Each week we will introduce you to our new Deacons. This week we meet James Harding.
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 James Harding, who serves at University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.
James, 34, is originally from Yorkshire and came to Liverpool in 1995 to study Biochemistry at Liverpool John Moores University.
James used to play bass guitar in a Christian rock band called Supervision, which performed in America, Poland, Germany and throughout the UK.
After leaving university James worked in a vaccine lab before deciding to return to university to study Theology “to explore a bit further a feeling that maybe God was calling me into the ministry.”
James then took a BA, MA and PhD in Theology at Liverpool Hope University where he specialised in the Book of Revelation and its interpretation in the History of the Church, and taught modules including philosophy of religion, New Testament and Church History at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as teaching at the Bangkok Bible College and Seminary in Thailand. James has also held the role of Director of Studies for Reader Training in the Diocese of Chester.
James has been a part of St James in the City in Toxteth since September 2007 and has been chaplain to students at the University of Liverpool and John Moores University, which he will continue now that he is ordained. James is Married to Katie and they have three children.
He is now undertaking a second doctorate at the University of Chester focussing on Church Planting - a topic he says is “relevant to my ordination as a Pioneer Minister, close to my heart, and part of the St James in the City DNA.”
James loves spending time with students - having been one all his life - and believes enthusiastically that getting hold of university students, sharing the Good News of Jesus with them, and getting them passionate about church is a significant key to the future of the Church of England.