I felt that I’d missed out on so many years with God and I want others to have the opportunity
Fiona Barber: to be ordained deacon in July 2022
Hi, I’m Fiona and I will serve my curacy just south of the city in Sinfin Moor.
I have just finished an amazing three years studying a BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission at St. Mellitus College, East Midlands and The Good Shepherd, Loughborough.
Although I spent my childhood attending church I didn’t come to faith until my mid-thirties, through an Alpha course.
I have had a passion for mission from the outset because I felt that I’d missed out on so many years with God and I wanted others to have the opportunity to know God’s story and to be able to choose to follow Him.
"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood." (John 1:14) This verse is my inspiration to share my faith in my neighbourhood and encourage others to do the same so I’m thrilled to be serving my curacy in a pioneering setting on a new housing estate in Sinfin Moor, working to build community amongst those who come to live and work there.
I am creative at heart having studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at art college and having used my creativity later as a primary school teacher and then as children's and families leader in my sending church.
I move to Derby with my husband, Martin, and our two daughters, Alice, (21) who is at Leeds University and Rosie, (18) who will be heading off to university this autumn.
We are looking forward to the adventures and opportunities that God has for us in this new place and with these new people.
Favourite Bible verse: John 1:14 (The Message) “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.”
Favourite hymn: I have a vast range of taste musically (my CD collection has from Abba to Stormzy in it!) - my two favourite hymns/songs are also on different ends of the spectrum: “Be Thou my Vision” and “Oceans” by Hillsong.