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Rector & Rural Dean of Bradford
I am excited by the idea that there is more of God to discover and we never come to the end of what He is able to do. I love Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!” I am hugely encouraged to see how God’s love and favour is changing lives and how the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is becoming very evident in our village churches. What I feel called to do is to seek increasingly to open up our three churches to God’s vibrant life, so that this part of Wiltshire becomes a place that people seek out because they have heard that God’s Presence is here.
Andrew is Rector of our three Benefice churches. Andrew used to be a solicitor before he was called to ordination. He is married to Jo and they have three grown-up children. He paints in oils, escapes to France when he has a chance, and tries to play tennis once a week.
God called me to serve Him as a priest, through his people and through his word. The words spoken to Joshua 1:8 came and reminded me of a chorus I used to sing as a youngster. “Be thou strong and very courageous, for I have commanded thee, Be not afraid, be not dismayed thou wilt have victory. I will be with thee what e’re betide, Captain and leader friend and guide.” He confirmed his call during a holiday at Lee Abbey, where the talks were all about James the brother of Jesus, and his leadership of the new Community of Christians.
I get most excited about the service on Easter Morning. It is a wonderful service of celebration, declaration and witness to God’s amazing great love to humankind is giving his Son Jesus to save us and bring us into God’s intimate presence.
The verse that hit me like a sledge hammer one day, and led me to ordination was John 15:16. ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.’
Born into a Military family, my early years spent growing up in India. I am drawn to a contemplatative way of life, love being the ‘key’ to my ministry – leading me to become involved in many unexpected adventures! For instance 12 years in Prison Ministry with International links. Since coming to faith, I believe my role has always been to enable people to desire God, discovering for themselves his love for them and for the world, and to recognise their value in his eyes and their giftedness.
I appreciate the Benefice’ openness in embracing different traditions of worship. This generosity gives God the freedom to engage with people in a place which has meaning for them.The deep power of Holy Communion is where I feel closest to Our Lord.
Licensed Lay Minister
Before my calling to Lay Ministry in the church, I was asked to be involved in giving support to farming people and their families. This came through my continuing link with the Christian and Agricultural World.
My Bible college training showed me the necessity of making known the Word of God. I felt God’s increasing messages to me to open the scriptures for others. I believe that God’s love is shown in conversation with others and the care that is given.
I worked in farming for over 10 years, mainly as a dairy herdsman. When I gave this up I was clearly called to go to Bible College in Birmingham. This full-time, 3 year course gave me a very good understanding of the Christian faith. I pushed various doors. One was opened for me to go to Albania and support missionaries. This was good training for me in how to depend more on God, and to learn the necessary spiritual disciplines that being a Christian involves.
http://www.fcn.org.uk (Farming Community Network)