I was born and raised in Birmingham and at 18yrs I joined the Royal Air Force as a musician. I spent 13 happy years at RAF Cranwell playing the trumpet all over the world at events such as the Queen Mother’s funeral, Edinburgh and Canada Military Tattoos, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Battle of Britain services in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and was part of the fanfare team, Big band and small jazz combo. Whilst serving I also spent four months in Cyprus on the decompression team helping troops to readjust to home life after six – eight months in Afghanistan. I also completed my first degree in History and religious Studies, represented the RAF internationally as the cox of the RAF Rowing Team and gained a rowing instructors qualification.
As a Lincolnshire ordinand I studied at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield for three years. I spent my first two years completing a BA Theology degree and undertook various placements, in parishes (Lindley, Billingborough and Friskney groups) and in secular working environments (Wakefield Mental Health Hospital and Bradford Near Neighbours Scheme). During a summer placement, I had the great privilege of joining the Street Pastors in Boston. This is a fantastic initiative which enabled me to go out to where the people are and practically enact Jesus’ teaching. I am am now part of the Street Pastors in Scunthorpe and look forward to many years as part of this team ‘enjoying the nightlife’.
My final year was spent on two long term placements, firstly at Virginia Theological Seminary in America, followed by a parish attachment in Brownhills, Batley. From these two experiences I have learnt more than any classroom could teach. I experienced living and studying in a completely different culture, a huge variety of worship and church styles, the Anglican Communion in the wider world and meeting a vast array of people. These are all experiences I look forward to bringing with me into my future ministry.
I am enjoying getting stuck into parish life here in the united benefice of St John the Evangelist, Brigg; St Mary the Virgin, Wrawby; All Saints, Cadney-Cum-Howsham; with St Andrew’s, Bonby and St Clements’, Worlaby. Fr Owain oversees these five churches, each with their individual identities, each with the full array of needs, expectations and joys of a parish. I relish the chance to learn from each parish and Fr Owain all the complexities of living and ministering in a multi-parish benefice in rural Lincolnshire.
Please keep Fr Owain and the people of the parishes in your prayers as I serve my curacy over the next few years.
Rev’d Trudy Hobson