Selwyn Cush Etter

Selwyn's Worship

We value learning and being challenged academically, but we don’t want it to stop at learning. It always comes back to worship.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m from Guyana in South America, I moved to the UK when I was 16. I remember crying out to God in church for him to come and help me. As I went forward for prayer, before anyone laid hands on me I had an encounter with the Holy Spirit that changed my life. That began a new journey, I knew God wanted me to be in full-time ministry, and that led to me studying theology at 19, in Regents College Malvern. I spent some time at YWAM with my wife, and was a primary school teacher in London, and then God reminded me he was calling me to church leadership.

What led you to train for Church leadership?

I went through the Church of England Ministry Experience scheme, based at St Mellitus College. Through that I felt that God was calling me to the Church of England, even though I had previously been part of Pentecostal and Vineyard churches.

What drew you to study at St Mellitus College?

One of the reasons was very practical, my wife is a teacher, so for us moving to a residential college wasn’t feasible because of her job. The second reason was generous orthodoxy, I love the fact that St Mellitus College has a broad range of traditions. We’re not just charismatic, we celebrate other traditions and styles of worship which is great. And finally the lecturers. Because I had already studied here before I had been won over by the standard of lectures, how things are explained, the space given for discussion, and the questions asked have greatly grown me.

What has been a highlight of your training so far?

We really love learning here, we value learning and being challenged academically, but we don’t want it to stop at learning. I’ve heard a lot here that our learning should lead to worship, and I really value that. We learn a lot about God, we wrestle with tough questions, but it always comes back to worship.

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