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Meet Rev Wendy Martin

We're delighted and excited to welcome Rev Wendy Martin as a self-supporting minister in Shirley Parish. From the middle of August she will be with us for 2-3 Sundays per month, plus some time in the week.

Read on to find out more about Wendy, in her own words.....

It is wonderful for me to be joining the ministry team in Shirley Parish as a part-time, self-supporting, Associate Priest and I look forward to meeting you, worshipping with you and joining in with what God is doing in Shirley.  I am dyslexic and find remembering names difficult, so please don’t be offended if it takes me a while to remember yours!

 

I was born in Surrey and greatly enjoyed a 36 year career as a nurse, midwife and midwife lecturer, in London, Hertfordshire, Surrey and Sussex.  At 24 years of age I spent 6 months in Israel caring for a new-born infant in a high-profile family.  This enabled me to travel within Israel, New York and Egypt and participate in an archaeological dig in the Golan Heights afterwards - all formative experiences.

 

I attended Church of England schools and chose to be baptised and confirmed aged 13.  I was brought up in a non-churchgoing, single-parent family with three sisters, and fell away from church attendance as a teenager. I returned, aged 28, as a result of a warm welcome when seeking marriage in a Methodist Church. I began to learn to follow Jesus by listening to sermons, being part of a homegroup and helping to run the church creche. After ten years, as a result of attending a Christianity exploratory course, I understood more fully who Jesus was, what He had done for me on the Cross, and made a deeper commitment to follow Him. I began to pray and read the Bible more. I felt very inadequate when, within a year, I felt Jesus, calling me to preach and ‘shepherd his people’. I began the long journey, for me, towards ordained ministry, as a Methodist Local Preacher. 

 

Now, 24 years later, while life has been very tough at times, God has been faithful and ‘an ever-present help in times of trouble’. God has encouraged, sustained, healed and provided for me, and my family, through much adversity.  For this, I am eternally thankful. I have learned much about different Christian spiritualities and churchmanships and have trained to be a Spiritual Accompanier. I am an Associate of the Iona Community and try to live within a Rule of Life which includes simplicity, sustainability and contemplative prayer. I am passionate about helping others come to know Jesus for themselves, helping to develop their faith and sharing the abundant love God has for all people. I am also passionate that our churches should be welcoming and accessible places for all, whatever their background, gender identity, dis/ability, ethnicity and sexuality. The pronouns which I use are she/her.

 

Following a call to Birmingham, I have been here 10 years now, and live in Ward End, not far from Heartlands Hospital. I was ordained Deacon in 2019, priest in 2020, and served my curacy in Garretts Green.  My two sons live in West Sussex, and this October, I will become a Grandma for the first time! I enjoy my self-employed work as a Companion to Older people very much, and for relaxation, my interests include, exploring new places, researching my family history and making greeting cards.