As Vicar for Liturgy and Worship, Fr Andrew oversees the worship life of our churches. Having studied at university in Bangor, and visited St Augustine’s Church to preach on occasions in previous years, he feels very blessed in making a transition from school chaplaincy back to parish life.
In preparation for Ordination, he taught in a school and theological college in Cape Coast, Ghana and then nursed at St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield before training for the priesthood at Chichester Theological College. He was ordained Deacon (1989) and Priest (1990) in the Diocese of Blackburn serving his title at St Catherine with St Alban and St Paul, Burnley, an urban priority modern catholic parish. Andrew’s rigorous training included priestly formation; opportunity to engage in nurture courses and a weekly placement at Armley Prison Leeds.
After that, Andrew served a second curacy at St Chad with St Mary and St Alkmund, Shrewsbury which provided experience of a choral tradition with a strong youth presence, pastoral opportunities, nursing homes, hospice and hospital ministry. He enjoyed a town centre civic experience including involvement with a homeless centre, links with various schools and serving on the Lichfield Diocesan Synod.
Following this, Andrew was appointed Succentor at Hereford Cathedral singing the Daily Office and assisting with all aspects of Cathedral life. He was also Chaplain to the Cathedral Junior School and supported many neighbouring churches.
Andrew’s love of Africa continued to flourish during his present post in Solihull School where he created links with the Kenyan church and was made a representative for the Bishop of Katakwa. He has taken people on visits to Kenya and representatives from Katakwa have also spent time in the UK. This involvement has strengthened his priestly life and enabled others to glimpse the vibrancy of worship and simplicity of life in other parts of the Anglican Communion.
During Andrew’s time in Solihull he has been Pastor and Teacher to pupils aged 3 to 18 years ministering to the school community together with the congregation who have used the chapel as their parish church. This involved offering a variety of worship styles to accommodate the needs and backgrounds of the school community and parish, ranging from Choral Evensong to a Children’s Circus Liturgy, Sung Eucharist to a celebration for the Blessing of Animals. Operating as a team, they have supported and developed the Christian foundation of the school and presented a vision of how God might be calling the school community to be a multi-faith, inclusive community of hospitality.
During this time, Andrew’s ministry has been significantly supported, sustained and celebrated through his involvement in the local parish of St Alphege, Solihull, where he has been fully integrated into its mission, worship and organisation. He has prepared liturgies for the community, memorial services for staff, parents and pupils; leaver’s liturgies and pilgrimage worship guides to accompany chaplaincy and parish pilgrimages to Walsingham, Italy, Spain and the Holy Land. Over the years, Andrew has worked diligently in preaching, good worship and pastoral care enabling the Faith to become real and accessible to our community and beyond.
I now feel very privileged in being given a new ministry in the Monmouth Diocese with lovely colleagues operating as a vibrant team, sharing our gifts and hopes for this part of the Church. I strongly desire to relate to different members of the congregations and beyond; being encouraging and welcoming towards those who want to seek God helping people develop in their faith and prayer life enabling them to be joyful disciples for Christ in everyday life.