This week we meet Peter Walker, who serves at Haigh and Aspull St David with St Elizabeth.
Bishop Richard recently licensed 16 new Readers at a special service at the Cathedral. All will go on to serve at parishes across the Diocese.
Many of them have agreed to share their stories with us.
Peter was born and brought up in Wigan and now lives in nearby Aspul. He is 58 and works as a data systems manager for the NHS in Warrington.
Peter will be part of the ministry team working under the direction of the vicar, Reverend Simon Pritchard.
Peter said, “I have attended St David's church for over 20 years and have served on the PCC and deanery synod. I was PCC secretary and sidesman for several years and now edit the parish magazine.
“I have always had an awareness of God's love from an early age supporting and helping me through various difficulties. For many years I felt a call to serve Him in some form of ministry but there was always a good reason not to.
“I became aware that gradually the difficulties were being overcome and when Revd Simon asked me if I would consider going forward for Reader training it just seemed to be the right time. The training experience has broadened my outlook and appreciation of the many varied ways of being a Christian in the Anglican tradition.”
Peter said the key motivations for his new role are the importance of prayer, service and letting God control events.