I am a retired Church of England minister now living in Telford in Shropshire (UK).
When working, I was living in Manchester Diocese and was Team Rector of the Parish of the Good Shepherd, Ashton-under-Lyne (until the end of 2021). I was, at different times, Area Dean of Ashton (until 2016) and Borough Dean of Tameside (until 2021). You will find posts which relate to my ministry under the menu tab ‘Ashton-under-Lyne’.
My ministry also encompassed roles in a number of Charities, including being Chair of the Board of Trustees of Action Together and LEAP/St. Peter’s Partnerships. I was Chair of the Management Committee of Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre, and at different times a Governor at a number of Church Schools (Holy Trinity School, Hurst Knoll School, Parochial School, St. James’ School & St. Peter’s School, all in Ashton-under-lyne).
In the Autumn of 2013 my wife Jo and I were able to enjoy a 3 month sabbatical. We spent the first 3 weeks in Uganda, had a month on pilgrimage around Celtic Christian sites on the coast of Ireland and Scotland and then spent 4 weeks reading. You can follow our joint blog here: Jo and Roger’s Sabbatical Blog
Over the years I have had an interest in Honour and Shame as pivotal values in other cultures and on the effect of shame on individuals and groups in our own culture. On sabbatical I was exploring what the gospel has to say to those who experience debilitating shame – a subject that formed the basis of my MA dissertation.
As my reading continues, I hope to be able to write a substantial enhancement on the MA dissertation.
You’ll also notice in the menu an option to explore one of my other interests which is railways, model and full size. This has become a very popular part of the website and is likely to grow as I give it some attention in retirement.