Each week we will introduce you to our new Deacons. This week we meet Alan Conant, who joins the Maghull and Melling Team Ministry.
On July 3rd, Bishop Richard ordained 17 new Deacons, all of whom will serve in parishes across the Diocese of Liverpool.
They have each agreed to share the stories of their path to ordination with us. Alan serves alongside Geoff Ardern who was also ordained on July 3rd.
Alan, 43, is originally from Devon but came to Liverpool fifteen years ago when he began his Post-Doctoral research into heart disease at the department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Liverpool. Alan has also worked as a researcher at the Cardiothoracic Centre at Broadgreen Hospital. He is married and has three children.
He has been a Christian since his teens and made the decision to go forward for ordination whilst a member of the congregation of St Bridget and St Thomas, Wavertree. “Since becoming a Christian in my teens I have always been open to God’s call,” said Alan. “It was after a change of job that I really started to think about where my heart was, and I realised that it was in ministry. I decided to pursue it, not knowing where it would lead, and I am delighted that it has brought me to Maghull and Melling.”
Alan is interested in all aspects of ministry and is looking forward to meeting more of those in Maghull and Melling. “We have already been really welcomed by the community and I look forward to meeting even more people now I am officially in post,” said Alan. “I am really looking forward to being part of a team, and experiencing all of the different aspects of ministry. I hope that I can also use my scientific background to engage with people in contemporary debates such as how religion engages with science and vice versa, a topic which I think is gaining more and more relevance.”
Rev Nick Wells said, “As Team Rector of Maghull and Melling I am delighted that two clergy join us this summer. Geoff Ardern and Alan Conant are both coming with lots of experience and a commitment to learn the ropes of being a Church of England minister. All four churches look forward to welcoming them and getting to know them and we pray that God will do great things through them.”