Tom is serving the parish of St Saviour, Eastbourne, He was ordained Deacon in Chichester Cathedral
I started life at almost the other end of the country to Sussex, growing up in a tiny village in the North-East. I moved to Oxford for my undergraduate degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies - allowing me to also spend time in the Middle East and the Balkans – which is where my faith journey properly began: on my return to Oxford, I was confirmed at 21.
After my degree I moved to London for work and further study, where – despite my best efforts – the call from God to ordained priesthood became too intense to ignore; with no little encouragement, I finally decided to start exploring this vocation and spent two years working as a pastoral assistant in a couple of London churches. With a growing conviction that this was indeed my calling, I went to a BAP to see if the church felt the same, and on receiving a positive recommendation I have spent the last three years being formed at St Stephen’s House.