Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Paul Nicell. I am 56, married with two grown up children. I live in Hemel Hempstead, work as software architect mostly from home, and attend a local independent church.
What drew you to study at St Mellitus college?
I was looking for a way to improve my understanding about God, church and the Bible, so was actively looking for part time theology courses. My father-in-law is an Anglican vicar and suggested St Mellitus and I have been very happy with the choice. One of the deciding factors was St. Mellitus’ commitment to a Generous Orthodoxy as it is called, which was exactly what I was looking for!
What was been a highlight of your studies?
The highlight has been the quality of the teaching. So many memorable evenings with such variety of lecturers, with such outstanding experience and knowledge about such a wide set of topics. Honestly, it has been the best thing. Although a very close second is my fellow course attendees that I have been with, who have made it very easy to be there as well. My understanding of living the christian life has been radically informed by my time here.
How were you supported during your time at St Mellitus?
I’ve had great support from everyone at St. Mellitus. From the academic staff to the chaplains, to the organisers. Everyone is so friendly and genuine.
How would you describe your time at St Mellitus College?
One of the best things I have done for a long time. I look forward to it as the highlight of my week!
How has your training impacted your ministry now?
It's made me more confident, more bold, more humble, more alive!
Paul is a Beginning Theology student studying Tuesday nights at our London Centre