GRANT WALTON APPOINTED CURATE AT ST MARY’S
I am delighted to be able to announce that Grant is shortly to be licensed to serve as a curate with us. Many of us over the past year have greatly enjoyed getting to know him and Elizabeth, valuing their ministry among us. For him now to be devoting more of his time and his many gifts to St Mary’s is for us all very good news.
Craig Hunt, the DDO comments, ‘Grant brings with him a wealth of ministry experience, and a growing love of the Church of England. He will be a great resource to the ministry at St Mary’s in the coming years.’
He is to be ordained deacon at Southwell Minster on 27th of this month and will begin with us thereafter. It is a 2 year appointment, a training post. He will be involved in a bespoke pathway through St Mellitus College, East Midlands, which will take the equivalent of 1.5 days a week. He will also be attending Curate training provided by the Diocese (no more than half a day a week). There will also be residential weekends that will take him away from the parish in the first year.
Here is his ‘mini bio’.Grant was born and grew up in Zimbabwe and came to follow Jesus at a young age. He studied at university in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he met Elizabeth, also a university student. They were married in 1985 and both were high school teachers for more than a decade. Grant has been involved in church ministry for over thirty years, since 2000 in senior leadership roles. In 2018 he and Elizabeth embarked on a new adventure, relocating to Nottingham where she took a post at the University of Nottingham. They love the city and its people and are pleased to call it home. They have three adult children, two huskies and two cats, all of whom presently reside in Johannesburg. Both Grant and Elizabeth enjoy travelling and celebratory meals with friends amongst other things.