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Meet our Rector

My calling to ministry came at the age of fourteen, the first time I had asked myself the question - where is all this leading? The answer instantly came back - 'Because I'm going to be a Vicar'. It was God speaking into my heart and I was instantly peaceful about the idea.

I had been brought up in a very middle of the road Town parish church, involving myself in Sunday School, Choir, and Serving. I told my Vicar and his advice was wise: 'don't put any barriers in the way of letting God's will be done in your life'. I kept praying 'Thy will be done' and the doors kept opening. Moving away from home to do a Theology degree created the first opportunity to meet Christians of the same age. At the age of 19, a naive faith rapidly matured, the penny truly dropped and I really began to understand the miraculous implications of the Gospel. A lively CU, my local village church on a Sunday morning and St. Aldate's, Oxford in the evening maintained breadth and provided wonderful teaching. When returning home in the holidays, my home parish, with the advent of a new incumbent, had become fairly conservatively Anglo-Catholic. Again, my ecclesiology was broadened. A year out as a chaplain's assistant with the Missions to Seamen in Southampton confirmed my original calling.

I trained at Cranmer Hall, Durham, served a curacy in a large suburban parish in Blackpool, then as an Associate Priest, in the Parish of Calne and Blackland, undertaking responsibility for establishing a new Church Plant in the north of Calne. Through prayer and the enabling of a lay ministry team, The Open Door was established. It is a fresh expression of Church which seeks to engage with the unchurched, the prodigal and those hurt by church. As the Assistant Diocesan Ecumenical Officer for the Ramsbury Episcopal Area (which covers most of Wiltshire), I am committed to cherishing relationships between churches and churchmanships and maintaining unity. My own theology remains rooted in the appreciation of the Sacramental and is orthodox, Bible-based and concerned for renewal through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have a heart for mission and evangelism and am privileged be a member of the Diocesan Mission Council and a National Associate Missioner for Fresh Expressions.

Education and experience
2011 – present Member fo the Salisbury Diocese Mission Council

2008 - present Inducted Rector of The Oldbury Benefice

2007 - present Appointed Associate Missioner for Fresh Expressions, a joint venture of the Church Of England and Methodist Church.

2006- 2008 Priest-in-Charge of the Oldbury Benefice.
2006 –present Ex-Officio Governor of two Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary Schools in Heddington and Cherhill.

2003- present Appointed Assistant Diocesan Ecumenical Officer for the Ramsbury Area in the Diocese of Salisbury.

This role entitles me to sit on Wiltshire Churches Together (including the Steering Group), the Archdeacon of Sarum's Pastoral Committee, the Archdeacon of Wiltshire's Pastoral Committee, the Area Resource Team for Ramsbury, the Diocesan Ecumenical Working Group and the Diocesan Board of Church and Society.

2001- 2006 Served as an Associate Priest in the Parish of Calne and Blackland, in the Diocese of Salisbury.

Ex-officio Governor of St. Dunstan's CV Primary School, situated in an area of significant social deprivation and a Community Governor of the new Community Primary School in a new build housing estate. Chaired a local Community group attempting to establish a Community Facility for the new Housing estates. Mayor's Chaplain for two years. Monthly contributor for the Local free Advertiser Magazine writing Christian thoughts designed to engage with the wider Community.

1998-2001 Served as a Curate in the parish of St. Paul's, Marton, in Blackpool, in the Diocese of Blackburn.

During this period, I was chair of Spen Churches Together in Blackpool and School Governor at the local Community Primary School, pioneering church/school relationships.

1999 Ordained Priest in Lancaster Priory, by the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt. Rev'd Stephen Pedley.

1998 Ordained Deacon in Blackburn Cathedral, by the Bishop of Blackburn, Rt. Rev'd Alan Chesters.

1995-1998 Training for Ordination at St. John's College, Cranmer Hall, Durham.

Diploma in Ministerial Studies and Masters degree in Theological Research. The MA was modular with a dissertation in The future of the "three-fold typlogy": an analysis of Lesslie Newbigin's theology of religion. During this period, I spent three months in Bangalore in South India working with TAFTEE.

1994-1995 Chaplain's Assistant with the Missions to Seamen in Southampton.

1991-1994 Student of Theology at Westminster College, Oxford.

Gained a 2:1 degree and given the College Theology Award.
I am a husband to Anna, an artist, and a father to Rosie and Peter and Thomas, twin boys, and little Toby born in 2010.

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