This week we meet Andy Brown, who joins Walton Breck Christ Church and Holy Trinity.
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.
This week we meet Andy Brown, who serves at Walton Breck Christ Church and Holy Trinity. Andy serves alongside Tim Stanford, who was also ordained on July 3rd.
Andy has a strong interest in football and fitness and has worked in Youth Ministry, Boys Brigade and Men’s Ministry. he was a Civil Servant for eighteen years before he decided to follow ordination training.
Andy said, “I first felt called in around 1992, whilst on a football mission trip to the Czech Republic. I had a feeling that God had something else planned for me, but I could not imagine myself as a vicar at that time and I didn’t explore it any further, continuing in my career in the civil service. Over the years, people commented that they thought I should consider ordained ministry. During this time, my own feeling of being called to ministry got much stronger, and I am extremely glad I followed it.”
“As a family, we are really looking forward to being at Walton Breck Christ Church and Holy Trinity and we have already had a fantastic welcome. I can’t wait to experience all of the different aspects of ministry and I am looking forward to learning from both the clergy and the congregation. As well as engaging with our regular congregation I also want to engage with the wider community of Anfield.”
Rev Kelivn Bolton from Christ Church and Holy Trinity said, "We are really looking forward to having Andy, Jackie, and their children join us both at Christ Church and Holy Trinity.
They as a family will be one of the first families to move into Granton Park, the first of the new houses being built in the regeneration of Anfield, a total of seventy homes being constructed alongside a new school. I know Andy is looking forward to being with us, and as a season ticket holder for Liverpool FC he will not have to worry about were he parks his car when he goes to the match!"