I’m delighted to share the news that we will be having Adam Poole joining us in an eighty-hour Summer placement from Oxford.
Adam is in his first of two years of Ordination training in the Church of England studying for an MTh in Applied Theology at Wycliffe Hall, although much of this has to happen at home at the moment!
Adam had previously worked with me as a Pastoral Apprentice during 2016-2017 and we have been checking in with monthly meetings ever since he began his ordination discernment process during that year. Between now and then Adam has got married to the wonderful Martha and they spent two years living and working in Martha’s home town of Larnaca, Cyprus! Whilst there, Adam taught Secondary School Religious Studies where he fuelled debates and encouraged teenagers to think deeper about the person of Jesus and his significance within human history. He also taught RE to primary and nursery children where silly songs and dressing up in character seemed to be the most effective way to bring the Bible stories to life in fresh and exciting ways. Adam and Martha both helped run a successful Youth Ministry which saw amazing growth numerically and spiritually during their two years. They concluded the ministry with a Summer camp in the Cypriot mountains where they saw many young people encounter Jesus, some for the first time!
Back in the UK, Adam is loving studying in Oxford and is taking every opportunity to listen to, learn from, and have lunch with some of the theological names he had only previously come across in print! He is writing essays that equip the church and his future ministry around the areas of Church life, Discipleship, how we read the Bible, Mission and the Kingdom of God on earth.
Adam is passionate about preaching, teaching and discipling all ages as we grow into the Kingdom people God is calling us to be. He also appreciates great literature, top-notch coffee, Liverpool FC and Summer BBQs.
Adam will be joining us later on this month: 18th July to 3rd August inclusively, and I'm sure you'll welcome him & be blessed by his input.