I'll shortly be starting my eleventh year, as a minister in York. I presently work with two lay pastors, and with their able assistance with the four churches in my pastoral charge, has enabled me to pursue my ministry as a Pioneer. Over the last year, this has taken the shape of a new circuit within Methodism, known as the Kairos circuit, of which I am superintendent. This latter role takes up the majority of my time, and involves the development of a dispersed, community, consisting of small groups, with a breadth of spiritual practices and combination of digital and in-person gatherings, as well as continuing to encourage and develop other pioneers.
I grew up a farmer's son, in a village near Epworth in Lincolnshire, but left my village Methodist roots to study Physics at Bath University, where I met my wife, and ended up with a sixteen-year-long career developing and manufacturing optoelectronics in Devon, before sensing a call to the ministry.
I've been a minister both in the Hull West circuit, where I also helped birth what is now the Connexional One Opportunity scheme for Young People. Within my York role, I presently look after four churches, which have some pretty cool stuff going on, ihcluding Community Gardens, Café's and Art Studios. I'm married with two children, my daughter is studying at university and son in the final year of GCSE's.
With my science background, I love asking questions of anything, including my faith, and enjoy chatting with others who do the same. I love films, and especially those complex sci-fi ones, reading, painting, walking, photography and board games (many of which I've brought into church life!).
Andy has pastoral charge of:
Acomb Methodist Church
Holgate Methodist Church
Southlands Methodist Church
West Thorpe Methodist Church