Hello, I am John. Originally, I am from North London, but have lived in Colchester for over 30 years. I met my wife, Dawn, at St John’s Church, Colchester, where we have worshipped and served until our moving here. I came to faith as a teenager through attending church as a scout and through reading the bible given to me by the Gideon organisation.
Dawn and I have four grown up children, although two still live at our family home back in Colchester! I have been involved in different areas of ministry at St John’s, including home group leadership, heading up the children’s groups and as project chairman for a new Community Centre.
I have also served as Church Warden, including throughout two interregnums, and this particularly has been part of my call to ordination, along with completing the course in Christian studies.
In my working life, I have been a paramedic and latterly a teacher in Special Needs education. I really enjoyed my ordination training at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and realise I have much still to learn.
We have settled well into the rectory at Debden and have been given a very warm welcome by the villagers and church members of Debden and Wimbish, and of course at St Mary’s too. I believe building an inclusive community where Christians are empowered to live out a Christ centred life of love, reaching out in grace to others, will be an important part of my ministry.
I enjoy cooking and walking our dog and I like to jog early in the morning to try and keep fit and have time to reflect. Dawn and I are enjoying getting to know you and serving among you.
Please pray for us as Dawn and I adjust to new rhythms of life and prepare for my ordination on the 30 September 2017, at 2p.m. in Chelmsford Cathedral. Of course, you are all very welcome to attend this special service and it would be lovely to see you there.
John and Dawn live in the Rectory in Debden