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Patrick's Inspiration

It has inspired me to be more pioneering in my ministry and motivated me to be a life-long learner.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I grew up in Cornwall and have always loved living near the sea. Most of my life I’ve been a musician and through the gift of music have been able to travel extensively. I studied Jazz in New York City where I met my wife, and over the years have had the opportunity of living in the USA, India, and the Irish Republic where I’ve performed and taught music. I’ve also been a worship leader for a number of different churches internationally. We returned to Cornwall a few years ago where we currently live with our three children.

How were you supported during your time at St Mellitus College?

I found the spiritual retreats very helpful. Finding those quiet spaces in training can be really challenging so having outlets like this built into the course has been vital for my own spiritual sustenance, ultimately drawing me closer to God.

I was also involved in the BAME focus group, it was so encouraging to see the college responding to issues around institutional racism and wanting to bring active change within the life of the college.

I have made some really good friends from the college that have walked with me during training for ordination and that has been a great support in itself.

How would you describe your time at St Mellitus College?

I really appreciated the residential weekends where I studied with ordinands from around the country and other parts of the world. It was so interesting listening to their stories and learning about their spiritual journeys; I think that was an invaluable experience.
I liked the contemporary and pioneering feel to the college. It was refreshing and inspiring.

How has your training impacted your ministry now?

It has helped me better understand my faith and develop healthy spiritual patterns in my life as a believer, this has contributed to me growing in confidence as a leader and serving my community well. It has also inspired me to be more pioneering in my ministry and motivated me to be a life-long learner.

What would you advise people looking for somewhere to train?

It depends on an individual’s background and life experience, but for me, St Mellitus College seemed to have a really good cross section of people from different walks of life which made the learning environment that much fuller and richer.

About Patrick

Patrick is a curate after studying at St Mellitus College, South West.

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