Training for ordination is a fantastic experience: sometimes challenging, often joyful, usually provoking me to think in greater depth and reflect on Christian beliefs and doctrines, and on many occasions enabling me to experience the presence of God in various different ways. Training in Gloucester at the West of England Ministerial Training Course is a shared experience with ordinands, readers and independent students from three dioceses.
I was born in Scotland, the eldest of seven, spent my teen years in N. Ireland and came to Bristol University to study. I arrived in Wotton in 2007 and found a warm welcome, both in the town and at St Mary’s Church.
After university I trained as a primary school teacher and I have enjoyed many years of teaching all ages of children in primary schools.
My own two children each have two children; all of them close in age. My greatest pleasure is to spend time with both families, and I love the chaos of all grandchildren together. Other interests include listening to music, singing, reading and gardening – when I get time!
I look forward to serving in this parish and benefice as a deacon from June 2016 and as a priest from June 2017.