Ricky – Our new Curate

This is a message from our new Curate, Ricky Turner, who will be joining All Saints’ Church next week.

Don’t forget to join us for his welcome service and lunch from 2pm on the 29th June (and remember we have no morning service that day).

Ricky Turner

Ricky Turner

“I am very pleased to be coming to be trained by Pam and minister with you all at All Saints in South Oxhey and Carpenders Park. Thank you for your warm welcome.

I have recently completed three years of ministerial formation training at Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham, which I really enjoyed. I am married to Chloe and our son is Jacob, who is three years old. I was born and brought up in Hemel Hempstead in a single parent family with two brothers and a sister.

From an early age I have loved music and in my teens this passion deepened and I went on to Middlesex University to study music. After Middlesex, I did a teacher training course and taught secondary school music lessons, including at Queens’ School in Bushey.

In early adulthood, Chloe and I became Christians and our faith was helped to flourish due to the lovely folk at the Church of the Resurrection, Grovehill and Woodhall Farm, my sending church. Whilst testing my sense of vocation to ordained ministry, and in order to free up some time, I worked for Herts Music Service. I taught singing and piano lessons, classroom lessons and taught in wider opportunities projects, including a project called Singing Playgrounds which took place in many of the South Oxhey primary schools. Chloe is a primary school teacher and previously taught, for four years, at Woodhall School in South Oxhey. Chloe and I are associate members of the Iona Community.

I love baking bread, reading, knitting, enjoying creation, making music and, despite three years of abandonment and declining fitness, cycling.”