Meet our new Deacons - Philip Turner

This week we meet Philip Turner, who serves at St Mary’s Church in Great Sankey.

In July, Bishop Richard ordained 17 new Deacons at the Cathedral.

They have each decided to share their stories with us. This week we meet Philip Turner who serves at St Mary’s Church in Great Sankey.

Philip Turner

Philip, 57, is married with three children and will leave his job as a Health and Safety Officer with Rockwood Additives Ltd to take on his ministry part time.

Philip has worked in the chemical industry for 42 years and has combined his job with the role of chaplain at Warrington hospital. Philip will continue as a hospital chaplain alongside his ministry at St Mary’s Great Sankey.

Philip is a trained counsellor and has experience of providing bereavement counselling to families. He has also visited Uganda four times to carry out mission and relief work. Philip comes to St Mary’s from his home church of St John’s Widnes, where he was a Reader, a role which allowed him to teach and preach. However, Philip felt called to take his service to the next level with ordained ministry.

Philip said, “My wife and I are really excited to be moving to St Mary’s and being a part of the community. I have had some experience in preaching and teaching, evangelism and pastoral work, and I am looking forward to using my current skills and developing new ones in serving the people of Great Sankey.”