Rev'd Tim Edwards | Rector

BA (Hons), MA, CertMin

I was born in North Lincolnshire and had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. That meant that while some people have a dramatic story of becoming a Christian from a radically different background, I never knew a time when I did not know that God loved me, Jesus died for me, the Bible is true, and people need to hear the gospel.

We moved around a bit when I was a child, including living in the Middle East twice (in Kuwait and Bahrain), and had most of my schooling in a very diverse setting in West Yorkshire, which meant that I grew up exposed to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

When I went to university at Durham, I studied theology (at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels). That allowed me to investigate Christianity thoroughly and to find that it withstands the most rigorous scrutiny. I particularly valued the opportunity to read and study the Bible in the original Greek and Hebrew.

After a couple of years working in local churches, I worked as a management accountant in the City - which was when my wife and I met one another. We initially met at church, but got to know each other properly when we worked for a period of time in the same office. After becoming good friends, I asked her out and ten months later we were married.

I left accountancy to train for Christian ministry at Oak Hill College in North London in 2010.

In 2012, we left the South East just before the London Olympics and I was ordained in Carlisle Cathedral. I spent five happy years serving as a Curate in North Cumbria (Hadrian's Wall runs through some of the parishes). This had its joys and challenges, not least supporting the local community through the aftermath of Storm Desmond. I have seen demonstrated the unique difference that Christianity can make even in times of real hardship.

I am loving being here in Kent and being a part of our villages, in particular helping the people of all ages discover the life-changing love of God through Jesus Christ.