I am thrilled and honoured to be asked to join you as your new Rector. I believe God has called me to your town and your church; and I am just as sure He has called you, too - from your baptism onwards - and I look forward to hearing your stories. I believe we are in for an exciting journey as He leads us on, step by step, to tell and show the Kingdom of God in your town and villages. Whom God calls, He equips.
I come to you from Oakham in Rutland, where I have been curate since 2017. Before ordination I worked for over twenty years as an economist, trying to get a better deal for consumers in various sectors – phones and internet, power and gas, water, sewers and airports. Lately, I was increasingly focused on leadership and management of change. But, in my 40s, I concluded that God wanted me to do something quite different, so I went back to college to study theology at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. I’m married to Susan, who is a psychotherapist and artist. However, Susan and I both did our first degrees in literature – English and French, respectively - and we would probably own up to “bookish”! We are both Mancunians by birth, but we’ve lived in London, Paris, Brussels and Belfast; but, mainly, near Market Harborough in Leicestershire. Our eldest child, William, is a computer scientist; he finishes university this summer and will be starting a job in London. While our daughter Mary will start her second year at Cambridge University in October, studying sociology and anthropology. What else? I like to make things (embroidery, pottery), to grow things in the garden, and to cook. We have two Westies and a grumpy old cat.
None of which really tells you what I’m like! You’ll have to see… I’ll be with you from the summer, and I so much looking forward to getting to know you, one-by-one. In the meantime, I send my best wishes. and prayers for fortitude and patience through these strange times.