The route to ordination is many and various. Some of those soon to be ordained as deacons and priests have worked as wrestlers, drummers, record producers and yes… teachers.
Among the seventeen new deacons being ordained this July is a head teacher from one of our church schools in Skelmanthorpe and a school chaplain and teacher from Holy Trinity Academy, Halifax.
Read more of their stories below:
Previously a Baptist Minister, Marcus Bull is now school chaplain at Trinity Academy Halifax, where he also teaches A Level and GCSE Religious Studies.
He is married to Claire: they have one child, Thomas, aged 16, and a young cocker-poo. Marcus is a keen and accomplished musician (trombone and guitar), and a frustrated biker whose family won't let him have another motorcycle after the Men & Motors makeover show and the last crash. Having spent one year on the Yorkshire Ministry Course,
Marcus will serve his curacy as SSM in the Erringden Benefice, Calder Valley, and will continue in his educational chaplaincy role.
Evelyne Barrow is Headteacher at St Aidan’s Church Aided First School in Skelmanthorpe. It is an amazing place and she considers it a privilege to serve with such an incredible group of staff who all work together to serve their wonderful school community.
She is married to Ian and has two children. Katie is in her first year at Salford University and Sam is in year 10 at Shelley College. Outside of school and training she enjoys singing usually very loudly and occasionally in tune. She enjoys reading, knitting, watching Strictly Come Dancing and baking. She avoids most types of exercise wherever possible apart from walking her wonderfully bonkers Cocker Spaniel Troy in the countryside around her home.
Evelyne will serve her curacy as a NSM in the Upper Holme Valley Team Ministry. She trained for ordination at the Yorkshire Ministry Course having served in the Parish of St Michael’s Emley in a variety of roles. She is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that ministry in the Upper Holme Valley will bring.