This week we meet David Nyirongo, who serves at Penketh, St Paul.
This July, 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 David Nyirongo, who serves at Penketh St Paul.
Originally from Zambia, David came to the UK eleven years ago to work for CSV Volunteer Network in London. He then joined the British Army, working in the Royal Logistics Corps and serving in Iraq, Belize and Qatar.
It was whilst in the army that David began to seriously explore his calling to ordained ministry. He was confirmed into the Church of England and studied for a Bachelor of Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University.
David said, “I had always felt called to serve God, but I was hesitant at first. Whilst I was in the army and serving in Iraq, I spoke to the military chaplains. They were doing some fantastic things in extremely testing circumstances. In situations like that you really do start to think about your faith in depth. I began to see the way that I should serve God – through ordained ministry. ”
David is particularly interested in ecumenical aspects of ministry. David’s father is a Bishop in the Apostolic Church in Zambia. David said, “The Church of England is extremely inclusive – it is everybody’s church. Building bridges between different faiths, cultures and Christian traditions and working alongside them is something that I would like to explore in my ministry.”
David will be going to the parish of St Paul’s in Penketh with his wife Saphiya and their two sons Kamran and Judah.
David said, “I am delighted to be coming to Penketh. Myself and my family have already been really welcomed by the local people. I look forward to getting to know the people of Penketh and serving the people of that community.”