About

I am a Pastor, Teacher and Evangelist working with the Church of England in Plymouth, UK - otherwise known as a Vicar. I’m married to Tanya Marlow, who blogs on the Bible, suffering and the messy edges of life. You can read her blog Thorns and Gold here. We have a young son who loves Dinosaurs, Jonathan Bird's Blue World and Caravaggio.

I enjoy gourmet cooking for friends, taking photographs, warm sunshine, walking by the sea, real coffee and blagging my way in art, wine and literature.

 

Church Family

Since 2010 I’ve been the Vicar of St. Pancras Church, Penycross, Plymouth. It’s is a privilege to lead a committed team of staff and volunteers who serve alongside me as we reach out to our parish and beyond. Our current priorities as a church are:

  1. Teaching the Bible 
  2. Growing in Prayer 
  3. Deepening Faith 
  4. Being a Focus for the Community 
  5. Keeping Variety in Our Worship

St. Pancras is a Church of England church and part of the Diocese of Exeter.

 

Communication and Media

Christians in every age have to work out how to communicate the gospel effectively to surrounding culture. I’m passionate about using graphics, music, film, discussion and social media to enrich my Bible teaching and to connect people with the Gospel. My focus is always on good design rather than clever programming, which is why I’m also an evangelist for Apple products.

 

Training

The heart of my role as Vicar of St. Pancras is teaching, training and discipling others, and equipping them to pass on what they have learnt. This is done through the regular Bible teaching in our Sunday services, occasional seminars and workshop groups and 1-2-1. 

I am also the Dean of Studies for the Peninsula Gospel Partnership (PGP) Training Course, which is a part-time, university-level training programme for Bible teachers in Devon and Cornwall. In this role I am the PGP link tutor for academic accreditation through the University of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth. 

Vocations

An extension of my passion for training others for Bible teaching and Christian ministry is my role as part of the Vocations Discernment Team for the Diocese of Exeter. I am an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands (ADDO) and I’m responsible for working with a small number of candidates who are exploring their vocation to ordained ministry in the Church of England.

During this process I’ll typically see candidates for a series of meetings over the course of a year. This process is designed to prepare candidates for a national selection panel which will decide whether they will go forward into training or not. During the time candidates spend with me, we’ll explore in detail their sense of calling, their natural gifting and their potential to take on this role. Ordained ministry can take many different forms, so part of this process is helping the candidate form a clear idea of where they might serve in the longer term.

 

Career History

Over the past few years I’ve represented Plymouth Churches on the Exeter Diocesan Synod, the Council for Worship and Ministry and was a member of the the Diocesan ‘Vacancy in See’ committee.

Before being appointed to St. Pancras I trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and spent four years as Curate of St. Matthew’s Church, Elburton. While at college I took a particular interest in Old Testament wisdom literature, church law and takeaway lattes.

Before entering theological college I completed a Masters Degree in engineering at Durham University and worked in the not-for-profit sector as a church youth worker, charity business manager and I encouraged student representation through the Students’ Union at Oxford Brookes University. I've also spent time giving freelance design and consultancy to a number of charities and businesses, including two butchers and a management consultancy.

 

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