both inside and outside of church buildings. Married to Chris, we continue to farm mainly sheep with help from our daughters and son. Whoever you are reading this, I hope we meet one day. God bless you!
I have worked and lived in Launceston for thirty years, having grown up in suburban London then moved to Cornwall in the 1980s and trained as a solicitor in Plymouth. I was a member of the congregation of St Mary Magdalene for many years, and involved in the life of the church and the parish in a variety of lay roles. I trained on the South West Ministry Training Course and was - when Covid permitted - ordained Deacon in September 2020.
I will serve my curacy in Launceston Parish and Boyton Benefice, usually alternate weekends, and will continue my practice as a solicitor and partner in a local law firm. I feel incredibly privileged that my ministry has a focus in the workplace, in addition to my responsibilities in parish life.
I moved to Launceston in June 2020 from Callington to take up my post as a curate. Having completed two years of training in theology, mission and ministry with St Mellitus College SW, I am excited to join the team here. I look forward to getting to know the community both within and outside of the church and to share my love of Jesus. I am married to Andrew and we have four daughters.
I was born and brought up in Reading and trained for teaching after my two children had started school. In 1989, I moved to Cornwall to take up my first headteacher post at Werrington School. Later, as headteacher of Meavy School in Devon, I lived in Tavistock for a while before moving back to Launceston.
Throughout my adult life, my faith has been important to me and I have been lucky that through my work and leisure activities (I was a Cub Scout Leader for many years), I have been able to share that faith with others. At various points, I have felt an overwhelming feeling that God wanted me to do more but mostly, I’ve fought against it. However by 2004, I could resist no longer and started to explore my vocation. Initially, I was terrified by the thought that my vocation might be to an ordained ministry but, if God calls, he will support. I started training with South West Ministry Training Course in 2006 and was ordained deacon in 2009 and priest in 2010. I served my curacy in Launceston Parish and was then licensed as Team Vicar until I hit the C of E magic retirement age when, ceasing to be licensed, was granted Permission to Officiate. I then moved away to serve on a House for Duty basis in Abingdon for three years before returning to my beloved adopted county in September 2019.
I am passionate about the Church’s ministry to people living with dementia and have served on the Churches Together in Cornwall Dementia Action Group as well as being a volunteer with the Launceston Memory Cafe.
I worked for the Halifax Building Society for thirty two years man and boy and elevated to be Manager at the Carlisle Branch also taking in Penrith. I actually retired in 1996. Then we retired to Cornwall 24 years ago. Since then I have studied through Exeter University to become a Clerk in Holy Orders (in English a priest.) I was ordained in Truro Cathedral.
Since retirement I have done voluntary work for Oxfam. I audited all their shops in Cornwall and South Devon for about three years. I was then invited to join the then Board of Visitors at Dartmoor Prison, now the Independent Monitoring Board. I managed six years and became Vice Chairman. After this I was invited to become Secretary of the Readers in the Diocese of Truro.
We have recently done a stint in Lancashire looking after four Churches and again retired from there, we in fact were missing our grandchildren so came back to Cornwall and now live in Launceston.
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