Ordained deacon on 2 July 2023
Hello to you all!
I’m Nicholas, the soon-to-be curate of the Benefice of Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale.
I grew up by the coast in the West Country but have spent the last eight years living in Northamptonshire. Since September 2020 I have been studying and training for the ordained ministry at St Mellitus College (East Midlands centre) in Nottingham following a contextual training pathway, which has seen me spend three days a week working in a parish in Wellingborough, and three days a week studying.
My journey to ordination started in 2006 when I spoke with a vicar about having a feeling of being called to something.
I wasn’t sure what I was called to, but he seemed sure that it was ordination.
I decided he was wrong and spent some time doing youth work and trying to avoid any talk of ordination.
To my surprise people asked me if I’d considered being ordained in various places and situations. When working for a wholesaler in Exeter, when attending a church service whilst on holiday in Cornwall, or chatting with a stranger during breakfast in Wetherspoon’s… It seems that there is no hiding from God and his call!
I came to faith in a non-denominational church and have journeyed with the Church of England through its various traditions.
I believe that God calls each of us in our diversity to serve in many and varied ways, and that a part of my ministry is to encourage, enable, and empower others in their calling.
I will be moving to Derbyshire with my partner, Michael, and we look forward to exploring the Peak District together.