Matt, All Saints

I’m Matt and I’m going to be training for ministry in the Church of England! Let me introduce myself. I am a father to two wonderful girls, Amy (7) and Emily (3), husband to a wonderful wife Kath (you’re kidding no numbers here!) and a senior paramedic for the North West Ambulance Service.

I suppose my journey started at about 11 years old when my Dad took me to a Billy Graham Crusade back in 1984 (there you go, given my age away). Looking back at it now it could have been set in the movies as I walked out under the famous gates stating “You’ll never walk alone”.

Far from being a successful struggle you see in the movies, however, the next 30 years I embarked on a rollercoaster of ups and downs, as do we all. I was diagnosed at school with dyslexia and I remember when discussing future careers my advisor, teachers and parents suggested that academic prospects were beyond my limitations and I should head for a trade.

To be honest it didn’t seem as gracious as that, it was more a case of coming to the realisation that when I mentioned going to sixth form everyone developed uncontrollable laughter! Over my career I have been an aircraft engineer, customer services advisor, arrears counsellor, financial advisor (in the bad old days), ambulance technician, and paramedic, culminating in my current role as a senior paramedic. A bizarre career, I know, but looking back at it God clearly had his hand in my development, both in life skills and achieving any kind of academic prospects.

I wouldn’t say I had any academic skills really, but over the years I’ve been moulded into a square peg that is to be driven, and driven, into that round hole that is ordained ministry. I can only imagine all the edges that are going to be knocked off over the next three years! More recently this epic change in vocation came from actually listening for a change. I’d been regularly reading my Bible, getting to grips with my prayer life, but it was only when I gave God some time to talk back that a literal millstone was removed from me.

 

Hazel, Durham

Introducing Hazel who has been exploring a call to ordination through the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme.

Hazel was recommended for ordination training after her BAP (Bishop’s Advisory Panel).

Hello!

Welcome to Northern Call, a vocations blog by students from the Diocese of Manchester who are training for ordained ministry.

Over the next two years we will follow the three new ordinands as they begin their theological training.

It has been a long, emotional journey to reach this stage. Each has gone through a detailed and challenging discernment process which culminated in attending an assessment called a BAP (Bishop’s Advisory Panel). It is through this assessment that candidates are recommended for training towards ordination.

Amy, Hazel and Matt will introduce themselves and their modes of study, and they will share their highs and lows as they follow God’s call on their life.

We hope that you enjoy this blog and the journeys that will shared here. Please keep all our ordinands in your prayers as they step forward into the next phase of their calling.

 

 

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