Discipleship and Lay Training Officer
As Lay Training and Discipleship Officer my main areas of work are:
- Encouraging and helping parishes to see how they can best grow, develop and nurture the everyday faith of their worshippers through the week as well as on Sundays.
- Provide or signpost helpful training and resources that meet what our parishes and laity say they need.
- Organise, oversee and help deliver our training for Authorised Lay Ministers.
- Oversee and help deliver our training for Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) in partnership with the Queen's Foundation, where I am also an associate member of staff.
I served as a parish priest for over 25 years, before moving to work as Mission Development Officer in the diocese in 2013. In 2019, following reorganisation, I took up my present role. Most Sundays, I serve as a "locum" for parishes without a vicar.
I am enthusiastic about enabling adult learning, especially in relation to biblical studies, worship and liturgy, and exploring faith in a changing society, but also as a sideline in using IT to communicate well. Ironically, while I usually do quite well putting theological ideas into everyday English, I have been known to sound incomprehensibly geeky when discussing PowerPoint, Photoshop, fonts and DTP software.
I enjoy photography, reading, cinema, and a good pint, as well as the company of friends.