Simon is the Rector; a grand title for ‘vicar’. His interests include Jesus Christ, The Bible and Manchester United. He started life in Manchester, grew up in Richmond-Upon-Thames, lived in Sussex and returned to his Surrey roots as Rector.
You can read Simon’s latest Rector’s reflection musings here.
Simon’s previous church ministry included leading an urban church in Crawley, West Sussex, where the church grew as it worked with Statutory Agencies for urban regeneration, including the founding of BCP [video], a social inclusion charity. He was a Diocesan Officer (Chichester) for developing the of church leaders [video]. This led to supporting Ministry Division in London, advising some national church groups and speaking on church development.
In his spare time Simon has written on church growth, spoken about Christian Distinctiveness in Education and been involved with material for the Evidence to Action Church of England strategy, including presenting Busbridge&Hambledon as a case study at conference.
Prior to being a vicar Simon was a primary school teacher, an acting deputy headteacher and a management leader in the largest school of its type in England. He loves reading on leadership, military and other history; mountain-biking; DIY; and studying. His qualifications are quite boring, but for those interested they include a Masters in Effective Leadership and Organisations and Degrees in Theology, Geography and Education.
Believing in keeping busy, Simon is vice-chair of the Guildford Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship; a member of Diocesan Synod; on Godalming Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee; appointed to the Diocesan Board of Education by Diocesan Synod and its Planning Group and is on the Body overseeing Christian Distinctiveness in church schools.
The common question: ‘what is the vision’?
Simon's key verse from Scripture is John 12:21: “We would see Jesus”. As such, everything in life is to be centred around serving Christ and seeking to reflect Christ in our lives. Nothing is off limits and it is an invitation to everyone no matter our past or background.