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Reverend Sheila Walker is associate priest in the Benefice of Rotherfield Peppard and Kidmore End & Sonning Common

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Reverend Sheila Walker - Associate Priest

Sheila Walker
Associate Priest

We arrived in Oxfordshire in September 2017, having lived in Devon for quite a while: my husband, Tim, most of his life, working with various branches of Lloyd’s Bank and playing jazz and barn dance all over the county and beyond. I came via Salisbury and London, following various jobs including teaching French, writing and editing – starting by anglicising the Living Bible – assorted roles with the Careers Service and as a ‘casual’ librarian (read that how you will…)

I was not brought up as a Christian; my journey really began in earnest at university in Exeter, where we were privileged to have a number of excellent speakers who encouraged us to explore the Bible’s teaching and think through what it meant for us. Since then, I’ve been involved with several different churches: as a Reader with a team of twelve rural churches based in Ottery St Mary (of flaming tar barrels fame), then as Curate with four neighbouring rural churches: so spending Sundays negotiating narrow lanes, horses, tractors and convoys of cyclists remains par for the course!

Part of the reason for our coming to Oxfordshire is that my son and daughter live in Wallingford and Sonning Common respectively, with the consequent threat/promise of four grandchildren to keep us on our toes. It’s a real gift to be able to spend more time with them, as well as to explore the Chilterns: we love walking, and the wealth of footpaths is a constant temptation

As part of the clergy team, I especially enjoy anything that seeks to encourage faith in Christ, whether through Sunday services, home groups or one-to-one conversations.

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