Hey! Thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Dean and I guess I would describe myself as a friendly Welshman who loves Jesus. I’m an amateur theologian, a blogger, and an ordinand! You’re probably visiting this page because you want to find out a bit more about me, so I’m not going to hold back. Here’s a whistle stop tour of my life so far…
I grew up in Wrexham, North Wales with my mum. Unfortunately my parents are divorced and so in the early part of my life I only saw my dad every other weekend. I am one of 13 children! These siblings of mine are split between my mum and step dad, and my dad and step mum (confusing, I know!) four of my siblings are with my dad and step mum, and seven are with my mum and step father. I have one sibling who shares the same mum and dad as me.
My early childhood up to the first year of secondary school was hard and tough. Unfortunately, I suffered abuse at home up until the age of 11, at which point I ran away and went to live with my dad. I won’t go into the nitty gritty, but things were not good at all. It’s amazing because God spoke to me at this age (despite being taught to hate God); it was through this experience that something in me wanted to know who Jesus was.
From these traumatic and difficult times, I became a Christian at the young age of 11 where I experienced God working powerfully in my life. I genuinely believe that God saved me from my suffering, and that it was through the abuse of my childhood that God was able to reveal the love of Jesus to me. Having given my life to Jesus, my grandparents (dad’s parents) taught me all the basics after I became a Christian, and they are a big part of why I’m still serving God today.
Following running away from home, I set up my new life in my dad’s house. I continued my schooling in Wrexham, having a passion for learning, drama and the arts, winning various music competitions and local Eisteddfods for my musical ability at performing on piano, as well as singing as part of a choir and as a conductor. I always loved school and learning, and I used this as an outlet to get away from things.
As I grew in my faith, I became increasingly aware of God’s hand upon my life and the spiritual gifts that had been given to me. At the age of 14, I decided to get baptised at Flint Evangelical Church and my baptism was held on June 26th 2005. It was at that point that I gave my testimony publicly about how I came to know Jesus and all the personal history that came with that. It was also the day where individuals prophesyed God’s calling upon my life to ministry, though I didn’t believe them and I didn’t want to know; I wasn’t interested. I always wanted to be a teacher! Shortly after the baptism, I left Flint Evangelical Church for Christ Church Deeside, where I continued to learn more about my faith and grow as a teenager.
By the age of 15, I had already preached my first sermon, taken my first baby dedication, led the high school Christian Union and was regularly taking school assemblies speaking about Jesus and bringing the gospel into the lives of over 1000 young people every week. I was also regularly using my musical ability in the life of the church to lead worship and to bring creativity into church services. But despite all this, I saw it as just helping out, nothing more.
I gained my GCSEs at Darland High School in 2007 and A Levels in 2009 specialising in English Literature & Language, History, Welsh and Religious Studies… as most adults say, I really miss my high school days!
During the period between 2007 and 2009, I had started attending an Anglican Church in Salisbury. St Paul’s Church was the church that provided the basis for me to start exploring ministry. It was evident that God was calling me to the Anglican Church, though I ignored this call for the most part. However, I do remember that I started to feel a passion for sharing the Gospel, for worship ministry and evangelism. In turn, this stirred me to a particular love of the Church, theology and faith even more than before.
In September 2009, I left home for Cardiff University, doing a joint honours course in Welsh and Theology. I also started my course in Sacred Music and Worship Theology with the Royal School of Church Music. At this time, I ceased visiting St Paul’s Salisbury and began searching for a local church in Cardiff. I settled on Highfields Free Church where I became involved in church music and worship leading.
It wasn’t long before I became increasingly involved in the Christian Union and then became the Worship Coordinator during the 2009-2010 term. Following this, my Pastor at the time, Peter Baker, began to meet with him more and more to discuss ministry and the future. He was a sort of mentor for me. During my time at Highfields, the call to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church bubbled up again, but this time, I embraced it and thought I should do something about it. After chatting it through with Peter, he suggested that I searched for a church that would help me discern my calling.
During the Christmas period of 2010, I approached a growing Anglican church in Newport, namely St Paul’s to inquire about ministry opportunities and worship leadership. It wasn’t long before a meeting had taken place and St Paul’s offered a placement at the church. Highfields released me from my volunteer ministry within the musical capacity and sent me to St Paul’s. I then became Pastoral Assistant at the Church and then Associate Pastor for three and a half years, ending in September 2014.
I have since graduated Cardiff University in 2012 with a BA Hons in Theology and Religious Studies and also achieved a Cert.RSCM from Bangor University and the Royal School of Church Music in the same year. During all this I also met and married Megan who’s a nurse, which I’m told is a good combination for a vicar! I have two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats called Sinsir and Hâf too, who are a big part of my life!
Presently, I am an Anglican Minister. I currently serve as a Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. I trained for ordination at Trinity College Bristol. If you’re interested in studying theology or you’re exploring ordained ministry, I’d thoroughly recommend visiting Trinity!
For the future, I’m really excited to see where God is going to take me. I’ve been on a very big journey so far, and I think there’s lots more adventure to come yet! This blog aims to document all the different bits of my life that mould and shape me into who I am.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. I’m a friendly bloke, so do get in touch with me and connect – I’m on most social media sites! Similarly, please do use the blog to communicate too. I’m looking forward to hearing from you all!
With my love and prayers,
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