This week we meet Geoff Ardern, who is now part of 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. This week we meet Geoff Ardern, who will serve in the Maghull and Melling Team Ministry. He will serve alongside Alan Conant who was also ordained on July 3rd.
Geoff, 64, who is originally from Wirral, currently teaches RE at Summerhill Primary School. He moved to Maghull in 2000 after starting work at a local free church in 1995 and is married with three children and two grandchildren.
Geoff has a strong record of public service. After leaving school he joined the Liverpool City Police Cadets and became a policeman aged 19. He then worked in South Liverpool for the last twenty five years of police service, where he specialised in working with and helping children and young people.
Geoff was a staff evangelist with a midlands-based charity, working with churches of all denominations throughout the UK, followed by seven years in a leadership role at a free church. He also has an MA in Evangelism Studies from the University of Sheffield.
Geoff said, “I am very happy to be able to serve as Deacon in the Maghull and Melling Team Ministry. I have had experience of working in evangelism in the past, and, after a couple of years at St Andrew's Maghull, I realised that I had a desire to influence and share with others the Good News, which led me to apply for ordination training."
He added, "I am particularly interested in supporting people as they come to faith and it is amazing to see how that process can change someone’s life around. It is important to help people manage that change. I also have a strong interest in Fresh Expressions, which involves new ways of doing church that meet people where they are in life and in their spiritual journey. I very much look forward to working with the people of Maghull on their own journeys.”