An Introduction by Phil :
‘Having lived most of my life up and down the M5, coming to Hampshire was something of a surprise to me.
I was born and bred in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. I was brought up in the Anglican church, attending Aston Parish Church until I was 16, and then moving to another Anglican church within walking distance of my house. My call to ministry came when I was 16 and leading my school’s Christian Union. Although I wanted to become a lawyer at that point (the idea of getting paid to argue with people appealed to my headstrong mind), I eventually gave in and looked seriously at becoming a vicar.
I gained my undergraduate degree in Theology and Philosophy from the College of St. Mark & St. John in Plymouth in 2005 and then did a gap year as an assistant chaplain at Whitelands College, Roehampton University in London. After picking up a diploma in Integrative Counselling from Newman College, Birmingham and getting married to Catherine, we moved back to Plymouth in 2010. I became a Methodist and completed my local preacher training, and was invited to train for Methodist ministry at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham in 2012 and left with an MA in Theology four years and 2 children later!
After 5 wonderful years serving the Tavistock circuit in Dartmoor, we were called to the Meon Valley (a complete unknown – I didn’t even know how to pronounce ‘Meon’!). It is a privilege to serve the five churches that make up the Meon Valley circuit and to discern with them how to build God’s Kingdom in this area.’