This week we meet Rod Hulks, who serves at Christ Church Norris Green.
Bishop Richard Licensed 16 new Readers at a special service at the Cathedral this week. All will go on to serve at parishes across the Diocese.
Many of them have agreed to share their stories with us.
Rod is a 68-year-old retired electrician and has lived in Liverpool all his life. He has been married to his wife Ann for 47 years. Ann has been Rod’s main support over the three years of study it takes to become a Reader.
Rod says: “At first, I found it hard going having to go back to the classroom. I once described it as entering a smoked-filled room, only to discover when you have found the exit door you have the Matterhorn to climb.
“However, looking back on it now I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it and met many interesting people along the way. All this could not have been achieved without the support of my vicar, the Rev Helen Edwards who helped and guided me through some of the finer points of academia, along with members of the congregation who helped in the group work and research projects.”
Rod has been connected with the church for the best part of his life, fulfilling various rolls such as, Church Warden, Sides person, bell ringer, youth leader etc. mainly in the Anfield/Everton area and move to his present church Christ Church Norris Green some six years ago.
Rod has lived in the Norris Green area over 40 years and knows the area and community well.
Rod adds, “I am passionate about mission and outreach and it was this passion for mission that motivated me to do a more in-depth study of God’s word, so that I would be more knowledgeable and able in helping to lead others in understanding scripture.”
Want to find out more about Reader Ministry?
Reader Taster Sessions:
February 13th 2012
February 24th 2012